New story in Technology from Time: How to Watch the NCAA March Madness Sweet 16 Games for Free Online

The 2018 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament has been full of stunning upsets that no one saw coming: After the first round of March Madness games, not a single person still had a perfect bracket.

The upside of everyone’s NCAA brackets being busted is that Little Caesars is giving away free pizza to all customers on Monday, April 2. That was the March Madness deal promised if a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament made history by beating a No. 1 seed—which is exactly what happened when the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, beat the top-seeded University of Virginia last Friday.

Fans can expect more madness and excitement ahead now that we’re heading into the Sweet 16. The NCAA Sweet 16 games tip off on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23. The winners of those matchups play again on Saturday and Sunday for the right to go to the Final Four on the following weekend at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (The NCAA tournament ends on Monday, April read more

New story in Technology from Time: Instagram Is Making a Change That Might Make You Love the App Again

Instagram says it has heard your complaints about its algorithm-based feed, and now it’s making changes to display more photos and videos closer to chronological order.

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app announced Thursday that newer posts will now be more likely to appear first in users’ feeds. The change comes after users have complained of seeing old posts in their Instagram feeds following the app’s switch from a chronological-based display back in 2016.

“With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about,” Instagram said in a blog post.

Instagram, why is your algorithm so stupid. 😔🤷‍♂️ I just would like people to see my stupid stuff read more

New story in Technology from Time: Why Facebook Needs Transparency to Protect Its Users — And Stay in Business

“It is not easy to protect 1.4 billion people every day. But if Facebook wants to be the home where all those people share their likes and heartbreaks and plans and politics with acquaintances online, it had better try a lot harder.” That was the thrust of the news on March 17, when the Observer of London and the New York Times revealed that analytics firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data from 50 million Facebook accounts. The company, which worked with both Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump on their 2016 presidential campaigns, then attempted to build psychological profiles of potential voters — with the hopes of using them to determine whom to target. But in this case, unlike other recent privacy breakdowns — like the Equifax data breach that put 145.5 million accounts at risk — thieves or hackers did not steal information. The company actually just handed the data over, then didn’t watch where it went. As Facebook itself reported, Aleksandr Kogan, the academic researcher who first obtained the information through an app he developed, did so “in a legitimate way and through proper channels” and violated Facebook’s policies only when he passed it on to Cambridge Analytica. The social network was also under the impression until recently that the harvested data had been deleted, but the Times says it has viewed a set of it. Right now, it’s not clear who else can see the data.

Read more: Want to Fix Facebook? That’ll Cost You About $75 a Year

All This has prompted sharp criticism of the company, which meticulously tracks its users but failed to keep track of where information about the lives and thinking of those people went. Facebook’s shares were down by 6.8% in the first business day after the reports. Lawmakers in both the U.S. and Britain, where Cambridge Analytica did similar work ahead of the Brexit referendum, have demanded testimony from Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg; in an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg responded to a question about whether he would go before Congress by saying, “The short answer is I’m happy to if it’s the right thing to do.” The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general have reportedly begun investigations. On the site itself, many users mused, Why are we still here? This all comes at a time when the company reported that it had seen a decrease in daily active users in the U.S. and Canada for the first time — from 185 million to 184 million — in the fourth quarter of 2017. Because Kogan obtained the data through legitimate channels, preventing such a scenario from happening again isn’t as simple as patching a bug or boosting Facebook’s security infrastructure. A fix would require Facebook to be stricter with its actual customers: developers and advertisers of all kinds, from retailers to political groups, who pay to know what you have revealed about yourself. But it will need to keep a closer eye on who can see what, even if that results in repercussions for its other partners. Facebook invites you to chronicle your life through its platforms, especially your most cherished moments. There is a natural expectation that a space with such precious material will be guarded. As Zuckerberg said in a statement that in part pledged to restrict developers’ access to data: “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.” There’s another group in need of urgent introspection: users. In an era in which we tell companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon what groceries we eat, whom we’re in touch with and where we’re going (at a minimum), users themselves need to actually demand to know to whom their information is being sent and how they will use it, in a way that is readable and accessible. There’s no single obvious answer for preventing future data abuse, but one lesson is evident: Facebook needs to be more transparent with its users when their data is being exploited, and users themselves should be much more vigilant about the personal details they’re willing to share. “It’s clear these platforms can’t police themselves,”

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New story in Technology from Time: Amnesty International Is Accusing Apple of Betraying Chinese iCloud Users

Amnesty International says Apple Inc is creating the Orwellian future it once envisioned by potentially opening up the data of Chinese iCloud users to Beijing’s scrutiny.

Texts, photos, emails, contacts and any other information stored on Apple’s cloud service in China could now be easily accessed by the government, Amnesty claims, warning of possible arrests or imprisonment as rights to privacy and free speech are infringed upon.

Apple famously positioned itself as a champion of free expression in its iconic “1984” advertisement.

According to an Amnesty blog post, to comply with new legislation in China, Apple, as of last month, began hosting Chinese users’ accounts on servers operated by a Chinese company, with the encryption keys managed by the local provider. The rights group says that previously, in order to view a Chinese account, read more

New story in Technology from Time: Mark Zuckerberg Just Revealed 3 Steps Facebook Is Taking to Address the Cambridge Analytica Crisis

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally addressed the growing crisis confronting his company over how Cambridge Analytica allegedly used data collected by 50 million users without their direct consent in its work for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. After days of silence, Zuckerberg on Wednesday outlined steps he said would protect users’ information in the future.

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg said Wednesday in a lengthy Facebook post. “I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.

Facebook is planning to investigate all apps that have had access to users’ data prior read more

New story in Technology from Time: Want to Fix Facebook? That’ll Cost You About $75 a Year

Facebook knew this could happen.

In a February SEC filing, which includes an obligatory meditation on every conceivable risk to future profits, Facebook warned that “unfavorable publicity regarding, for example, our privacy practices … [or] the actions of our developers whose products are integrated with our products” could imperil “the size, engagement, and loyalty of our user base.”

True to form, the $500 billion social networking behemoth’s stock plummeted after news broke Mar. 16 that the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Trump’s campaign in the summer of 2016, acquired data from about 50 million Facebook users, often without their direct knowledge. The data was reportedly used to create psychological portraits read more

New story in Technology from Time: The Meat Industry Has Some Serious Beef With Those ‘Bleeding’ Plant-Based Burgers

The buzziest tech product coming out of Silicon Valley is not another app or a new virtual reality experience. It’s a burger that contains no meat.

As many Americans attempt to reduce their meat consumption, startups like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are targeting restaurants and grocery stores with an approach to the burger that cuts out the cow, but still tastes like meat in an effort to curb the environmental impact of animal production. Funds have poured to the companies out of widespread concern over the 10 billion animals killed for food in the U.S. each year and cattle’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Although investors are loving it, big beef is starting to fight back, claiming that plant-based burgers should not count as real meat.

The U.S. Cattleman’s Association, (USCA) which represents the cattle industry, read more

New story in Technology from Time: This Is Exactly How Much Your Personal Information Is Worth to Facebook

Facebook is not just a place for you to scroll through Dogspotting posts and hate-read your ex’s status updates. It’s a gold mine for marketers — and that can present problems for people concerned about data security.

Facebook profits off of its 1.4 billion daily users in a big way: According to its most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the average revenue per user in 2017 was $20.21 ($6.18 in quarter four alone). Users in the U.S. and Canada were worth even more because of how big the markets are.

“They don’t charge for Facebook, but they are able to sell insights based on how we use the platform and then serve it up for marketers,” says Jennifer M. Grygiel, an assistant professor of communications and social media expert at Syracuse University. “It sounds kind of simple, but the marketers are willing to strategically place advertisements, from selling sneakers to ads for politics.”

The sheer amount of data Facebook read more

New story in Technology from Time: Facebook Just Lost More Than Tesla’s Entire Market Cap in 2 Days

Facebook Inc.’s privacy crisis has turned into a shareholder crisis.

The social media giant has lost over $60 billion in market value over the past two days, following revelations that personal data of millions of users was obtained by a data analytics firm. That’s more than the market capitalization of Tesla Inc. at around $52 billion or three times that of Snapchat owner Snap Inc. at about $19 billion.

Facebook shares tumbled 6.8 percent on Monday, the most in almost four years, and the selloff resumed on Tuesday with news that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly investigating the handling of user data, and a report that Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos plans to leave. Shares fell 4.7% to $164.51 at 2:23 p.m. in New York.

The two-day rout is the worst since July 2012, the year of Facebook’s initial public offering at $38 a share.

New story in Technology from Time: Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Controversy Could Be Big Trouble for the Social Network. Here’s What to Know

Facebook is under fire this week over a controversy involving tens of millions of users’ personal information.

The drama began when the $500 billion company admitted Friday that data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which has close ties to President Trump’s election campaign and right-leaning megadonors, used data that had been collected from 50 million users without their consent. Facebook has since suspended Cambridge Analytica’s access to its platform.

Still, Facebook is taking a beating from commentators and investors alike. Facebook’s stock was down about 7% Monday afternoon and dropped another 2.5% Tuesday. Meanwhile, lawmakers in the U.S. and the U.K. are demanding CEO Mark Zuckerberg explain his company’s practices.

Here’s what to know about Facebook’s latest crisis.

What is Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica is a political analysis firm that claims to build psychological profiles of voters to help its clients win elections. The company is accused of buying millions read more