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KNOW | TWELVE, JULY 2018

Facebook launches Workplace for Good, a free version of its enterprise product for non-profits

Workplace, an enterprise communications app from Facebook, is launching a new tier of the product called Workplace for Good, which will let non-profits use the product for free. Facebook has always allowed non-profits to use Workplace without fees but is now going to be making a bigger push toopen the product up to charities, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, regardless of their size.

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KNOW | TWELVE, JUNE 2018

31 May 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data.

Though Google has far more data about us than Facebook, because we use it for not only our internet searches but also for our emails, calendaring, maps, photo uploads, video streaming, mobile phones and web browsers, Google has sidestepped controversy while Facebook has under fire for improperly leaking user data. To find out why, I downloaded a copy of all of the information that Google has on me and compared that data to what I already knew Facebook had obtained on me. What I found was that while my Google data archive was much larger than my Facebook file it was also packed with fewer unpleasant surprises and I was relieved to find out I could delete the data. In contrast, when I downloaded my Facebook data, I found that a lot of what I saw could not be purged.

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KNOW | TWELVE, MAY 2018

Apple reportedly launching subscription news service - A premium Apple News app

Bloomberg reports that Apple has acquired Texture, known as the “Netflix of magazines” and is now planning to develop its own subscription news service. Texture, which currently offers 200+ magazines for $9.99 per month, will be rolled into Apple’s News team with a new app with subscription option is expected to launch within the next year. Apple has attempted a subscription news service in the past with its Newsstand app. The original app offered digital versions of newspapers and magazines but was discontinued when Apple moved to the Apple News platform instead. There was also a previous partnership with News Corporation to create an iPad only news publication called The Daily. The Daily was discontinued after less than two years with the explanation of a lack of audience to create a sustainable business model.

 

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KNOW | TWELVE, MARCH 2018

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to partner on US employee health care

A partnership has been announced between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to cut health-care costs and improve services for their U.S. employees. Together these giant companies employ more than 1.1 million workers and will team up to target technology solutions to simplify the health-care system and remove profit-making incentives. Following the announcement shares of Berkshire and J.P. Morgan fell slightly, while Amazon edged higher. Principals of Amazon, Berkshire and J.P. Morgan noted that the way it will work remains to be seen but they're hoping that their sheer size will help bring the necessary scale and resources to tackle the issue.

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KNOW | TWELVE, FEBRUARY 2018

1 Feb 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Apple releases new security update to protect Safari against the Spectre attack

Apple has released a security update for iOS, macOS and Safari to protect against attacks exploiting the recently published vulnerability called Spectre. Although few details are available on the updates themselves, Apple’s description states that the purpose is to protect against Spectre attacks and researchers responsible for discovering the bug have been thanked in the acknowledgements, including Google’s Jann Horn. This is the second group of updates released by Apple, who confirmed that all devices running iOS and macOS were affected by the Spectre vulnerability. Another recently uncovered vulnerability, Meltdown, has already been addressed with specific patches released for iOS (11.2), macOS (10.13.2), and tvOS (11.2).

 

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KNOW | TWELVE, JANUARY 2018

4 Jan 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Facebook adds a Snooze button for muting people, groups and Pages for 30 days

Last week Facebook launched a Snooze feature that gives users another option to limit what they see in their news feed. This new feature allows users to mute content from any person, page or group for 30 days without having to go to the extreme of unfriending or unfollowing someone they may want to keep in touch with later. Don’t want to see a month long stream of political rants or baby photos? Temporarily block that group or person by using the new snooze button in the top right dropdown menu on a post.

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KNOW | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2017

30 Nov 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Twitter is about to get more words -- a lot more.

Twitter recently announced it is doubling how many characters can be used when tweeting, going from 140 to 280 characters. The new limit will roll out to Twitter users in almost all 40 languages Twitter supports except Japanese, Korean or Chinese because those languages can convey twice as much information in less space. Twitter performed a test in late September with a small group of users. Interestingly, after the novelty wore off, most people in the test stopped making full 280 character length tweets. Twitter noted that only 5% of tweets sent from people in the 280-character test group were longer than 140 characters, and just 2% were over 190 characters.

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KNOW | TWELVE, SEPTEMBER 2017

Teens favoring Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook. 

Research firm eMarketer reports that Facebook is losing appeal among teens and young adults and growth is slowing as those demographic groups switch to using alternative social apps Snapchat and Instagram.  Both Snapchat and Instagram are enjoying double-digit growth in the younger demographic, thought to be partially due to younger users favoring more visual communications platforms.  This is the second consecutive year of decline in usage for Facebook among this demographic group. 

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KNOW | TWELVE, AUGUST 2017

4 Aug 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Why you should delete your old phone number on Facebook: Simple profile recovery trick that relies on outdated details lets anyone break into your account. 

James Martindale, a security expert based in Colorado has exposed a flaw in Facebook’s account recovery system that can allow a hacker to easily access your Facebook account using a simple trick. Facebook's account recovery system lets users log in using their phone number if they lose their password, but if a hacker buys an old phone number that is still linked to a Facebook account, they can easily gain access to the profile through the account recovery system.  If a user forgets their password they can request a code to recover their account.  But if someone has a new phone number and has not unlinked their old one from their Facebook account, hackers can type in the old number into the account recovery screen to gain access to the profile, change the password and access the Facebook account. 

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