From the Joker to Michael Myers: The best memes from Mark Zuckerberg’s extreme sunscreen experiment

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The internet had many thoughts on Zuckerberg’s ghostly-white face while surfing in Hawaii. Mark Zuckerberg was spotted surfing in Hawaii over the weekend, and the general consensus is that if he were as serious about misinformation spreading on Facebook as he is about sunscreen use, then . . . Okay, I digress, but I couldn’t resist getting that in there. I don’t know for sure that that’s the general consensus, but what I am confident about is that he went all in on the sunscreen. Read Full Story

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Big Tech no longer sees its customers as humans–antitrust could change that

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Tech giants like Amazon and Facebook have lost sight of the people behind the data points. Antitrust regulation may be the best way to return empathy to tech. Big Tech CEOs—Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg—testified yesterday before the U.S. House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee. I don’t expect much to result from this hearing. Such gatherings are largely theatrical, and yesterday’s was frequently derailed by partisan questions around liberal biases. And then there’s the fact that U.S. antitrust efforts are only a shadow of their former self, narrowly focused on consumer pricing rather than general competitive and societal impact and a far cry from the time of the Standard Oil Company, U.S. Steel Corporation, and AT&T breakups. Read Full Story

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Inspired by Patagonia, a surf legend debuts a clothing line for adventurers

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Florence Marine X is a new outdoor apparel brand from John John Florence, aiming to mix adventure and responsible consumption. Surfing legend John John Florence raised eyebrows last February when he walked away from a lucrative, multiyear contract with ubiquitous surf brand Hurley. Rumors swirled about whether he would sign with another surf giant such as Billabong or Quicksilver, or even a more mainstream sports brand such as Nike. Read Full Story

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Here’s everything to know about Facebook Campus, a back-to-basics service for college students

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Mark Zuckerberg and the gang are going back to the dorm. When Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg launched the first incarnation of Facebook—then known as TheFacebook—from his dorm room in 2004, it was a social network for college students only. Originally just for Harvard undergraduates, it grew quickly—campus by campus—to Stanford, then Dartmouth, then Cornell and Brown. Read Full Story

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Thomas Piketty thinks the philanthropy of billionaires can help ‘pauperize’ poor countries

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In this excerpt from his new book, ‘Capital and Ideology,’ the esteemed economist whose writing has galvanized the global debate about inequality takes aim at tech moguls like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg and the “philanthropic illusion.” Today’s meritocratic ideology glorifies entrepreneurs and billionaires. At times this glorification seems to know no bounds. Some people seem to believe that Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg single-handedly invented computers, books, and friends. One can get the impression that they can never be rich enough and that the humble people of the earth can never thank them enough for all the benefits they have brought. To defend them, sharp lines are drawn between the wicked Russian oligarchs and the nice entrepreneurs from Seattle and Silicon Valley, while all criticism is forgotten: their quasi-monopolistic behavior is ignored as are the legal and tax breaks they are granted and the public …

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How COVID-19 contributed to an employee uprising at Facebook

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For years, companies like Facebook have hidden behind a veil of neutrality by claiming they were just platforms for free speech. The coronavirus has shown employees just how flawed that position is. When I speak to current and former Facebook employees about the recent acts of defiance against Mark Zuckerberg, I hear about a war waging between two ethical frameworks. On one side stands Zuckerberg, his VP of U.S. Policy Joel Kaplan, and a rapidly diminishing cadre of old guard tech leaders. On the other stands a swelling number of rank and file employees along with the leadership of companies like Twitter, Apple, and Snap. Read Full Story

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