Situational awareness: A settlement proposal being discussed between Facebook and the FTC could see federally approved privacy officials installed at the company and potentially make CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for compliance, according to reports from Politico and the New York Times.
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Depending on how much you shop, watch and read with Amazon, the e-commerce behemoth may know more about you than any other company on earth.
The big picture: Naturally, they know what you've browsed or bought on their main service. They also know what you've asked Alexa, watched on Prime, and read on your Kindle.
Between the lines: As with Google or Facebook, what Amazon knows depends on how much you rely on its services. That said, these days Amazon's services are all around us.
Steps to protect yourself:
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Florida’s Atlantic coast is experiencing a resurgence of space enthusiasm, but this time it’s driven by Pacific Coast billionaires with thick wallets and brainy entrepreneurs asking for cash, Axios' Kim Hart reports from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Why it matters: It’s been 50 years since the launch of Apollo 11 inspired a generation to pursue space travel. But a decade ago the Space Coast was hit with an economic double whammy — NASA’s shuttle program was canceled, and the nation was drowning in a devastating recession, just as renewed global competition raises the stakes.
What's happening: Today, the space center sees frequent launches, thanks in part to Elon Musk's SpaceX. As soon as this month, SpaceX plans to launch satellites to low earth orbit to provide broadband service.
The big picture: The big companies have helped attract technical talent and nearby colleges are graduating a steady stream of engineers. But the private space tech ecosystem is still young, and local officials are trying to boost the fledgling startup scene.
What's next: NASA plans to return to the moon in 5 years, but can't do it alone, said Kira Blackwell, who runs NASA's iTech program, which matches new space tech companies with private investors.
"Technology is moving so quickly that it makes much better sense for us to partner with entrepreneurs to put boots on the moon."— Kira Blackwell
Go deeper: Read Kim's full story.
A quarter after declaring his company's turnaround complete, Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau tells Axios that he has shifted from defense to offense.
What's new: Zynga on Wednesday reported revenue ahead of expectations and also hiked its outlook for the full year, with Gibeau predicting Zynga will be a growth story through 2021.
"This is really the fun part."— Frank Gibeau
The bigger picture: Gibeau acknowledges that Zynga is competing not only against other mobile games, but also against other leisure activities.
"We feel very comfortable competing against social networks and video services," he said. "More and more people are playing games."
Facebook’s annual developer conferences, F8, continued for a second day Wednesday with a focus on more technical news announcements, particularly around AI.
Here’s a rundown from Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva of what the company announced:
The big picture: Facebook has long touted the important of AI for its company and services, which operate globally and are used by more than 2 billion people. It's no surprise to see it showcase not only some of its home-grown tech, but also how it’s trying to be careful in its application.
A baby sea lion loitered on a California freeway Tuesday, before eventually turning itself in to a Highway Patrol officer.