Monthly Archives: April 2019

Mueller wrote a letter to Attorney General Barr objecting to his conclusion that Trump did not obstruct justice in the Russia probe

  • The special counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr last month objecting to his conclusion that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice in the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times.
  • A Justice Department spokesperson told The Times that Mueller did not believe anything in Barr’s letter “was inaccurate or misleading. But he expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the special counsel’s obstruction analysis.”
  • Mueller’s team said in its final report that it would decline to make a “traditional prosecutorial judgment” on the question of obstruction, citing Justice Department guidelines that say a sitting president cannot be indicted.
  • But prosecutors laid out a mountain of evidence they had collected in the obstruction probe – including 11 possible instances of obstruction – and indicated Congress could further investigate the matter.
  • Barr, however, sent a letter to Congress before the report was released and told lawmakers he had decided there was not enough evidence to charge Trump with an obstruction offense.
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The special counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr last month objecting to his conclusion that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice in the Russia investigation, The New York Times reported.

In its final report in the investigation, Mueller’s team wrote that it declined to make a “traditional prosecutorial judgment” on whether the president sought to thwart the Russia inquiry.

But it emphasized that this finding “does not exonerate” Trump.

Mueller’s team added that it would not draw a conclusion on the question of obstruction because it was constrained by the Justice Department policy that states a sitting president cannot be indicted.

But prosecutors laid out an extensive road map of all the evidence they had collected in the investigation, which included 11 possible instances of obstruction of justice by the president.

Mueller’s team also indicated that it believed Congress would be well suited to investigate the question of obstruction using the evidence laid out in the final report.

But before the report was released to Congress and the public, Barr sent a four-page letter summarizing his “principal conclusions” of Mueller’s investigation to lawmakers.

In it, the attorney general said prosecutors “did not establish” that a conspiracy took place between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Read more: The House Intelligence Committee made a criminal referral for Trump adviser Erik Prince to the DOJ

Barr also said that while Mueller’s team did not come to a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, he had consulted with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and determined there was not enough evidence to criminally charge the president with an obstruction offense.

A Justice Department spokesperson told The Times, “The special counsel emphasized that nothing in the attorney general’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading. But he expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the special counsel’s obstruction analysis.”

Barr’s March 24 letter offered no details about the road map of evidence Mueller’s team had put together in the obstruction case.

Instead, the attorney general said only that Mueller’s report did not conclude if Trump obstructed justice because of “‘difficult issues’ of law and fact” about whether Trump’s actions and intent could amount to obstruction.

The report does mention that prosecutors faced “difficult issues” while investigating Trump for obstruction.

But Barr’s characterization of what they were referring to was misleading.

Read more: Trump Organization and Trump family sue Deutsche Bank to prevent it from complying with congressional subpoenas

Barr implied Mueller’s team collected a certain amount of evidence in the obstruction case but that it was unable to determine whether that evidence rose to the level of obstruction.

But in their report, prosecutors wrote, “The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred.”

They added: “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

Barr is set to appear before the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about the investigation on Wednesday. He is also due to testify before the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, where lawmakers and attorneys working for the panel are expected to grill the attorney general over his controversial decision to send the March 24 letter characterizing Mueller’s findings.

House Democrats are also keen to have Mueller testify before Congress but have been unable to decide on a final date for him to appear.

The House Intelligence Committee made a criminal referral for Trump adviser Erik Prince to the DOJ

Erik Prince.

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  • The House Intelligence Committee formally referred Erik Prince, a former informal adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, to the Justice Department for criminal investigation on Tuesday.
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff asked Attorney General William Barr to investigate whether Prince gave false testimony to the panel in November 2017.
  • Schiff said the committee identified at least six categories of “materially false” statements Prince made about two meetings: one that took place in the Seychelles in January 2017, and another that took place at Trump Tower in August 2016.

The House Intelligence Committee formally referred Erik Prince, a businessman and informal adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation on Tuesday.

Prince is the former head of the military contracting firm Blackwater USA, which is now known as Academi. He is also the brother of Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education.

In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff asked the department to investigate Prince for giving false testimony to the panel when he appeared for a hearing in November 2017 as part of its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election.

Schiff’s office said in a statement that the special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report in the FBI’s Russia investigation “strongly indicates that Prince’s testimony before the Committee was materially false.”

The statement said the House panel has identified at least six categories of “materially false” statements Prince made about two meetings:

  • A January 2017 meeting he had in the Seychelles with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and George Nader, a Middle East consultant who often represents the governments of UAE and Saudi Arabia
  • An August 2016 meeting he had with Nader, Donald Trump Jr., and the Israeli social media specialist Joel Zammel at Trump Tower.

Read more: In wild interview, Trump associate Erik Prince acknowledges a 2nd Trump Tower meeting he may have forgotten to disclose under oath

Prince told the committee the January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles was unplanned and that he did not attend as a representative of the incoming Trump administration.

But Mueller’s report revealed that shortly before the meeting, Prince met with Nader and the two men discussed Dmitriev. Nader told Prince the Russians were “looking to build a link with the incoming Trump Administration,” the report said. Prince agreed to the meeting after.

Prince first acknowledged the August 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in an interview with Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan in March.

Hasan initially asked him why he didn’t disclose the meeting – first reported by The New York Times in May 2018 – to Congress. Prince replied, “I did. As part of the investigations, I certainly disclosed any meetings. The very, very few I had.”

Read more: Trump Organization and Trump family sue Deutsche Bank to prevent it from complying with congressional subpoenas

But a transcript of Prince’s testimony shows he did not mention the meeting, and when Hasan pressed him on it, Prince eventually said, “I don’t know if they got the transcript wrong. I don’t know. I remember – I certainly remember discussing it.”

Earlier this month, Schiff told NBC’s “Meet The Press” that Prince did not tell the panel about the August 2016 meeting, despite claiming otherwise to Hasan.

Schiff’s letter to Barr said Prince’s false statements “hindered the Committee’s ability to fully understand and examine foreign efforts to undermine our political process and national security, develop appropriate legislative and policy remedies to counter future malign influence operations targeting campaigns and presidential transitions, and inform the American public, as appropriate.”

Earlier Tuesday, Schiff told the Washington Post it was unclear whether or not the DOJ will move to prosecute Prince, because it’s possible Prince revealed details about the meeting during his proffer sessions with Mueller, which could shield him from criminal charges.

Schiff also told the Post that his committee may ask Steve Bannon – the former head of Breitbart News and former White House chief strategist – to come in for further questioning because he “refused to answer almost all of our questions” when he testified in early 2018.

“When we asked whether he was asserting some privilege, he merely said he was not answering questions because the White House told him not to,” Schiff recalled. “The communications between Mr. Prince and Mr. Bannon has apparently fled their devices.”

Suspect identified in shooting at UNC Charlotte campus that left 2 people killed, 4 injured

  • Two people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus on Tuesday.
  • Police responded to reports of gunshots as university officials urged people on campus to shelter in place. Citing police sources, the local news station WBTV reported that one person was taken into custody.
  • The suspect was identified by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as Trystan Andrew Terrell, age 22.
  • The UNC Charlotte Police and Public Safety did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for more information.
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Two people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus on Tuesday.

Police responded to reports of gunshots as university officials urged people on campus to shelter in place.

One person was taken into custody, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The department also said that there was “no reason to believe anyone else involved.” The suspect was identified by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as Trystan Andrew Terrell, age 22.

He was reportedly armed with a pistol, and according to Campus Police Chief Jeff Baker, officers who were already on campus ahead of a concert were able to respond to the call.

“Our officers’ actions di finitely saves lives,” Baker said according to the Associated Press.

Two people were killed, and four were wounded – three of the four were in critical condition, the AP reported on Tuesday night.

By around 6 p.m. local time the University tweeted that a campus-wide lockdown was still in effect. Shortly after the school’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted that “Law enforcement is individually sweeping buildings on campus,” and asked that students follow commands from officers.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted at 7:39 p.m. local time that the scene was secure: “CMPD and UNCC going room by room on campus to identify students, faculty or others who may be sheltering in place.”

The university, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, has a student body of 29,710 and roughly 3,495 staff and faculty members, according to the UNC Charlotte website.

Tuesday was the final day of classes for the term before the start of exams, according to NBC Charlotte. However, the university’s Twitter account said that exams had been cancelled through Sunday.

The UNC Charlotte Police and Public Safety did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for more information.

Everything you need for a day of hiking with your dog — all on Amazon and under $50

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If you're venturing out during the colder months, your dog will need a jacket to keep warm.

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If you’re venturing out during the colder months, your dog will need a jacket to keep warm.
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  • Before hitting the trails, you and your dog should be armed with the best dog-friendly hiking gear to ensure a fun and safe hike.
  • Whether you’re heading out for a couple hours or a couple days, these 25 products can help keep your dog cool, energized, hydrated, and more – all for under $50 each.
  • Every item on this list is Amazon Prime-eligible, too.

Is there anything better than exploring the great outdoors with your best friend? With the weather getting warmer, it’ll be fairly hard to resist the itch to get your boots, and their paws, on the ground.

Before you head out for a hike, whether it be a couple hours or a couple days, you’ll need to be stocked with some essential hiking gear for dogs to ensure a fun and safe adventure. From cooling vests and hands-free leashes to collapsible drinking cups and basic waste bags, we’ve rounded up 25 products designed for your dog in the great outdoors. Plus, they’re all Amazon Prime-eligible, so you won’t need to wait to hit the trails.

Here are 25 dog-friendly hiking essentials that you and your pup need for a safe and fun adventure:


A collapsible drinking cup

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Sea To Summit X-Cup (5 colors), available on Amazon for $10.95

This collapsible drinking cup holds up to 8 ounces of water when expanded and fits into your back pocket when collapsed. Made from food-grade flexible silicone, it’s easy to wash on the go when you’re hiking with your pooch.


A vest to keep them cool on hot days

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SGODA Cooling Vest (2 colors, 6 sizes), available on Amazon for $35.95

On the hottest of days, dogs need help regulating their body temperature. This three-layered cooling vest works by soaking it in cold water, wringing it out, and then securing it to your dog. When water evaporates, temperatures drop. As a result, your dog stays cool and safe during any recreational activity.


A protective wax for their paws

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Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax, available on Amazon for $20.75

Like our hands and feet, dogs’ paws need a little extra protection when they’re roughing it on the trails. Help protect their paws from coarse sand, hot pavement, ice, salt, and other elements with this vitamin E formula. Apply to their pads and in between their toes for an instant, semi-permeable shield to prevent and heal abrasions.


A hands-free dog leash

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Lanney Hands Free Dog Leash (5 colors), $15.99 to $17.99

Go hiking the hands-free way with this bungee leash that attaches to an easy-to-wear mesh pouch. The leash can extend to a maximum of 69 inches or a minimum of 49 inches when completely relaxed. Additionally, the bungee is built with a shock-absorbing component that can adapt to a dog’s changing direction in a safe manner.


A roll of pick-up bags so you leave no trace behind

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Pets N Bags Poop Bags (16 rolls), available on Amazon for $12.99

Leave no trace behind on the trails with these 100% biodegradable waste pick-up bags. Each roll can fit in a standard leash dispenser (one is included) and can be obtained with the easy tear-off design. They’re also designed to stay dry and minimize waste odor.


An easy-access, waste-bag dispenser

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Paw Lifestyles Bag Attachment (2 colors), available on Amazon for $9.95

Compatible with virtually any leash, this bag dispenser can hold up to two rolls of standard-size waste bags. There is also room within the dispenser to store small items like your keys or ChapStick, or you can attach them on the outside of the dispenser via the D-ring.


A QR code-enabled dog tag to help locate your dog

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Dynotag Smart Tag (4 colors), available on Amazon for $16.95

This web-enabled tag helps locate your lost dog without the use of any battery-charged electronics. Similar to microchips, this dog tag uses an encoded QR code that can be scanned using any smartphone. Once scanned, the finder will be able to view information about your dog that you’ve uploaded. You will also be notified any time the tag has been scanned.


A dog-friendly flotation device

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Outward Hound Life Jacket (2 colors, 5 sizes), available on Amazon for $18.72

If your hike involves a quick dip in the water, be sure to have a doggy life vest on hand. This brightly colored life jacket has two rescue handles, secure belly and chest straps, and a supportive neck float to keep your dog’s head above water.


A pair of boots to increase their traction

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My Busy Dog Water Resistant Dog Shoes (4 colors, 8 sizes), available on Amazon for $35.99

Protect your dog’s paws with these waterproof, anti-slip booties that will give them better traction and protection. They’re easy to put on due to their wide-split seam opening and two adjustable fastening straps.


A first aid kit that’s designed for pets

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Labra Dog First Aid Kit, available on Amazon for $19.95

This 28-piece first-aid kit is designed with pets in mind. Although it contains a lot of universal medical supplies like bandages, adhesive strips, scissors, alcohol wipes, and so on, it also includes a pet brush and plastic (non-sharp) tweezers for squirmier pets. Plus, it comes in a compact and lightweight carrying container that can hold extra supplies you want to take with you.


A dry place to keep treats or kibble

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Marchway Floating Waterproof Dry Bag (5 L), available on Amazon for $10.99

These lightweight, durable, and waterproof sacks are perfect for storing treats and kibble for long days or overnight hiking trips. Each bag comes with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap for easy carrying.


A backpack your dog can wear

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Outward Hound Daypak (2 colors, 3 sizes), available on Amazon for $24.21

Just like you carry necessities for yourself in a backpack, dogs can hold onto their necessities with their own day pack. Made from cooling and breathable mesh, this doggy backpack won’t overheat your dog on long hikes. Plus, its pockets are expandable for ample storage.


A pair of protective doggles

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QUMY Dog Goggles (6 colors), available on Amazon for $8.79

Protect your dog’s eyes from UV rays, wind, water, and debris with adjustable dog goggles. The elastic band on this pair can be adjusted for the perfect fit; there’s more than 3 inches of room to spare between the smallest and largest setting.


A portable paw cleaner for their muddy paws

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Dexas Portable Paw Cleaner (3 colors, 3 sizes), available on Amazon for $18.30

This handy device is essential for after-hike care. After a day of exploring the trails, their paws are sure to be caked with dirt or mud. Just add water to the cup, secure the lid, and dip each paw in. The silicone bristles help remove unwanted dirt, while still remaining gentle and non-abrasive.


A dog-friendly water bottle

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ATLIN Dog Water Bottle (1 color), available on Amazon for $17.45

If you’re going on a short hike or have a water-fill station readily available, this bowl and bottle combo is a great option. It holds up to 20 ounces of water that can be squeezed into the attached bowl for a streamlined hydration session. Once finished, it can be cleaned in the dishwasher.


A coat to keep them warm during winter hikes

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Kurgo North Country Dog Coat (3 colors, 5 sizes), available on Amazon for $49.99

If you’re venturing out during the colder months, your dog will need a jacket of its own to keep warm. This dog coat is made with durable ripstop and a 1200 denier material that can not only withstand wear and tear, but can keep them warm and dry in inclement weather.


An LED collar so you can always keep track of them

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Illumiseen LED Dog Collar (6 colors, 6 sizes), available on Amazon for $18.99

Whether you like to hike with your dog off-leash, leashed, during the day, or during the night, an LED collar helps you keep a close eye on your dog and allows others to be visibly aware of them as well. This collar has three LED light modes and can be charged via USB – one hour of charging equals five hours of light.


A protective seat cover so your dog doesn’t have to be restricted

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BarksBar Pet Seat Cover (2 sizes), available on Amazon for $17.99

This convertible backseat cover can be assembled in either a hammock or bench style to protect your seats from scratches, dirt, and hair. It also includes seatbelt openings and anchors to keep the cover from sliding around. On top of that, it has two storage pockets.


A device to remove ticks

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Tick Twister Tick Remover (4 package quantities), available on Amazon for $4.99

When you’re enjoying the great outdoors, it’s hard to avoid the inevitable tick every now and then. This device can safely remove a tick without squeezing it – reducing the risk of infection – from anywhere on your dog’s body. Each package comes with two different sizes for small and large ticks.


A comfortable, padded harness for long hikes

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Voyager All Weather No Pull Step-in Mesh Dog Harness (16 colors, 5 sizes), available on Amazon for $12.98

Harnesses are better than collars for certain dog breeds and various-sized dogs. This harness is made from a breathable mesh fabric that is comfortable all year round. It’s easy to secure to your dog with its step-in functionality. Once the harness is on, secure the heavy-duty Velcro and backup safety clip – then you’re both good to go.


A double dog leash for twice the fun

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Prima Pet Double Dog Leash (2 colors, 2 lengths, 3 widths), available on Amazon for $19.99

This duel dog leash comes in various thicknesses and lengths depending on the sizes of your dogs and also has two handles for ease of use.


A foldable water and food bowl

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Ruffwear Packable Dog Bowl, available on Amazon for $14.95

This ultra-light, yet durable bowl can fold down to fit in the palm of your hand or expand to provide either food or water to your dog. There are no hidden compartments, so it’s single-walled construction is easy to wipe down and clean.


A light raincoat for inclement weather

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Vizpet Dog Raincoat (2 colors, 6 sizes), available on Amazon for $14.39

Should the weather turn out to be less favorable, it’s a good idea to have a light raincoat on hand for your dog. This slicker has a nylon coating that wicks away rain droplets while keeping your dog dry. It also has reflective markers on the sides of the coat so your dog is always visible.


Treats that are packed with nutrients for all-day energy

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Zuke’s Superfood Blend Dog Treats (3 flavors, one or two pack), available on Amazon for $6.99

To make sure your dog has enough energy on the trails, it’s important to have a nutrient-rich snack on hand like Zuke’s Superfood blend. It’s berry formula is high in antioxidants and free of corn, wheat, and soy for energy that can keep them going for miles.


A plush blanket for long car rides or overnight adventures

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He&Ha Pet Dog Mat Portable Waterproof Pet Blanket (2 sizes), available on Amazon for $21.99 to $24.99

Made from water-repellent fabric and a Sherpa backing to keep pets comfortable, this blanket can be used as a bed liner, car-seat cover, or just a standard blanket. It’s also easy to pack, so it can be taken on all outdoor adventures.

Facebook’s privacy focus, Netflix’s threat to advertisers, and Instagram goes shopping

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about privacy during his keynote at Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about privacy during his keynote at Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose.
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Lauren Johnson’s reporting from F8, Facebook’s biggest annual conference in San Jose, California. Facebook is trying to move past years of data and privacy scandals, and it used the event to detail how it’s shifting to a focus on privacy, with new features in its Messenger and WhatsApp apps for users to communicate privately with each other and with businesses. All the announcements are here. From Lauren’s reporting:

Facebook is taking aim at email and direct mail marketing with new tools and features it’s bringing to Messenger

  • Marketers have had mixed success with chatbots in the past, so Facebook is dropping the size of the app to encourage developers to build for it and rolling out a bunch of tools to enable businesses to interact with customers on the app.
  • It’s letting marketers do granular targeting on Messenger, similar to the way they’ve used email and direct marketing.
  • Advertisers say Facebook’s focus on encryption and shift away from its news feed could severely limit advertising options, though.

Also going on this week are the Digital Content NewFronts, the annual digital advertising showcase, where a theme was the the implications for advertisers as people increasingly get their entertainment fix from ad-free environments like Netflix and Hulu, with more on the way.

People are flocking to Netflix and Hulu, and it’s a growing concern for advertisers needing to market to the rich

  • Advertisers blame the shift on years of marketers flagrantly pushing out ads without regard to the user experience.
  • It’s especially a concern for advertisers trying to reach high-income consumers who can afford to pay to avoid ads.
  • Companies like JPMorgan Chase are moving away from traditional advertising in favor of perks and customized messages.
  • But some see the pendulum swinging back to advertising because of subscription fatigue and Netflix needing to find other ways to fund its content bill outside of subscriptions alone.

Here’s what else we’ve been reporting. (To read most of the articles here, subscribe to BI Prime and use promo code AD2PRIME2018 for a free month.)

Instagram will now let influencers sell products directly on its platform The Facebook-owned platform is expanding its move into e-commerce as it tries to take on Amazon and Pinterest. Commerce is the most direct way to show advertisers your platform works, and it could also benefit Instagram if it takes a cut of the sales one day.

Telecom and media M&A deals have sputtered to a 2-year low, but one area could heat up soon After a transformational year in telecom and media deals, deal volume is shrinking as acquirers enter the integration phase, according to new research from PwC. One area of continued activity could be OTT streaming as players try and establish themselves as direct-to-consumer operators.

Disney will spend $500 million on original content to take on Netflix next year, but its strategy could actually risk billionsAshley Rodriguez examined the conundrum legacy media giants like NBCUniversal, Disney, and WarnerMedia face as they weigh the demand to bring more content to in-house streaming services against the lucrative licensing revenue they’ve come to rely on from platforms like Netflix.

Here are other good stories from our tech, media, and entertainment verticals:

MoviePass rival Sinemia says it’s under ‘pending’ FTC investigation and files for bankruptcy

The CEO of dog-walking app Rover explains how expanding into cat care will help it reach $400 million in revenue this year

The growth rate of Amazon’s ad business is plunging but revenue is still up

Silicon Valley has set its sights on the classroom. Here are the startups on a mission to transform teaching.

The digital skinny-TV bundles that promised a cheap alternative to cable are getting more expensive. The CEO behind a $20 package explains why.

Here’s how an Army veteran and an off-duty Border Patrol agent chased away the California synagogue gunman

Oscar Stewart, who chased off the gunman inside the synagogue, speaks with members of the media in front of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Poway, California

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  • An Iraq War veteran and an off-duty Border Patrol agent helped chase the gunman who opened fire on a Poway, California, synagogue on Saturday, killing one woman.
  • Oscar Stewart, the veteran, told reporters on Tuesday his military training kicked in when he heard the gunfire. He said he yelled at the gunman and chased him outside.
  • Then, an off-duty Border Patrol agent opened fire on the shooter, missing him but striking his vehicle.
  • Both men have been praised for their courage and quick thinking in the wake of the attack.
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An Iraq War veteran and an armed, off-duty Border Patrol agent are being praised as heroes in the wake of a deadly shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California.

The attack, which killed 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye and injured three others, began when a gunman opened fire with what police later said was an AR-style rifle.

But two of the congregants ran toward the gunshots as soon as they heard them. One was Oscar Stewart, an Army veteran who told reporters on Tuesday that his military training kicked in when he heard the gunfire, and the other was an off-duty Border Patrol agent who had been armed at the request of the synagogue’s rabbi.

Stewart said he began shouting expletives at the gunman, who then stopped shooting.

“I ran to fire. That’s what I did. I didn’t plan it. I didn’t think about it. It’s just what I did,” Stewart said, according to USA Today. Stewart said he yelled things like, “Get down!” and “I’m going to kill you.”

Read more: The rabbi shot inside a California synagogue reportedly continued his sermon despite being injured

Stewart said he then chased the shooter out of the synagogue and over to his vehicle. When he began punching the gunman’s window, he heard Morales tell him to get out of the way.

“He yelled, ‘Clear back, I have a gun,'” and then Morales opened fire, according to Stewart.

Though the shooter was uninjured, Morales struck his car as he was driving away.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Stewart’s account in a statement, calling his actions “an act of courage” that “saved lives in the process.”

Executive Director Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot in the hands, speaks to members of the media duringa press conference outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on April 28, 2019 in Poway, California.

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Executive Director Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot in the hands, speaks to members of the media duringa press conference outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on April 28, 2019 in Poway, California.
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The synagogue’s rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, has also lauded Morales publicly. He told CNN that Morales only recently discovered his own Jewish heritage, and drove three and a half hours to pray with the congregants.

“He’s an extremely kind, friendly person, and I’ve spoken to him in the past about coming to the synagogue armed, because he is trained, and I want trained security as much as possible,” Goldstein said. “Unfortunately we couldn’t afford to have an armed security officer at every service, so whenever we had extra help we were grateful for it.”

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan also acknowledged Morales’ role in the attack, releasing a statement shortly after the shooting.

“We are thankful that one of our own, an off-duty Border Patrol agent, was able to assist in the response and likely prevented the deaths of more worshipers,” McAleenan said.

Apple says products like the Apple Watch and Airpods are doing so well, its wearables business is as big as a Fortune 200 company

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  • Apple’s wearables business is now the size of a Fortune 200 company, CEO Tim Cook said on the company’s earnings call.
  • That product category includes the Apple Watch, as well as its wildly successful AirPods wireless headphones.
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Apple’s wearables business had a blockbuster fiscal second quarter.

On the company’s earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said Apple’s wearables business is now the size of a Fortune 200 company, which he described as an “amazing” statistic given that the Apple Watch is only four years old.

Apple reported revenues of $5.1 billion for its Wearables, Home, and Accessories business in the first three months of 2019 , which is up from $3.9 billion in the same period of 2018. According to the most recent version of the Fortune 500 list, the cutoff for the Fortune 200 was at $14.6 billion in annual revenue in 2018.

It’s important to keep in mind that this category doesn’t just include wearables like the Apple Watch and AirPods, but also other devices like the HomePod and iPhone accessories. That means it’s unclear exactly how much revenue Apple generated from wearables alone.

Cook has made similar comparison in the past when describing the growth of Apple’s wearables business. In 2017, he said the company’s wearables business was the size of a Fortune 400 company.

Cook’s comments come after the company recently released a new version of the AirPods with better performance and an optional wireless charging case, marking the product’s first refresh since its launch in 2016.

Product categories like the wearables and services are increasingly important for Apple as it looks for ways to generate revenue beyond iPhone sales. Although Wall Street was happy with Apple’s second quarter iPhone results after it surpassed expectations with $31.1 billion in revenue, that number still represents a decline from the $37.7 billion in iPhone revenue Apple reported in the year-ago quarter.

Apple also reported quarterly revenue of $58 billion, a decline of 5% from the same period one year ago.

Apple released the first Apple Watch in 2015, and it’s since grown to become the world’s most popular smartwatch, according to data from Strategy Analytics. Apple held 50.7% of the global smartwatch market share as of the fourth quarter of 2018, while Fitbit accounted for 12.75 and Samsung comprised of 13.2 percent.

The best Bluetooth heart rate monitors you can buy

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the best bluetooth heart rate monitors

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  • Monitoring your heart rate is a great way to determine the intensity of your training and the completeness of your recovery.
  • It’ll work whether you’re exercising in the gym, on your bike, or on a jog.
  • We tested Bluetooth heart rate monitors for their comfort, accuracy, and reliability.
  • The Garmin HRM-Dual is the best Bluetooth heart rate monitor you can buy. It’s comfortable to wear, stays firmly in place, and never drops the connection.

Heart rate measurement is a reliable way to monitor how hard you’re exercising. But what is not so great is the feeling of a cold plastic strap across your chest on a winter’s morning or the chafe that comes when an inflexible strap is combined with energetic running.

Thankfully, modern heart rate straps have come a long way from the heavy, clumsy, and ice-cold chest straps of a decade ago. Using wireless Bluetooth technology, today’s straps connect to bike computers, gym machines, phones, and smart-watches to allow you to track your training even if you exercise in a variety of different ways. The devices we tested are much smaller than previous-generation monitors, using either a soft chest band or a wristband that feel less intrusive.

We tried a lot of heart rate monitors to find one that reliably connected, didn’t feel uncomfortable, and could stand up to sweaty workouts. We found that many of the devices we tried would stop working under heavy perspiration, or would slip off our chests unless we wore them uncomfortably tight. Our top picks were comfortable, accurate, and reliable.

Here are our top picks for the best Bluetooth heart rate monitors in 2019:

Keep scrolling to read more details about our top picks.


The best Bluetooth heart rate monitor overall

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The Garmin HRM-Dual uses a braided chest strap that doesn’t pull at your clothes or skin, yet remains in place for even the most dynamic of workouts. During weeks of testing, it never dropped the connection and we often forgot we were wearing it.

Fifteen years ago I started wearing heart rate chest straps for bike races. I can vividly remember the wince-inducing cold that came from applying a moistened chest strap to my protruding rib cage, in a cold changing room before I headed out to train.

Many of the chest straps I tested for this article reminded me of those plastic straps of old Although most straps are now more flexible, they are often with a stiff, uncomfortable material. Not so with the HRM-Dual, which uses a woven fabric strap to deliver accurate heart rate readings without feeling like a block of ice against your skin.

Another sense memory that I wish I could forget is the revolting stench of my sweat-encrusted heart rate monitor. The HRM-Dual is washable, something that anyone who lives with a teenage athlete will be grateful for. The strap has a simple adjustable buckle on the back that accommodates XS-XXL shirt sizes. The battery in the strap is rated for 3.5 years of use – I can’t verify that yet but saw no issues in several weeks of testing.

The HRM-Dual is able to connect to multiple devices at a time, which is useful if you are running a bike computer and using online training software, like Zwift. As expert tester DC Rainmaker notes, the ANT+ protocol (a wireless technology proprietary to Garmin), which the strap uses alongside Bluetooth, can connect to many devices and is an industry standard for bike and triathlon devices. His testing also confirmed that the HRM-Dual gives highly accurate readings, something I confirmed when running it alongside several other measuring devices.

About the only thing the Garmin strap doesn’t do is save your data, but given that most of us exercise with at least a phone, this was never an issue for me since that data is saved on the phone. If you prefer to exercise without carrying any devices, straps like the Polar H10 might be a better bet.

Although this is our favorite overall, the choice between the Garmin and the Wahoo Tickr Fit (our favorite wrist-based monitor) is more about where you want to measure your heart rate. Both are great and do an excellent job, but the fact that the Garmin monitor has a longer battery life and can be washed is what gave it the edge.

What I really liked about the HRM-Dual was forgetting about it. It connected to my ANT+ and Bluetooth devices every time, it didn’t pull on my skin when I moved my upper body, and it wasn’t prone to slipping down my body either. It can be slightly more expensive than some of the competition, but if you value a no-nonsense, do-it-all heart rate monitor, it’s a great choice.

Pros: Washable, comfortable, accurate

Cons: No data saved on the device

Buy the Garmin HRM Dual on Amazon for $68.69


The best budget Bluetooth heart rate monitor

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Lezyne’s Heart Rate Flow sensor does what it says on the box without any unnecessary bells or whistles, for an excellent price.

By the time you pay entry fees, buy sports nutrition products, and keep your bike, running shoes, and swimming gear in good shape, endurance sport isn’t cheap. If your gym membership is making your credit card wince, it makes sense to save money where you can and this heart rate strap is a great area to do just that.

Lezyne’s HR Flow sensor measures your heart rate and connects via Bluetooth to your phone, watch, or bike computer. The included coin-sized (CR2032) battery should last you years. It won’t save your data, but the phone that it’s paired to will. It might need you to moisten the strap a little to get a good reading, but that takes seconds. Lezyne advises washing the strap under running water and hanging it to dry rather than using a washing machine, but that really shouldn’t take more than a minute every week or so.

Customers liked the use of a standard battery (it can be found at most stores) and the long battery life of the unit. The sizing seemed to work for everyone we tried it on, and in several weeks of use, we haven’t seen a dropped connection. We did have to turn off Bluetooth on a ph0ne once, as it seemed to prevent the monitor from connecting to a bike computer, but that was a simple fix.

Considering the Lezyne strap is less than $50, it is a great budget option.

Pros: Great value, reliable data, affordable

Cons: Not ANT+ compatible

Buy the Lezyne HR Flow Sensor on Amazon for $44.99


The best wrist-based Bluetooth heart rate monitor

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Wahoo’s Tickr Fit is a great choice if you don’t enjoy the feeling of a tight heart rate strap on your chest. It reliably and accurately recorded heart rate using a forearm strap and we have no complaints about comfort or performance.

The first generation of heart rate chest straps relied on a huge plastic connector that covered the entire rib cage and was uncomfortable to wear and virtually incompatible with a sports bra.

Modern chest straps are much improved, but some people will still find them an annoyance – not least when you get all dressed up to go training and realize you have forgotten the damn thing, forcing you to pick between spending 10 minutes undressing or forgoing valuable training data. Wahoo offers a great alternative with its Tickr Fit, which offers a reliable heart rate tracking on your forearm.

The Tickr Fit uses a breathable strap to hold an optical heart rate monitor on your forearm, similar to the optical sensors used in smart-watches. I have relatively small arms and found the smaller of the two supplied straps worked well in holding the monitor two-thirds of the way from my wrist to my elbow. Users with even smaller arms may want to try before they buy, or run the unit on their bicep as the strap isn’t made of a stretchable material.

I found the connection to be incredibly reliable when used with a Wahoo bike computer and my phone. The Tickr uses Bluetooth and ANT+ so it should connect to just about anything you’d want to use to measure heart rate and, as with all Wahoo devices I’ve tested, it has proven extremely reliable and easy to set up.

The Tickr Fit charges with a proprietary magnetic charging station, which isn’t convenient for travel but handy for quickly charging the device. The listed battery life is about 30 hours and I was able to get about that much during testing. For most people, this will be more than enough for even the longest ultramarathon.

Amazon buyers who found that their sweat was particularly damaging to chest straps loved the Tickr, while others praised its durability and accuracy compared to other wrist-mounted optical monitors. The only objection I have is that it gave me a spectacular tan line after weeks of cycling in the sun, but that is probably more of a reflection on my fair skin than the product itself.

I found it flawless in its Bluetooth and ANT+ connections and noticed that it rarely deviated more than three beats from a chest strap when used at the same time. The only reason this is not the top pick is that it is a little more expensive than chest straps that do the same thing, but if I were buying a strap this is likely the one I would pick.

Pros: More comfortable than chest straps, reliable and easy to connect it with other devices

Cons: Has to be recharged, a bit costly, leaves a weird tan line

Buy the Wahoo Tickr Fit at Amazon for $80


The best Bluetooth heart rate monitor for cycling

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For only a few dollars more than our value pick, the Sigma R1 offers ANT+ connectivity as well as Bluetooth.

Bike computers developed wireless connectivity before Bluetooth became the norm and as a result, they often only communicate using the ANT+ protocol. ANT+ allows for communication between devices made by different companies and, although it transmits data more slowly than Bluetooth, it is still plenty fast enough to let your bike computer know how often your ticker is thumping.

Sigma’s R1 heart rate strap transmits both Bluetooth and ANT+ data, which is useful if you ride bikes and work out at the gym, if you want to pair to multiple devices for your indoor training, or perhaps because you want to track all your workouts on your phone and some on your bike computer. We tested connectivity with an iPhone, a Sigma ROX12.0 bike computer, and an ANT+ bike head unit and found that the Sigma paired without issue. Amazon purchasers reported the same results and were impressed with the strap’s sturdy construction.

I did find the Sigma strap tended to pull on my chest a little more than other chest straps here, so readers with less-than-smooth chests might want to be wary. I found the data to be extremely accurate compared with other monitors and never had any issues with connecting to devices ranging from Sigma’s own excellent ROX 12.0 bike computer to smartphones and other brands’ watches and bike head units.

The Sigma R1 is one of the cheaper units we reviewed. It works well and unobtrusively and doesn’t need charging, interaction with an app, turning on and off, or any of the other frustrating things that other sensors require. If you prefer monitoring heart rate on your arm, or have sensitive skin, it might be a little painful but otherwise, the Sigma is a great choice for a variety of sports and activities.

Pros: Pairs with everything, great value, ANT+ and Bluetooth

Cons: Can be painful against the skin

Buy the Sigma R1 Duo on Amazon for $45.98


The best Bluetooth heart rate monitor with internal memory

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The Polar OH1 allows you to exercise without carrying a Bluetooth device and stores that data for later. This is perfect if you want to know your heart rate at the gym and then keep track of your training long-term on your phone or computer.

When exercising intensely, you may not want your thousand-dollar phone in your pocket as you flip tires or climb walls. If this is you, the Polar OH1 is the best heart rate monitor.

Unlike other monitors here, the OH1 has internal memory, meaning you don’t need a watch, phone, or bike computer to store your heart rate data. In events like obstacle racing, it’s useful to have a record of your exertion – especially if you track your training carefully – but any phone or watch is not going to survive the first 10 minutes of a muddy assault course.

The OH1 is the perfect solution: It’s lightweight, arm mounted, and perfectly capable of connecting to a phone or other device if you want to use it like any of the other straps here. At $79.99 it isn’t much of an upcharge for having the ability to store 200 hours of workout data on this tiny strap.

Like the Wahoo, the Polar sensor uses optical monitoring to measure heart rate on your arm. It uses a soft strap that, I found, best stayed in place when secured snugly on my upper arm. As with most of the optical systems I tested, I did have to use a bit of trial and error to find a place where the sensor stayed put and recorded accurately.

The bundled app is required to start the sensor for the first time and features a lot of interesting data-analysis tools, such as quantifying training load and calorie burn. The sensor itself is small and unobtrusive – far less bothersome than some other data storing monitors I tested. It’s easy to set up the OH1 to either record and transmit or just transmit. Amazon buyers loved the accuracy and ease of use of the OH1.

All this data storage and connectivity do come at a cost: The OH1 delivers only 12 hours of use per battery charge. Most of us aren’t exercising for that long, but it means that if you travel or simply tend to forget to charge your strap, you might find yourself missing the data you want. As DC Rainmaker noted, the Polar charger, which plugs directly into a USB power adapter, can be a bit fiddly to use; it is very compact, so you can travel with it.

The OH1 also doesn’t support ANT+, which won’t be an issue for most but if you use a bike computer and want to pick up heart rate, you should check that the computer has Bluetooth compatibility.

Is the OH1 for you? If you do obstacle course racing or prefer to keep your workout and your phone apart, then absolutely. But if you can’t think of why you’d want your strap to store data when you just want to see your heart rate on your phone or bike computer, then you’d be better served with a strap with longer battery life.

Pros: Unobtrusive and accurate, stores up to 200 hours of data

Cons: Battery life, charger a bit awkward to use

Buy the polar OH-1 on Amazon for $79.93

Bernie Sanders is doubling down on a divisive plan to give all prisoners the right to vote. Here’s why that could be a brilliant political move.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at the NAN Conference, April 5, 2019 in New York City.

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders in a Tuesday op-ed said he makes “no apologies” for supporting the enfranchisement of all currently incarcerated people.
  • “If we are serious about calling ourselves a democracy, we must firmly establish that the right to vote is an inalienable and universal principle that applies to all American citizens 18 years and older,” Sanders said.
  • Sanders lacks the backing of most voters on this issue, as a recent INSIDER poll showed 75% of Americans do not support voting rights for all prisoners.
  • But the decision could help Sanders carve out a lane in the crowded 2020 Democratic field.
  • Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.

Sen. Bernie Sanders refuses to budge on the issue of voting rights for all current prisoners in the US despite the fact most Americans don’t agree with him. But this could be an extremely shrewd political move that benefits Sanders in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary.

Along the campaign trail, Sanders has repeatedly said he supports granting voting rights to all currently incarcerated people – including for “terrible people” like the Boston Marathon bomber.

In a Tuesday op-ed for USA Today, the senator said he makes no apologies” for his position.

“We have been engaged in an ongoing 243-year project to expand participation in our democracy,” the Vermont senator said. “If we are serious about calling ourselves a democracy, we must firmly establish that the right to vote is an inalienable and universal principle that applies to all American citizens 18 years and older. Period.”

Sanders also used the plan to take a jab at the legal woes of people associated with President Donald Trump, stating that “even if Trump’s former campaign manager and personal lawyer end up in jail, they should still be able to vote – regardless of who they cast their vote for.”

A recent INSIDER poll showed 75% of Americans do not support voting rights for all prisoners, though roughly one out of five would support enfranchising non-violent inmates.

But Sanders is seemingly undeterred by a lack of popular support and the criticism he’s faced. And while it may be not the most popular idea, a deeper look into INSIDER’s poll data shows that this could be a fairly savvy political strategy.

Read more: 75% of Americans disagree with Bernie Sanders’ plan to let every US prisoner vote

Indeed while the general adult population may have some misgivings, those respondents who identified as Democratic primary voters are more interested in the idea. When asked “Do you think people who are convicted of a crime should keep their right to vote while incarcerated?”

  • 22% of Democratic primary voters said “I think all incarcerated people should keep their right to vote”
  • 25% said “I think that incarcerated people convicted of a non-violent offense should keep their right to vote, but not those convicted of violent offenses”
  • 32% said “I don’t think incarcerated people should keep their right to vote, but upon release they should have their right restored”
  • 9% said “I think people convicted of violent felonies should lose their right to vote permanently”
  • 6% said “I think people convicted of any felony should lose their right to vote permanently”

So for those keeping score, those respondents who were Democratic primary voters were 6 percentage points more likely to agree with Sanders and 5 percentage points more likely to support the move for non-violent offenders. A combined 47% of Democratic primary voters think at least some prisoners should have the ability to vote, roughly 12 points higher than the overall population.

Even if that’s still shy of a majority, that doesn’t matter in a primary: maintaining his position cements Sanders’ status as the left flank of the party, a lane which could be advantageous to control as the primary continues.

As long as Sanders is able to remain the de facto candidate preferred by the left wing of the party, he’ll have a constituency that will keep him if not at the top of the polls, then very much in the game.

While his policy view on incarcerated citizens voting is shared by only 22% of Democratic primary voters, anyone who can stay the top choice of 22% of Democratic primary voters has considerable sway in a crowded Democratic field that features 20 declared candidates.

SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn’t try to weight its sample based on race or income. This survey had a total 1,144 respondents, a margin of error plus or minus 3.07 percentage points with a 95% confidence level.

Mark Zuckerberg says ‘the future is private.’ But his definition of privacy might not be what you think.

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  • Facebook says it’s pivoting to “privacy.”
  • But the company’s vision of privacy isn’t what ordinary people might understand by the term.
  • The social network will continue to relentlessly profile users and target them with ads.
  • And it does little to address broader questions about Facebook’s influence on society.
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Mark Zuckerberg has a new mantra: “The future is private.”

It’s an extraordinary statement, given the messenger. Facebook has been mired in one privacy scandal or another almost its entire life, and the past two years have been a nonstop rollercoaster of red-hot crises. But the 34-year-old billionaire is leaning hard into a so-called pivot to privacy, and on Tuesday he laid out more of his vision for the future of his suite of apps at the developer conference F8, the biggest event of the year for Facebook.

This revolves around six core principles: private interactions, encryption, reduced permanence, interoperability, and secure data storage. But the way Facebook defines privacy isn’t the way ordinary people might understand it.

There’s a reason why investors aren’t spooked

When people talk about privacy in relation to Facebook, what they’re often talking about is privacy from Facebook and its ravenous algorithms. The company has mishandled users’ data repeatedly and on an unprecedented scale, while building immensely complex internal profiles of these users for advertising purposes.

Facebook now plans to encrypt users’ messages to one another by default – and yes, this will mean that Facebook can no longer read your private communications with friends.

But the $550 billion company will still build up a sophisticated picture of who you are, what you do, who you talk to, the brands you like, the locations you visit, the schools you attend, the friends you have, the websites you visit and how long you visit them, the external advertisers who have your data, the pages you like, the communities you’re a part of, the public posts you make, your family members and their own interests, the events you buy tickets for, the friends you secretly want to have sex with, the retailers you buy from, the videos you watch, the hobbies you have, and (so much) more, which is then all fed into a bewilderingly complex and opaque set of algorithms to profile you and hyper-target you with ads.

Beneath all the privacy bells and whistles, and behind a shiny new coat of white paint, the fundamental advertising machine remains unchanged.

Imagine you’re having a chat with your closest friend while a businessman sits in the room wearing earplugs. The man assures you that he can’t hear what you two are saying – but he is remembering everything about where you are, who you’re talking with, what you’re wearing, and more, and then using this information to try to sell you stuff for weeks afterward. That’s not privacy in any traditional sense of the word.

It’s telling that Facebook’s announcement about privacy hasn’t spooked investors, with Facebook’s stock continuing to climb steadily since the March 2019 announcement from Zuckerberg.

Facebook is also getting a redesign — ditching the iconic blue bar at the top.

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You’re not really leaving Facebook’s garden – it’s just getting a bit bigger

Zuckerberg’s unconventional approach to definitions extends to “interoperability” as well.

Normally, this would mean building services in such a way that they can communicate and be utilized across multiple platforms operated by different companies: open standards, such as a .JPEG image file that is openable on both Windows and MacOS or an email that can be sent between Gmail and Yahoo Mail.

But Zuckerberg defined it far more narrowly, that “you should be able to use any of our apps to reach your friends.”

Facebook’s plan is to merge the back ends of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram DMs, letting any user on one service message any service on one of the others. This may help users in the short-term, making it easier to chat with their friends, but it’s not interoperability in the traditional, competition-enhancing sense of a truly open standard. You’re still in Facebook’s walled garden.

Real interoperability could confer huge benefits to users communicating across platforms – but would also risk eroding Facebook’s dominance of the messaging ecosystem.

Facebook’s rhetoric is made all the more remarkable by the fact that for the past decade, the company has repeatedly touted the benefits of openness, suggesting that worries about privacy are overblown. “The way that people think about privacy is changing a bit,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with Time magazine in 2010. “What people want isn’t complete privacy. It isn’t that they want secrecy. It’s that they want control over what they share and what they don’t.”

(Kevin Roose and Mike Isaac, two technology reporters at The New York Times, suggested on Twitter that Facebook’s rhetoric shift amounted to “gaslighting.”)

Now – faced with mounting public scrutiny and the growing risk of regulatory action – Facebook says it’s going under a seismic shift. But it does little to address broader questions about Facebook’s influence on society, shies away from any truly revolutionary change that might put the company’s position at risk, and leaves the company’s cash-printing capabilities intact.

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