South by Southwest 2018 has officially wrapped up
The massive interactive, film and music festival ended on Sunday. Here are some highlights of the American-Statesman’s coverage:
- Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made a last-minute appearance at SXSW, answering questions about his inspirations and different projects he is working on.
- This year’s conference focused heavily on diversity and inclusion in tech, with various speeches, meet-ups and other events focused on the topic.
- Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder of Austin-based dating app Bumble, vehemently responded to backlash of Bumble’s controversial decision to band pictures of guns on its app, a move Herd said was in response to the Florida school shooting in February.
- SXSW also included dozens of panels and events that focused on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and the blockchain technology that powers them.
- Instagram chief operating officer Marne Levine stopped by the festival to talk about gender equality in the workplace, as well as how Instagram is impacting businesses of all sizes.
- From Recode: Why live-video app Meerkat pivoted to Houseparty after stealing the spotlight at SXSW 2015
Match Group, Tinder’s parent company, is suing Bumble
Tinder, known as one of the most revolutionary dating phone apps, is accusing Bumble of patent infringements and stealing trade secrets, and it says that Bumble is built identical to its own structure.
The lawsuit also says Bumble’s co-creators are former Tinder employees who used information learned at Tinder to create features on Bumble.
Facebook is facing heat again
The social media giant is again embroiled in controversy after it revealed that a third-party analytics firm named Cambridge Analytica, which was a top vendor for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, improperly kept data from millions of Facebook users after saying it no longer had that information.
While Facebook said Friday that it suspended the analytics firm for the act, the news has caused debate over Facebook’s lack of control over third-party access to users’ information.
Below is a quote from U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the Cambridge Analytica news. The quote is from an appearance by Flake on CNN:
This is a big deal, when you have that amount of data. And the privacy violations there are significant. So, the question is, who knew it? When did they know it? How long did this go on? And what happens to that data now?
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