Liz Gannes

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In Pursuit of Openness: Facebook Admits It Tried to Smear Google on Privacy

At a time when Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is being praised for her political deftness, the company appears to have made a serious PR blunder in trying to plant anti-Google privacy stories. Facebook admitted to the Daily Beast Thursday night that it was the client behind an exposed whisper campaign by a PR firm to plant stories about Google social products scraping user data–a concern various people have determined was overblown. More background here and here. Update: Facebook and the PR firm put out statements.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work