Ina Fried

Apple's strong-arming for privacy

Apple is leveraging its platform's market power to help users protect their privacy.

Loon helps restore internet access in Peru

In the wake of an earthquake in Peru, Alphabet's Loon unit was able to quickly restore temporary internet access using its balloons. This was due, in large part, because it had already been in talks with Telefonica to bring its service to parts of

Facebook's forever war on misinformation

Facebook spent 3 hours detailing its efforts to fight misinformation, highlighting points of improvement but leaving unanswered the overarching question of whether users are safer than they were 2 years ago. Facebook is getting better at both dete

What Google knows about you

For all the many controversies around Facebook's mishandling of personal data, Google actually knows way more about most of us.  It likely knows everything you've ever typed into your browser’s search bar and every YouTube video you’ve ever watche

What Facebook knows about you

On Facebook's map of humanity, the node for "you" often includes vast awareness of your movements online and a surprising amount of info about what you do offline, too. The company has near-total awareness of every move you make on its website or

For tech, antitrust is a fatal distraction

When leaders in Silicon Valley assess the new antitrust fever among candidates and policymakers, the prospect of corporate breakups isn't their biggest worry.

Trump 2020 reelection campaign's "national 5G plan" draws bipartisan FCC rebuke

A proposal from the Donald Trump 2020 re-election campaign to create a national, wholesale 5G network is drawing criticism from FCC commissioners on both sides of the aisle.

Today's internet is by land, sea, air and space

The internet is an invisible mesh that enables instantaneous global communications, but delivering all those bits quickly to more people in more places requires increasingly exotic approaches. Here are a few things you may not realize about how co

What social media can do to stop hate

Although hate continues to flourish on social media, experts say the situation is not hopeless.

Kavanaugh hearing is a defining moment for social media

The confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh were a poignant, painful and raw moment for the country.