After significant delays, the independent group Facebook created to officiate disputes about content posted by its users is ready to start hearing cases. But the group, called the Oversight Board, is launching too late to meaningfully evaluate...
Alex HeathFacebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ for content disputes is now hearing cases, but with a limited scope to start.
Mark Zuckerberg tells me he hopes the board’s role will soon be expanded, though it’s not launching in time to play a big role in the Nov election.
Jeffrey Katzenberg may be nearing the end of the road with his mobile video streaming service Quibi. He recently tried to sell its catalog of programming to companies such as NBCUniversal and Facebook. Bothpassed, according to several people...
Alex Heath“Katzenberg has told people in the industry that he may have to shut down the company”
“important strategy meetings have been cancelled”
“employees have informally been scheduling goodbye drinks”
Facebook executives have sharply ramped up their criticism of Apple in recent months, contesting the iPhone maker’s restrictions on gaming apps and ad targeting, as well as its cut of in-app purchases. Now, emboldened by Apple software changes that...
Alex HeathFacebook wants Apple to loosen its grip on messaging.
The head of Messenger tells me that iPhone owners should be able to pick outside apps as their default choice to replace Apple. Says it would allow FB to more fairly compete where iOS is dominant.
New details about a way Oracle envisions managing TikTok user data and rewriting the app, and how TikTok’s technology actually operates, underscore how hard it could be for Oracle to separate the app from its Chinese owner.At the same time, Oracle...
U.S. authorities delayed a looming ban on new downloads of TikTok shortly after President Trump told reporters Saturday he had given a corporate restructuring deal with Oracle his “blessing.” The deal will see Oracle become TikTok’s cloud hosting...
Alex HeathTikTok will now NOT be booted off U.S. app stores starting Sept. 20th. Commerce Department says it is delaying ban to the 27th, presumably to give ByteDance time to finish deal with Oracle and Walmart
For years, Google Cloud has languished in third place in the cloud computing market, with fewer marquee customers to boast of than rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.Last week, though, word surfaced of a buzzy new customer for Google...
Alex HeathIn reality TikTok has been hosted on Amazon AWS and last year signed a multi-year, nearly $1b deal with Google Cloud. That deal now appears to be in jeopardy thanks to Oracle winning U.S. gov approval?
Zoom Video Communications became a household name with a video conferencing service that has become a ubiquitous tool for businesses and students during the pandemic. Now Zoom is looking to seriously up its game in another important area:...
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says the White House’s order to ban TikTok was “very unusual in the history of business” and wasn’t something Facebook had called for.Sandberg’s comments, made during an interview at The Information’s...
Alex HeathFacebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talked TikTok today at our #TIWTF conference
Apple has told some developers that it plans to delay the enforcement of a controversial change to its next mobile operating system that would upend how ads are targeted on iPhones and iPads, according to people familiar with the matter.The change...
Alex HeathApple has told developers that it plans to delay enforcement of a controversial change in iOS 14 that would upend how ads are targeted on its devices, sources tell me. This is the same change that Facebook warned would impact its ad targeting last week.
Investors in Magic Leap have marked down their stakes in the troubled augmented reality startup by 93%, on average, between the start of the year and the end of June, previously unreported figures show. The dizzying drop makes Magic Leap the private...
Alex HeathInvestors in Magic Leap have marked down their shares by 93% after the company laid off hundreds of employees and got a new CEO. Implied valuation is now $450 million. Was $6.4 billion last year. A bigger drop than WeWork, reports @coryweinberg
For a decade, Apple executives showed Epic Games the kind of love they reserve for only a precious few software developers.In 2010, Steve Jobs, then Apple’s CEO, praised a new Epic sword-fighting game for iPhones as “pretty remarkable” at an Apple...
Alex HeathWhen Apple started the App Store, there weren’t that many apps. Games quickly grew in popularity and are now the biggest chunk of store revenue. @nickwingfield & I dug into some of Apple’s tussles with game devs over the years as the category exploded.
Facebook said that a planned change by Apple to its mobile operating system could potentially kill its business that delivers ads for companies in non-Facebook apps. The change in iOS 14, the next version of Apple’s software for iPhones and iPads...
Alex HeathNew: Facebook tells me that a change to Apple’s next operating system, iOS 14, could potentially make a slice of its ads business that delivers ads in non-Facebook apps (Audience Network) go kaput
Nick Bell, the early architect of Snapchat’s Discover platform for media publishers, has joined Google in a senior product role, according to people familiar with the matter. Bell, who more recently co-managed the startup incubator Human Ventures,...
Alex Heathinteresting tech job change news: @nickbell, Snap's former VP of content, has joined Google
Join the fight against the app tax! Message @Apple on social with #FreeFortnite
Alex Heathanother chess move by Epic: b/c Apple controls the payments relationship between iOS users and app devs Epic can't refund people for purchases they've made if the app stays banned.. so Epic is providing instructions on how to request a refund from Apple
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Alex HeathGotta say, this is some next level PR playing out in real time:
- Epic implements its own in-app purchases on iOS, intentionally prodding Apple to kick out Fortnite
- Apple quickly gives the boot
- Epic has lawsuit ready to file
- Now this campaign
Facebook and Snap recently held talks to buy Dubsmash, a lip-syncing video app that has surged in popularity alongside a crop of other TikTok competitors.Dubsmash was approached by both Facebook and Snap about a deal in recent weeks, according to a...
Alex HeathScoop: Both Facebook and Snap recently looked at buying Dubsmash, an early TikTok rival that's been growing quickly in recent months
During a town hall meeting Tuesday, TikTok executives sought to reassure rattled employees now that an extraordinary series of events have thrown the popular video app’s future into uncertainty. The previously unreported all-hands meeting, held...
Alex HeathDuring a town hall meeting Tuesday, TikTok executives sought to reassure rattled employees now that an extraordinary series of events have thrown the popular video app’s future into uncertainty.