WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook

WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook

Jan Koum ha deciso di dimettersi dalla sua carica di CEO di WhatsApp.

Brian Acton, suo socio cofondatore si era già dimesso a Novembre.

Alla base della decisione ci sarebbe il disaccordo di Koum per le politiche di Facebook sul trattamento dei dati personali degli utenti e la disattenzione verso le tematiche della crittografia e della sicurezza delle comunicazioni.

“It is time for me to move on”

Facebook 2026

Facebook 2026

Casey Newton interviewed Mark Zuckerberg and got a view of Facebook’s next ten years. Even if you’re not into the social network ecosystem, there are some pretty interesting things. At least, Mark knows that you have to reinvent yourself and your company to stay alive and competitive:

This is an early milestone, but it’s a big one. It’s not something you necessarily expect Facebook to do, because we’re not an aerospace company. But I guess we’re becoming one.

There are fascinating remarks about artificial intelligence and bots, too:

There’s a lot of debate in society about, “Is AI going to do good or harm?” But I think pattern recognition will be extremely helpful in so many ways, from being able to tell a blind person what is in an image, to being able to read something to someone who is deaf or just can’t turn the volume on on their phone right now. Or, being able to diagnose diseases better, or better identifying drugs that might treat a disease, or drive cars more safely. This stuff is really going to save people’s lives.
It’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t magic, right? It’s math and statistics and pattern recognition and using a lot of data in different data sets. It’s not going to get away from us — it’s all stuff that will just improve people’s lives.

How Mark Zuckerberg led Facebook’s War to Crush Google Plus

How Mark Zuckerberg led Facebook’s War to Crush Google Plus

In Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg built not just a business, but a company culture with the fervor of a messianic sect. So, in June 2011, when Google launched Google Plus, Zuckerberg put his company into lockdown. In an adaption from his new book on Silicon Valley, former Facebook employee Antonio García Martínez describes the war that followed.

Fascinating reading. It seems natural that, although in the real world nobody cared for G+, Facebook was worried.