It’s hard to wade through the news overload and keep up with the key things happening in tech, but Chip Chick has the highlights! Let’s jump right into what you need to know!
Facebook & Instagram Went Down & Broke Hearts
Twitter; pretty sure this was originally made by @vidawithsteph and this made me laugh so hard this morning I spit out my coffee
I’m sure you probably are already aware of this, but Facebook and Instagram went down yesterday and it seriously broke some hearts. Facebook went down for well over 14 hours, and it pretty much affected people worldwide.
Facebook hasn’t yet offered up an explanation for what happened (they also of course own Instagram), but they have insisted this was not caused by a DDoS attack.
A DDoS attack, also called a Distributed Denial of Service attack, happens when a site is flooded with a ton of traffic and results in that site going down. Facebook has mentioned to Bloomberg so far that they are considering “the possibility of refunds for advertisers”, as this certainly affected a lot of advertising partners and it’s no secret that’s the main way Facebook generates their revenue.
What’s Going On With Breaking Up Big Tech
Instagram; Elizabeth Warren washes her dog in the above photo
Alright, what’s going on with this breaking up of big tech? This pretty much became an internet hot topic when Elizabeth Warren announced last week that she’s planning on breaking up big tech in her bid for presidency.
Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon are the companies she’s predominantly referring to with big tech, and now a lot of other candidates are jumping on this issue and taking a stance.
What is interesting is that she points out that through breaking up the enormous companies that have come to rule the tech world, you allow for competition, and that’s certainly not something that smaller companies can successfully do right now; compete with the giants.
Spotify Is Taking Shots At Apple
Time to Play Fair; pictured above is the home page of Spotify’s media campaign aimed at Apple
Spotify and Apple have never been friends on the tech playground, and the two really do have a long standing dislike of one another. Spotify just filed a formal complaint against Apple with regulators in the EU, and it ties into our above topic we just talked about.
The complaint outlines that it’s unfair of Apple to charge them a 30% fee on all Spotify subscriptions purchased through the app store (which Apple owns). They’re calling this out as a discriminatory tax that makes it extraordinarily difficult for them to compete.
Another thing Spotify has done is launch a media campaign that calls Apple out on everything they have done, called Time to Play Fair.
Time to Play Fair; pictured above is more information Spotify gives on their issues with Apple
The CEO Of Twitter Has Pissed Off Plenty Of People On The Internet
Oh, Jack Dorsey. Right now Twitter’s social media counterparts are taking action to limit the content spread by anti-vaxxers (otherwise known as people against vaccination, mostly due to the myth that vaccines cause Autism, which has been debunked by leading health organizations around the world at this point).
Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, decided to throw his hat into the anti-vaxxer ring….by inviting Ben Greenfield (a well known and outspoken anti-vaxxer) onto his podcast show. Needless to say, he pissed off a lot of people on the internet in doing so.
Twitter released a statement after Jack did this explaining that Jack really had no idea what Ben’s position on vaccines were. K. You would think that is something you would do your research on before inviting someone to be a part of your podcast?
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