Google’s biggest event of the year included the latest on its plans for virtual reality, artificial intelligence and messaging – key battlegrounds in the future of computing. Coverage here of the opening keynote at the annual developer conference and reaction as Google CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage.
The military looms large in Israel’s cyber security scene, but that could be changing. Apple is trying to shift the focus to its growing services revenues as iPhone sales are set to decline. #techFT is a daily newsletter on technology, digital media and telecoms. You can sign up here. Read more
Ten days can be a long time. There were the Ten Days that Shook the World in the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Ten Tragic Days during the Mexican Revolution of 1913, and: who can forget? The ten days where Kate Hudson tried to drive away Matthew McConaughey in the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.
Jack Dorsey has had an almost as eventful ten days, starting last Monday when he was appointed permanent chief executive of messaging platform Twitter, until this Wednesday, when his second start-up, Square, published its S1, confirming the payments company’s intention to go public. Read more
Twitter has had investors (and journalists) eagerly awaiting its appointment of a new chief executive for the two and a half months since Dick Costolo stepped down and co-founder and former chief exec Jack Dorsey took over as a caretaker leader.
Chris Sacca, an early Twitter investor who has long been the most outspoken shareholder on the company’s user growth troubles, is now calling for Dorsey to be made its permanent chief executive. Read more
Even if employees are happy with their bosses’ using wearables to track their days – and possibly nights – they risk seeing that sensitive data fall into the hands of hackers.
Information on how employees spend their time could appeal to hacktivists
searching for potential embarrassments, cyber criminals looking to sell addresses online or rivals seeking an insight into possible M&A negotiations (who visits where) or trade secrets (who sources what where).
Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder and chief technology officer at mobile security start-up Lookout, said wearables will inevitably be attacked once they become more widespread.
“Wearables are computers and all computers are hackable,” he said. Read more
The damaging fall-out from emails leaked after the Sony Pictures cyber attack has spread to the technology industry, with details of Snapchat‘s business plan exposed in messages reported to be found in the inbox of Michael Lynton, Sony Entertainment CEO and Snapchat board member.
Evan Spiegel, Snapchat‘s chief executive, has reacted angrily to having what he described as his “business plans” and “secrets” spilled in an industry that places a high value on stealth. Read more
Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s chief executive officer and Facebook’s newest board member, apologised today for harassing an ex-girlfriend in a series of incidents that led to a restraining order being taken out against him.
Mr Koum‘s ex-girlfriend said he verbally and physically threatened her, harassed her at work and followed her through the campus of her community college. In court documents, filed in 1996 but discovered by Bloomberg, she also complained of “sexual harassment”. Read more
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is among the new investors in Lookout, a San Francisco-based mobile security company that just pulled in the largest fundraising by a cyber security company so far this year.
As Amazon promised to be “relentless” in its pursuit of selling everything, Bezos appears to being equally eager to make personal investments in almost every industry. Here are some – but not all – of the investments he has made through his vehicle Bezos Expeditions.
Media: Bezos’ most high profile recent investment was his purchase of the Washington Post, the DC-based newspaper renowned for its role in breaking the news of the Watergate scandal. But he has fingers in other media pies too: in 2013, he took a stake in Business Insider, the loud mouthed financial news site fond of slideshows, and back in 2008 he invested in Twitter, the social media site beloved by journalists. He also has investments in Vessel, a video platform, and Next Door, a social network for neighbours. Read more
The news that Facebook manipulated its news feed to analyse the impact on users’ emotional expressions has angered many who believe they should have been told they were part of a psychology experiment.
The study of more than 689,000 Facebook users, conducted over a week in 2012, found those who were exposed to fewer positive stories in the feed were more likely to write negative posts and vice versa. People felt worried the billion plus social network was trying to manipulate their emotions, coming as it does after years of conflicts over privacy with the social network. Read more
The FT gathered experts on cloud security on Twitter on Tuesday to discuss how to protect confidential corporate data as companies move it into the cheaper, and often more convenient, cloud.
We started by asking to what extent companies are moving away from US-based cloud providers in the wake of the revelations of an mass surveillance programme by the NSA? The experts were divided: Read more
Twitter has acquired video start-up Snappy TV as part of its bid to dominate the second screen, taking money from advertisers who want to reach people watching TV while they are fiddling with their smartphones.
The messaging platform bought Snappy TV for an undisclosed sum, bringing the company’s video tools in house at Twitter for brands and media partners to use to clip and edit video just after it is recorded to distribute online.
Twitter promotes two main ways to use video. Firstly, encouraging marketers to buy adverts that echo their TV ads to ensure the message sticks as it tries to dominate digital advertising around live events such as the World Cup and the Oscars. Secondly, it is working with TV networks through its Amplify partnerships with TV networks to show live clips to persuade people to tune in. Read more
Facebook has finally launched its latest answer to Snapchat, releasing Slingshot after Poke, its previous attempt at ephemeral messaging was withdrawn from the app store in May.
The world’s largest social network is trying to plug any hole in its dominance – it bought Instagram to shore up its place in photo-sharing, WhatsApp to expand its messaging and it attempted to buy Snapchat late last year.
When that project to buy the hottest new thing for teenagers failed, and its own usage amongst younger teens began to decline, it turned to its Creative Labs team to try to make its own at home. Read more
It is the week before a major Apple announcement, and like a scrooge before Christmas, Samsung tried to spoil its rival’s party on Wednesday. Read more
Facebook has unveiled a new feature which allows it to takeover a smartphone’s microphone to identify and track what songs a user is listening to and what TV programmes people are watching. Read more
First it was McDonalds and their #McDstories, which became more about animal cruelty than burgers with friends, then it was #AskJPM Q&A session which was cancelled after it became more about mis-selling scandals and trading losses than investment questions.
Now it is the NYPD’s turn to feel Twitter’s wrath. The force tried to use the site to start a conversation, as social media marketers are prone to saying, about the city’s love for the police. But the tag #myNYPD was quickly adopted for far more photos of police brutality than selfies with the cops. Read more
Twitter unveiled the first sign of its much awaited new design on Tuesday, to a near-universal reaction that it looked just like Facebook. Read more
Facebook’s chief security officer said on Tuesday the social network has united with its Silicon Valley competitors to improve cyber security, after a recent report suggested the National Security Agency may have posed as the social network to infect target’s computers.
Joe Sullivan said that Facebook was working hard to “make sure the system is robust enough that everyone should be coming in the front door with legal process and not getting information any other way”. Read more