The Verge: Facebook names a new CTO with a major focus on hardware

The Verge: Facebook names a new CTO with a major focus on hardware. “Facebook is serious about being a long-term player in hardware. On Wednesday, the company promoted Andrew Bosworth, the current head of its hardware division that makes Oculus and other consumer devices, to the role of chief technology officer, replacing outgoing CTO Mike Schroepfer when he becomes a senior fellow next year.”

Google Blog: Giving users more transparency into their Google ad experience

Google Blog: Giving users more transparency into their Google ad experience. “To give users of our products even more transparency, we are enhancing ad disclosures with new advertiser pages. Users can access these disclosures in our new ‘About this ad’ menu to see the ads a specific verified advertiser has run over the past 30 days. For example, imagine you’re seeing an ad for a coat you’re interested in, but you don’t recognize the brand. With advertiser pages, you can learn more about that advertiser before visiting their site or making a purchase.”

Washington Post: Senate hearing on ‘big data’ morphs into grilling over how Facebook harms teens

Washington Post: Senate hearing on ‘big data’ morphs into grilling over how Facebook harms teens. “Few things unite U.S. lawmakers in anger like a massive corporation hurting kids. That became abundantly clear at an antitrust hearing Tuesday, as senators took a major detour from its focus — ostensibly about how tech giants’ troves of data hurt competition — to lay into Facebook over explosive reporting suggesting it downplayed Instagram’s toxic impact on teen girls.”

AP: Apple, Google raise new concerns by yanking Russian app

AP: Apple, Google raise new concerns by yanking Russian app. “Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it raised worries that two of the world’s most successful companies are more comfortable bowing to undemocratic edicts — and maintaining a steady flow of profits — than upholding the rights of their users.”

Axios: Facebook says Apple’s ad changes are hurting its business

Axios: Facebook says Apple’s ad changes are hurting its business. “Facebook said Wednesday that changes to Apple’s new privacy terms will continue to cause headwinds for its ads business in the third quarter. Why it matters: Facebook doesn’t typically provide these types of updates outside of earnings calls. The update signals to investors that the company is seeing numbers in the current quarter that reinforce previous warnings about impact from Apple’s changes.”

The Verge: Snap has new Lenses that show users how to fingerspell in American Sign Language

The Verge: Snap has new Lenses that show users how to fingerspell in American Sign Language. “To mark the International Week of the Deaf, Snapchat has created custom stickers and three AR Lenses to encourage users to fingerspell, the company said Tuesday. The new features were designed by incorporating feedback and guidance from deaf and hard-of-hearing employees at the company, and using AI and computer vision technology developed by Hungarian startup SignAll, which focuses on technology for deaf people.”

Bloomberg: Facebook, Google and other Big Tech firms face more fines in Russia as Kremlin curbs access to information online

Bloomberg: Facebook, Google and other Big Tech firms face more fines in Russia as Kremlin curbs access to information online. “Russia’s internet regulator is poised to significantly raise the fines it has slapped on US technology companies such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc as the Kremlin escalates its push to curb access to information online. Companies that refuse to delete content judged to be illegal in Russia could soon face amends of 5 per cent to 20 per cent of their annual local revenue, Roskomnadzor, the federal communications watchdog, said in an email Monday.” The article notes that Google has been fined 26 million rubles so far this year, which is $354,900.00 USD.

Google Blog: New designs for Chrome and Chrome OS, by Latino artists

Google Blog: New designs for Chrome and Chrome OS, by Latino artists. “This year Chrome partnered with Latino artists to create a collection of themes that celebrate our heritage. You can use them to customize your Chrome browser and Chromebook wallpapers. The work reflects a variety of meaningful subjects, from family to the subtle ways we all stay connected. This collection continues our work commissioning contemporary artists to visually show how people use Chrome and Chromebooks to get things done, explore, find and connect.”

Business Insider: Facebook fires back at damning Wall Street Journal reports that accuse the company of being ‘riddled with flaws’

Business Insider: Facebook fires back at damning Wall Street Journal reports that accuse the company of being ‘riddled with flaws’. “Facebook fired back at the Wall Street Journal following the newspaper’s multi-part series that outlined employee concerns about a litany of issues at the social media giant, from the trafficking of humans through the site to turning a blind-eye to the mental health of teenagers.”