The important data inside Facebook’s massive data leak
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Good morning! This Monday, Facebook's huge data leak continues to be a problem, Amazon kinda-sorta apologized for the pee bottle thing, John Krafcik is leaving Waymo, and how to get married on the blockchain.
533 million Facebook users had their data posted on a hacking forum. Facebook said it's "old data that was previously reported on in 2019," and that the vulnerability was fixed almost two years ago. But still, 533 million is a big number. And the data appears to be everywhere.
The dumped data includes names, phone numbers, account IDs, birthdates, locations and more. It's all a hacker might need to pull off social-engineering hacks, phish users or just spam the ever-living crap out of them.
The half-life of a data set like this one is long, and even if Facebook patched the problem two years ago, its users are going to feel its effects for a long time.
You never want to have to write a blog post acknowledging that yes, in fact, your work conditions are so brutal that some workers have to pee in bottles. And yet that's what Amazon had to do. It tried to bury the post on a Friday afternoon, but "Amazon acknowledges the pee" made the rounds anyway.
This continues to be a bad look at a bad time for Amazon. (And don't forget that Jeff Bezos himself was reportedly pushing for Amazon to fight back against its critics.) The Bessemer union fight continues, it's being sued over work conditions and there's more scrutiny than ever from Congress.
One thing Amazon has always had going for it is that, by and large, through it all, people love Amazon. But that can turn fast. And pee bottles are hard to forget.
The smartphone market is one company smaller now. After years of trying and failing to keep up with Samsung, Apple, Huawei and the rest of the high-end smartphone market, LG announced that it is finally throwing in the towel.
LG was never much of a player in mobile. It bet on Windows Mobile when the rest of the industry was starting to figure out Android, and then spent much of the last decade trying to leverage splashy features and unusual software to give it an edge. Instead, it hemorrhaged market share (and billions of dollars) without ever getting much momentum.
Not all of LG's work will go to waste. From cameras to processors to displays to networking components, the parts that made up smartphones now power everything from washing machines to cars. LG's going to hope it's not late to the future there either.
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Tim Cook said that giving everyone a platform and a voice is in fact the wrong goal:
On Protocol: Genius Guild's Kathryn Finney wants to help founders end racism, and make a pile of money in the process:
From Dan Rose's Twitter thread this weekend, a reminder that founders decide culture:
Stop complaining about "too much capital" and start figure out what to do about it, Haystack's Semil Shah said:
Amazon's union vote continues in Alabama. It seems likely to drag on a while, though.
Will the Facebook Oversight Board rule on Trump? (Probably not, but I will continue to write this here until it happens or the universe ends. And at this point I'd bet on the latter.)
Rebecca Rose and Peter Kacherginsky got married a few days ago. (Congrats!) Both are Coinbase employees, and so they exchanged their vows in a remarkably Coinbase-y way: by sending "virtual rings" to each other as digital tokens. They created a special token called Tabaat, only minted two of them, and honestly the whole thing is just extremely wholesome. The blockchain, it turns out, is pretty darn romantic.
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