Peter Thiel helped Mark Zuckerberg strike a secret deal with Trump during his presidency, and 6 other extraordinary details from a new book about the billionaire tycoon

Peter Thiel and Mark Zuckerberg have known each other since 2004, when Thiel became Facebook’s first major investor. Zuckerberg saw Thiel as a mentor, but those inside the company say he became increasingly dependent on Thiel. A new biography reveals details around Thiel’s influence on Zuckerberg and their roles in the 2020 election. See more … Read more

Facebook leaders are reportedly worried their service has gotten too big to control: ‘We created the machine and can’t control the machine’

Facebook’s impact on a planet where nearly half the people alive use its product has reportedly become a point of contention among the company’s leadership. A meeting of Facebook leaders in early September focused on “whether Facebook has gotten too big,” and that the general tone was, “We created the machine and we can’t control … Read more

Frequent run-ins with India govt cloud U.S. tech expansion plans

Another spat between India’s government and U.S. big tech has exacerbated disillusion among firms which have spent billions to build hubs in their largest growth market, to the extent some are rethinking expansion plans, people close to the matter said. The government on Saturday said Twitter Inc had not indicated compliance with new rules aimed … Read more

G7 nations reach ‘historic’ agreement over global corporate tax

Finance ministers from wealthy G7 nations on Saturday pledged to commit to a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15 percent, rallying behind a US-backed plan. “We… commit to a global minimum tax of at least 15 percent on a country by country basis,” said a statement at the conclusion of their London meeting. … Read more

Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn share over 50% user data

The observations highlight the growing problem of lack of online privacy as companies share their users’ data with third party firms without their knowledge. (Subscribe to our Today’s Cache newsletter for a quick snapshot of top 5 tech stories. Click here to subscribe for free.) A cybersecurity firm studied applications on Apple’s app store to … Read more

Lot of concerns about behaviour of big tech firms: Piyush Goyal

There are a lot of concerns about the behaviour of big tech companies including American firms and India would like to protect its policy space and express its concern regarding these entities not willing to adhere to the law of the land, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday. He said India is … Read more

WhatsApp updates privacy policy, makes Facebook data sharing mandatory

Messaging giant WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy and terms of service to better integrate with other products and services offered by its parent company Facebook. The most prominent changes deal with how WhatsApp shares information with Facebook and its subsidiaries. The instant messaging app can now share phone numbers and transaction data with Facebook. … Read more

OneWeb launches 36 satellites; to offer hi-speed internet from 2021 end

Bharti Global and UK government on Friday said their joint venture OneWeb — a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications operator — launched 36 satellites from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia. This takes the total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites, part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity, a … Read more