$FB: Billionaire Mike Bloomberg is relying on former Facebook CMO Gary Briggs and former Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck to run Hawkfish, a digital ad tech company he set up to power his presidential bid | Dec 2019

NEW: Mike Bloomberg is using a secretive tech firm he founded months ago to power his 2020 presidential bid. The name of the company is Hawkfish. It’s being run by former Facebook CMO Gary Briggs and former Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck. w/@tuckerhigginshttps://t.co/qBYyfLwmij — Brian Schwartz (@schwartzbCNBC) December 23, 2019

$FB: Non-expert users should not be expected to understand the mobile SDK ecosystem and how their fine location data is being collected and stored by tech companies | Dec 2019

A sentiment I heard from industry folk all the time. “If they understood our practices they’d eagerly opt in!” So why does the industry so rarely explain their practices? https://t.co/lAe7h7Lrsd — Stuart A. Thompson (@stuartathompson) December 22, 2019

$FB: Instagram won the photo-sharing app war against better-funded competitors with a simpler user experience | Dec 2019

It’s the summer of 2010. Many people in the SF Bay Area (+ elsewhere) are reaching the conclusion that photo-based apps would be a very big deal in this decade, and they were right. However, why did Instagram win, over much better funded rivals Color and PicPlz ? A $100B story.. — Varun (@varun_mathur) December […]

$GOOGL: NYT publishes report on dataset containing the precise movements of more than 12 million Americans in several major cities including Washington, New York and San Francisco tracked via smartphones | Dec 2019

Months ago, someone contacted us with an astounding dataset. It tracked the precise movements of more than 12 million Americans in several major cities including Washington, New York and San Francisco. Today we published our findings: https://t.co/U6hVTTI9WU — Stuart A. Thompson (@stuartathompson) December 19, 2019

$FB: The dismal monetary compensation and mental health support tech companies are offering their army of content moderators “is morally indefensible.” | Dec 2019

Recently I met a former content moderator for Google who developed PTSD after daily exposure to terrorism and child abuse. Today @DaisySRivkin is going on the record to discuss her experiences. https://t.co/Xi3s7wz0Kb — Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) December 16, 2019

$FB: Facebook will argue that it will be increasingly hard to break itself up as it continues to integrate its technical infrastructure | Dec 2019

Without a doubt a large motivator for Facebook integrating its technical infrastructure is to make it very hard to break up Also certainly running experiments right now on the platforms to prove FB is causal in Instagram’s success FTC is smart to understand that. But late — Kevin Kwok (@kevinakwok) December 12, 2019