Facebook lost some hard drives in a car break-in, but employees probably shouldn’t worry — here’s why

Facebook lost some hard drives in a car break-in, but employees probably shouldn’t worry — here’s why

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On the surface, it seems like another privacy hit for Facebook: a thief broke into an employee’s car “recently,” the company told CNBC Friday, taking company equipment including hard drives. The company said the hard drives contained unencrypted personal data of current and former Facebook employees, and alerted those employees to the theft “out of an abundance of
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Facebook Is on a Billion-Dollar VR/AR Buying Spree

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) spent $3 billion to acquire virtual-reality leader Oculus back in 2014, and it isn’t about to risk letting that asset flounder. For further evidence of that, consider its latest spending spree, which may have a total price tag above $1 billion. In September, Facebook bought CTRL-labs for its neural networking capabilities. Then, late in November, it revealed that
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Serious Bitcoin Warning For Facebook, Yahoo, And MSN Users

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency scams exploded onto the scene following bitcoin’s epic 2017 bull run, with millions of people hopeful they could cash in on the digital gold rush. The bitcoin price slump over the last year, which saw the bitcoin price drop around 90%, meant the number of scams declined—but they didn’t disappear entirely. Now, researchers
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Facebook updates crisis response tools, adds WhatsApp integration

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Facebook  is expanding Crisis Response, its disaster-reporting and communications feature that’s been used in 300 crises in more than 80 countries. The company today is announcing several new features, including WhatsApp integration, support for first-hand information sharing and an expansion of its “Data for Good” tools for things like better disaster and displacement maps. Crisis Response
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Facebook and Instagram back up after big Thanksgiving outages

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If you were trying to share Thanksgiving photos on Thursday, you may have noticed that both Facebook and Instagram began suffering intermittent outages earlier today. Just like you might feel after your third helping of turkey and stuffing: they were down, but not quite out. Thankfully, Facebook says it’s restored service to its main social
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Facebook has a creepy bug that secretly opens phone’s camera in background

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Facebook users on the iPhone, beware. Facebook might be secretly spying on you via your phone’s camera. Facebook, that has received backlash on privacy several times in past, has yet again come under the scanner. This time for a bug that secretly opens the iPhone’s camera in the background when scrolling through the Facebook feed.
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Facebook was also in talks to buy Fitbit, but Google offered more cash

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Google on Friday announced that it was acquiring Fitbit for $2.1 billion. A new report suggests that Google wasn’t the only tech giant in talks to buy the fitness tracker and smartwatch making company. Google was closely competing with Facebook for the deal. According to a report by The Information, Facebook was reportedly also in
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How to activate dark mode for Facebook

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Dark mode for Facebook has been a long time coming, but it’s finally started to arrive, letting you enjoy a more stylish social experience. It’s not just about looks – researchers from Google have found that pixel color has a direct effect on power draw, with black pixels using significantly less energy than white ones. Switching
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A new Facebook News tab is starting to roll out in the United States

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Facebook began testing a new home for news in its mobile app today called Facebook News. It will roll out to a few hundred thousand users in the United States and host reporting from big publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and BuzzFeed. Facebook is paying some (but not all) participating publishers for their work, offering a
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The family of the Facebook employee who committed suicide has hired a law firm to investigate

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A law firm representing the family of the Facebook employee who committed suicide this month announced it is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the death. “We’re trying to sort through all the information to secure the truth,” Qiaojing Ella Zheng, senior counsel at Sanford Heisler Sharp, told CNBC on Monday. Sanford Heisler Sharp represents the family of Qin Chen,
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