Posting PDF Files on Facebook

Q. I wish to import a PDF file to accompany my post in Facebook. Can this be done? A. Facebook allows its members to attach and upload PDF files to posts only under certain circumstances — and not on personal profile pages. If you have a Facebook business page for a restaurant, you can upload the menu as a PDF file. To do so, go to the page, click About on the left side, go to the More Info area, click Add Menu and select the PDF of your menu.…

3 Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed, but Are Worth Buying

Wirecutter, a New York Times company, recommends the Roku Streaming Stick+, if you need help choosing, which costs retails for about $65. It comes with an external Wi-Fi antenna, tons of supported content to stream, a customizable home screen so you can get right to the services you use, and even supports 4K video. Best of all, these streaming sticks are portable enough you can take them with you if you travel, head off on vacation, or even fly somewhere for work, and take your streaming media with you. Of…

YouTube Says Computers Are Catching Problem Videos

Figuring out how to remove unwanted videos — and balancing that with free speech — is a major challenge for the future of YouTube, said Eileen Donahoe, executive director at Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator. “It’s basically free expression on one side and the quality of discourse that’s beneficial to society on the other side,” Ms. Donahoe said. “It’s a hard problem to solve.” YouTube declined to disclose whether the number of videos it had removed had increased from the previous quarter or what percentage of its total uploads…

Google’s Parent Company Spends Like It’s Thinking of a Future Beyond Ads

Alphabet’s expenses rose 27 percent in the quarter. Ms. Porat said the heaviest spending came from research and development costs — mainly the hiring of additional technical staff. The company said its total employees had increased to 85,050 from 73,992 in the same period a year ago. Over all, Alphabet said its net income rose 73 percent, to $9.4 billion, from the same period a year earlier, boosted in part by an increase in the value of its outside investments. Revenue rose 26 percent to $31.1 billion. Ms. Porat also…

How Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google

That Facebook and Google may emerge stronger from all of this can seem like a distant prospect. The Silicon Valley companies have been under scrutiny for months for how they collect and use people’s data, with Facebook reeling from revelations that the political research firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal information of up to 87 million of its users. That led to Congress dragging Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, to Washington this month for a grilling. Photo The London offices of the political research firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook is reeling…

Apple’s Deal for Shazam Delayed in Europe Over Data Concerns

European authorities are raising alarms because Shazam has important data about Apple’s rivals, potentially allowing the company to “directly target its competitors’ customers and encourage them to switch” to Apple’s own streaming service, the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, said in a statement. “Competing music streaming services could be put at a competitive disadvantage,” the commission said. It added that it wanted to prevent Apple from blocking Shazam from referring users to other music services. The European Commission has until Sept. 4 to make a final decision on…

You Don’t Want the Malware Prize

Q. I keep getting these “Congratulations!” messages about winning prizes from Amazon.com, even when I’m not using the site. Why is this? A. Those persistent pop-up messages are not from Amazon, but are part of a wave of malicious display advertisements — also known as “malvertising” — invading desktop, Android and iPhone browsers. The intrusive ads can also appear when browsing links that are posted on Facebook. Malvertising has been a problem for years, but lately has become more pervasive on mobile devices. Symantec, a security company, noted this year…

A Former Top Wall Street Regulator Turns to the Blockchain

“There is a strong case for both of them — but particularly Ripple — that they are noncompliant securities,” he said in an interview. He believes that Bitcoin, the original virtual currency, can remain exempt from securities regulations. Mr. Gensler will be one of the most influential voices to weigh in on a series of questions that are likely to shape the future of the nascent industry. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the agency that Mr. Gensler led from 2009 to 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, are in…

Amazon’s Critics Get New Life With Trump’s Attacks on the Company

Some are concerned about the president’s motivations for his attacks, which people close to Mr. Trump have said are often triggered by negative coverage of his administration in The Washington Post, a newspaper owned personally by Mr. Bezos. Mr. Trump has mingled his attacks on Amazon and the newspaper in some tweets, including one in early April slamming “the Fake News Washington Post, Amazon’s ‘chief lobbyist.’” Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Open Markets Institute, a think tank that has become a vocal critic of the power of tech companies,…

Zelle, the Banks’ Answer to Venmo, Proves Vulnerable to Fraud

Last June, Early Warning introduced Zelle. It is built directly into each bank’s mobile app, making the system easy to use for customers — or thieves who gain access to their accounts. The scale of the problem is hard to pinpoint, because Zelle is fairly new and banks do not report much data about it. But banking analysts say they have seen some alarming incidents. Continue reading the main story “I know of one bank that was experiencing a 90 percent fraud rate on Zelle transactions, which is insane,” said…