Category: Technology

The Technology 202: Facebook is still freezing all its political donations. Eventually, it may have to make a choice.

By contrast, in the wake of Jan. 6, Microsoft, Google and Amazon all eventually decided to suspend contributions just to members who voted against certifying the election results in favor of President Biden. Microsoft on Friday afternoon was the latest to announce such a policy, and it also said it would establish new Democracy Forward Initiative to support organizations that promote public transparency, campaign finance reform and voting rights. 

Facebook previously said it would continue this controversial pause until at least the end of the quarter as it reviews its processes. An indefinite suspension will likely prove untenable, as

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The Washington Post bolsters investment in tech news coverage with eight new positions

“The need for this expansion is clear. News surrounding big technology companies and their role in society is becoming more urgent as lawmakers seek to regulate a rapidly expanding industry,” said David Cho, business editor at The Washington Post. “With this investment, we will be able to do more ambitious storytelling on topics ranging from personal technology to technology policy, giving readers greater insight to what is taking place and what it all means.”

The Post announced a major investment in technology coverage in October 2018 with the creation of a San Francisco bureau and 11 new positions. Since then,

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Seattle’s Porch marks new era as public company with first Super Bowl ad touting home services tech

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the amount Porch paid for a Super Bowl ad. The story and headline have been updated.

Porch has been on quite a run the past several weeks, and it culminated Sunday night with a surprise Super Bowl ad for the Seattle-based tech company.

The 30-second spot aired right after the game ended and was a rapid-fire display of the various ways people can love their homes using Porch’s home services tech. National ads that ran during the game were reportedly priced at $5.5 million for 30-second units. Porch’s ad ran

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Super Bowl 2021 commercials: Here are the leaked ads

Super Bowl advertising has always been a high-stakes activity, with brands spending millions for 30 seconds of airtime alone to trot out their messages in front of more than 100 million viewers. But in 2021, the stakes are even higher after a bruising year that included a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial justice demonstrations and an attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

Some long-time advertisers are opting out of the this year’s Super Bowl LV, including veteran players like Coke and Pepsi. Marketing experts note that advertisers who will appear in the game may need to walk a fine line

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Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

The last few years have seen a scourge of account takeovers across social media, with no more visible example than last year’s audacious Twitter hack. This week, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok took part in a coordinated action to reclaim hundreds of accounts that had been used to facilitate trading of those ill-gotten handles within the so-called OGUsers community. It’s not going to solve the problem for good, but it’s at least something.

That’s more than can generally be said for streamer donation platforms Streamlabs and StreamElements, which have allowed far-right and white supremacist users to monetize their hate. Both

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How digital networks and data help promote board diversity and bust the ‘pipeline problem’ myth

Charlotte Guyman.

In the last year, protests against racial inequality and the uneven effects of the coronavirus pandemic have thrust the lack of diversity at the top levels of business into the headlines. Now more than ever, customers, employees and investors are beginning to chastise companies that aren’t making an effort to introduce top-team diversity.

Most recently on Dec. 1 the tech-heavy Nasdaq filed a proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission that would require companies to disclose their board’s diversity and to have at least two diverse directors. While the proposal remains unresolved, it was the latest high-profile sign

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