Good Friday morning, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning.
Facebook keeps stepping in it
Facebook has been on the ropes of late over its Cambridge Analytica data snafu, but that hasn’t kept it from making moves that are making it look even worse this week. TechCrunch reports that the social network has removed messages sent from CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives via Messenger, something its regular users aren’t able to do. The company says it did so for security reasons, but it’s still not a great look for a company hoping to rehab its image. Elsewhere, the company is having trouble in Myanmar over the network’s ability to detect and remove messages inciting violence. And the company’s Sheryl Sandberg is admitting publicly that the company underinvested in safety measures and has been slow to respond to crises. Maybe next week will be better?
Donald Trump’s personal beef with Amazon
Why has the president been going after Amazon of late on Twitter? The Wall Street Journal says it has a lot to do with personal issues, specifically CEO Jeff Bezos’s ownership of The Washington Post, and Trump’s belief that the newspaper has been unfairly attacking him. Separately, The New York Times took a look this week at the president’s claims that Amazon is hurting the U.S. Postal Service with its shipping practices. It found that Trump is most likely mistaken in his assertions.
Coinbase starts venture fund
Is there still money in the blockchain? You bet: Bitcoin exchange Coinbase has launched a $15 million start-up investment fund for blockchain and cryptocurrency ideas called Coinbase Ventures. The company says it’s even willing to invest in companies that appear to be competing with Coinbase.
Stars of ‘Legion’ take over a woman’s Tinder
“Legion” is an FX Marvel superhero show (with incredible visuals) from Austinite and “Fargo” showrunner Noah Hawley that just returned for a second season on the network. Two of its stars, Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza recently did a video for Vanity Fair taking over a woman’s Tinder account. Take a look (warning -- there’s some salty language in it):
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