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Facebook has armed guards covertly patrolling its idyllic Silicon Valley headquarters - INSIDER

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 05:45 AM PST

After a disgruntled YouTube user shot three people at the company's headquarters in Silicon Valley in April 2018, Facebook sprang into action.

The social networking firm's offices are just a 30-minute drive away from YouTube, and it swiftly redoubled its own defenses — spooking some employees in the process.

Though most workers don't realise it, Facebook quietly has off-duty police officers in civilian clothes covertly patrolling its headquarters with concealed firearms in case of emergencies. Following the YouTube shooting, Facebook upped their numbers, in doing so unsettling some employees who subsequently noticed them.

Business Insider has spoken with current and former employees and reviewed internal documents for an in-depth investigation into how Facebook handles its corporate security, which you can read in full here.

The incident highlights the challenges Facebook's security team faces as it polices the Silicon Valley technology giant, and the extreme threats it needs to plan for while maintaining a comfortable atmosphere at Facebook's famously luxurious Menlo Park, California headquarters.

In an interview, Facebook's chief global security officer Nick Lovrien said that the company immediately increased its "security posture" following the YouTube shooting. "Not everybody was aware that we had those on campus, so there was a population that was concerned that we had armed off-duty officers," he said.

"But I will say that the majority of people expressed they were much more comfortable having them, and in this role my job is really to weigh that risk versus anything else, and safety is the number one priority, and this was the right investment to be able to mitigate that."

All told, there are now more than 6,000 people working in Facebook's Global Security team — including legions of security officers. CEO Mark Zuckerberg also has armed guards outside of his Bay Area residences, and executive protection officers in civilian clothes quietly keep watch over him while he works in the office and accompany him wherever he goes.

Forewarned is forearmed

Global Security has extensive plans and best practices for a broad array of security incidents, Business Insider learned as part of its investigation into Facebook's security practices.

Executive kidnapped? Notify law enforcement, get proof of life, contact the kidnap-and-ransom-insurance company, and go from there. Active shooter? Gather critical information about the location and description of the shooter, call law enforcement, send out emergency notifications, lock down or evacuate the buildings as necessary, and so on.

Unexpected package sent to an executive's home? Get information about who dropped it off, make an incident alert, and send the package to the GSII without opening it. Media turned up outside Zuckerberg's residence? Figure out who they are, why they're there, send a mobile unit to meet them, and notify police if requested by management or the executive protection team.

Protocols like these are by no means unique to Facebook; they provide a clear agreed-upon framework to follow in times of crisis. But they're indicative of the disparate challenges Facebook now faces in protecting its global workforce, from civil disturbances to safely handling the firing of "high-risk employees."

Facebook has to similarly prepare whenever it constructs a new facility: When it built its new Frank Gehry-designed headquarters in Menlo Park, the security threats it was forced to consider involved everything from the risk of earthquakes to the possibility of a plane from San Francisco International Airport falling out of the sky onto the campus, which would cause carnage.

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Here's everything we know about Apple's rumored smart glasses, which could arrive as soon as next year - INSIDER

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 05:16 AM PST

  • Apple is rumored to release a pair of smart glasses as early as 2020.
  • We've rounded up all of the details from reports over the years to give you an idea of what Apple might eventually release.

Apple is reportedly working on a pair of smart glasses.

The device is said to be an augmented reality (AR) headset, which overlays virtual images on top of what you see in the real world. Think "Pokémon Go," where you see the real world through your phone's camera, but digital Pokémon can also be seen depending on where you are. Instead of a smartphone, though, this would be a pair of glasses you wear directly in front of your eyes, likely paired with and powered by your iPhone.

The first reports of Apple's smart glasses started around 2015, so we've rounded up all of the rumors and news since that time to give you an idea of what to expect.

Apple's Cupertino visitors center carries a collection of unique items - INSIDER

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 04:15 PM PST

If you're an Apple fan and you're looking for some unique company merchandise to show your love, you need to make your way to the company's visitor center in Cupertino.

Right across the street from Apple Park, the company's spaceship headquarters, the center has within it an Apple Store that features items you can't find anywhere else. Better yet, while Apple severely restricts who can get into its headquarters building, it welcomes all comers to its visitor center.

Read on to see what you'll find within:

Founder of busted Florida massage parlor chain reportedly ran business promising access to Trump at Mar-a-Lago - Business Insider

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 06:55 AM PST

Li "Cindy" Yang, the founder of the Florida massage parlor that was recently busted for allegedly selling sexual services to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, has been helping to run a business that promised access to President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, according to a report from Mother Jones.

Yang and her husband, Zubin Gong, reportedly started the company GY US Investments LLC in 2017. Archives of their since-deleted website go back to August 2018. On it, they described the company's work as helping to "assist businesses in America to establish and expand their brand image in the modern Chinese marketplace." Further down on the webpage, however, they described providing access to Trump and Mar-a-Lago.

Services they offered, according to an archived version of the website, included "Presidential Roundtable and Presidential Dinner," "taking photos with the President," various VIP activities at Trump Lake," "the opportunity to interact with the president," "White House and Capitol Hill Dinner," "First Lady Charity Ball," and "meet President Trump."

The site also highlighted past events at Mar-a-Lago, including pictures of Yang with members of the Trump family, and previewed upcoming events that clients could presumably attend.

Future events reportedly included the "International Leaders Elite Forum," which would supposedly feature leaders from around the world along with President Trump's sister Elizabeth Trump Grau, and Mar-a-Lago's infamously expensive annual New Year's celebration. The site reportedly included pictures from the 2019 celebration that included Chinese executives posed with members of the Trump family.

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Yang has become a large Republican political donor and has seemingly crafted a relationship with President Trump. According to a report from the Miami Herald, Yang posted a selfie with Trump on the night of the Super Bowl from Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. According to Mother Jones, Yang and her family have donated $42,000 to a Trump PAC and over $16,000 to Trump's presidential campaign.

Yang's Facebook page was full of photos of her with President Trump, Trump family members, and other Republican politicians including Sarah Palin, according to Mother Jones.

Yang founded Jupiter Day Spa and the chain Tokyo Day Spas, which were part of the massive sex-trafficking and prostitution bust that swept up Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is reportedly close with Trump, and Republican mega-donor John Child. Yang sold the chain 10 years ago, was not part of the bust and has denied any knowledge of illegal activity.

Chocolate for breakfast and freshly-killed goat for dinner — here are the diets of some of the most notable tech billionaires - Business Insider

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 04:15 AM PST

Just because billionaires have the money to pay for pricey personal chefs or high-end healthy foods doesn't mean they're actually adhering to diets that are good for them.

As you'll see below, some of the richest people in tech have some pretty terrible — or bizarre — eating habits. While some experiment with the latest health fads, like Paleo diets and veganism, there are other tech billionaires who enjoy eating chocolate for breakfast or skip eating altogether for days.

So even though there are some wealthy techies whose diets you'll want to copy to replicate their levels of success, there's no guarantee they'll put you in good health.

Here are some of the diets and foods that tech billionaires swear by:

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