DCC Web Round Up – October 2021

Relentless ‘Facebook Papers’ Leaks Will Continue Until Morale Improves

“The deluge of damning news stories about Facebook (now named Meta) is far from over. These stories were made possible thanks to Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former employee who recently leaked thousands of internal documents, including internal employee discussions, memos, research, and presentations, to a consortium of news outlets as part of a project collectively dubbed the “Facebook Papers.” Gizmodo has the files, and we’re eager to share them with you.”

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Alphabet reports better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue

“Google’s advertising revenue rose 43% to $53.13 billion, up from $37.1 billion the same time last year and slightly higher than the prior quarter. YouTube ads rose to $7.21 billion, up from $5.04 billion a year ago.”

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‘Metaverse’ The Modern-day ‘Utopia’

“Facebook announced the name change following some of the worst press in the companies nearly 18-year history. The headlines about the new name and rambling vision of Mark Zuckerberg for a new unified future iteration internet comprised of virtual worlds and augmented reality.”

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Facebook Makes More Money Without The News Feed Algorithm

“After 17 years of running Facebook, I don’t think Mark Zuckerberg is willing to pull an Adam Neumann and take the quick cash at the expense of the company. I don’t like Facebook as a company, however, the suggestions that killing off Facebook’s algorithm will somehow fix the world now seem fairly silly.”

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Netflix posts solid beats on earnings and new subscribers

“The quarter’s subscriber growth of 4.4 million was a solid beat over the expected 3.84 million. Analysts had expected users to flock to the streamer as it began to roll out a slew of content that was delayed to the back half of the year due to the pandemic.”

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Google Says It Will Pull YouTube App From Roku on Dec. 9

“The Google statement, since sent to PCMag as well with a request that it not be attributed to anybody by name, accuses Roku of “unproductive and baseless claims” without elaborating. But it confirms that existing copies of the YouTube app will keep working.”

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US govt reveals three more ransomware attacks on water treatment plants this year

“Ransomware gangs have silently hit three US water and wastewater treatment facilities this year, in 2021, the US government said in a joint cybersecurity advisory published today by the FBI, NSA, CISA, and the EPA.”

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Employees’ Needs Are Changing Work Spaces

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Employees‘ Needs Are Changing Work Spaces. As workers return, offices are likely to be forever transformed. Will offices be replaced by virtual team building as work changes?

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Whistleblower Absurdly Attacks Facebook’s Privacy-Protecting Encryption Efforts

“Frances Haugen, widely known as “the Facebook whistleblower,” surprised opponents of government surveillance over the weekend by speaking skeptically of end-to-end encryption in an interview with the London Telegraph.”

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