Zuckerberg was caught lying about stealing ideas from rivals

“I don’t recall the conversation”



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In the US, the country’s biggest tech companies are facing a tempestuous grilling of their past business practices. Geared primarily towards antitrust issues, a congressional hearing (documented by Reuters) aims to uncover the tech industry’s violations against America’s democratic business world. One of those companies is Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook. To his dismay, it did not go well for the social media maven. Zuckerberg was caught lying about stealing from other companies.

During the hearing, Washington Representative Pramila Jayapal read an official email involving Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and other officials which specifically details strategies against competitors. According to the email exchange, Facebook copies competitors “to prevent them from getting a foothold” in the industry. “I would love to be far more aggressive and nimbler in copying competitors,” one official said.

As you might have noticed by now, feature copying is a prominent issue in the tech industry. Facebook and Instagram Stories obtained their ideas from Snapchat and other short-form video-sharing platforms. In fact, Instagram itself is a Facebook acquisition.

Further in the hearing, Jayapal explains that the strategy of copying is a prelude to buying the competitor out. In fact, the representative calls it a “threatening” tactic. When she asked Zuckerberg if this was true, he replied that he does not recall. To which, Jayapal tellingly says, “I just want to remind you that you are under oath.”

After which, she retells the story of Instagram based on Facebook’s own internal documents. Before acquiring Instagram, Facebook developed Facebook Camera to compete against Instagram. According to Jayapal, Zuckerberg used Facebook Camera to threaten Instagram by telling Instagram that “how we engage now will determine how much we’re partners versus competitors down the line.” Instagram felt that this was a threat of acquisition.

In any case, Facebook truly acquired Instagram eventually after Facebook Camera. Zuckerberg can only reiterate that he does not remember the conversations.

Jayapal finished her statement by saying that the practice should not exist in the business world, especially when the dominant Facebook weaponizes user data to copy and destroy other smaller rival companies.

SEE ALSO: Facebook shared user data with at least 5000 developers


Nothing announces partnership with Qualcomm

More devices coming



Carl Pei’s Nothing is finally off to a good start. The OnePlus co-founder’s first endeavor after leaving his first company has recently launched its first product, the Nothing ear (1). Of course, the true wireless headset is only the beginning. Nothing still has other products readied up for its infantile ecosystem. Touting a new partnership with Qualcomm, it looks like Carl Pei has more than audio headsets for the future.

In an official post from the company, Nothing has confirmed that it has obtained an additional US$ 50 million in seed funding. Coinciding with the new infusion of funds, the company has also confirmed an upcoming partnership with Qualcomm Technologies.

Though a partnership with Qualcomm can technically mean anything, the company states that the partnership will help facilitate “the brand’s entry into new product categories as part of its ecosystem,” the report reads. The report also directly names the Snapdragon line as a part of the new partnership.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon remains one of the most recognizable names for chipsets. Nothing, on the other hand, holds a promise following the company’s launch earlier this year. Currently, the company offers only one product, the ear (1). The TWS headset retails now for only GBP 99.

SEE ALSO: Nothing launches first product, the ear (1), for only £99

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Apple doesn’t have enough chips for iPhone 13 series

Production might have been slashed



Christmas is right around the corner. Everyone has already started scrambling for gifts in time for the holiday season. However, if you’re looking at an iPhone 13, you might want to keep your options open for other alternatives. According to a report, Apple is having trouble getting enough chips for iPhone 13 production.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple might slash its iPhone 13 production for 2021 by as much as 10 million units. The company had previously envisioned 90 million units by the end of the year. As such, the slashed production numbers can create a visible dent in the availability of the iPhone 13 series all over the world.

Currently, Apple is still working to fill in the current backlog of preorders which started from its launch back in September. The company still has time to produce enough units for the current slate of orders, but it might have a harder time accommodating new orders.

Of course, this shouldn’t be a surprise. The global chip shortage has ravaged the tech industry since the pandemic started last year. Several tech companies are still struggling to meet the demand for new devices amid dwindling chip supplies.

Especially since the iPhone 13’s launch, Apple remains one of the biggest buyers for chipset components. The company isn’t even done for the year. Apple is set to host another event on October 18.

SEE ALSO: Apple ‘unleashes’ invites for Oct 18 event

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Converge Business powers SMEs, conglomerates through business connectivity

Along with data transport and other ICT solutions



Converge ICT Solutions Inc., officially marks its advent in the B2B sector through Converge Business. It’s an umbrella brand for all business connectivity, data transport, and other ICT solutions.

The fiber-optic service provider has already been serving a growing number of business clients, particularly in small-to-medium enterprises. However, the company aims to take it up a notch — expanding its coverage to SME, Enterprise, and Wholesale segments. Moreover, Converge sets its sights on providing services to conglomerates and large enterprises.

Impactful solutions

Converge Business aims to accelerate digital transformation among businesses through various solutions. Divided through different segments, the venture hopes to address the market needs properly.

For instance, Small-to-medium enterprises will benefit the most with Converge’s flexiBiz Day and flexiBiz Peak, providing high-speed Internet connectivity during peak hours.

For larger corporations, Converge Business has an Enterprise segment offering connectivity services at a competitive price. Such examples are Dedicated Internet Access – Time of Day, Dedicated Internet Access – Upload, and Cloud connectivity. These solutions offer premium fiber for high-performance and private data connectivity.

More importantly, businesses have the flexibility when it comes to their bandwidth usage, hosting and uploading requirements, and during the delivery of information over a secured shared network.

Better customer experience

Converge Business proudly ensures a better customer experience, having the lowest trouble index in the market at just one percent. Further, Converge is equipped with in-house capabilities that promise quality service delivery through their value chain — from network engineering, installation, sales, and customer support.

“As the lifeline of many during this pandemic, we want to help the hundreds of thriving businesses in the Philippines to embrace digitalization and its benefits,” said Dennis Anthony H. Uy, Converge Co-founder and CEO.

“Converge Business is here to provide enterprises with superior, relevant, and impactful ICT solutions that will drive great results for every business segment. We want to empower individuals and businesses to become more agile to stand above in these unprecedented times,” Uy added.

For inquiries or more information, email [email protected](dot)com for your MSME needs, and [email protected](dot)com for Corporate and Enterprise.

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