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Past articles by Sarah:

Seven Ex-Facebook Employees Team Up to Invest in Women-Led Startups —

Ex-Facebook executives Kelly Graziadei and Sarah Smith were sitting in Ms. Smith’s kitchen last year having a glass of wine and some cheese when the talk turned to startups, and how few women founders there are in Silicon Valley. The two agreed they should try to do something about it, and in ... → Read More

The People With Power at Google Advertising —

For years, Google has been the top dog in internet advertising, with Facebook not far behind. But now an interloper in the ad market, Amazon, is attracting growing attention from the leaders of Google’s ad group—more than 50 of whom are shown in the chart accompanying this story. Google’s ... → Read More

Briefing: Alphabet’s Cybersecurity Company Chronicle Launches New Product —

Alphabet’s enterprise security startup, Chronicle, announced its first major product, called Backstory, on Monday. Companies can use the product to store cybersecurity data, index it and then analyze it for threats with a Google search style interface. The idea is to help security analysts take advantage of massive amounts of data collected about network activity—data that previously was costly… → Read More

Briefing: Google Announces $13 Billion in New Data Center, Office Investments —

Google says it will invest $13 billion in new data centers and offices across the country this year. It will invest in 14 states, including in Ohio, Texas, South Carolina and Nevada, CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post the investment will lead to the hiring of “tens of thousands of employees”. Google will end up with a presence in 24 states, some of which gave the company considerable tax… → Read More

A Surge of States Take on Data Privacy as Congress Stalls —

Last June, the technology industry cringed as California’s legislature passed a new data privacy law that will give residents more control over how their personal data is used by Facebook, Google and other big companies. Now it is bracing for a wave of action by other states, at least eight of ... → Read More

Apple, Facebook Messaging Rivalry Hints at Intensifying Services Battle —

Publicly, Apple and Facebook have brawled over privacy issues, with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg trading high-profile barbs over the past year. But behind the scenes the two companies are fighting what may be a more consequential battle for leadership in messaging, vying ... → Read More

10 Lawmakers Tech Should Watch —

When Google CEO Sundar Pichai took a seat in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning, he became the latest Silicon Valley tech executive summoned for hostile questioning from politicians.Lawmakers are expected to ask him about Google’s plans to return to China with a censored ... → Read More

Facebook On Hunt For Big Cybersecurity Acquisition —

In an effort to repair its tattered reputation around data protection, Facebook is stepping up efforts to acquire a major cybersecurity firm, according to four people familiar with the matter. Facebook has approached several security firms about an acquisition, two of the people said, although ... → Read More

Facebook Likely to Name Mosseri to Lead Instagram —

Facebook most likely will name Adam Mosseri as the new leader of Instagram, following the announcement on Monday night that the photo-sharing service’s two founders are leaving the company, according to people familiar with the matter. The departure of the two founders, Instagram CEO Kevin ... → Read More

Venture Capitalists Look to Privacy Investments as Interest Rises —

When Dimitri Sirota approached investors two years ago to raise a seed round for his new company, BigID, many were dismissive of the idea behind the startup, which creates technology that helps companies find what personal data they have collected from customers and get recommendations on how to ... → Read More

Instagram’s Growing Bot Problem —

Instagram, which recently reached a billion users, might have as many as 95 million bots posing as real accounts on its platform, according to a new study conducted for The Information by the research firm Ghost Data.That tally is somewhat higher than in a similar study the research firm did in ... → Read More

Security Firm Tenable Plans IPO in July —

Tenable Network Security has filed confidentially for an initial public offering, according to two people with direct knowledge of the filing. Tenable is planning to go public in late July, the people said.The filing, made on Monday, would make Tenable the third major cybersecurity company to go ... → Read More

For Developers, Facebook’s Messenger Shows Signs of Life —

Facebook’s early efforts to turn Messenger into a service that people can use for shopping or getting news or weather sputtered quickly. But two years on, the Messenger effort is showing signs of life.Several developers say they have been selling more bots and applications through Messenger in ... → Read More

Briefing: Uber CEO Plans for 2019 IPO —

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said at the Code Conference in Los Angeles that self-driving cars is a business the company wants to be in, despite recent tragedies that have stalled testing in some areas. He said Uber wants to both use the technology and license it to other companies. One twist? He said the company is having discussions about also adding Waymo’s cars onto the Uber network… → Read More

Briefing: Facebook Eyes New Home Services Market Push —

Facebook is, once again, trying to expand into home services. The company announced on Wednesday that it has teamed up with some of the more popular home services gig startups, like Handy, HomeAdvisor, and Porch, to help connect users with services like cleaning or home improvement through its Facebook Marketplace. The new tab will be called Marketplace Services, the company said. This isn’t new… → Read More

Meet The New Faces of Power at Facebook —

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently ceded some power to his deputies in one of the biggest management reorgs in the company’s history. Some of these leaders, like Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, have high profiles. But several others, including WhatsApp’s new chief Chris Daniels and Vice ... → Read More

Briefing: Facebook Publishes First Content Enforcement Numbers —

Facebook said it took down 837 million pieces of spam, 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity, 3.5 million graphic violence posts, and 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in the first quarter of the year. The numbers show how Facebook is following through on the Community Standards enforcement efforts that it announced a few weeks ago. It’s a small step. But Facebook is eager to… → Read More

Briefing: Facebook Suspends 200 Apps for Potential Data Misuse —

Facebook said Monday in a blog post that it has suspended around 200 applications as it investigates possible misuse of user data. It said it has now investigated “thousands of apps” as part of its review of every app with access to Facebook data. While it’s commendable that Facebook is finally taking steps to address this issue, it’s important to note that user data that has already been… → Read More

Briefing: Google I/O All About AI —

The first day of Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference, was all about AI. Google announced a stream of updates across its apps and Android platform for developers, including new visual and voice tools for Google Assistant and updates that would be coming with its Android P operating system. Google also rolled out new ways to make it easier for developers to access the AI and… → Read More

Briefing: Twitter Users Advised to Update Passwords After Bug —

All Twitter users are being advised to update their passwords. The company revealed that it had been keeping an undisclosed number of user passwords in plain text—not encrypted, so anyone with access could read them. Twitter described this as a “bug.” The company noted that it didn’t have any reason to believe at this time that a hacker had accessed the passwords or that they were misused in any… → Read More