A former Facebook content moderator is suing the tech titan because she claims the job gave her post traumatic stress disorder. “Selena Scola was a content moderator at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California headquarters from June 2017 through March of this year,” Motherboard reports, citing the lawsuit. “She worked for a contractor called Pro Unlimited, Inc., which helps Facebook delete content that violates its Community Standards.”
Who will replace Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger, both of whom announced the resignations from the company they co-founded, earlier this week? Sources tell The Information that Adam Mosseri will likely be named the next head of its prized unit. “An announcement about Mr. Mosseri, a Facebook veteran who is currently Instagram’s vice president of product, is likely to occur in the coming days,” it writes.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai plans to attend a private meeting hosted by top GOP lawmakers on Friday, and then again at a public hearing later this year, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Among other pressing issues, Pichai is expected to address “new scrutiny of the company’s work with China, its market power and alleged bias against conservatives in its search results,” The Journal writes.
Slack just acquired Astro, which Quartz calls “a productivity startup that uses artificial intelligence to surface important information from your emails and calendar.” The company is best known for building Astrobot -- plug-in that allows users to check emails and calendar information directly from Slack.
Google is rebranding its news feed as “Discover,” the search giant said this week. In addition, “It will now be on the Google homepage on all mobile browsers, which is a huge shift for the company as it works to better organize information and help users understand context,” The Verge reports. “Discover will do more to show relevant content — stuff that might not necessarily be just recent news.”
Microsoft says its Teams service is now used by 329,000 organizations. “That’s up from 200,000 organizations in March, and more than double the 125,000 organizations it had in September 2017,” Venture Beat points out. “Microsoft has never shared how many individuals are using Teams, its Office 365 chat-based collaboration tool that competes with Google’s Hangouts Chat, Facebook’s Workplace, and Slack.”
Instagram is finally testing a way for users to “reshare” posts from other accounts, The Verge reports. “The feature, which company executives have long resisted for fear it would corrupt the personal nature of the app, could bring new life to the main feed at a time when it is becoming rapidly eclipsed by ephemeral stories,” it suggests.
Chamath Palihapitiya has decided that he doesn’t want to run a tech venture capital firm saturated with “Stanford MBAs in fleece vests,” CNBC reports. In addition, the founder of Social Capital no longer plans to accept outside investment from limited partners, and will instead act like a “technology holding company,” it writes. That means “making investments in tech companies with no particular timeline for delivering a return.”
Google is acknowledging that the personal Gmail accounts of a number of US senators and their staff have been targeted by foreign government hackers, CNN reports. “Google would not say whether the targeting had resulted in a successful hack but pointed to a blog post on its website about its government-backed hacking warnings,” it writes.
Amazon this week unveiled Echo Auto – a “dongle” that will give drivers many of the voice-activated offerings that regular Echo owners have come to expect. As TechCrunch reports: “Users can interact with the product’s mic array in standard fashion and ask for things like traffic reports, add products to shopping lists and play music through Amazon’s entertainment system.”