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Zuckerberg agrees to face EU Parliament

By Alexander J Martin, Technology Reporter

Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the EU Parliament in person to answer questions about Facebook's use of data.

The hearing will "hopefully" take place as early as next week, according to Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament.

Members of the European Parliament are set to grill Facebook's chief executive regarding the improper use of 87 million users' data by Cambridge Analytica.

"The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week," said Mr Tajani.

Mr Zuckerberg would meet party leaders as well as members of the EU Parliament's civil liberties committee as part of his evidence session.

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Image: The Facebook CEO previously appeared before US Congress regarding the scandal

Facebook told the EU that 2.7 million people in the bloc could have been affected by the data-sharing scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

Although the scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has since collapsed, regulators say they are continuing their investigation into the how the company harvested data from millions of Facebook users.

More than a million of these victims are believed to be in the UK, but Mr Zuckerberg has so far refused to appear before British MPs.

Both he and Facebook have been consistently criticised by the the digital, culture, media, and sport committee for submitting "insufficient" evidence to an inquiry considering how the company handles British citizens' data.

Committee chair Damian Collins was in session when the announcement broke and was not immediately available for comment.

Damian Collins said there were questions still to be answered
Image: Damian Collins MP has criticised Facebook's response to UK parliamentarians

Mr Zuckerberg is likely meet EU politicians in the same week as he attends a summit in France with President Emmanuel Macron.

President Macron's office has declared that he will meet Facebook's chief executive alongside more than a dozen others from leading technology firms at a summit in Paris designed to drive investment.

France's premiere has also signalled his intention to push for an EU-wide tax on digital turnover and has called for tougher laws to tackle fake news.

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"There will be tough discussions," an official in President Macron's office told Reuters, adding that the pair would have a one-to-one meeting allowing the topic to be broached in a "very frank" manner.

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A delivery robot burst into flames on Berkeley university campus, and students held a candlelit vigil

  • A Kiwi delivery robot burst into flames while wheeling through campus at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • The blaze was extinguished by a local, while the fire department made sure there was no risk of re-ignition.
  • Startup Kiwi said the fire was caused by a faulty battery and it pulled all of its robots from service to investigate.
  • Students were said to be saddened by the robot's demise and held a candlelit vigil.

A delivery robot burst into flames at the University of California, Berkeley, and students were said to be so devastated, they held a candlelit vigil to mark its demise.

The incident took place on Friday, when a Kiwi delivery robot caught fire after its battery malfunctioned, the company said in a Medium blog on Sunday.

Pictures and video posted online showed the diminutive robot engulfed in flames, before a local rushed to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

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A reporter at The Daily Californian caught the moment the fire was contained. The Berkeley Fire Department arrived shortly after and doused the robot with foam to ensure there was no risk of re-ignition.

Here's a video of the Kiwibot on fire:

A student posted this image after the fire was dealt with:

One of the Kiwibots, the food delivery robot, caught on fire on campus. #kiwibot @kiwicampus pic.twitter.com/wk39ZhB8FI

— Alex (@AlexLi98) December 14, 2018

Kiwi said it took the matter "very seriously." The company, which is housed at Berkeley's startup incubator SkyDeck, said it pulled all of its robots out of service to investigate.

"Customers that had orders in progress had their food delivered by hand, minimizing the impact on the service. At no time were customers or members of the public at risk," the firm added.

Kiwi has a fleet of more than 100 robots and cofounder and CEO Felipe Chavez Cortes told TechCrunch this year that the company has fulfilled more than 10,000 orders.

The Daily Californian said the robot was not delivering a meal when it caught fire, meaning no one missed out on their food order. Students, however, reacted with sadness to the robot's demise.

Citing comments on the Overheard at UC Berkeley Facebook page, The Daily Californian said students described the robot as a "hero" and a "legend." Berkley alum James Wenzel tweeted that some even held a candlelit vigil.

so a delivery robot caught fire on berkeley's campus and students set up a candlelight vigil for it pic.twitter.com/alen7vF7Ho

— James Wenzel 🦊 (@ratherbright) December 15, 2018

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From Elon Musk to Satya Nadella: Here are the 29 top tech CEOs of 2018, according to employees

  • This week, Comparably — a website that rates companies across a number of different areas — released its list of Best CEOs of 2018.
  • Of the 50 chief executives on that list, 29 were from tech companies.
  • Below, we've compiled the list of best tech CEOs of the year.

For tech, 2018 was a year full of scandal.

From Facebook's dealings with Cambridge Analytica, to Elon Musk smoking weed on-air, the tech industry had its share of controversy in 2018.

When tech executives weren't being questioned on Capitol Hill, however, some were being praised by employees for their leadership and the companies they've helped create.

This week, Comparably — a website that rates companies across a number of different areas — released its 2018 list of Best CEOs. Of the 50 chief execs on that list, 29 were from tech companies.

Here are the 29 best large tech company CEOs of the year:

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29. Bill McDermott, SAP

Headquarters: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Year they became CEO: 2002

What their company does: Enterprise software for business operations and customer management

28. Scott Wagner, GoDaddy

Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona

Year they became CEO: 2018

What their company does: Internet domain registry and website hosting

27. Daniel Schulman, PayPal

Headquarters: San Jose, California

Year they became CEO: 2014

What their company does: Online payments

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There’s an easy way to make your iPhone screen even dimmer than its lowest brightness setting, and it’s perfect for reading at night

  • I read on my iPhone at night all the time.
  • Sometimes, though, the iPhone's lowest brightness setting isn't dim enough for the environment, or my eyes.
  • There's a trick that can make your screen even dimmer than the brightness settings Apple provides, and it's perfect for nighttime.

If you're like me, you spend your last waking minutes reading on your iPhone in bed until you're tired enough to fall asleep.

But sometimes, your iPhone's screen can be too bright for you and your partner — even if it's on the lowest brightness setting.

Thankfully, hidden away in your iPhone's settings is a way to make the screen super-dim. It's easy to set up and works really well — I use it all the time.

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First, go to your Settings app.

Click General.

Scroll down and click Accessibility.


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The Stories Slide Deck: How Stories stack up across social platforms (FB, SNAP)

In the last few years, there’s been a major shift as to how consumers interact with social media.

Rather than posting content that lives on the platform in perpetuity, users are now posting and viewing more “Stories,” video or images that live for only 24 hours.

Many platforms have introduced some form of Stories format — whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or WhatsApp. Snapchat was the company to introduce it to the world, but Instagram has surpassed it in terms of volume and perhaps usability.

Business Insider Intelligence has compiled a slide deck that looks into how Stories work on Instagram and Snapchat, and how brands and publishers should be using the Stories feature to reach their audiences.

This exclusive deck can be yours for FREE today. As an added bonus, you will gain immediate access to our exclusive BI Intelligence Daily newsletter.

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We just got the most alarming sign yet that investors are bracing for a stock market crash

  • US stocks have been whipsawed in recent months, and internal trends aren't looking very encouraging for a full recovery.
  • Warning signs are continuing to pile up amid the chaos, and we may have just gotten the most jarring indication yet that a market collapse is coming.

It's no secret that the US stock market has been taken for a wild ride over the past few months.

Sharp sell-offs have occurred with frightening regularity, and investors haven't seemed particularly inclined to buy the dip. Yes, there have been relief rallies after large pullbacks, but equities haven't been recovering as quickly as they once did. And they certainly aren't bouncing back to record highs.

The reluctance of investors to scoop up shares at discounted prices shows just how nervous they are about the future of the market. And this past week we got the latest sign that they're bracing for an imminent stock meltdown.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch found that traders pulled a whopping $27.6 billion out of US equities in the week ended Dec. 12, the second-biggest outflow of all time. And the trend was no rosier on a global basis, as a record $39 billion was yanked from stocks worldwide, the data show.

While the numbers themselves are eye-popping, it's the fact that they're so historically dire that should have people very concerned. Overall, it indicates extreme trepidation amongst investors. And, given the confluence of negative factors weighing on the market right now, you can hardly blame investors.

They're still worried about the fallout from President Donald Trump's trade war, a potential global growth slowdown, the pace of Federal Reserve tightening, and new vulnerabilities in tech stocks. And those are just the headliners. Many more minor headwinds lurk under the surface.

If, for some reason, BAML's outflow data hasn't convinced you of the nervousness pervading the market, consider that bearish bets against the S&P 500 are at their second-highest levels all year. This is reflected in the level of short interest for an exchange-traded fund tracking the US equity benchmark.

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Adding to confusion is the fact that experts are sending mixed messages. On one side, you have someone like Leuthold Group chief investment officer Jim Paulsen. He's largely bearish and recently argued that a crash may be the only thing that can completely hit the reset button on the market's biggest problems.

Then you have the collection of Wall Street equity strategists, who aren't necessarily ready to bail on the US stock market quite yet. Sure, most of them think 2019 will be the bull market's last hurrah, but even the most bearish one — Mike Wilson of Morgan Stanley — forecasts that equities will rise next year.

Ultimately, if one thing is clear right now in the US stock market, it's that investors are seeking shelter now and asking questions later. It's a prudent approach, considering the nearly 10-year bull market will have to meet its demise at some point, and we're currently getting some of the strongest signals yet that a collapse is near.

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