Mark Zuckerberg says hes going outside his comfort zone in 2019 to

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said his personal challenge for 2019 is to host regular public discussions about the future of technology in society.The chats will focus on “the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes and the anxieties” of how technology will shape human behaviour, Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. He said the chats will help him expand his thinking beyond engineering.“Every few weeks I’ll talk with leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields and I’ll try different formats to keep it interesting,” he wrote. “These will all be public, either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says tech giant’s problems will take years to fix, if ever Facebook wielded user data to reward or punish rivals, internal materials show Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s reputation has been stained by one crisis after another Every year, Zuckerberg comes up with a resolution for himself. In past years he’s learned Mandarin, gone on a tour of U.S. states, and sent daily thank-you notes. In 2011, he challenged himself to only eat meat he killed himself. Lately, his personal challenges have been more aligned with Facebook’s business needs. The company has come under fire the past several years for its data-collection practices, user privacy breaches and information sharing, and its stock fell 26 per cent last year. Zuckerberg’s 2018 task was to fix Facebook.“I’m an engineer, and I used to just build out my ideas and hope they’d mostly speak for themselves,” Zuckerberg said. “But given the importance of what we do, that doesn’t cut it anymore. So I’m going to put myself out there more than I’ve been comfortable with and engage more in some of these debates about the future, the tradeoffs we face, and where we want to go.”Bloomberg.com read more

Google Maps getting a radical redesign users can sign up for it

Google Maps getting a radical redesign, users can sign up for it today TORONTO – Google Maps is getting a radical new revamp, which users can sign up for today.“It’s a whole new concept,” said Bernhard Seefeld, product management director for Google Maps.“We believe this is really the biggest change to Google Maps since Google Maps originally launched” in 2005.While there are several new features baked into the site, the first thing users will notice is the streamlined interface. Upon loading the page, users are presented with a full-screen map and just a single search bar. Gone is the panel on the left-side of the screen with a series of links and buttons.Seefeld said logged-in users can get a more personalized experience, with reviews and recommendations from friends and family on Google+ overlaid on the map. Clicking on a highlighted restaurant or bar brings up a card with pictures, reviews, hours of operation, and contact numbers.Users can also view imagery from Google Earth within Google Maps without having to download a plug-in or application.Google says it has also improved its directions feature, including the implementation of public transit routing.The new map is currently only available for desktop browsers and won’t appear on mobile devices yet.Google says users who sign up for the new site at http://maps.google.com/help/maps/helloworld/desktop/preview will start getting access in the days ahead. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2013 2:48 pm MDT read more