Facebook says it wants a ‘fair shot’ in the crypto payments sphere.

Facebook’s mission is to “bring the world closer together.” Increasingly, that’s not just about connecting friends and family to share messages, but also serving as a platform for people’s financial lives. Some $100 billion in payments have been enabled by Facebook over the past year, said David Marcus, who runs

Opinion | ‘They’re Killing People’? Biden Isn’t Quite Right, but He’s Not Wrong

By Kara Swisher Ms. Swisher, a contributing Opinion writer, has reported on technology and technology companies since the early days of the internet. It was a stunning thing to say, even if it is in many ways true. “They’re killing people,” President Biden said loudly enough to be heard under

Facebook Opens Up Instagram Biz Messaging, Amps Up AR

To help keep online shopping surging, Facebook has opened up its Instagram messaging developer tool, so anyone can build new messaging experiences where consumers already congregate and shop. At its virtual developer conference, F8 Refresh, on Wednesday, the social media giant opened up general availability for the Messenger API for

Influencers Say They Were Urged to Criticize Pfizer Vaccine

A disinformation effort to reduce public confidence in Covid-19 vaccines tried to enroll social media commentators in France and Germany. By Liz Alderman PARIS — The mysterious London public relations agency sent its pitch simultaneously to social media influencers in France and Germany: Claim that Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is deadly

Citizen App Falsely Accuses Man of Starting Los Angeles Wildfire

Citizen, a neighborhood crime and safety app, posted a photo of a man and offered a $30,000 reward for tips leading to his arrest. It set off a hunt for the wrong man. By Jenny Gross As a wildfire blazed near the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, a photo

Pinterest Ad Summit: Ad Tools, Growth in Gen Z, Men, Plus Dan Levy

Pinterest’s first global advertising summit on Wednesday revealed a few surprises: Along with new ad products and growth in some surprising user segments, the company decided to add a little star power to its roster of speakers. While Pinterest executives and invited business guests comprised most of the speaker list,

Opinion | Big Tech Has Helped Trash America

Of all the myths we have about America, perhaps the most potent one is found in the age-old question we constantly ask ourselves as a nation: Can we start over? It’s a concept at the heart of tech, whose entrepreneurs hold on to the unshakable idea that even in the

TikTok, Shopify Announce New Partnership

TikTok took another step toward becoming a major shopping destination for Gen Z consumers on Tuesday when it revealed a global partnership with e-commerce platform Shopify. The agreement will make it easier for Shopify sellers to reach the social platform’s audience of younger consumers, while laying groundwork for the latter