Medium pokes fun at Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony in the best way possible

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It’s been a very long week for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Dude survived over 10 hours of Congress grilling him on the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has rocked the world.

But is his skin thick enough to brush off all the jokes derived from his canned statements? I guess we’ll find out.

Blogging platform Medium is no stranger to writing hilarious app update release notes that users get a kick out of.

In the Medium app’s latest update for iOS, the release notes take a light jab at the entire congressional spectacle that went down. Read more…

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Read Mark Zuckerberg's prepared testimony ahead of Facebook’s congressional hearing

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Mark Zuckerberg has a lot to answer for. 

Following weeks of mounting criticism, Zuckerberg is heading to Washington D.C. to answer questions from key members of Congress on data privacy issues in the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. 

Now, we know exactly what he plans to say. On Monday, the Energy and Commerce Committee published Mark Zuckerberg’s prepared remarks, ahead of his appearance before the committee on Wednesday.

“Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company. For most of our existence, we focused on all the good that connecting people can bring,” Zuckerberg says in the written testimony. “But it’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well.” Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg finally says 'I'm sorry' in newspaper ads around the globe

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Mark Zuckerberg is sorry about that whole Cambridge Analytica mess

So sorry, in fact, that he took out full-page ads in newspapers around the globe on Sunday to “promise to do better for you.”

According to CNN, the ads appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Observer, Sunday Mirror, The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express, and the Sunday Telegraph.

Like we said, he’s totally sorry. 

“You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researcher that leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014,” reads the advertisement. “This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time.” Read more…

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The Mark of the HomePod: The Internet's funniest jabs at Apple's furniture-staining smart speaker

In case you’ve missed it, numerous HomePod users report that their wooden furniture has been stained by the oils of the sound-dampening silicon base of the smart speaker. Yes, no kidding here, here’s an excerpt lifted straight from Apple’s support page.

It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface …

Phone shipments mark 'the biggest annual fall' on record, expensive flagships to blame

Buried in the latest industry reports that witnessed quite a few movers and shakers, is the fact that Q4 actually saw the largest quarterly drop on record in smartphone shipments. That’s right, research firm Strategy Analytics showed that shipments were 9% down in Q4 2017, compared to 2016, or “the biggest annual fall in smartphone history.”
The culprits? Longer upgrade cycles, particularly in China, due to midrangers becoming “good enough,” while average selling prices for flagships are getting ever higher with no “wow” factors attached to their ballooning costs. …

Mark Wahlberg donated his $1.5 million 'All The Money' fee to Time's Up

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In the wake of an uproar over the $1.5 million Mark Wahlberg was paid for his All The Money In The World reshoots, the actor announced Saturday that he will donate the money in his costar Michelle Williams’ name to the Time’s Up legal defense fund.

Wahlberg’s hefty reshoot fee made headlines earlier this week after it was reported that Williams earned just $1,000 for her time. 

The cast of All The Money In The World reshot multiple scenes after director Ridley Scott cut actor Kevin Spacey from the film following multiple sexual assault allegations. Christopher Plummer replaced himUSA Today first reported the massive pay discrepancy on Tuesday. Read more…

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Would the OnePlus 5T be a bargain if it hits the $550 mark?

OK, folks, so the OnePlus 5T is getting announced tomorrow, but thanks to a steady stream of leaks and even an unboxing video, which went live before it should’ve, we’ve got a hefty bit of the details out in the light. Nothing is sacred anymore.

Anyway, the hardware is not surprising — a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB or 128 GB of storate, and a 3,300 mAh battery. What’s different? Well, there’s the 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, putting the OnePlus 5T in the same league as other heavy-hitting flagships that came out this year. And there’s also no longer …

iPhone X pre-orders might break the 50 million mark

Of the three new iPhones that Apple revealed on September 12, the most interesting model – the iPhone X – isn’t available to buy yet, and won’t be launched before early November. The completely new design of the iPhone X seems to be making many customers pass on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (both available to buy since September 22). Ultimately, this should be a good thing for Apple.

According to well connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, pre-orders for the iPhone X could reach over 50 million units, despite the handset’s high prices – $999 for the …

Mark your calendars: Sony's IFA 2017 keynote will be held on August 31

Berlin-held consumer electronics expo IFA’s 2017 edition is still more than two months ahead of us, and yet companies are already starting to announce plans for their own events before and during the exhibition. Case in point: Sony has just given us details about when its IFA press conference is going to be held this year.
Sony’s keynote will be held on Thursday, August 31, at 1 p.m. Central European time, which for all of you Americans out there translates to 7 a.m. Eastern and 4 a.m Pacific time.
Much like its American counterpart …

Mark Hamill remembers 'princess' Carrie Fisher at Tony Awards

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As is the standard at awards shows, there was an “in memoriam” segment at the Tony Awards Sunday night, and yup, there were tears.

“We lost many beloved members of our theatrical family,” Mark Hamill said. “Legends of the stage, artists from behind the scenes, princes of show business… and a princess,” Hamill continued, putting his hand on his heart.

The princess reference is obviously — sob — referring to Carrie Fisher, who passed away in December followed shortly after by her mother, Debbie Reynolds.

Both woman were honored as part of the In Memoriam segment, which this year took the form of five Broadway performers singing “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” Read more…

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