How to delete your Facebook account and bring your photos and other info with you

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, May 1, 2018.Stephen Lam | ReutersFacebook has given us plenty of reasons to want to delete our accounts.As if the massive leaks of private information, its bizarre decisions to leave fake videos online and its huge role in the Russian interference during the 2016 election weren’t enough, there’s now a truly disgusting report about the working conditions of people who work to monitor the content Facebook users upload.If you’ve decided enough is enough and…

What it’s really like to be an Amazon Flex delivery driver as Prime one-day shipping expands

One-day shipping used to be a luxury. Now, Amazon is making it the norm for its 100 million Prime members. The faster speed is now available on more than 10 million products across the country with no minimum purchase required.A big part of this fast shipping process is getting the package that last mile to each address. Amazon Flex uses on-demand contract drivers to help with this especially labor-intensive and expensive hand-delivery.Flex was launched in 2015, and now operates in about 50 U.S. cities. Anyone over 21 with a driver’s…

Facebook content moderators break NDAs to expose shocking working conditions

Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018.Chip Somodevilla | Getty ImagesThree former Facebook content moderators agreed to put themselves in legal jeopardy to expose the appalling working conditions they experienced while employed by a vendor for the tech giant, according to a new report by The Verge.Workers reported a dirty office environment where they often find pubic hair and bodily waste around their desks. Conditions at the Tampa site are so strenuous that workers regularly…

Meg Whitman and Jeff Katzenberg’s streaming video service has already sold $100 million in ads

Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey KatzenbergGetty ImagesQuibi, the short-form streaming service focused on mobile devices from former HP CEO Meg Whitman and film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, says it’s resonating with advertisers looking for a different way to reach a young audience.The duo spoke onstage at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France on Wednesday. At a session with MediaLink founder Michael Kassan, Quibi leaders said Procter & Gamble, Walmart, PepsiCo, Google, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Progressive have signed on to be its launch partners. The company also said it has…

Uber teams up with start-up Grand Rounds to give big-company employees free rides to the doctor

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber Technologies, speaks during an Economic Club of Washington event in Washington, DC, June 11, 2019.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty ImagesUber is moving more deeply into the health sector. And that means striking deals so that employers and health plans will cover the cost of a trip to a doctor’s office.The ride-hailing company announced on Wednesday that it is working with Grand Rounds, a venture-backed health-tech start-up that works with employers to provide guidance on workers’ medical needs. That includes things like finding the right…

Apple reportedly explores moving 15-30% of production capacity from China

Apple CEO Tim Cook participates in an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and others in the White House in Washington, March 6, 2019.Leah Millis | ReutersApple has asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15% to 30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a restructuring of its supply chain, according to a Nikkei Asian Review report on Wednesday.Apple’s request was a result of the extended Sino-U.S. trade dispute, but a trade resolution will…

Huawei CEO downplays expected $30 billion revenue miss due to the Trump administration ban

Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive officer of Huawei Technologies, left, speaks during an interview at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, in January.Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesHuawei CEOand founder Ren Zhengfei downplayed the impact of the U.S. ban on the company in an interview with CNBC Wednesday, just days after company said it expected $30 billion less revenue for the year.In the interview with CNBC’s Deirdre Bosa, Ren said the slashed revenue forecast isn’t a concern since the company will still still book more than $100 billion…

Facebook’s cryptocurrency is already facing political pushback in Europe

In this photo illustration, a visual representation of a cryptocurrency sits on display in front of a Facebook logo.Chesnot | Getty ImagesFacebook unveiled its Libra cryptocurrency on Tuesday, and it didn’t go unnoticed by European officials.Hours after the company announced its crypto ambitions, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire poured cold water on the project.Le Maire said it was « out of the question » that Libra becomes a « sovereign currency, » Bloomberg reported, citing comments made on Europe 1 radio. « It can’t and it must not happen,…

As China cuts support for its electric carmakers, auto firms could face a ‘war of attrition’

WM Motor’s EX5 electric vehicle on display at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai in June 2019.Arjun Kharpal | CNBCIf you walk around Shenzhen, one of China’s big technology hubs, you’ll notice all of the taxis are electric. In other major Chinese cities, so-called new energy vehicles are commonplace — with Tesla cars and other models from the dozens of domestic manufacturers on the roads.China is after all the world’s largest electric car market by volume. It got there with the help of heavy government support in the form…

Senator proposes bill that would blow up business models for Facebook, YouTube, other tech giants

President Donald Trump (R) listens while US Senate candidate from Missouri Josh Hawley (L) speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention July 24, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty ImagesSen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is turning up the heat on an issue that is sure to spark outrage in Silicon Valley.Hawley, a well-known tech critic, is introducing legislation that would remove the immunity big technology companies receive under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996. The CDA protects…

Tesla loses HR vice president and head of diversity Felicia Mayo

Felicia Mayo in 2016, when she worked for Juniper Networks.Marla Aufmuth/Getty ImagesTesla vice president of human resources and head of diversity Felicia Mayo has left the company.A company spokesperson told CNBC, « We’ll miss Felicia and would like to thank her for her hard work over the last two years and wish her all the best in the future. We have a talented HR team in place that will continue to report into our VP of People & Places and will remain focused on advancing our mission and making Tesla…

Rep. Maxine Waters asks Facebook to pause work on cryptocurrency Libra

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA).Getty ImagesDemocratic Rep. Maxine Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, on Tuesday requested that Facebook pause its development of Libra, an upcoming cryptocurrency that the company plans to release in 2020. « Given the company’s troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a cryptocurrency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action, » Waters said in a statement on Tuesday.Facebook and a consortium of partners on Tuesday unveiled Libra,…

Adobe rises despite soft guidance

Shantanu Narayen, CEO, AdobeMark Neuling | CNBCAdobe shares rose more than 1% after hours on Tuesday after the company announced better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter of its 2019 fiscal year, which ended on May 31, and lighter-than-expected guidance.Here are the key numbers:Earnings: $1.83 per share, excluding certain items, vs. $1.78 per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.Revenue: $2.74 billion, vs. $2.71 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.Adobe’s revenue grew 25% year over year in the quarter, according to a statement.Adobe’s largest business segment, Digital Media,…

Finance, privacy experts skeptical of Facebook’s cryptocurrency ambitions

Facebook’s choice of the name « Libra » for its new cryptocurrency venture is apt, because experts and consumer advocates say it will take quite a balancing act for the social media giant to pull it off.The company announced that it will lead a nonprofit collaborative — the Geneva-based Libra Association — of 27 organizations, including tech companies and payment providers like Visa, PayPal, Uber and Spotify, with the goal of launching Libra in the first half of 2020.Read more from NBC News:What Facebook’s Libra could mean for consumersUnlike the…

Facebook created a ‘gateway drug’ to introduce billions to cryptocurrency, experts say

Blockchain experts on Tuesday said Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency promises to introduce introduce billions of new users to the world of digital coins, but there are several concerns over how the social network’s checkered past when it comes to trust and privacy could impact the new currency.Facebook on Tuesday unveiled its long-rumored digital coin called Libra that will become available to users in the first half of 2020. The open-source digital currency has been under development by Facebook over the past year, but it will be managed by a nonprofit…

Here’s the tech behind Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook’s creator Mark Zuckerberg speaks on the opening day of the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on March 2, 2015.Lluis Gene | AFP | Getty ImagesFacebook on Tuesday revealed its much-anticipated Libra cryptocurrency project, and in the process it published a corresponding white paper alongside other groups participating in the non-profit Libra Association.The announcement is significant because it’s the first time a major technology company is implementing a digital currency, which could further legitimize the overall category. « The existing blockchain systems have yet to reach mainstream adoption,…

Facebook’s cryptocoin Libra could become a worldwide currency, says CEO of fintech startup Tally

Facebook’s new digital currency has the potential of becoming a worldwide currency, Tally CEO Jason Brown said Tuesday. « It literally threatens the governments that issue currency, the banks that store it and the actual transmission network, » said Brown, co-founder of the automatic debt payment and financial savings app.The social media giant announced Tuesday a cryptocurrency called Libra, with the intention of making it easier for people to send money across the world. While Libra will be run by a nonprofit association supported by a range of companies and…

Western Union shares drop on fear new Facebook cryptocurrency will take money transfer business

Jonathan Nicholson | NurPhoto | Getty ImagesShares of Western Union fell Tuesday as excitement around the potential of sending money internationally without fees with Facebook’s new cryptocurrency took a bite out of the money exchanging company.Western Union was one of the the worst performing stocks on the S&P 500 index, falling 1.7%.Facebook unveiled a cryptocurrency called Libra on Tuesday. The tech giant is leading a group of companies in building Libra as a digital currency, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2020.Among Facebook’s applications for Libra…

Cramer on Facebook’s new Libra crypto: The disenfranchised will hail Zuckerberg ‘as a savior’

CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Tuesday that Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency is a « brilliant » endeavor that will boost the company’s status among consumers in highly volatile nations around the world.The Libra will also be well-received in economically depressed areas of the United States, said Cramer. « The disenfranchised will welcome Mark Zuckerberg as a savior, » he proclaimed on CNBC’s « Squawk on the Street. »Earlier Tuesday, Facebook announced the Libra coin, which will launch next year and will be run by a nonprofit association supported by a range…

Google to invest $1 billion in San Francisco Bay Area housing amid regional expansion

Victorian homes and the downtown skyline in San Francisco, California.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesGoogle will invest $1 billion toward efforts to develop at least 15,000 new homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. « Across the region, one issue stands out as particularly urgent and complex: housing, » CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. « As Google grows throughout the Bay Area — whether it’s in our home town of Mountain View, in San Francisco, or in our future developments in San Jose and Sunnyvale…

Google Calendar is down around the world

Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google Inc., speaks during the Google I/O Developers Conference in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesGoogle Calendar is down around the world, and isn’t working if you’re trying to access it on the web. That means personal calendars as well as those used by businesses through Google’s G Suite products aren’t loading for people.Google’s G Suite dashboard said the service disruption began around 10:22 a.m. Eastern time. « We’re investigating reports of an issue…

Snap is up 160% for the year so far, rising even more after BTIG increases price target

Evan Spiegel, CEO and co-founder of Snap Inc.Adam Galica | CNBCShares of Snap popped more than 6% Tuesday after BTIG analysts wrote that investors have been glossing over the company’s comeback.  « We believe street expectations for user growth and revenues/EBITDA are simply too low, with far too many investors continuing to ignore Snapchat’s recovery, driven by repeated overpromising/missing expectations during Snapchat’s first two years as a public company, » the analysts wrote, maintaining the firm’s buy rating on the stock and increasing its one-year price target from $15 to…

How to turn off AirDrop so strangers can’t randomly send you nude pics or memes

Senior man surprised at tablet.simpson33 | iStock | Getty ImagesFast Company had a story Monday about a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight who was harassed with unwanted nude pictures, which were sent using Apple AirDrop to her iPhone on the flight.AirDrop is a great way to quickly share lots of photos and videos with people, or even other Apple products you own, but, as The Atlantic pointed out recently, it’s also being used more frequently by young people to send random memes to strangers within a 30 foot radius…

Facebook’s cryptocurrency chief says if you don’t trust our digital wallet use our competitors

An executive behind Facebook’s venture into cryptocurrency told CNBC on Tuesday that consumers shouldn’t be worried about the social media network gaining access to their financial data. « To earn people’s trust, we are going to have to make strong commitments on privacy, » said David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s Calibra division, a newly announced subsidiary to host a digital wallet by the same name for storing and exchanging the digital coin called Libra. « If people don’t want to trust us, they can use any of the other…

Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency could alleviate some security challenges, introduce new ones

Facebook’s long-awaited cryptocurrency launch promises to directly impact how people send money around the world, and may allow them to do it more securely using a distributed ledger, replacing wire-based transactions that have been increasingly subject to fraud.Facebook and its partners in the Libra currency, and the company’s Calibra wallet, have made significant investments in security. But the cryptocurrency will, from its inception, have a target on it by international hackers looking to create new scams to trick senders out of their funds or attempt to steal them.Security will be…

Facebook leads consortium creating Libra digital currency, launches Calibra digital wallet

Facebook is unveiling an ambitious plan to create a new digital currency and financial system to transform the way money moves around the world, and not just on its own apps.It’s leading a consortium to create an open-source digital currency called Libra, set to launch in the first half of next year. The goal is for developers to create services for consumers to send money around the world easily and for free — with the same convenience as sending a photo or a message.The Libra currency will not be run…

Facebook stock sees a pop as investors anticipate its cryptocurrency announcement

David Marcus, vice president of messaging products at Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesFacebook’s stock rose 4.2% Monday as investors anticipate the company’s entrance into the hot cryptocurrency space.According to reports from The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, Facebook has partnered with companies like Uber, Visa and PayPal to create its new cryptocurrency called Libra. The initiative is run by David Marcus, the Facebook executive who previously ran Facebook Messenger.…

Microsoft resumes sales of Huawei laptops online

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaking at the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in Munich, Germany, on Jan. 16, 2017.Tobias Hase | dpa | picture alliance | Getty ImagesMicrosoft on Monday said it has resumed sales of Huawei laptops on its website after a weeks-long stoppage.The action reflects the evolving dynamic for U.S. companies that have done business with Huawei, which has been caught in the middle of growing U.S.-China trade tension. The move is a sign of cooperation with a company that delivers Windows revenue, which is still core to Microsoft’s business…

Crypto bulls hail Facebook’s reported move into digital assets as a key moment in tech history

A photo illustration of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is seen on September 13 2018 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Yu Chun Christopher Wong | S3studio | Getty ImagesThe digital currency industry is fired up about Facebook’s cryptocurrency efforts.Bitcoin bulls say the tech giant’s stamp of approval would legitimize the space, make it easier to buy other digital assets, and spark major financial institutions to get out of « wait and see » mode. « Facebook’s efforts in the space has the potential to be one of, if not the most significant external…

I still consider Mark Zuckerberg a friend, but he’s too powerful, says Facebook co-founder Hughes

Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, told CNBC on Monday that he has not heard from CEO Mark Zuckerberg since calling publicly for the breakup of the social media giant. « I still consider him a friend, » Hughes said in a « Squawk Box » interview. « I don’t have any personal, negative feelings for Mark. » « The issue is that his power has grown too big because we’re not regulating our markets the way that we must, » Hughes argued.In a New York Times op-ed in May, «…