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Facebook under criminal investigation over data-sharing deals with tech firms - ABC News

Posted: 14 Mar 2019 12:40 AM PDT

Facebook says Zero Hedge ban was a 'mistake' amid uproar over big tech censorship of conservative content - Business Insider

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 02:16 AM PDT

Facebook said it made a "mistake" in banning content on its site from conservative, anti-establishment finance website Zero Hedge, after uproar from right-wing media figures claiming censorship.

Zero Hedge, which posts articles under the moniker Tyler Durden, a nod to the anarchic 1999 film "Fight Club," claimed its content was blocked by Facebook on Monday. Users reported that the site's posts were banned due to a contravention of "community standards."

"This was a mistake with our automation to detect spam and we worked to fix it yesterday," a Facebook spokesman said, according to Breitbart. "We use a combination of human review and automation to enforce our policies around spam and in this case, our automation incorrectly blocked this link. As soon as we identified the issue, we worked quickly to fix it," Breitbart cited Facebook as saying.

Right-wing commentators have accused social media sites of liberal bias, with companies such as Facebook and Twitter reportedly meeting with GOP officials in the past to address complaints around censorship. The President's son, Donald Trump Jr., Infowars writer Paul Joseph Watson, and Brexiteer Nigel Farage led the outrage on social media, claiming Facebook's Zero Hedge ban was a violation of civil liberties.

It's unclear exactly which content caused the ban on Zero Hedge material on Facebook's website which the social media giant calling it a glitch rather than an attempt to silence conservative voices.

In a statement, which Zero Hedge posted, Facebook said: "This was a mistake with our automation to detect spam and we worked to fix it yesterday."

In a piece on its website Zero Hedge said: "While we were in the dark about what had triggered Facebook, or what was the company's motive, we were humbled and delighted not only with the media coverage this event received."

Zero Hedge is a favorite of City and Wall Street traders, known for its anti-establishment and bearish slant on financial topics. Zero Hedge authors have railed against a variety of issues, most famously their takedown of Goldman Sach's high-frequency trading platforms, which were later addressed by US regulators.

The founder of the site was outed in 2009 as Bulgarian immigrant Dan Ivandjiiski, a man whom New York Magazine alleged has with a penchant for conspiracy theories and was banned from working in the brokerage business for insider trading.

Facebook did not immediately respond to Business Insider requests for comment.

Facebook gets into the fiber-optic connectivity business - Network World

Posted: 11 Mar 2019 05:46 AM PDT

When you think of Facebook services, high-speed connectivity is not the first thing that comes to mind. But the social media giant is doing just that, offering high-capacity fiber-optic routes to sell unused capacity between its data centers for third parties.

Facebook has created a subsidiary called Middle Mile Infrastructure to sell excess capacity on its fiber, starting with new fiber routes between its data center campuses in Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina. The company made the announcement in a blog post by Kevin Salvadori, director of network investments.

"We intend to allow third parties — including local and regional providers — to purchase excess capacity on our fiber," he wrote. "This capacity could provide additional network infrastructure to existing and emerging providers, helping them extend service to many parts of the country, and particularly in underserved rural areas near our long-haul fiber builds."

To be clear, the company will not be providing fiber services to consumers the way Google Fiber works. This is for carriers and operators. Construction is set to begin this year and take approximately 18 to 24 months.

One of the routes will connect a data center cluster in Ashburn, Virginia, with a new campus in New Albany, Ohio. That means the fiber will run through the state of West Virginia, a state that has struggled with broadband access because the carriers and operators have been slow to support rural states.

One thing the big hyperscalers (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook) have in common is they often have to build supporting solutions because existing products don't quite cut it. The Open Compute Project was borne out of dissatisfaction with existing hardware, for example.

Facebook's Workplace App Targets Slack, Microsoft Teams...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week - Forbes

Posted: 10 Mar 2019 05:00 AM PDT

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Facebook's Workplace reaches 2M paid users and is targeting SMBs.

Used by some of the world's largest organizations, Workplace by Facebook has now amassed two million paid users, according to data just released by the company. When launching Workplace in late 2016, Facebook envisioned it as a corporate version of its consumer social network—a way to drive employee engagement, communication and collaboration. Since then, 150 companies have deployed Workplace to more than 10,000 users, and organizations such as NestlĂ©, Starbucks and Walmart have rolled it out to more 100,000 workers. (Source: Computer World)

Why this is important for your business:

Now that the application has matured, Facebook is turning towards the giant small business market, which is mostly dominated by collaboration apps Slack and Microsoft Teams. But there's certainly room to grow. The company plans to add reseller and other consulting partners (if your business in interested you can sign up here), develop a more robust mobile version and potentially change its marketing approach to appeal to this broader audience.

2 — Microsoft will start selling Windows 7 add-on support April 1 and will also release a new Windows 10 in April.

This week, Microsoft announced that it plans to start selling its Windows 7 add-on support—called Extended Security Updates (ESU)—on April 1. This will give enterprise customers more time to purge their environments of Windows 7. Beginning when Windows 7's support ends on January 14, 2020, ESU will provide security fixes for uncovered or reported vulnerabilities in the operating system. Also this week, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview with 9 bug fixes. It will be finalized for Windows Insiders this month and rolled out to the public in April. (Source: Computer World and Venture Beat)

Why this is important for your business:

This spring is a good time for you to review your network with your IT firm, clean out any old operating systems and upgrade to the most current versions.  It's not just a matter of performance and support…it's critical for your company's security.

3 — Google Cloud launches a fixed monthly fee plan for storage that smooths out cloud cost bursts.

Google Cloud will soon launch a storage plan called Storage Growth Plan which covers cost bursts by featuring fixed monthly pricing for a year. It gives enterprise CFOs more budgeting predictability related to cloud infrastructure costs, which can be volatile as data shifts locations and resides on different tiers. The Storage Growth Plan rhymes with data plans from wireless providers that roll over minutes, as well as with the way enterprises are used to buying IT infrastructure--based on a fixed dollar amount. (Source: ZDNet)

Why this is important for your business:

If your business is data intensive, then take a hard look at Google's Storage Growth Plan. It'll help you better budget and control your cloud storage costs.

4 — Phishing alert: one in 61 emails in your inbox now contains a malicious link.

Security provider Mimecast reported this week that the number of phishing attacks on corporate inboxes has more than doubled recently, with one in 61 emails found to contain a malicious URL. These harmful links are one of the key methods hackers use to conduct criminal campaigns, and the emails containing them are often designed to look like they come from legitimate senders, such as a colleague or a company. Their purposed is to deploy malware onto the victim's PC or to encourage that person to enter sensitive information into a fake version of a real service in order to trick him or her into revealing passwords and other data. (Source: ZDNet)

Why this is important for your business:

The best way to fight this problem is through training.  The vast majority of security issues happens due to user error – people clicking or downloading the wrong the thing.

5— DARPA is launching an accelerator for small businesses.

The Pentagon's research funding arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), just announced the launch of an accelerator for small businesses. It would accelerate private companies, so that they could sell their products, services, or research back to the government. (Source: The Sociable)

Why this is important for your business:

Here's a great way to get funding – and assistance – from the government. The goal of DARPA's program is to increase the participants' ability to move technology from the lab to a sustainable business that then sells new capabilities to the military. The accelerator will also provide funding to hire one entrepreneur-in-residence or business development lead who will offer the awardee direct support for a variety of business activities.


Gene Marks is a CPA and owns The Marks Group PC, a technology consulting firm based near Philadelphia.

61% of Veteran Small Business Owners Built Their Business on Facebook - Small Business Trends

Posted: 05 Mar 2019 12:00 AM PST

Veterans make up one in 10 small business owners, employing close to 5 million American workers and producing over $1 trillion in sales annually. And increasingly social media is playing a bigger role to grow their business, more specifically Facebook.

According to a new report, 61% of vets are using Facebook more than other groups to grow their business across different operations of their company. This was 34% more than other small businsses.

Social media use has increased across the board among all small business owners in recent years. But vets are outperforming or leading the way when it comes to using social media and digital platforms to grow their businesses.

The report includes two business surveys carried out by Morning Consult in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC), and Facebook.

The first survey was a national poll of 1,000 small businesses and 50 state-level polls of 100 small businesses. The second survey questioned more than 5,000 adult consumers in the US on the perceived benefits of digital platforms on business and employment outcomes.

Vets and Facebook

When it comes to veterans, Facebook has been a valuable tool for increasing the performance of their business across different benchmarks.

In addition to the 61% who reported they built their business on Facebook, almost two thirds or 63% also said they have increased hiring since joining Facebook. Again this was considerably higher than the overall small business owners in the country by 25 percentage points.

Facebook also improved sales for 70% of vets, a 16 percentage point improvement from the overall group. This includes improving how vets trade with other cities, states, or countries by opening more opportunities. And 74% acknowledged they have used these opportunities to grow their business, which is 25 percentage points higher than other small businesses.

Impact of Technology on Small Business

More than 80% of Americans now shop online. As a small business owner having a digital presence is extremely important to ensure the long term success of your company.

In the report Morning Consult cites a 2017 Deloitte report in which the most digitally advanced U.S. small businesses earned two times as much revenue per employee. The revenue growth of these businesses was also nearly four times as high, while creating more jobs compared to their previous year.

The adoption of digital technology now includes social networks. And when it comes to Facebook more than 1.5 billion of its monthly active users are connected to a business on the platform. And more than half a billion or 580 million are connected to an American business.

With the global number of social network users worldwide projected to grow to more than three billion by 2021, the opportunities are there for the taking.

Customizing Technology

The amount of technology in the marketplace can be overwhelming. But small business owners, whether they are vets or not, have to customize the available technology to address the needs of their company.

The report says using these technologies has become routine parts of how business owners operate. And cost or expertise is not a barrier in most cases because online tools are inexpensive and easy to use.

More importantly, customers increasingly expect to access online options as part of their experience even if they do business with a physical store.

If small business owners want to succeed, they have to build and implement a strategy of online customer, vendor, and employee engagement starting now, if they haven't already started.


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