EU Parliament Grills Up a Nothingburger, and more in this week’s newsletter
Apparently, it’s been over a year of doing these things, which I did not notice because I did not number them / can’t count that high anyway. Enjoy the long weekend, and Do Not Read Until Monday. Tuesday.
EU Parliament Grills Zuck, Gets Served a Nothingburger
Much was made of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to European Parliament for questioning ahead of his appearance, as Europe tends to keep a tighter leash on corporations than ol’ Uncle Sam. But, despite about an hour of questions, Zuckerberg chose to answer in generalizations, which did not provide much further information about what it’s doing or plans to do to protect its users.
Specific questions dodged include its reaction to GDPR, including how it will allegedly reroute data processing for some 1.5 billion users to avoid compliance, and data sharing between Facebook’s family of apps, as pointed out by TechCrunch.
Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, some activist groups are looking to lobby for a break-up of the company, while it will have to contend with another lawsuit, alleging it knowingly exploited users’ private data.
Despite criticism for its behemoth status, Facebook moves ever forward into new territories, such as dating, as teased at F8, or home services, which debuted this week in Marketplace.
Odds + The End
- The number 1 mobile payment provider is … S T A R B U C K S ?
- Instagram’s getting a feature to tell users to get the hell off Instagram already.
- Twitter killed a bunch of its TV apps and booted Android emoji this week.
- Also, did you know it called its native emoji “Twemoji”? Ugh.
- Siri’s telling people she’s getting smarter soon, but she’s not always the most reliable with answers tbh.
- She better be learning some German too, as Apple now has an agreement with Volkswagen to develop driverless cars.
- Netflix both inked a deal with the Obamas this week, and surpassed the largest cable company in the U.S. in market cap. …Pretty solid week.
- Forgive me, Echo, for I have sinned. The Church of England now has an Alexa Skill.
- You can now stalk your Amazon delivery.
- Maybe you’ll be able to stalk your Tinder matches soon too.
- Elon Musk wants to “Hot-or-Not” journalism with “Pravda”.
- Oh yes, there will be a Nintendo 64 classic.
- Lyft is looking to open about 30 support centers in the U.S. in an appeal to drivers.
- Not to be outdone, Uber will now offer some key benefits to European drivers.
- There’s a number of apps out there riding HQ Trivia’s coattails. But some of them are doing a better job working with brands.
- A battle may be brewing over Amazon’s facial recognition technology.
- Ready to disrupt getting wasted? Hooch is.
- Airbnb became the latest platform to rip off Snapchat this week, and now features travel “Stories”.
- May 24, 2018