Silicon Valley can’t agree on which Democratic presidential candidate to get behind. The Federal Election Fee’s first fundraising snapshot got here out Monday, and it reveals that cash from Silicon Valley’s tech leaders is unfold throughout a number of candidacies. Kamala Harris, the senator from California, has garnered donations from former Fb exec Alex Stamos, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, and enterprise capitalist Ron Conway. In the meantime, Cory Booker, the senator from New Jersey (and Stanford alum) has secured funding from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, amongst others. As Recode’s Teddy Schleifer writes: “There isn’t a clear frontrunner among the many donor class.”[Theodore Schleifer / Recode]
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Twitter claims it’s bettering in relation to combating spam and abuse. CEO Jack Dorsey introduced at TED on Tuesday a couple of new metrics in regards to the firm’s abuse-fighting efforts. Amongst them: Utilizing know-how, the corporate now catches 38 p.c of the abusive content material it takes motion on, which suggests it doesn’t have to attend for people to report these tweets to the corporate. A 12 months in the past, Twitter didn’t catch any abusive content material proactively. Given the large measurement of social media platforms like Twitter, which has a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of month-to-month customers, automating these abuse efforts is vital to cleansing up the service.[Kurt Wagner / Recode]
Extra inside Fb paperwork leaked that present the corporate used its large trove of non-public consumer information to harm sure opponents and assist companions. NBC Information bought its palms on four,000 inside paperwork tied to a Fb lawsuit, papers that had been a part of the identical set of leaked paperwork made public final fall by British lawmakers. The paperwork are additional proof that Fb used folks’s private information to strengthen its enterprise relationships. “Fb gave Amazon prolonged entry to consumer information as a result of it was spending cash on Fb promoting and partnering with the social community on the launch of its Hearth smartphone,” NBC reported Tuesday.[Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar / NBC News]
Netflix has practically 150 million subscribers, however traders are involved that the streaming service’s development could also be slowing down within the US. In the course of the firm’s first-quarter earnings name on Tuesday, Netflix projected it can add round 300,000 subscribers subsequent quarter, which is lower than the 650,000 analysts had hoped (and far lower than the 1.7 million it added in Q1). The inventory fell, then rebounded in after-hours buying and selling. Nonetheless, Netflix is rising like loopy exterior the US, and CEO Reed Hastings shared some viewership particulars about a few of the firm’s high-profile titles, one thing it began doing on the finish of final 12 months. A brand new Ben Affleck film, Triple Frontier, was watched in additional than 52 million households, Hasting mentioned. Netflix’s Fyre Competition documentary, which confirmed the grim actuality of a disastrous music competition, had greater than 20 million viewers.[Peter Kafka / Recode]
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