A glowing wooden box Mark Zuckerberg invented to help his wife sleep has been developed into an actual product by an entrepreneur.In his original Facebook post about the box, the Facebook CEO encouraged entrepreneurs to take his idea and run with it.The "Zucklight" has secured more than $100,000 in backing on crowdfunding site Kickstarter since it went live in June.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Zuckerberg revealed in April that he had invented a glowing wooden box to help his wife, Priscilla Chan, with insomnia.The Facebook CEO called it the "sleep box."
Facebook and Instagram have been going down far more over the last year than they used to.The two social networks are also less reliable that Snapchat and Twitter, data shared with Business Insider by Downdetector shows.The surge in outages comes as Facebook tries to move past two years of constant scandals, and embarks on an ambitious project to knit its messaging apps together.It's not just you: Facebook and Instagram are definitely crashing more than they used to.The two Facebook-owned social networks have experienced a dramatic spike in outages over the last 12 months, data shared with Business Insider by downtime-monitoring service Downdetector shows— contributing to frustration among the company's 2.7 billion users around the world, who rely on Facebook's services to do everything from communicate with their friends to support their businesses and put food on the table.Instagram's downtime over the first six months of 2019 has almost doubled compared to the same time period a year previously, jumping 90%.
Facebook built a poker bot capable of beating human pros.The breakthrough will have implications for AI in fields with limited access to knowledge, from self-driving cars to negotiations.Working with Carnegie Mellon, researchers at the California tech giant developed a piece of software called Pluribus that was able to handily defeat an array of A-list poker stars in games of six-player no-limit Texas Hold'em poker, the company announced on Thursday.It now joins the ranks of games like Go and Chess before it where the world's best human players have been superseded by computer agents.Poker offers some unique challenges not seem in more "simple" games: There are multiple players, and each player only has limited information, allowing for bluffing and other advanced strategies (unlike chess where a bot could, with enough computing power, theoretically calculate every possible outcome of every move their opponent makes with absolute certainty).AI agents have previously been able to defeat human opponents in two-player poker, but not six-player, which adds an additional layer of complexity.
More than a month after news broke that Mark Zuckerberg’s chief security officer, Liam Booth, had been accused of sexual misconduct and making racist and transphobic comments, he is now leaving his role with the Zuckerberg family’s private office.Despite the departure, a spokesperson for the office claims an investigation by an outside law office could not verify the allegations.Business Insider first reported in May that Booth—the security chief for both Zuckerberg’s family office as well as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the family’s education-focused philanthropic organisation—had been accused by two former staffers of misconduct that included disparaging Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, with racist comments and gestures.Booth was also reportedly accused of “horrific levels of sexual harassment and battery” and homophobic and transphobic remarks that included referring to a transgender employee as “it” rather than by the individual’s preferred pronoun.The allegations were levelled against Booth in legal demand letters viewed by Business Insider and issued to the legal representatives for the companies that supply security services for the Zuckerberg family.The former employees—one is a former executive assistant for Booth, while the other is a staffer for the family who prepped their various homes—secured high-profile attorney Lisa Bloom to represent them and demand compensation for emotional distress and lost wages, according to Business Insider.
Līhu e, Kauai — On Tuesday, after years of struggle, a man Mark Zuckerberg supports secured a series of disputed properties that lie within the bounds of Zuckerberg’s vast estate in the northeast corner of Kauai in Hawaii.Carlos Andrade, a retired Hawaiian studies professor, won the four properties, totalling 2.2 acres, at auction for more than $2 million (£1.57m).He was bidding against his distant cousin Wayne James Rapozo, who represents a collection of family members who’ve been fighting to keep their ancestral property out of Zuckerberg’s control.Held in an undecorated court hallway on the second floor of the Fifth Circuit Court, the auction seemed subdued considering the controversy that surrounds these kuleana lands.More than a dozen onlookers, including residents, family members, lawyers, and reporters, watched as Andrade’s lawyer Harvey Cohen and Rapozo’s lawyer Craig DeCosta threw out higher and higher numbers to bid for the plots, while Commissioner Patrick Childs, who oversaw the auction, flipped through his yellow legal pad to keep tabs on the parcels’ prices.To add a little twist to the scene, :Megeso-William-Alan: Denis, who was wearing a large crystal pendant and feather adornments around his neck, also bid one silver dollar, which Childs responded was only worth $11 (£8.60).
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief Liam Booth has been accused of sexual harassment and racism.The attorney representing the two former staffers making the allegations is now calling for an independent investigation into the claims.Zuckerberg's family office has said its own law firm, Munger, Tolles & Olson, is investigating.High-profile civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom has is "[urging] the family to retain a truly neutral, independent investigator experienced in harassment and discrimination."The attorney representing two former staffers for Mark Zuckerberg that accused the Facebook CEO's personal security chief of sexual harassment and making racist remarks is now calling for an indepdendent investigation into the allegations.In a statement provided to Business Insider, high-profile civil rights lawyer Lisa Bloom, head of The Bloom Firm, said: "We urge the family to retain a truly neutral, independent investigator experienced in harassment and discrimination claims to make factual findings and recommendations on these urgent and important claims."
Mark Zuckerberg's personal head of security has been accused of misconduct by two former members of the Facebook CEO's private staff.Liam Booth, a former Secret Service agent, has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist, homophobic, and transphobic comments.Brian Mosteller, another one of Zuckerberg's key aides, has been accused of failing to act after complaints were raised.A spokesperson for Zuckerberg's family office said it takes "complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously," it has hired a law firm to investigate, and Booth has been put on "administrative leave" until the matter is resolved.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Mark Zuckerberg's personal head of security has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist and homophobic comments by two former members of the Facebook CEO's private staff, Business Insider has learned.
Two employees who previously worked as personal staff for Mark Zuckerberg have levelled alarming allegations of misconduct against the head of Zuckerberg’s security detail, including sexual harassment and racist, transphobic, and homophobic comments.In a sweeping report on the allegations, Business Insider reported Thursday that Liam Booth—a former worker for the US Secret Service and the current security chief for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative—has been accused of mocking Zuckerberg’s Asian-American wife Priscilla Chan with racist remarks, verbally and sexually harassing male and female staffers, and making repeated transphobic remarks about another staffer that involved referring to this person as “it” instead by their chosen pronoun.The two individuals who have accused Booth of the conduct—one of whom worked in the Zuckerberg household while the other worked on the security side—secured Lisa Bloom as their attorney.A spokesperson for the Bloom Firm confirmed to Gizmodo that she was indeed representing the individuals but did not have an additional comment by press time.According to Business Insider, Bloom issued demand letters to a law firm representing the companies that oversee the Zuckerberg family’s staff.Those letters were reviewed by the outlet and, in addition to the above claims, reportedly allege that Booth on multiple occasions said he “didn’t trust Black people” and “white lives matter more than Black lives,” among other racist comments.
Mark's Zuckerberg's personal security chief has been accused to sexual harassment and making racist statements about the Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO's Asian-American wife, Business Insider reported Thursday.One of the accusers is a former employee of Zuckerberg's household staff, while the other is a former executive assistant to the security chief, Liam Booth, BI reported.Lawyers representing the pair have sent letters about the allegations to the law firm representing the companies that provide security and support for the Zuckerberg family, BI reported.The letters accuse Booth, a former Secret Service agent, with "pervasive discriminatory conduct," "horrific levels of sexual harassment and battery" and fostering an environment in which staff were repeatedly subjected to racist, homophobic and transphobic diatribes, BI reported.The report didn't identify the accusers because they're alleged victims of sexual harassment.A spokesman for Zuckerberg's family office said an investigation is underway and that Booth is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation."The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously and our human resources team promptly investigates all such matters.
Liam Booth, a former Secret Service agent has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist, homophobic, and transphobic comments.The two former staffers have hired high-profile law firm The Bloom Firm to represent them, Business Insider has learned.Brian Mosteller, another of Zuckerberg's key aides, has been accused of failing to act after complaints were raised.They allege, among other things, that the security chief repeatedly made racist remarks about Zuckerberg's Asian-American wife, Priscilla Chan.Both have retained the law firm of California attorney Lisa Bloom, whose legal efforts on behalf of Bill O'Reilly's victims in 2017 helped get the TV host fired from Fox News, according to legal demand letters reviewed by Business Insider.But the accusations against Booth and Mosteller have the potential to bring a different crisis to the very center of his domestic affairs, and represent a potentially profound betrayal of trust on the part of the very man that Zuckerberg charges to protect the safety of his children.
Mark Zuckerberg has recently bought two houses at the Tahoesjön on the border between the states of California and Nevada, writes the Wall Street Journal.Facebook-the director shall be paid a total of 59 million dollars, or $ 565 million, for the two houses located in the vicinity of each other.the Purchase shall have occurred via shell companies and a private equity advisors and the people involved should have been asked to write a confidentiality agreement and delete the pictures of the properties from the internet.nearby stretcher Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison and Hewlett-Packard founder Bill Hewlett.Mark Zuckerberg lives to living in a house with five bedrooms in one of the residential areas in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley.Where he and wife Priscilla Chan also bought several neighbouring houses, which they plan to tear down to build new, lower house.
Facebook's creator turned his engineering talents in a new direction -- helping his wife Priscilla Chan get more sleep.Knowing Chan gets stressed when she actually knows the time, Mark Zuckerberg built a wooden "sleep box" to gently let her know it's time to get up, he revealed in a Saturday Instagram post.Being a mom is hard, and since we've had kids Priscilla has had a hard time sleeping through the night.She'll wake up and check the time on her phone to see if the kids might wake up soon, but then knowing the time stresses her out and she can't fall back asleep.So I worked on building her what I call the "sleep box".It sits on her nightstand, and between the hours of 6-7am it emits a very faint light -- visible enough that if she sees it she'll know it's an okay time for one of us to get the kids, but faint enough that the light won't wake her up if she's still sleeping.
Facebook’s board is undergoing its biggest shakeup in memory.On Friday, the company announced that Peggy Alford would be nominated to join the company’s board of directors.“Peggy is one of those rare people who’s an expert across many different areas — from business management to finance operations to product development,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the change.“I know she will have great ideas that help us address both the opportunities and challenges facing our company.”Alford, currently senior vice president of Core Markets for PayPal, will become the first black woman to serve on Facebook’s board.She previously served as the chief financial officer of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s massive charitable foundation.
Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $17 million in funding and its selection of 17 CZI Imaging Scientists -- engineers, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, and biologists with expertise in technology development.The imaging of molecules, cells, and tissues remains central to both biomedical research and clinical practice, yet progress in the imaging field has been slowed by inadequate software and limited sharing of advanced microscopy methods.Read our Medium post to learn more."Microscopy is a critical tool that allows researchers to actually see biology and life happen instead of just inferring from disparate data points," said CZI co-founder Priscilla Chan."Our hope is that microscopy will help scientists identify the causes and effects of diseases.One of the ways we're helping to accelerate scientific progress is by creating connections that otherwise wouldn't have existed--it's our hope that by bringing together biologists, clinicians, and engineers, we can drive important advances in the field."
It’s built on a bluff a mile from the ocean and now stretches for nearly a mile along Zuckerberg’s property, making it impossible to see the water from the road.In the latest development in the ongoing saga, we were let inside Zuckerberg’s gates for an open house of sorts for four of these properties, which as a result of an arcane measure called a quiet title action will be auctioned on the front steps of Kauai’s Fifth Circuit Court Building on March 22.Many people seemed to already know each other.Some exchanged a hug and kiss on the cheek, as is customary in Hawaii.In theory, the people that showed up were all there to decide if they want to bid, but really, many came for the rare opportunity to glimpse inside the compound of one of the richest people the world.Kaiulani Mahuka, who hosts a radio show on Kauai Community Radio about Hawaiian sovereignty, told me she was at the open house as a “Kanaka Maoli,” meaning Native Hawaiian, and said it was “a war crime to sell these lands.”
Priscilla Chan has seen measles, and the disease isn't pretty."As a pediatrician, I'm a huge believer in the power of vaccines.We often forget how far we've come," Chan said Friday during a session at SXSW in Austin, Texas.Chan, a doctor, former teacher, co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and wife of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, addressed the topic a day after Facebook said it would demote rankings of pages and groups on the platform that spread misinformation about vaccines.Facebook also said it wouldn't recommend those groups and pages when people search for vaccine information on the platform.In Chan's discussion with CNN's Poppy Harlow, the issue of taxes also came up.
UC San Francisco researchers have created a proof-of-concept method for ensuring the integrity of clinical trials data with blockchain.The system creates an immutable audit trail that makes it easy to spot any tampering with results -- such as making the treatment look more effective or diminishing side effects."Everyone is talking about how blockchain is going to revolutionize many of the data challenges in medicine, and here is one use that finally might make sense," said Atul Butte, MD, PhD, who is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute at UCSF."We think it could someday be useful for pharma companies running clinical trials."Blockchain technology utilizes an old computer science technique known as hashing, which creates a unique digital signature for each so-called block of data.While the prototype makes allowances for data entry or other errors to be corrected, new data can only be appended to the existing chain, without erasing what was there before.
Priscilla Chan wants to make it clear that Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are two different things, despite their family ties.Chan, a pediatrician and co-founder of the philanthopic initiative with her husband, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.(Note: That show and CNET are both part of CBS.)Asked whether 2018 had been a tough year at home, given the scandals that rocked Facebook, she made a distinction between the two entities."Mark and his team [have] done a great job at Facebook," she said, "but for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative we also want to make sure that we are making good choices and being good stewards of the opportunity."And asked whether the initiative's good-works projects offer an opportunity to whitewash some of Facebook's problems, she said: "Frankly there are a lot easier ways to build up PR than trying to tackle education reform or criminal justice reform."
Sasha Cuttler, a nurse working at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, alleges the medical institution has illegally retaliated against their whistleblowing.Cuttler has been an outspoken critic of the decision to rename the hospital after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and also raised issues internally about patient falls.Cuttler has filed a legal complaint to the US Department of Labor on Tuesday.A nurse who has been an outspoken critic of a San Francisco hospital's decision to rename itself in return for a $75 million donation from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has accused the medical institution of illegally retaliating against them over it and other matters.Sasha Cuttler, 58, on Tuesday filed a legal complaint against the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, commonly referred to as just the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where they have worked since on and off since 1987.Cuttler, who uses gender neutral pronouns, has repeatedly cited a 2014 study in which Facebook manipulated some users' emotions without their knowledge or consent as unethical and as raising concerns about the Facebook exec's links to the hospital.