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Kobo debuts Libra H2O e-reader, updates software with more tools for readers

Kobo debuts Libra H2O e-reader, updates software with more tools for readers

Keep on reading on — Kobo adds new UI tools for those who love taking notes and bookmarking as they read. Valentina Palladino - Sep 4, 2019 4:01 am UTC Valentina PalladinoNearly one year after releasing the Forma e-reader, Kobo returns today with a new slab dubbed the Kobo Libra H2O. The $169 e-reader retains…
Kobo’s new Libra H20 is like a cheaper Kindle Oasis

Kobo’s new Libra H20 is like a cheaper Kindle Oasis

Kobo has a new e-reader out, the Libra H20, which looks to join the existing Kobo Forma in taking on Amazon’s luxury Kindle Oasis, with a similar one-handed design. But where the Forma stumbled by upping the screen size to an 8-inch panel, resulting in a device that was somewhat unwieldy to hold, the new…
Libra, Facebook’s global digital currency plan, is fuzzy on privacy, watchdogs warn

Libra, Facebook’s global digital currency plan, is fuzzy on privacy, watchdogs warn

Privacy commissioners from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australasia have put their names to a joint statement raising concerns about a lack of clarity from Facebook over how data protection safeguards will be baked into its planned cryptocurrency project, Libra. Facebook officially unveiled its big bet to build a global digital currency using blockchain technology…
Libra scams are already proliferating on Facebook

Libra scams are already proliferating on Facebook

An investigation by The Washington Post has uncovered a dozen accounts, pages, and groups across Facebook and Instagram which misleadingly claim to be official hubs for Libra, Facebook’s proposed digital currency. In some cases these pages, which were only removed after WaPo reported them to Facebook, offered to sell Libra at a discount through third-party…
Facebook’s Libra hearings in Congress are free entertainment

Facebook’s Libra hearings in Congress are free entertainment

Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Who needs comedy when we have cryptocurrency? In an unusually coherent series of tweets, President Donald Trump came out against cryptocurrency, generally, and bitcoin and Facebook’s nascent Libra cryptocurrency project, specifically. These tweets suggest that the congressional hearings scheduled for July 16th and 17th will be especially hilarious.…
We still don’t know how much of Libra Facebook owns

We still don’t know how much of Libra Facebook owns

The $10 million entry fee to join the Facebook-developed cryptocurrency’s Libra Association is merely a minimum. Members who’ll verify transactions can opt to invest more in exchange for more Libra Investment Tokens that will earn them dividends from the interest earned by the Libra Reserve after it pays for infrastructure and operations costs. If regulators…
Facebook’s Libra probably won’t help people without bank accounts

Facebook’s Libra probably won’t help people without bank accounts

Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Facebook is making promises that Libra can’t cash Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra claims to solve a very dire problem: helping people without access to banks. I have my doubts about how helpful Libra will be. According to the white paper, the entire point of Libra is to “enable a…
What is the Libra Association going to do, really?

What is the Libra Association going to do, really?

Members need to involve themselves in Facebook’s crypto development process When Facebook unveiled Libra a few days ago, the company also announced the Libra Association, a not-for-profit that will oversee all things Libra. Facebook wants to make sure that everyone is aware that Libra was created by Facebook but isn’t controlled by Facebook. And yet,…
Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Betrays the Company’s True Ambitions

Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Betrays the Company’s True Ambitions

So, imagine there’s this place. You hang out there all the time. Your friends and family are there. It’s got neighborhoods, both big and small. There are businesses there, you get most of your mail there in the form of digital messages.It’s not perfect: Sometimes there’s crime, or that one neighbor who keeps pushing the…
Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game

Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game

When I get things wrong — and I was very much wrong about Facebook’s blockchain plans — the reason is usually a predictable one: confirmation bias. That is, I tend to already have an idea of what a company’s motivations are, and then view news through that lens, without failing to think critically about what…

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Salesforce CEO hates Section 230, but his lawyers sure don’t

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, an outspoken tech industry figure who is apparently not afraid to criticize other business leaders, spent all week bashing Facebook over the company’s refusal to moderate certain content on its platform, like political ads that contain lies. He’s on tour promoting his book, Trailblazer, and is understandably generating headlines and free…

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