Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes his first appearances before Congress Tuesday and Wednesday, lawmakers want more information about how the social network allowed the possible misuse of data belonging to 87 million Facebook users and what steps are being taken to prevent it in the future.
This is the second recent wave of hearings involving Facebook. Executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter testified before Senate and House Intelligence Committees in November 2017 about possible Russian manipulation of U.S. social media during the 2016 election campaigns. Zuckerberg was not among the witnesses then.
During those hearings, lawmakers expressed concern about future harmful influence on social media and threatened possible legislation if the companies didn’t take steps to improve security. Already in the legislative hopper: the “Honest Ads Act,” which would require social media companies to disclose who is buying political ads on their services.
Could Facebook face other regulation or penalties? Here’s a look at what could be at stake for the social network, which has more than 2.1 billion monthly active users:
If lawmakers are not satisfied with Zuckerberg’s apology and promises to improve users’ data protection, they could threaten legislation. Just as President Trump has attacked Amazon for being too big, Facebook and Google have become monoliths, too. The two firms are expected to dominate the $90 billion U.S. digital advertising market, capturing more than two-thirds in 2018, estimates research firm eMarketer.
That dominance has already gotten the notice of antitrust regulators in the European Union, where Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is looking into possible misuse of its data practices. If Facebook poses a dominant and unrestricted data risk to users, legislators may be compelled to act.
And the May 25 adoption of new EU data rules called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which gives users the right to have their data destroyed, could add to momentum in the U.S. Congress.
Already on Tuesday, Democratic Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduce a consumers’ privacy bill of rights to that would require companies such as Facebook get opt-in consent from users to use, share, or sell their personal data
“The avalanche of privacy violations by Facebook and other online companies has reached a critical threshold, and we need legislation that makes consent the law of the land,” Markey said in a statement.
At last, end is brought to people’s fear about the falling China’s space station,
As reported by the verge, the space station pierced through the Earth’s atmosphere and landed safely (at least for humans and not the innocent ocean creatures) over the southern pacific ocean.
Audible is finally back on Sonos, after a false alarm two weeks ago when the company mistakingly published a blog post saying the integration was available. Audible is now rolling out on Sonos through the Sonos and Audible apps, giving users an easy way of playing their audiobooks on Sonos hardware.
Sonos One speakers are already compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and Amazon Music, so it was surprising that the Amazon-owned Audible audiobook service has remained absent from the company’s product family for so long. The support was initially removed two years ago when Sonos staff discovered an incompatibility between Audible and Sonos integration after an update.
Sonos says that the ability to control Audible with Alexa voice commands is coming soon.
An influx of rumors suggest that we should expect cheaper iPads and MacBooks this year. First, we know that the MacBook Air may be getting a less-expensive refresh, as hinted by multiple reports. The latest comes from DigiTimes, which today reported that Apple will launch a new 13.3-inch “entry-level” MacBook late in Q2 this year.
While the report refers to the new device as a “MacBook,” its screen size suggests it may be an updated version of the Air, since the MacBook only comes with a 12-inch display. The timeline also matches with WWDC in June. DigiTimes indicates that the MacBook will have a Retina Display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo saidearlier this month that Apple would release a cheaper 13-inch MacBook Air during the second quarter of this year and that the lower price could help boost Apple’s laptop sales. A few days later, a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News claimed that the new MacBook Air would cost between $799 to $899, matching up with Kuo’s report. The current 13-inch, mid-2017 MacBook Air costs $999.
We’re expecting cheaper iPads this year, too. The DigiTimes report mentions we can anticipate an updated 9.7-inch iPad in the second quarter of this year, and a new iPad Pro in the second half of the year
Last December, the outlet similarly reported that the new 9.7-inch iPad could cost around $259, down from the $329 iPad Apple released last March, and Taiwan’s Economic Daily News recently reported the same thing. In late February, Apple won regulatory approval for two mystery iPads in Eastern Europe, which suggests new iPad models could be coming.
As competitors slash prices during the holidays and Apple mostly abstains from cutting prices, perhaps having lower base prices to begin with will be the company’s strategy for selling more units this year
Range Rover has become such a popular division of Land Rover that it seems to overpower the parent company. With the new Range Rover SV Coupe, Land Rover gives the impression it’s trying to return a little more exclusivity to its top-tier SUVs.
Shown Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show, the SV Coupe takes the normally four-door Range Rover (not to be confused with Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover etc.) and removes the two rear doors and some inches off the height to sacrifice some space and practicality for more style.
The standard Range Rovers already get the InControl Touch Pro Duo screens first introduced on the Range Rover Velar last year, minimizing the amount of physical buttons and knobs in the front area, replacing them with two 10-inch touchscreens and a 12-inch screen in place of an instrument panel full of physical dials. A head-up display is also included.
The interior is also notable for the available contrasting color schemes that allow the front seats to be upholstered in a different color leather to the rear seats (a monotone upholstery scheme is also available). Land Rover says this is also its first use of “nautical veneer,” so there’s that, too.
The SV Coupe also gets the most powerful Range Rover engine, a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 577 horsepower and the ability to go from 0–60 mph in 5 seconds and up to 165 mph, according to Land Rover — should you want to go that quickly in something weighing more than two tons. But because it’s a Land Rover, the Range Rover SV Coupe is also equipped with the company’s Terrain Response 2 system that has presets for surfaces such as sand, mud, rocks, and snow. It also has an adjustable air suspension that can be lowered for easy entry and exit, or raised for improved ground clearance and off-road ability. Those seeking an electrified Range Rover have to make do with the four-door plug-in hybrid model.
It may be as imposing as some houses, so the Range Rover SV Coupe will be priced like one, starting from $295,000 in the US, Land Rover says. This compares to the $208,000 starting price of the most expensive Range Rover you can buy now, the four-door, SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase. But only 999 SV Coupes are being built for the entire world, and exclusivity never came cheap, anyway