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Tech writer for Forbes. Trans-Atlantic hybrid. Occasional tree climber. Author of 'We Are Anonymous'

How Zuckerberg Is Feeding His Facebook Conglomerate — It should be pretty clear to everyone now: Facebook is no longer a single social entity out to conquer the world. "Facebook is a family of apps," Mark Zuckerberg said at the company's F8 developers conference on Wednesday. A further description might be conglomerate, giant squid or anything else denoting a large, multi-tentacled entity.

Midas List Billionaires 2015 — Five-time Midas Lister Chris Sacca finally breaks into the top ten--and the billionaire ranks--thanks to his early bets on Twitter and Uber as well as a host of other startups such as Stripe, Twilio, Docker, Lookout and Automattic. His Lowercase Capital was also one of the first investors in Instagram (acquired by Facebook in 2012 for about $736 million).

Yuri Milner's Unparalleled Global Tech Gold-Mining Machine

Carriers Beware: Facebook Is Testing A New App Called 'Phone' — Facebook has accidentally leaked information about a new app that it's testing, called 'Phone,' and this news should come as no surprise to anyone who believes Facebook wants to be at the center of how we communicate with the world around us. That includes with all elements of texting (through Messenger and WhatsApp) and increasingly, voice.

Smart Glasses Won't Hit The Mainstream Till Our Bosses Start Buying Them — Alberto Torres has seen a few corporate tragedies unfold in his lifetime. One was close to home when he ran the fledgling Meego operating system at Nokia, watched his bosses can the project then shop the entire company to Microsoft.

Can Facebook's Money-Transfer Play Become As Popular As WeChat's? Not For A While — After months of rumours, Facebook finally announced it was launching a peer-to-peer money transfer service for its U.S. users on Tuesday. One recurring question that lingered after the news was the impact on Venmo, a popular mobile payments app among American Millenials.

Fast-Growing Darktrace Picks Up $18 Million From Autonomy Founder Mike Lynch — The cyber security market is in that dubious market position of benefiting from other peoples' problems. In the wake of the Sony Pictures hack that saw millions of corporate emails spread across the Internet, greater paranoia among IT managers naturally lifted sales for the sector, not to mention bookings for Darktrace, a rapidly-growing cyber security startup that bases its "immune system" technology on complex Bayesian math and the human immune system itself.

Microsoft Band Expands To Amazon And Target, Spreads To U.K. — Microsoft just re-emphasized its commitment to wearable devices after only jumping into the market last year with its heart-beat tracking Microsoft Band. The Band, which initially went on sale in Microsoft's online and physical stores, started selling on Amazon, Best Buy and Target today, the company said in a blog post.

Could Apple's Trade-In Scheme For Android Hurt Samsung Galaxy S6 Sales? — Executives at Samsung must be fuming right now. According to multiple reports out today, Apple will start accepting non-Apple devices as part of its trade-in program in the next few weeks. That means Android phones. Which means Samsung phones.

Facebook: Government Data Requests Still Climbing — Facebook has published its latest report on the requests it gets for user data from governments around the world, and while there's been a fall in requests from Western countries like the United States and Germany, there's been a rise in India, Turkey and Russia.
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Mar 28, 2015

@alexismadrigal hmm maybe a collective shift is happening and I haven't realised it? Would be awesome if so.

Mar 28, 2015

@alexismadrigal I thought the obligation to feed the beast would die down after a few years. Was wrong.

Mar 27, 2015

RT @TheAtlantic: "Pao has lost most of her battle, but there's now very clearly a war under way."

Mar 27, 2015

RT @eileentso: signed into UK law today: Companies w 250/+ employees to publish difference b/t average pay for male/female employees…

Mar 27, 2015

RT @tylerwinklevoss: Winklevoss Twins to Cameo on HBO's 'Silicon Valley' via @THR

Mar 27, 2015

RT @Clare_OC: .@Forbes' @ellenhuet has done a terrific job covering the #EllenPao trial these past few wks. Her latest:…

Mar 27, 2015

RT @JeffElder: Our understanding is that Ellen Pao could still get compensatory and punitive damages. Jury appears to have miscounted on 4th claim. Crazy.

Mar 27, 2015

@MikeIsaac You pretty much took the words right out of my mouth.

Mar 27, 2015

@ellenhuet So basically if the jury can't get a 9 to 3 there will be a re-trial?

Mar 27, 2015

RT @loyalelectron: Holy moly. Jury read the verdict, but judge then determined jury did math wrong in counting yeses and nos on one claim. #STEMEDUCATION

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