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Facebook's board backs COO Sheryl Sandberg over her calls to investigate George Soros (FB)

Facebook's board has come out in support of COO Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg has been under heavy criticism over her involvement in efforts to investigate George Soros and critics of Facebook. "When a well-known and outspoken investor attacks your company publicly, it is fair and appropriate to do this level of diligence," the board said.

Facebook's board has chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg's back.

In a letter, the Silicon Valley tech giant's board supported Sandberg's controversial request to investigate George Soros and whether the billionaire investor philanthropist had shorted the company's stock after calling the social network a "menace to society."

"To be clear, Sandberg's question was entirely appropriate given her role as COO," it said in a letter on Wednesday. "When a well-known and outspoken investor attacks your company publicly, it is fair and appropriate to do this level of diligence."

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Facebook employees are reportedly so paranoid they're buying burner phones 'to talk s--t about the company with each other' (FB)

Facebook employees have been using burner phones so they're able to "talk s--t" about the company with their colleagues, BuzzFeed News reports. BuzzFeed's story details an atmosphere of distrust and tension within Facebook, which has faced many scandals over the last two years.  Also on Wednesday, the British Parliament released a trove of internal Facebook documents, detailing the company's thinking around partnerships and competition.

Amid a disastrous year for Facebook filled with information leaks and damaging revelations, employees inside the company have started buying disposible burner phones "to talk sh--t about the company" with each other, a former senior employee tells BuzzFeed News.


17 tips for surviving your office holiday party
Posted December 5, 2018 6:49 PM
17 tips for surviving your office holiday party

If you plan to attend an office holiday party this year, keep in mind that it's still a work event. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is drinking too much. You should also avoid too much business talk. 

'Tis the season — for your office's annual holiday party.

Here's hoping your bash is merry and bright. But, before you put on your Santa hat and go to town, just remember these kinds of wintery events are inherently risky. Mixing booze, coworkers, and the stress of the holiday season can be truly volatile.

So, take steps to avoid humiliating yourself at this year's festivities. The night could be fun ... or it could mutate into an evening of drunken disaster.

It all depends on your attitude.

Here are 17 tips to make sure your office holiday party is a definitive success.

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Lime's co-founder drops some big hints about the scooter company's plans to increase safety features

Lime has big plans when it comes to safety: including AI, sidewalk detection, and tools to lock out drunk riders.  The company has already given away helmets as part of its "respect the ride" campaign.  Still, injuries are flooding emergency rooms and the company has come under fire for not doing more. 

As injuries from scooter riding flood emergency rooms across the country, operators are coming under fire for not doing more to ensure user safety.


An Instagram exec figured out a simple hack to stop getting buried by emails

Responding personally to every email you get at work can consume valuable time. Instagram executive Eva Chen noticed most of her emails concerned the same 10 topics, so she came up with a clever workaround. Instead of typing a response to each email she gets, she keeps stock responses saved as email signatures so she can quickly fire back a message.

It's estimated that the average worker receives almost 90 emails a day.

Responding to all those messages could eat up valuable hours of the workday — but one executive has a clever solution she uses on a daily basis.

Eva Chen, the head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, told Indya Brown at The Cut that she keeps a stockpile of generic email responses saved as customized signatures. 


The 18 biggest tech scandals of 2018 (FB, TWTR, GOOGL, TSLA, AAPL)

From Facebook's Cambridge Analytica debacle to Google's sexual misconduct investigations, 2018 has been a year rocked by scandal in tech industry.  Here are the 18 biggest tech scandals that happened this year.

In the tech world, 2018 was rocked by scandal. 

Over the last 12 months, many tech companies have found themselves at the center of our country's most pressing social and political issues. 

Facebook provided Cambridge Analytica — a data firm used by President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to target voters — with 87 million users' personal information without obtaining proper consent. 

Google reportedly paid an executive tens of millions of dollars after he was let go over a sexual misconduct investigation.

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Google is reportedly shutting down its Allo messaging app for good (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google will soon be shutting down its smart messaging app, Google Allo, according to a report from 9to5Google. Back in April, Google product chief Anil Sabharwal confirmed that Google Allo had "not achieved the level of traction that we’d hoped for."  The company also announced in April that it's working on Google Chat, which would create a new universal standard for text messaging known as rich communication services (or RCS).  Allo will soon join the legacy of Google's failed messaging apps including Gchat, Google Buzz, and Google Wave. 

Another Google messaging app is about to bite the dust — this time, it's Google Allo. 

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Internal documents show how Facebook decided to put in a feature that collected call and SMS data without users knowing (FB)

Internal Facebook emails released on Wednesday by British Parliament reveal the discussions leading to the "log scraping" practice that collected call and SMS text logs from Facebook users on Android devices. Facebook initially planned to make the practice an "opt-in" feature that gave users a choice, and even then it was deemed a "high risk" move. The company eventually found a way to implement the log scraping feature without user consent.  The practice became known to the public in March of this year.

Facebook's practise of collecting call and SMS logs from users on some Android devices — a practice known as log scraping — was discovered back in March, causing a privacy scandal among users who said they never agreed to let the social network scrape that data.

At the time, the


Facebook's PR head defended its anti-Soros effort, saying it was 'completely legitimate' (FB)

Facebook's move to tie groups opposed to the company with billionaire investor George Soros was "completely legitimate," its top public-relations official said Wednesday. Elliot Schrage characterized the move as in the interests of transparency and honesty in public debate. Schrage didn't address the effort's echoes to longstanding anti-Semitic smears about Soros.

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook's head of communications on Wednesday defended the company's decision to go after liberal financier George Soros, saying it was "completely legitimate."


Artists are slamming the creators of ‘Fortnite’ for allegedly making money off of stolen dances, and one rapper says he plans to sue

Rapper 2 Milly said he will sue the creators of "Fortnite" for allegedly copying his dance the "Milly Rock" and selling it in the game. While 2 Milly has been the most vocal about the similarities of a "Fortnite" dance to existing work, several artists have accused the game's creators of taking their dances without permission or pay. "Fortnite: Battle Royale" is the world's most popular game, making more than $200 million a month selling emotes and other cosmetic items for use in game.

Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly plans to sue "Fortnite" creator Epic Games for allegedly copying and profiting off of a dance he created, the "Milly Rock."