NEW YORK TIMES: Happy Birthday, Facebook! 15 years today — and what a rollercoaster it has been.

Emails written by Facebook's chief and his deputies show the firm struck secret deals to give some developers special access to user data while refusing…

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WordPress CEO runs a billion-dollar company with no offices or email

Even if you aren't familiar with what WordPress is, or use it to publish content on the internet, there's a good chance you've visited a website that runs on it — and probably within just the past 24 hours. That's because WordPress — an open-source content-management system — powers an astonishing 25% of all websites today. I recently spoke with Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, the company that offers a range of products and services for WordPress users. Automattic is valued today at over $1 billion. Matt joined me for a wide-ranging conversation on my podcast, in which he shared his aspiration to capture the 75% of the internet that WordPress doesn't already manage.

Google overhauls its sexual harassment policies after employee walkouts against workplace culture

AIWA! NO!Google on Thursday announced a number of changes to its sexual harassment policies a week after thousands of employees walked out of their offices as part of protests against the company’s treatment of women.
“We recognise that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that,” Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees that was published on its blog. “It’s clear we need to make some changes.”

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AT WAR WITH GOOGLE; AND WHY IT’S PERFECT FOR THE COMMANDER – IN – CHIEF

AIWA! NO!//A FULL HOUR before the sun rose in Washington, DC, Tuesday, President Donald Trump fired off a pair of tweets claiming that Google had “rigged” search results against conservatives. Like so many Trump grievances, the argument seems steeped less in fact than in a roiling stew of personal animus. But in Google News, the latest subject of his ire, Trump may have found the perfect target.

In Trump’s tweets—which he later deleted, then tweeted again, with no substantive changes—you can see the outlines of an attack that can’t be easily fact-checked or dismissed. Charges of bias against Google will stick, because no algorithm is truly neutral. And while Trump’s logic is specious, effectively countering it would require acceptance among his base that mainstream news sources like The New York Times are not, actually, the enemy of the people.