Elon Musk in command of Twitter. Executives and CEO fired immediatelyElon Musk in command of Twitter.

Elon Musk is the new owner of Twitter according to several US media, although an official note from the company is still missing. After the goliardic entrance with a sink into the San Francisco offices in the past few hours, the richest man in the world has put aside the pleasantries and, according to several newspapers including CNBC, has celebrated his new conquest with a first “liberating” act: he fired the management team.

Parag Agrawal, who took over from Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO, and CFO Ned Segal were literally pushed out the door, escorted out of the building by security according to Reuters. Vijaya Gadde, head of the legal team, and general counsel Sean Edget were also fired by Musk. Sarah Personette, head of the personnel department, is also ousted. A goodbye to Twitter, but not empty-handed: according to Business Insider sources, Agrawal leaves with 38.7 million dollars, Segal with 25.4 million, Gadde with 12.5 million and Personette with 11.2 million .

Musk tweeted that “the bird has been released”, confirming how difficult relations were between him and the previous leaders, especially after several times there had been tensions and even not too veiled insults against Agrawal. Elon Musk’s inauguration on the Twitter throne is the final chapter of a story that lasted months, exactly from April, when Tesla’s owner bought 9.2% of the social network.

Twitter’s top executives tried to get him on the board of directors, a way to prevent him from taking over, but Musk refused and made an offer – so greedy that it could not be refused – of 44 billion dollars to acquire the platform. Two weeks later Musk decided to backtrack and tried to distance himself, citing an error in the count of spam bot accounts on the platform, a decisive element to establish the value of the company.

In reality, according to many observers, Musk just wanted to revise the acquisition figure downwards, aware that an offer was too high. The turning point came at the beginning of October, when in a letter to the SEC Musk reaffirmed his commitment to the original agreement: to convince him, in all probability, the lawsuit brought by Twitter that should have started shortly thereafter and which was frozen to give him time to close the acquisition.

Additionally, in several appearances he has hinted that he could ease restraint – opening up to Trump’s return to social media – and review how Twitter makes money, although in the past he said the acquisition was not a way to make money but to create a freer, digital agora.

FCC sanctioned TikTok: “Apple and Google remove it from stores”

The Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America sent a notice to Apple and Google in recent days asking them to remove the TikTok app from their stores due to its data management practices that are not exactly transparent.

FCC commissioner Brendan Carr sent the request to the two Silicon Valley giants after it emerged, thanks to a BuzzFeed News investigation, that TikTok staff in China had the ability to access US user data despite the company statements indicated otherwise.

“As you know, TikTok is an app available to millions of Americans via your app stores and collects vast amounts of sensitive data about US users. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, a company linked to the Chinese Communist Party and which responds to Chinese law by complying with government surveillance demands, “wrote Carr in a letter addressed to Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook, the two CEOs of Google and Apple.

“It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable risk to national security due to the vast amount of data it collects coupled with Beijing’s seemingly uncontrolled access to that sensitive data,” the FCC commissioner specified, according to TechCrunch.

It is not new that concerns are raised about the confidentiality of information collected by TikTok, which in the past has repeatedly replied that US user data is stored in the US and not in China. However, according to BuzzFeed News, TikTok staff in China had access to US user data as late as January of this year.

BuzzFeed’s claim is in contrast to a sworn testimony a TikTok executive gave in a US Senate hearing in October last year, stating then that it is “a renowned security team. based in the United States “to decide who can gain access to US user data.

TikTok’s response to BuzzFeed’s response was not long in coming: the company said it currently uses servers located in the US and Singapore for backup, but plans to delete US users’ private data from datacenters in the future ( in China) and fully switch to Oracle’s cloud servers located in the US. The company also stated that it is working to make operational changes and to set up a US-based department that can exclusively manage US user data.

Twitter and Elon Musk’s ambitions

Elon Musk has unveiled his ambitious plans for Twitter, all aimed at supporting the goal of raising the company’s subscription revenue to $ 10 billion by 2028, or doubling the $ 5 billion in subscriptions raised by the social network. of microbolgging over the past year.

The information was gleaned from the New York Times which got to see a presentation Musk shared with investors. Among the first actions taken by Musk will be those aimed at triggering a growth in subscribers to Twitter Blue up to 69 million users by 2025, to reach 159 million by 2028. Twitter Blue, we remember, is a subscription plan at a cost of $ 2.99 a month, it offers access to an “unsubscribe” button, allows you to customize the app, read content without advertising and other features not available to non-subscribers.

The new owner of Twitter also expects particularly robust growth in Twitter users overall, which would rise from the current 217 million to 600 million in 2025 and to 931 million in 2028. Musk’s plans would also include another subscription service, called “X” which could garner 9 million subscribers in 2023 and 104 million by 2028.

All of these actions should therefore help push subscription revenue to $ 10 billion by 2028, where Musk’s projected overall revenue could reach $ 26.4 billion. Such as? According to information gathered by the Times, it would be mostly advertising revenue with Musk expecting an advertising revenue of $ 12 billion by 2028.

There would also be the desire to raise up to 1.3 billion dollars by 2028 from unspecified “payment activities”: in this sense, however, it is possible that some kind of synergy with PayPal, of which Musk is one, may be grafted. of the co-founders.

Finally, another revenue stream could be represented by the sale of tweets to third-party companies that analyze data and information to outline market trends and audience preferences. Last year, Twitter raised $ 572 million for data licensing. However, it is not clear how Musk intends to carry out this type of business, which could require a heavy revision of the terms of service.

Finally, there is talk of hiring, with plans to create up to 3600 more jobs. Elon Musk has set himself the goal of having more than 11,000 employees by 2025, which will be fundamental for building new services and user experiences.

WhatsApp will finally allow you to send 2GB files (2 years after Telegram)!

In the beta version WhatsApp has introduced full support for the features of the latest version of the Apple operating system, released to the public about six months ago. In this period the company has introduced some of the innovations launched with iOS 15, such as the photo of some profiles in the app notifications and the Full Immersion mode. With full support of iOS 15, however, some parts of the UI change, becoming more consistent with the rest of the operating system.
WhatsApp, the limit for file sharing is increasing from 100MB to 2GB

The same source (the prolific WABetaInfo) also reported an even more interesting novelty: the ability to send files up to 2 GB in size. This feature has been spotted by the source on clients in Argentina, where a limited test is currently underway to a few select users who can share media files up to 2GB. Currently, the sharing limit for media files on WhatsApp is 100 MB, a much more restrictive threshold.

Threshold that becomes even more restrictive if we consider that WhatsApp’s direct competitor, Telegram, has already been allowing files of up to 2GB to be shared for about two years. As usual, however, the source warns that the selected test means everything and nothing: on the one hand WhatsApp is interested in aligning itself with the competition, on the other hand, however, the company could decide – following the test results – to cancel the changes and do not implement them on the final client.

Among the other news coming to WhatsApp we have the Reactions, which will allow you to reply to a message through a sort of icon that depicts an emotion, or the Multi-device Compatibility 2.0, which will allow you to use the same WhatsApp account on two different phones and, remaining at Apple, it could enable the possibility of seeing a WhatsApp app also for the various iPad models.

Instagram changes everything: ” Favorites ” and ” Followed ” arrive!

In the coming days there will be a revolution on Instagram, the social media par excellence. The feed, that is the screen that includes to see the sections and the contents, will come alive with two new ones that will allow users to better follow the contents and above all customize and all have greater control of the whole experience. Here come Favorites and Followed, two new options to choose what to see in the feed.

Instagram: ” Favorites ” and ” Followers ” arrive
Instagram said it dares to want all people the ability to personalize their Instagram experience even more and make it easy for them to find the most interesting content. And this is so because with the two new sections it will be possible to have a better and more precise view of your feed.

In the meantime, know that the Instagram feed is a mix of photos and videos of the people followed, of suggested posts and more. Instagram has always worked to add more suggested posts based on interests, but in fact the new Favorites and Followed choices are a new way to discover the most recent posts of the people we follow.

By choosing the “Favorites” mode, the most recent posts of the profiles added in a previously created list will be shown, such as best friends or favorite creators. Additionally, Favorites account posts will appear higher in the traditional feed as well.

By choosing the “Followed” mode, however, the posts of the people we follow will be shown. Both the Favorites and the Followed modes will show the posts in chronological order, so you can always stay up to date on the latest news of the accounts that interest us most.

To choose between the two, just tap the Instagram logo in the top left mode and choose which one to view.

How the favorites list works
To see the most recent posts from profiles added to your favorites list, just select “Favorites”. Up to 50 accounts can be added to the list and changes can be made at any time. People will not be notified when they are added or removed from this list. The posts of the profiles in the Favorites list will also be displayed higher up in the home feed, in that of the “Followed” mode and will be identifiable by a star icon.

NFT, Twitter opens to digital works as a profile photo

While Meta is considering introducing the ability to use NFTs as profile images in Facebook and Instagram, there is another popular social network that has already started doing so. Twitter announced it at the end of last week, explaining what the novelty consists of: the profile photos in NFT format will be marked with a hexagonal shape; to use an NFT as a profile photo, users will need to associate the crypto wallet with their Twitter account. An example is the current Twitter Blue official profile picture. A click on it opens the information on the NFT …

… including the collection to which it belongs, the person who carried out the verification, the edition of the NFT and the legitimate owner.

Twitter explains in the following terms the reasons that prompted the Twitter managers to introduce the novelty:

This new feature offers Twitter users around the world an easy and intuitive way to verify ownership of the NFT by allowing them to directly link their crypto wallets to Twitter and to select an NFT from their collection as a new profile picture. We'll be monitoring people's feeds on Twitter Blue Labs and sharing more updates as we get them.

28th January (’22): European Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day) is an international event that occurs every year on 28 January. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It is currently observed in the United States, Canada, Nigeria, Israel and 47 European countries.

Data Privacy Day’s educational initiative originally focused on raising awareness among businesses as well as users about the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, particularly in the context of social networking. The educational focus has expanded over the years to include families, consumers and businesses. In addition to its educational initiative, Data Privacy Day promotes events and activities that stimulate the development of technology tools that promote individual control over personally identifiable information; encourage compliance with privacy laws and regulations; and create dialogues among stakeholders interested in advancing data protection and privacy. The international celebration offers many opportunities for collaboration among governments, industry, academia, nonprofits, privacy professionals and educators.

The Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data was opened for signature by the Council of Europe on 28 January 1981. This convention is currently in the process of being updated in order to reflect new legal challenges caused by technological development. The Convention on Cybercrime is also protecting the integrity of data systems and thus of privacy in cyberspace. Privacy including data protection is also protected by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The day was initiated by the Council of Europe to be first held in 2007 as the European Data Protection Day. Two years later, on 26 January 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed House Resolution HR 31 by a vote of 402–0, declaring 28 January National Data Privacy Day. On 28 January 2009, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 25 also recognizing 28 January 2009 as National Data Privacy Day. The United States Senate also recognized Data Privacy Day in 2010 and 2011.

In 2022, The Rise of Privacy Tech (TROPT) expanded Data Privacy Day celebrations into Data Privacy Week, kicking off the week with TROPT Data Privacy Week 2022, followed by a live TROPT Webcast Data Privacy Day broadcast, and a TROPT Innovators networking social.

Social media (especially facebook) are thinking about new technologies: is the future the metaverse?

Perhaps to try to explain the concept in the simplest of ways, the best way is to somehow take up the explanation of whoever coined this new term, which in fact transforms the future into the present. The concept of the metaverse was introduced by Neal Stephenson, an acclaimed author of science fiction books. Speaking of this metaverse, a virtual universe in fact, the author means a real world of virtual reality. A virtual reality shared with other network users. Let’s talk about a transformation of the internet. If we now navigate in front of the screen, with the metaverse we enter the screen in virtual reality. And here it will be possible to meet our friends, take a trip using the resources of the network without ever leaving the desk, attend a virtual concert. Physically remaining seated in front of the PC but with our avatr able to move in the virtual world and interact with it. The key to the metaverse are glasses for augmented reality and objects of this type.

Last week, a rumor leaked that Facebook will change its name shortly to clean up its political image and to diversify services beyond social networks. Pending the conference in which the new name of the IT giant will be presented, information is emerging on what its interests will be in the future.

Mark Zuckerberg said he has repositioned some of the company’s teams to “make services for the young-adult audience our guiding star”. The comment from the CEO of Menlo Park came during a conference with the company’s shareholders, and should respond to the lack of interest of young people in Facebook and the decline in the time they spend on the social network. According to Zuckerberg, in fact, “Many of our services have been designed to be the best for all users who use them, and not just for teenagers and young people”.

The choice to shift the focus of Facebook from the general public to that of young people is due to very precise calculations: the company predicts that the growth of users among older people and among the elderly will be very slow in the coming years, but also which would become much faster if, instead of focusing on all age groups, social media preferred only younger users.

Facebook will change the name of its company

According to the well-known tech site The Verge, Facebook may announce next week that it will change the name of its parent company. The change should only concern the company nomenclature, not the products. Currently, both the famous social network and the company that controls it, and which also controls Instagram, WhatsApp and other services, are called “Facebook”: it would be the latter to change its name, while the social network will continue to be called Facebook.

The next name change, which Mark Zuckerberg could unveil during “Connect”, the annual conference scheduled for October 28th, seems to have a very specific and ambitious purpose. It’s time for Facebook to be known for more than social media (and all the evils that that entails). There is no doubt that with the rebrand, the blue Facebook app would become one of the company’s products such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus and others. And Zuckerberg would thus try to free the entire company from the social network which in the last period is a very random mix of joys and sorrows.

Trump launches his social network: it will be called TRUTH and will challenge Big Tech

Former US President Donald Trump unveiled the new social platform that was announced several months ago as an alternative to the social networks from which he was removed for his involvement in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Congress. calls TRUTH Social (“truth” means “truth”), it will arrive next year and will replace the blog with which Trump had briefly returned to be heard online. In a statement released Wednesday, Trump said he created TRUTH Social “to oppose the tyranny of Big Tech companies” and “to fight them,” arguing that the goal of the Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) – the company that has developed – both “to give a voice to everyone”. “We live in a world where the Taliban have a large presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American president has been silenced. This is unacceptable ».

After January 6, all the major social platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, had suspended or blocked Trump’s profiles, accusing him of inciting their supporters to carry out the assault on Congress, where the certification was being certified. election victory of President Joe Biden. Trump had never acknowledged the defeat and according to the companies that manage the main social networks had violated the guidelines of the platforms, which prohibit sharing content that promotes violence and fake news.

Trump had also been subjected to an impeachment trial accused of fomenting the attack on Congress: then he was acquitted, thanks to the votes of the Republicans.

The first tests on TRUTH Social will be carried out in November and the platform will be ready by the first months of 2022; later it should also offer news, podcasts, entertainment programs and a subscription service for video on demand. The resources for its realization come from the merger between TMTG and another company, the Digital World Acquisition Corp, which in recent months has raised 294 million dollars from various investors (it is not said, however, that all investors will remain in the deal. , and Digital World’s equity may shrink).