Report: Apple Asked for a Cut of Facebook’s Ad Sales Years Before Starting Privacy War

The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple argued that it deserved a cut of some of Facebook’s ad revenue and attempted to broker a deal with Facebook that didn’t work out. Since then, Apple has introduced its App Tracking Transparency feature which has negatively affected Facebook’s advertising revenue, setting off a privacy war between the Masters of the Universe.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million …

Snap Shares Drop 36 Percent Following Poor Second-Quarter Results

Snap, the parent company of social media platform Snapchat, suffered a 36 percent drop in share price in intraday trading on Friday following the release of the company’s poor second-quarter results and the announcement of plans to slow hiring. The Silicon Valley company has lost almost two-thirds of its market value in 2022.

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California Bill Would Require Websites to Verify Users’ IDs

The California state legislature is considering a bill that would require websites and apps to authenticate the age of every user before allowing them access, a move that lawmakers say is aimed at protecting children, but would in effect end online anonymity in the state.

In this picture taken on October 1, 2019, a protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask on the back of his head, popularised by the V For Vendetta comic book film, in Hong Kong. - The face coverings have been embraced by multiple protest movements in recent years, particularly Anonymous hactivists …

Protonmail Founder: Apple and Google’s Surveillance Capitalism Is ‘Not Good for Users’ or ‘Society’

Protonmail founder Andy Yen recently commented on big tech firms like Apple and Google, stating that their business models are “not good for users [and] not good for society.” The focus of Yen’s ire is surveillance capitalism, the business model of Silicon Valley giants like Facebook that turn the private lives of their users into information sold to the highest bidder.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, speaks at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on 28 June 2012

Police: Indiana Woman Stalked Boyfriend with Apple AirTag, then Murdered Him

Police in Indianapolis, Indiana, have booked  26-year-old Gaylyn J. Morris on murder charges, alleging that she used an Apple AirTag to stalk her boyfriend, then murdered him outside a local bar. Morris allegedly ran over her boyfriend, backed over him, then ran over him for a third time, after stalking him using Apple’s tracking device.

Apple CEO Tim Cook arrives at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska on April 30, 2022; he was one of thousands of shareholders gathering to hear from investment guru Warren Buffett

Always Watching: Apple Watch Design Reveals Creepy Camera Feature

Tech giant Apple has filed a patent for a radical change to its popular smartwatch that reveals the company’s potential plans to install a tiny camera in the device. The ability to take pictures of others without them noticing is a further advancement of surveillance capitalism and the continued erosion of privacy rights.

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Elon Musk Tops List of Highest Paid Fortune 500 CEOs with $23.5 Billion

According to Fortune’s list of the top 10 highest-paid CEOs of the Fortune 500, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk received the highest compensation in 2021 while Apple CEO Tim Cook trailed just behind. Musk’s realized compensation of $23.5 billion in 2021 dwarfs Cook’s otherwise impressive $770.5 million haul.

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Apple Delays Return to Office After Woke Employee Mob Calls Its Plans Racist

Apple has reversed course on its plans to return to normal operations and has suspended requirements that employees return to the office this month for at least three days a week. The U-turn comes after woke employees called the mandate to return to the office a racist move designed to make the company “younger, whiter, and male-dominated.”

Apple's Tim Cook calls for privacy bill with right to delete data

Lawsuit: Online Dating Giant Match Held ‘Hostage’ by Google’s App Store Monopoly

Match Group, the company behind popular dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid, is suing Google, accusing the company of holding it hostage with its monopolistic stranglehold on the Android app store. The company’s lawsuit states: “Ten years ago, Match Group was Google’s partner. We are now its hostage. Blinded by the possibility of getting an ever-greater cut of the billions of dollars users spend each year on Android apps, Google set out to monopolize the market for how users pay for their Android apps.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies remotely during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on antitrust on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

Woke Apple Accused of Racism by Employees Who Don’t Want to Return to the Office

A group of 200 Apple employees calling themselves “Apple Together” recently wrote an open letter condemning the company’s choices to bring staffers back to offices and accusing the woke tech giant of racism. According to the employees, Apple asking employees to return to the office is actually an attempt to make the workforce “younger, whiter, and male-dominated.”

Tim Cook speaking at Apple event