It's Not Easy Being a Leader. Here Are The 8 Things That Make a Terrific CEO

Some entrepreneurs, CEOs, and even middle managers confuse leadership with the title next to their name. They think just because they’re “in charge,” people will rally behind them, listen to them, and heed their every command. But the truth is, it’s very easy to become a “leader” in terms of acquiring responsibilities. What’s far more difficult is becoming a credible, trusted leader who is loved by everyone. 

So, what makes a terrific leader?

1. Walking the walk

The best kinds of leaders lead by example. The worst kinds of leaders live by the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

This is especially true for leaders who feel they don’t need to become truly knowledgable about the organization they are leading. For example, some executives or managers don’t prioritize becoming experts of the industry they’re in, and instead lean on their title as a way to avoid digging into the hard work. This behavior then leads to a poorly balanced team dynamic, and people begin to see the leader as lazy and hierarchical. 

2. Earning your stripes–not showing them off.

Leadership is something you have to earn, day in and day out.

Your title is not something you flaunt. In fact, the moment you have to lean on your title in order to get people to listen, you’ve started down a difficult path. People respect leaders that show up and continue to prove they are worth following–not leaders who expect everyone else around them to work harder than they’re willing to work themselves.

3. Being open, honest, and trustworthy.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a leader is breaking someone’s trust.

Especially if you’re at the helm of an organization, you’re going to run into scenarios where people will come to you to share how they’re feeling, or issues they’re experiencing within the company. It’s your job to treat those conversations carefully, make the person feel heard but respect the fact they came to you and you alone. Don’t go sharing that individual’s issues with one of their peers in the company. That’s a fast track to breaking trust you’ve built in the past.

4. Doing what you say you’re going to do.

If you say you’re going to give everyone a raise, then you better give everyone a raise (or, very honestly, explain why you weren’t able to deliver on this promise).

I have a few stories about this in my book, All In. One of the big mistakes young leaders make is painting these wildly imaginative futures for their employees, never once considering what will happen when, two years later, all those employees want to know why none of it came to fruition.

The best thing you can do when leading a team, a department, or an organization is stay true to your word. So, if you think there’s a chance you won’t be able to deliver on the promises you’re making, don’t make them in the first place.

5. Aim for the moon, and be clear about how you’re going to get there.

Nobody likes following a leader whose mission is to do things “pretty well.”

As a leader, you have to ride the careful line of setting realistic goals for yourself and your company, while simultaneously choosing goals worth getting excited about. Contrary to popular belief, employees really do want to work hard and be part of building something special. 

Don’t be afraid to share the grand vision.

6. Learn to control your emotions.

To protect the culture of your company, you have to master the art of remaining calm during periods of high stress.

When you react emotionally–to an individual, to a conflict, or to a massive threat to your business–you are showing the people around you that it’s alright for them to react emotionally as well. This is not the kind of team dynamic you want to encourage.

Instead, try to see these moments as opportunities to exemplify patience, understanding, focus. While everyone else is feeling stressed, show them another way of dealing with problems.

7. Be decisive.

One of the worst qualities a leader could possess is a habit of indecisiveness. 

It’s a pattern that’s easy to fall into: you say the words, “Let me think about it,” and then before the day has even ended, you’ve suddenly got 10 different things you’ve decided to postpone and “think about.” But deep in your gut, you almost always know what decision needs to be made. There’s no reason to postpone it.

8. Educate yourself–constantly.

Some people become leaders because they are brilliant, talented, and have a knack for constantly educating themselves.

And then they stop.

They reach a point of authority, they hit a plateau, and they decide they know everything there is to know–and become complacent as a result. Trust me, you don’t want to become the sort of leader that suddenly realizes you’ve fallen behind the growth curve. 

In order to stay at the forefront, you have to keep educating yourself. 

Baillie Gifford willing to invest more in Tesla: the Times

A man walks near a logo of Tesla outside its China headquarters at China Central Mall in Beijing, China July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

(Reuters) – Baillie Gifford & Co, one of the top shareholders of Tesla Inc, has said it would be willing to inject more cash into the electric carmaker, the Times reported bit.ly/2PwSpuu on Monday.

“If he (Tesla CEO Elon Musk) needs more capital we would be willing to back him,” the Times quoted Nick Thomas, a partner at Edinburgh-based Baillie Gifford, as saying.

Baillie Gifford is Tesla’s third-largest shareholder with a 7.72 percent stake. Elon Musk tops the list with about 20 percent ownership of the electric carmaker followed by T.Rowe Price Associates Inc, which owns about 10 percent, according to Refinitiv data.

The backing from Baillie Gifford comes days after Tesla reported a net profit of $311.5 million in the third quarter.

Tesla and Baillie Gifford did not immediately respond to requests seeking comments.

Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier

Tesla Is Facing a ‘Deepening Criminal Probe’ About Misleading Investors on Its Model 3 Production, Report Says

Tesla, the pioneering electric-car manufacturer that posted blowout earnings this week, may be facing an FBI investigation over investor communications it made regarding the production levels of its Model 3 sedans, the Wall Street Journal said Friday.

Earlier this month, Tesla settled with the SEC over charges that it misled investors after CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he had secured funding to take Tesla private. The SEC, which alleged that the tweets were fraudulent, at first sued Musk, before reaching a settlement that required Musk and Tesla to each pay $20 million in fines, while finding an independent chairman to replace Musk.

According to the Journal, Tesla the FBI “has intensified” its investigation into whether Tesla misstated data on the production of its Model 3, its lowest-priced sedan. Tesla has invested heavily in the Model 3 production, adding to losses in recent quarters. Last quarter, however, Model 3 sales pushed Tesla into the black.

In a statement, Tesla disputed some of the Journal’s report. “Earlier this year, Tesla received a voluntary request for documents from the Department of Justice about its public guidance for the Model 3 ramp,” a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement to Fortune. “We have not received a subpoena, a request for testimony, or any other formal process, and there have been no additional document requests about this from the Department of Justice for months.”

The Journal reported that former Tesla employees, who received subpoenas earlier in the investigation, have been contacted in recent weeks by the FBI for further testimony.

Musk told investors on earnings calls that Tesla would be producing between 5,000 and 20,000 Model 3s per month by the end of 2017, the Journal said. In reality, Tesla ended up producing only 2,700 Model 3’s for all of 2017. The FBI is reportedly investigating such discrepancies.

While Tesla admits it did not meet its early and ambitious production goals, it said it was “transparent about how difficult it would be… and that we were entering ‘production hell.’” Tesla further noted that “it took us six months longer than we expected to meet our 5,000 unit per week guidance,” but that its approach has been “to set truthful targets – not sandbagged targets that we would definitely exceed and not unrealistic targets that we could never meet.”

Tesla’s stock, which rose 5.2% Friday during official trading, was down 1.8% in after-hours trading.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Plays Up U.S. Hiring During Earnings Call

During Google’s latest earnings call, CEO Sundar Pichai emphasized that the search giant is hiring U.S. workers.

“This year to date, we have added over 9,000 new employees in the U.S.,” Pichai said in a call with analysts on Thursday coinciding with fiscal third quarter earnings report for Google parent company Alphabet.

Pichai’s comments come amid President Donald Trump’s criticism of U.S. companies hiring workers and conducting major operations overseas. In September, Trump said that the prices of Apple products could increase because of increased tariffs on China and urged the company to “make your products in the United States instead of China.” The Trump administration then exempted some Apple products from being affected by the tariffs.

The Google CEO spent time discussing how the search giant is “investing closer to home,” reporting that Google spent over 80% of its total capital expenditures for the third quarter on data center facilities and offices in the U.S. This means that of the roughly $5.3 billion Google spent on capital expenditures in the third quarter, about $4.24 billion were dedicated to U.S. facilities.

“They have a strong, positive impact on the communities around them, supporting thousands of jobs,” Pichai said of the company’s spending on U.S. data centers and offices.

Pichai’s comments come after U.S. lawmakers criticized and demanded more information from Google regarding the existence of a censored search engine for China, dubbed Project Dragonfly. Pichai confirmed earlier in October that Google was testing a search engine for China, but said it was only “exploratory” in nature.

When an analyst asked Pichai about a possible Chinese search product during the earnings call, the executive did not reply specifically about Project Dragonfly, saying that Google is “constantly looking for ways to better service Chinese users.”

“That is where we are today,” he added.

Overall, Google said its third quarter revenue increased 21% year-over-year to $33.74 billion in the third quarter. Analysts, however, were expecting $34.05 billion in third-quarter sales.

Google shares were down 3.8% in after-hours trading $1,054.

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The search giant’s third-quarter earnings coincided with the publication of a major New York Times investigation that detailed how Google paid the creator of the Android operating system, Andy Rubin, $90 million to resign quietly after the company found credible allegations by a female employee that the executive had forced her into a sexual act. Google later released a memo on Thursday signed by Pichai and the company’s HR chief, in which the two executives said the report was a “troubling read,” and that the company had fired 48 employees for issues related to sexual harassment over the past two years.

Pichai did not mention Rubin or the Times story during earnings call, nor did any Wall Street analyst ask him to comment on it.

Microsoft sales and profit beat estimates on cloud growth

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) beat Wall Street estimates for revenue and profit in its first quarter on Wednesday, as more businesses signed up for its Azure cloud computing services and Office 365 software.

FILE PHOTO: The Microsoft sign is shown on top of the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 19,2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

Microsoft shares have tripled since Satya Nadella became chief executive in 2014 and refocused the company on building data center software and services. The stock, which has risen more than 21 percent over the past 12 months, gained 1.9 percent in after-hours trading following the earnings report.

Much of Microsoft’s recent growth has been fueled by companies moving to the cloud from on-premise data centers, helping it to beat analysts’ profit targets for more than two years.

Commercial cloud revenue, which includes Azure sales, hit $8.5 billion, up 47 percent from the year-ago quarter. The growth margin for that business rose to 62 percent from 58 percent in the year-ago quarter and 59 percent in the prior quarter.

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) leads in cloud infrastructure services with a second-quarter market share of over 30 percent, according to market research firm Canalys, but Microsoft’s share rose to 18 percent from 16 percent in the previous quarter.

Azure revenue rose 76 percent over the year, slower than the 89 percent rise in the previous quarter.

Blair Hanley Frank, principal analyst at technology research and advisory firm ISG, said investors have been alerted to Azure’s slower growth.

“Seeing that number decline to 76 percent where it was in the 80s and 90s is interesting. It’s not yet clear what that means,” Frank said. “Obviously Microsoft is going to see some fall in growth rate as the revenue grows.”

Mark Sami, vice president at consultancy firm SPR, said Microsoft’s “mature hybrid cloud offering” helps to fuel growth and leaves rivals like Amazon “playing catch up.”

Microsoft’s focus on fast-growing cloud applications and platforms is helping it beat slowing demand for personal computers that has hurt sales of its popular Windows operating system.

Revenue from Microsoft’s personal computing division, its largest by revenue, rose 14.6 percent to $10.75 billion. That figure beat the consensus analyst estimate of $10.13 billion. The unit includes Windows software, Xbox gaming consoles, online search advertising and Surface personal computers, but gaming is the growth driver with revenue up 44 percent from a year ago.

Microsoft forecast strong revenue for that division in the holiday quarter, of $12.8 billion to $13.2 billion.

“Xbox has the key gaming community and monetization capability,” said Nadella.

Revenue at Microsoft’s productivity and business processes unit, which includes Office 365, rose 18.6 percent to $9.77 billion, topping analysts’ average expectation of $9.40 billion, according to Refinitiv data. Microsoft estimated revenue of $9.95 billion to $10.15 billion for that unit in the current quarter.

Overall, the Redmond, Washington-based software company’s revenue rose to $29.08 billion from $24.54 billion, above analysts’ average estimate of $27.90 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

Net income rose to $8.82 billion, or $1.14 per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30 from $6.58 billion, or 84 cents per share, a year earlier.

Analysts had expected earnings of 96 cents per share.

Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru and Jane Lanhee Lee in San Francisco; Editing by Bernard Orr and Richard Chang

Chipmaker SK Hynix posts record third-quarter profit

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc posted record third-quarter operating profit on Thursday, beating expectations thanks to a seasonal sales boost for mobile devices and strong server demand.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of SK Hynix is seen at its headquarters in Seongnam, South Korea, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo/File Photo

The world’s second-biggest memory chipmaker behind Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said July-September profit rose 73 percent year-on-year to 6.5 trillion won ($5.7 billion). That compared with a 6.3 trillion won average forecast drawn from 19 analysts, according to Refinitiv data.

Reporting by Ju-min Park and Heekyong Yang; Editing by Stephen Coates

CityFibre to invest 2.5 billion pounds in full-fiber for UK homes

LONDON (Reuters) – CityFibre, a British broadband operator backed by Goldman Sachs, said it would spend 2.5 billion pounds ($3.25 billion) on rolling out fiber networks in 37 towns and cities, offering ultra-fast connections to as many as 5 million homes.

The company, which was bought by Goldman Sachs West Street Infrastructure Partners and private equity firm Antin for $750 million earlier this year, is taking on national provider BT, which has faced criticism for the extent of its own full-fiber ambitions.

CityFibre said its networks, which offer gigabit speeds, would help deliver one third of the government’s 2025 target of 15 million homes.

“Our roll out will soon bring to scale an innovative wholesale network, providing internet service providers and mobile network operators with greater choice and unrivalled technical capabilities, benefiting all sectors of the market,” Chief Executive Greg Mesch said on Wednesday.

The company signed a partnership deal last year with Vodafone to market its networks in 10 cities, including Edinburgh, Coventry and Leeds.

It said on Wednesday it had identified another 27 towns and cities, including Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester, where it would roll out full-fiber connectivity.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by David Evans

How a Turkish Airlines Jet Flew an Extra 800 Miles and Landed On Time

Most of the time, passengers on Turkish Airlines Flight 800, flying from Panama City to Istanbul, can look down on Puerto Rico just after takeoff, then the blue of the Atlantic Ocean for a few hours, then Southern France and Northern Italy before arcing south over Greece and touching down. But those who made the trip on Sunday got a view of a very different set of locales: Cuba, then the eastern coast of the United States and the southern tips of Greenland and Norway, finally reaching the Turkish city by way of Poland and Romania.

Compared to the “great circle distance” between the two airports (meaning the shortest path) of 6,739 miles, Flight 800 traveled 7,553 miles, according to aviation tracking site FlightRadar24. That’s an extra 814 miles. And while it takes two and a half hours to fly the same distance from New York City to Jacksonville, Florida, the Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 took just 27 minutes longer than average, and landed just 11 minutes after its scheduled arrival time, per FlightStats.com. By airline standards, that counts as officially on time.

Bananas, right? Not so much.

As Turkish Airlines Flight 800 caught the jet stream over the Labrador Sea, its speed surged to 600 knots (710 mph), way above the Airbus A330’s cruising altitude. The red dotted line shows the shortest path between Panama City, Panama, and Istanbul. Courtesy of FlightRadar24.

“From an air traffic control perspective, it’s not unusual,” says Sid McGuirk, chair of the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Especially not once you take a look at the weather conditions at the time. When the Airbus A330 jet was getting ready to unglue from the tarmac in Panama, the jet stream over the Labrador Sea was blowing something fierce. As the plane tracked north along the Eastern Seaboard, it was flying around 540 mph, its standard cruising speed. When it caught the wind, however, its speed surged, peaking at 700 mph—without burning any more jet fuel than usual.

This map of wind speeds at the time of the flight (red means fast) seems to explain why the plane went so far out of its way, and how it managed to land on time. Courtesy of FlightRadar24.

FlightRadar24

“Sometimes we go way out of the way, for one reason or another,” says says Doug Moss, a commercial pilot and aviation consultant. Why? Because economics. Airlines operate on thin profit margins, so letting wind do the work usually done by expensive jet fuel is a no-brainer. And wind can do a lot of work: In January, a Norwegian Air 787 set a speed record for non-supersonic commercial aircraft thanks to a 202-mph tailwind, flying from New York’s JFK to London’s Gatwick in 5 hours and 13 minutes. But they also have to consider factors like overflight fees, the tolls set by countries for the right to zip through their airspace (in the US, it’s $60.07).

Of course, saving money on the flight only works if the plane doesn’t land so late, its passengers miss their connections, and the airline has to put everyone up in a hotel for the night. Keep doing it, and the carrier risks driving away future customers with poor on time performance. And while flying slowly saves fuel, it also means putting more time on the aircraft, and shortening the time before it has to be grounded for mandatory maintenance. (Turkish Airlines did not immediately reply to questions about this flight.)

“The computer goes through essentially a Monte Carlo simulation, and it looks at all the possible routes available,” Moss says. “It’ll run probably a thousand different scenarios, and it’ll pick the one that’s the cheapest.”

Such ever-changing conditions are the reason Singapore Airlines Flight 22, from New York to Singapore, can make the trip along one of three general routes: over the Pacific, over the Atlantic, or over the North Pole. And why Air India flies east from Delhi to San Francisco—and east from San Francisco to Delhi.

And while the folks flying on Turkish Airlines Flight 800 may have wondered why they could see Norwegian fjords on their trip from Panama to Istanbul, they probably stopped caring once they touched down, safely and on time.


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No U.S. User Growth At Facebook? No Problem – Facebook Still Has Strong Upside

With all the focus on Facebook’s (FB) slowing user growth and calls for the end of its dominance, I finally gave in and decided to look into it myself. After all, from a personal perspective, I’m not the best person to evaluate user interaction with Facebook. I might look at my Facebook page a couple of times a week but it’s usually just to see if anyone sent me a message – it takes me all of 10 seconds to do that. I don’t scroll through my news feed to see what everyone had for breakfast this morning – because I really don’t care. Nor have I experienced the eerie feeling of seeing an ad pop up on my Facebook app shortly after having visited a related site on my home computer. At least Facebook knows I’m not its advertisers’ target market.

Based on Facebook’s definition of Daily Active Users (DAU) and Monthly Active Users (MAU) I would categorize myself as an MAU and the “A” is a stretch. Nonetheless, that’s one of the key stats investors look for when evaluating Facebook’s future potential to provide attractive shareholder returns.

After 2Q results were announced, I didn’t understand the rationale for what the bears were saying. 42% year of year revenue growth? That was slower than the previous quarter’s 50% growth, but still not too shabby. It’s a slowdown in growth mathematically, but the pessimism didn’t make sense.

The overall growth figures were driven by 47% growth in Europe and Asia Pacific, with 43% growth in the Rest of World.

Source: Facebook SEC Filings

User Data

A look at specific user data sheds light on some of the pessimistic forward views for the company. Both daily and monthly worldwide active users grew 11% year-over-year, but more importantly, the daily and monthly user base in the US and Canada grew by just 1% for daily active users and 2% for monthly active users year-over-year – growth also remained flat from the previous quarter. This slowdown in the company’s most lucrative market? Now I see what the bears might be talking about.

However, user growth is coming from other regions. Specifically, Asia-Pacific users were up 21% year-over-year and 3% sequentially from the prior quarter. There are now 546 million daily active users and 894 million monthly active users in Asia-Pacific. To put the opportunity in perspective, Asia-Pac now has almost four times as many users as the US and Canada.

Source: Facebook SEC Filings

With a population of 4.5 billion, however, that means Facebook has only penetrated 12% of the population in the region, compared to 32% in the US and Canada, 38% in Europe, and 28% in the rest of the world (see chart below). I’m not saying it will get to the same penetration levels in Asia-Pac as it has reached in other regions, but there’s room to grow.

Source: Facebook SEC Filings, World Bank

Revenue Per User

The second growth driver is the amount of revenue the company generates per active user. With overall active users growing at 11%, it’s obvious that the 42% growth in revenue came from higher revenue per active user. On a worldwide basis, revenue per daily and monthly active users were up 28% YoY and 9% sequentially from the previous quarter.

Source: Facebook SEC Filings, World Bank

Growth in revenue per user was highest in the more developed regions such as US/Canada and Europe, which grew revenue per daily active user by 36% and 43%, respectively. In these markets, there’s still apparent upside to what advertisers are willing to pay, but we’re probably reaching a limit.

But once again, I believe the user growth story is in Asia-Pac, where revenue per daily active user is just $4.21, compared to $33.17 for the US/Canada and $11.64 for Europe. Only the Rest of the World, which includes Africa, Latin America and Middle East has a lower revenue per daily active user, and this is not surprising considering the GDP per capita of the Rest of the World region is around $3,000. Despite revenue/user growth of just 22% on a year-over-year basis in Asia-Pac, however, the growth rate is accelerating.

In Asia-Pac, where GDP/capital is closer to $10,000, the potential revenue per user figure has much longer to run. In fact, the revenue/GDP per capita in Rest of World is 0.10% quarterly. In Asia-Pac, that figure is just 0.04%, higher than Europe but still less than in the US.

Growth Projections

Even if Asia Pacific has no additional growth in users, an increase in revenue/GDP that’s more in line with that of the US will result in an additional $3.2 billion in revenues quarterly – that’s about 12% higher than current levels with no additional growth from any of the other regions. If we also increase penetration levels to just 20% – still below any of the other regions, the marginal increase in revenue from Asia-Pac alone could reach $5.3 billion!

And let’s not forget Europe. In Europe, we wouldn’t expect to have much more of an increase in penetration levels of daily active users. But the revenue per daily active user in Europe is just 0.03% of the GDP/capita of around $36k. With a boost to 0.06% – the same levels as those in the US – revenues would increase by $5.8 billion, all else equal.

These are two aggressive assumptions that would result in an additional $11.1 billion in quarterly revenues, and there are plenty of challenges that would prevent Facebook from reaching these revenue numbers – but the potential is there.

Our Take

According to my calculations, Facebook could boost revenues by $9 billion with no user growth at all – so data showing slower user growth shouldn’t lead to the conclusion that growth isn’t possible.

If it could continue to increase revenue/user then the growth story is still compelling – and the data shows that in some regions, there’s upside pricing potential that could drive that growth. Any user growth would just be icing on the cake – and we know that penetration levels in some regions still show a big market opportunity.

New product launches like Watch, Watch Party, Stories, Ads Animator, Ads in Stories, IGTV, and others, can continue boosting revenue per user as well, even in the US, where revenue per user already is $33.17. And we haven’t even mentioned the potential upside of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Oculus.

From a valuation perspective, Facebook looks cheap. It currently trades at a price/free cash flow of 25.6. That’s well below the five-year average of 35.2.

Analyst price targets are at $204, which is a 35% gain from current levels. Free cash flow was $17.67B over the previous 12-month period on sales of $48B. If revenue increases by $9B whether with or without user growth, we could calculate an increase in free cash flow of about $3.31B, or $1.13 per share. At a more appropriate multiple of 30 (still below its recent five-year average), we arrive at a price target of $213.

The user growth story is wrong. Facebook is a strong buy.

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Apple Data Downloads, A Dating App for Trump Fans, and More Security News This Week

As has become an unwelcome tradition, as Friday wound down and the weekend was so close we could nearly taste it, breaking news hit. The biggest Friday night bombshell came in the form of an indictment of a Russian national engaged in a massive conspiracy to influence the upcoming midterm elections. With millions of dollars at her disposal, she and her co-conspirators have allegedly been engaging in a coordinated effort to use Americans’ weaknesses and divisions against us, to amp up racial discord, and generally sow chaos and discontent.

TGIF, amirite?

Of course, it wasn’t like the week had been drama free up until that point. The fun, if you can call it that, began last Saturday, when Robert Mueller expert Garrett Graff explained what he expected to see next from the investigation into Russia’s attack on the 2016 election. (Hint: A lot, and soon.) A startup called Helm came out of stealth mode on Tuesday to try to help you reclaim possession of your own data. A years-old Chinese malware made a mysterious return to the scene. And Facebook announced it wasn’t nation-state hackers who stole the data of 33 millions users; it was just spammers. We laid out all the terrible things spammers could do with that data. Earlier in the week, after facing criticism for its new video-chatting Portal’s spying potential, Facebook also showed off its War Room, from which it intends to protect the midterm elections from hackers. We hope those inside the War Room were reading Friday’s indictment with keen interest.

That’s not all. As always, we’ve rounded up all the news we didn’t break or cover in depth this week. Click on the headlines to read the full stories. And stay safe out there.

[Donald Daters Got Donald-Data-Leaked] (https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/15/donald-daters-a-dating-app-for-trump-supporters-leaked-its-users-data/)

It’s hard to find love nowadays, what with all the ideological divisions separating us and the many confusing apps we have to navigate to get a date. That’s where Donald Daters was supposed to come in. It’s a dating app specifically for Donald Trump supporters to find each other. If you’re a Trump supporter and you don’t want to risk falling in love with with a cute Bernie Bro or Hillary Hawk (I just made that “hawk” thing up, but it’s kind of cute, so you’re welcome, future Hillary campaign staff), the app offers a safe space. Its tagline: “Make America Date Again.” Before it even launched, 1,600 users signed up.

Unfortunately for those lovelorn enlistees, when the app did launch on Monday, it leaked all of their data. According to ZDNet, a French security researcher was able to find and download the complete list of Donald Daters from the app, including their names, private messages, and an access token with which he could take over their entire accounts. In response, the app took the private messaging feature offline. Word to the wise, Donald Daters: It’s not enough for an app to ensure you a certain level of political homogeneity. It needs to ensure some data protection, too.

North Korean Hackers Stole Millions in Bitcoin

The cyrptocurrency market might look like it’s imploding, but experts told WIRED this weekend that it’s just beginning to grow into its potential. That’s great news for people who want to get rich by stealing other people’s bitcoins. Case in point: The North Korean crew who allegedly stole more than $571 million in cryptocurrency in just five hacks. The crew, known as “Lazarus,” is responsible for more than half of the cryptocurrency stolen since 2017, according to a new report.

Major League Baseball Says Surveillance Is Not Spying

An employee of the Houston Astros was caught filing the dugout of the Cleveland Indians during a post-season game. The Indians filed a complaint, saying the Astros were trying to cheat by spying on their competitors. The Astros contended that rather than spying, they were conducting surveillance to monitor the Indians to make sure they weren’t breaking rules. Not to nitpick, but … is surveillance not spying? The line between monitoring and spying and surveillance seems murky, if it exists at all. Security experts might scratch their heads, but the MLB sided with the Astros.

NY AG Looking Deeper at Fake FCC Comments

The New York Attorney General is taking a closer look at those fake comments left on the FCC’s website pretending to be from people who opposed net neutrality. According to The Wall Street Journal, a dozen or more advocacy groups and lobbying firms have been subpoenaed in connection to the millions of false statements, which made it look erroneously like there was popular support for repealing net neutrality laws when, in fact, the overwhelming majority of the public supported net neutrality. One of the groups being investigated is supported by AT&T, a company with a vested monetary interest in repealing net neutrality.

Tumblr Fixed a Bug That It Says Was No Biggie Anyway

Nothing to see here, folks. Tumblr on Wednesday said it patched a vulnerability that would have allowed hackers to access user information, including email and IP addresses, self-reported locations, and passwords. Tumblr emphasized in a blog post that it had found no evidence that anyone had ever taken advantage of the vulnerability, or that any of the data had ever actually been exposed.

Good News Alert: Apple Will Finally Let You Download Your Data

Better late than never. You can already download your Facebook and Google data, but as of Wednesday Apple is allowing you to do the same–just in time to comply with Europe’s General Data Protections Rule. Apple users in Europe have been able to access their data since May, when the GDPR first went into effect. You can access your data via Apple’s Data and Privacy page, after signing in with your Apple ID.


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