A cache of internal Facebook documents has been published online by a UK parliamentary committee, giving unprecedented insight into the social network. These documents are via Six4Three’s discovery in their lawsuit against Facebook, and were previously sealed. (Facebook objected to their release.)
It’s about 250 pages worth of information, and the BBC has a quality topline on the main information.
I’m not shocked, but I’m stuck on how brutally Facebook played the game of growth and money making (NYTimes), and how appalling the ethics of the company are. There’s Facebook, and then there’s a company like Patagonia (The Conversation).
Here’s a quick look at what you can’t miss:
Facebook isn’t worried about privacy, just not becoming a meme:
At least a few lines from Mark Zuckerberg will go down in history:
Zuck also personally agreed to turn off Vine’s friend-finding feature:
🚔 Daughter of Huawei founder and CFO arrested in Canada (Android Authority). It appears to be related to breaching US sanctions on Iran, although little more is known. But remember the ZTE fracas? Meng Wanzhou, known as Sabrina, is also the Vice Chair of Huawei and a 25-year veteran. Beijing will want her back.
📳 From our men in Maui, here’s what’s new in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (Android Authority).
🤦♂️ OnePlus announced with much fanfare that it would have the world’s first phone with the Snapdragon 855. Apparently, that was a rather large mistake, and was meant to be “one of the first”. Not *the* first (Engadget).
❌ Google is shutting down Allo (Android Authority). Duo and Messages will get better to compensate, apparently.
🔐 Australia rushes its ‘dangerous’ anti-encryption bill into parliament, despite massive opposition (TechCrunch). Update: it passed into law, despite protests.
🚗 Waymo One has launched, Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service that’s now available in four suburbs in Phoenix, Arizona (The Verge). Quote: “Before, it felt like you were being driven by your half-blind grandmother, but now, riding feels… mostly normal.”
🚀 Unlucky 27: The SpaceX mission to the ISS went up successfully, but the Falcon 9 failed to land after 26 straight landings (Ars Technica) Elon Musk tweeted a fin didn’t deploy - watch it land on water (Twitter).
🚍 Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free (The Guardian)
🥇 Gold is no longer the most valuable precious metal. It’s now palladium, used in catalytic converters in combustion engines, fuel cells, and more (LiveMint).
🤐 Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, keeps saying the word “shitstorm” and it’s funny that Germans don’t have their own word (NYTimes).
🎄 According to a poll, ‘Die Hard’ isn’t a Christmas movie. 62 percent of people are wrong. (Morning Consult).
💡 “I tried 10 extreme creativity hacks - Putting the best advice of geniuses from Beethoven to Tesla to the test” (Medium).
This is a throwback waaayback to the hot metal printing press, and this short documentary on YouTube, showing the last day of operation at the New York Times, titled Farewell EtaoinShrdlu, for reasons you’ll discover:
There’s also a great discussion on Reddit, talking about molten lead, the fact that deaf people were employed because it was such a loud environment, and much more.
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