Facebook Is an Illegal Monopoly, U.S., States Say
The U.S. government and 48 state attorneys general this week filed wide-ranging antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, setting the stage for a potential breakup of the social-networking giant, the Washington Post reports. The twin lawsuits represent the most significant political and legal threats to Facebook in its roughly 17-year history. But proving the case, the New York Times cautions, won't be easy.
Did Russia Hack FireEye?
For years, leading cybersecurity firm FireEye has been the first call for government agencies and companies around the world who have been hacked by the most sophisticated attackers, or fear they might be. Now, the New York Times reports, FireEye says hackers—almost certainly Russian—made off with tools that could be used to mount new attacks around the world.
Redesigning for Circularity
As electronics die and are replaced by newer, faster models, the lack of an infrastructure for recycling them means most end up as e-waste in landfills. But the industry is beginning to move toward circular design, reports Fast Company. Take Dell: From computers that instantly disassemble themselves for recycling to AI-powered efficiency updates, it wants to be circular by 2030.
Why Kustomer Caught Facebook's Eye
Facebook's decision to buy Kustomer, a startup that specializes in customer-service platforms and chatbots, is part of an effort by the social-media giant to help companies use its platforms to do business, the Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook's goal, CustomerThink says, is to monetize messaging by extending into customer service.
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How Virtual Events Might Get Better
If there was one common challenge that marketers and media pros faced in 2020, it was trying to figure out virtual events. Despite the promising news about COVID-19 vaccines, there’s a very good chance virtual events are here to stay. So, Contently says, it's good there are three trends that could improve their quality.
Making the Transition to Long-Term Remote Work
Work from home was at first a temporary pandemic solution, but as public- and private-sector organizations alike make remote work permanent, they’ll need to make adjustments to more than just where staff are located. To ensure the transition to telework is effective over the long term, organizations should focus on the “seven C’s,” Daniel Castro writes on Government Technology.
Zooming to the Top
The most downloaded free app of 2020 in the U.S. was—no surprise—Zoom. A year ago, Mashable reports, it did not even crack Apple's chart of the top 20 most downloaded free apps. Recode looks at what a post-pandemic world might mean for Zoom.
The Tech That Stood Out in 2020
This year brought huge changes in the way we use technology, from shifting to working from home to figuring out new ways to try and find some joy and connection with people. BuzzFeed staffers have compiled a list of the apps, gadgets, and other tech things that impressed them. And Zoom is not on the list.
A Common and Costly LinkedIn Mistake
If you use LinkedIn well, it can be a fantastic resource for landing a new customer. The problem is, many people aren't using it well. Quite to the contrary, many people use LinkedIn in a way that probably hurts them more than they think, Jason Aten writes on Inc.com.
Getting bitten by a venomous snake is bad news, and not just because of the snake bite itself. Antivenom is expensive, not always available in plentiful supplies. A Danish startup called Serpentides thinks it has a remedy: peptide-based synthetic antivenoms, Digital Trends reports. They could be carried in the form of an EpiPen-type device and used immediately when a person is bitten.