Happy Monday, Austin! We scanned the internet to catch you up on what happened in tech news over the weekend. Here's what's going on:
Facebook ends human editing of Trending topics
After fallout from charges of anti-conservative political bias, Facebook has removed human editing from its Trending news topics.
The short hand-written descriptions of Trending topics will be replaced by even shorter algorithm-generated blurbs about popular topics getting traction on the platform.
According to Quartz, Facebook has laid off the entire editorial staff on the Trending team—15-18 workers contracted through a third party. The Trending team will now be staffed entirely by engineers, who will work to check that topics and articles surfaced by the algorithms are newsworthy.
Clinton staffers using "Snowden-approved" app
In an effort to avoid additional cyberattcks, breaches and leaks, Hillary Clinton campaign staffers are now using Signal, which uses end-to-end encryption.
Signal, considered the golden standard in easy and powerful encrypted communications, makes sure only the people sending and receiving a message are able to see it.
Staffers, according to Vanity Fair, have been told that anyone communicating about Donald Trump over email or text must do so using Signal.
The app, staffers were told, is "Snowden-approved."
Startups in Silicon Valley narrow their focus to survive
The New York Times takes a look at how Silicon Valley startups have avoided a crash by cutting perks and narrowing their focus.
Last year, as many tech execs, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs warned the the multiyear tech boom was coming to an end, and startups listened. Then they acted.
At Evernote, for instance, the company ended employee perks like paying for housecleaning services. It also cut back on staff and simplified its product line.
"Here we sit, a year after we were supposed to die," said Chris O'Neill, CEO of the Redwood City, Calif., based company. "It was hard for employees to readjust expectations. They had only known a world where another fund-raise was just around the corner."
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