Why He'd 'Go to the Mat and … Fight'
On Tuesday, the Verge released an audio recording of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg talking to employees in a closed-door Q&A session. It offered a glimpse of what Zuckerberg truly thinks about the threats to his company's dominance—and why he'd “go to the mat and … fight” Elizabeth Warren if voters give the Democratic presidential hopeful the opportunity to try to break up major technology firms, Kara Swisher writes on the New York Times.
Who’s Leading Netflix Into the Streaming Wars
Apple, Disney, and others are challenging Netflix's dominance like never before. Fortune talks to the diverse team—with several women in leading roles—behind the tech giant’s big bet on original content.
Adam Mosseri’s Vision for Instagram
A year into his role as chief of Instagram, Adam Mosseri has posted an update on what he's learned about the platform, and the company, and what he envisions as the future of Instagram, Social Media Today reports. Mosseri suggested that business tools will become an increasing focus, enabling more creators to build their audiences and convert them into customers.
Why the FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal Was (Mostly) Upheld
The Federal Communications Commission has mostly defeated net neutrality supporters in court even though judges expressed skepticism about Chairman Ajit Pai's justification for repealing net neutrality rules, Ars Technica reports. One of the three judges who decided the case wrote that the FCC's justification for reclassifying broadband "is unhinged from the realities of modern broadband service." But all three judges agreed that they had to leave the net neutrality repeal in place based on U.S. law and a Supreme Court precedent.
The Original Kindle’s Enduring Lessons
The original Kindle debuted in 2007. Much about the e-reader has changed over the years, but Kindle devices today still remain true to the original vision. Writing on Medium, Tareq Ismail says there’s a lot to learn in retrospect from studying its design and feature set while reflecting on its initial ideas.
The Risk from Decades-Old Code
Bugs in decades-old networking code have left a number of operating systems vulnerable to denial of service attacks or even full takeovers, Wired reports. The bugs endured for so long because they all trace back to the same popular implementation of network protocols that make up the "TCP/IP stack," allowing devices to connect to networks like the internet.
Vice Media Buys Refinery29
Vice Media LLC has acquired Refinery29, the venture-backed digital media company focused on millennial women, Axios reports. Deal terms were not disclosed. It's the latest media merger between two venture-backed companies that are looking to consolidate for survival.
Incognito Mode for Google Maps Arrives
Google has begun to roll out Incognito mode for its Maps app, Gizmodo reports. Much like browsing in Incognito mode in Chrome or on YouTube through the app, enabling the privacy mode in Maps means that your activity in-app won’t be saved to your account and won’t be used by Google to serve you suggestions and other personalized information.
Microsoft Returns to the Smartphone Arena
Microsoft is making a phone—again. The tech giant, which stopped producing phones years ago, is hoping to stage a comeback with the Surface Duo, CNet reports. As the name suggests, the device has two screens, connected by a hinge. Microsoft this week also showed off updates to its Surface laptop lines, and the new true wireless Surface Earbuds.
Goose on the Loose
An unnamed goose has topped the download charts on the Nintendo Switch console in the UK and Australia, the BBC reports. In Untitled Goose Game, the player assumes the role of a horrible goose and terrorizes the inhabitants of a sleepy English village.