Facebook united – TechCrunch

Facebook was a mess. The independence it dangled to close acquisition deals with Instagram and WhatsApp turned the company into a tangle of overlapping products. Every app had its own messaging and Stories options. Economies of scale were squandered. Top innovators led mature products already bursting at the seams with features while new opportunities went…

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Jim Balsillie warns of risks of ‘surveillance capitalism’ by Facebook and Google

OTTAWA — Lawmakers delving into the Facebook data scandal heard calls Thursday for substantial regulatory upgrades to protect the privacy of Canadians — as well as a warning from Jim Balsillie about the democratic and economic risks posed by foreign companies motivated by “surveillance capitalism.” Speaking before a parliamentary committee, the former Research in Motion…

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