Managing a Tech Giant


Sundar Pichai on His New Role

Sundar Pichai, the 47-year-old CEO of Google, also became head of its parent, Alphabet, in December. In his first interview since his promotion, Pichai talked to Fortune about his path to power, the heavy management load he carries, and the benefits and burdens of running a massive, no-longer-youthful company.


Facebook Agrees to a $500 Million Settlement


Facebook this week reached a $550 million settlement in an Illinois case where it was sued for collecting facial recognition to use in tagging photos, CNet reports. Meanwhile, the company on Wednesday beat Wall Street's fourth-quarter expectations, but its full-year profit shrank due to rising expenses.


How Bezos Was Hacked

The hack of Amazon chief Jeff Bezos' iPhone X most likely began with a tiny bit of code that implanted malware, the New York Times reports. Hidden in a video file sent via WhatsApp from an account belonging to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was a separate bit of code that apparently gave attackers access to Bezos’ entire phone, including his photos and private communications.


The Office of 2040


Five top designers and architects were asked by Fast Company to imagine what the office design 20 years in the future might look like. "Most will make you optimistic about the future," the magazine writes. "One will prep you for a dystopian, alternate universe. Just in case." 


What Web Designers Need to Know Now 


One of the most powerful tools available in web design is consumer and industry data. Web Designer Depot offers a roundup of the latest news and reports that web designers should be aware of.


Xerox Moves Its Creative Account

Xerox has awarded its creative account to Stagwell Group’s Code and Theory following a review, Ad Age reports. WPP’s Wavemaker continues as Xerox media agency of record.


How to Grow an Engaged Audience


It’s possible to have thousands of Facebook fans or Twitter followers who never read your posts or click on your links. Social Media Today looks at 11 simple ways to gain followers who'll actively engage with your content, share it with their networks, and ultimately, become paying customers.


Vine Is Reborn. Sort of.

Vine, the Twitter-owned app that let users share and watch six-second looping videos, launched in 2013 and quickly grew. But without a way to monetize it, Twitter shut it down in 2017. Now, Dom Hofmann, a co-creator of the original Vine, has reimagined it as a new app, called Byte, which debuted this week, Buzzfeed reports.


How to Set Up a Home Music Studio

The Grammy-winning song and record of the year were not recorded in a giant studio loaded with over-priced, pro-grade gear. Instead, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas recorded them in a bedroom at their parents' house, primarily using tools available to the average hobbyist. Engadget compiled a list of the gear you'd need to do likewise.


Sun on Ice


Astronomers have just released the highest-resolution image of the sun, taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Maui. Staring at the sun, the MIT Technology Review reports, makes the telescope hot enough to melt metal. To cool it down, the DKIST team has to use a swimming pool of ice and 7.5 miles of pipe-distributed coolant.