As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, an intensifying battle over the future of the internet is taking shape, the New York Times reports. The struggle has entangled tech titans, upended Madison Avenue and disrupted small businesses. And it heralds a profound shift in how people’s personal information may be used online, with sweeping implications for the ways that businesses make money digitally.
Facebook knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands. That is the central finding of a Wall Street Journal series, based on a review of internal Facebook documents. Time and again, the documents show, Facebook’s researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects—but still the company didn’t fix them.
Like booze, social media seems to offer an intoxicating cocktail of dopamine, disorientation, and, for some, dependency. "Call it “attention alcohol,’” Derek Thompson writes in The Atlantic. As with problem drinking, moderating use of social media is easier said than done.
With Firefox Suggest, Mozilla is rethinking web search—and its Google-reliant business model, Fast Company reports. It wants the browser to help users discover new websites and find what they’re looking for straight from the address bar, without having to visit Google or another search engine first. It’s also a new way for Mozilla to make money.
Every company with internet access has taken a stab at the e-newsletter—and most have failed miserably, drawing meager open rates. But there are exceptions. What makes them work? HubSpot looks at how to write email newsletters that people actually want to read.
Eighteen months into the pandemic and a lot of head-scratching later, the home office is getting an upgrade, Protocol reports. These are the products built for hybrid work, forged by—and during—a pandemic, meant to reflect the future that no one predicted a few years ago.
Is an Abu Dhabi-based streaming app the future of the global music industry? Anghami is a case study in how the music business is being gradually transformed from outside its core centers of New York, Los Angeles and London, Rest of World reports.
LinkedIn is looking to provide more ways for brands to maximize their content efforts on the platform with a new feature for Company Pages, reports Social Media Today. Articles for Pages is an extension of LinkedIn’s long-form blogging option, which has been available for personal profiles since 2014. Now, company pages will also be able to create posts, and share them direct in-app.
Maryana Iskander says she aims to increase diversity among Wikipedia’s volunteer moderators when she takes the reins of the platform’s parent organization in January, the Washington Post reports. Iskander, an Egyptian-born American lawyer who has served as CEO of the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator NGO since 2013, will oversee the global nonprofit that powers Wikipedia and other digital libraries and informational repositories.
A novel way of delivering high-speed internet via beams of light through the air has successfully transmitted data across the Congo River, the BBC reports. Project Taara is one of Alphabet X's so-called moonshot ideas. The system uses very narrow, invisible beams of light to deliver high speeds, similar to the way traditional fiber in the ground uses light to carry data, but without the cable casing.