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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is finally breaking his silence on the improper data use revealed last weekend that has quickly spiraled into a catastrophe for the company. Mike Allen reported this morning that Zuckerberg plans to speak in the next 24 hours.
Our thought bubble: After another long day yesterday piling on the political scrutiny and user outrage — in addition to an emergency meeting for Facebook employees where Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg were noticeably absent — it’s clear it’s time for the CEO to speak up.
Driving the news: Things are moving fast and furious in the widening scandal around Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. Here's what happened on Tuesday alone:
The bottom line: The scandal is building steam, not slowing down. And lots of people are waiting for Zuckerberg and Sandberg to break their silence.
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As mentioned above, so far Zuckerberg and Sandberg have been silent on the whole Cambridge Analytica affair. The executive tasked with taking all the heat has been deputy general counsel Paul Grewal. It was Grewal who faced employees on Tuesday and he that sent out the statement Friday announcing Cambridge Analytica had been suspended.
So who is Paul Grewal?
From 2010 to 2016, Grewal was a federal magistrate judge in Northern California, where he handled a range of matters. He left the bench to join Facebook in May 2016.
He's a past president of both the South Asian Bar of Northern California and the North American South Asian Bar Association. On Twitter, he is known for taking controversial stands, but only on sports, especially Cleveland sports.
Prior to his time on the bench as a magistrate, he worked at two law firms: Pillsbury Madison & Sutro and Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder. He also clerked for two federal judges — Sam H. Bell of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and Federal Circuit Appeals Court Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa.
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With so much negative attention focused on the social media companies, the rest of the tech industry is taking pains to distance themselves, Kim Hart reports.
Why it matters: The tech industry is splintering in the wake of the controversies surrounding social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube. A wide range of companies — from legacy Silicon Valley firms like IBM and Oracle to business-focused firms like Salesforce and Cisco — want to be seen as responsible players who can be trusted to make wise decisions when faced with tough calls.
What we're hearing:
More: Read Kim's full story on the efforts of tech companies to distance themselves from the social media giants.
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With the Trump administration taking a harder line on immigration, both Canada and Mexico are making plays to recruit Silicon Valley's foreign tech talent, Axios' Stef Kight reports.
The big picture: Everyone wants a piece of Silicon Valley. With tech companies under increasing pressure to help their employees who could be targeted by changing U.S. immigration policies, Mexico and Canada's proximity to some U.S. tech hubs could pay off.
What's happening in Canada: Last year, Canada announced a new tech visa with faster processing times.
What's happening in Mexico: Since President Trump took office, Governor Aristóteles Sandoval of Jalisco, which is home to Mexico's "Silicon Valley" in Guadalajara, has been selling the country's tech community.
Callisto, a non-profit that provides sexual assault reporting software to college campuses, is expanding to Silicon Valley this summer, it announced on stage during Y Combinator's Demo Day on Tuesday, Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
Why it matters: After last year's wave of reported sexual harassment and assault accounts, it's not a surprise the organization is tackling the tech industry. Callisto's system hinges on a powerful concept: information escrow.
How it'll work: In the Silicon Valley version, victims will submit a timestamped report of the incident confidentially. Once there's a match of victims with the same perpetrator, a Callisto counselor will review the cases and discuss with the victims their options, which can vary from reporting to law enforcement to going to the press.
Initial support: So far, Callisto has received donations from a handful of VC firms, including Greylock Partners, First Round, Data Collective, Obvious Ventures, and Uncork Capital.
Perhaps the best soccer penalty kick ever.