Imagine the politician involved in a scandal who violates public trust, whether of a sexual nature, wasting taxpayers' money or just doing something stupid.

The answer is usually immediate: step down. Step back.

So what about a company that had security holes after a security hole and just is not able to bypass them? And if the company is called Facebook and they want to sell a new video chat device for the home with a built-in camera that may or may not believe it, "move through the kitchen … and adapt to the plot to follow, "would you buy it?

Facebook portal (Photo: Facebook)

History probably does not give much confidence. So our friendly suggestion for Facebook, which will compete with Amazon's second-generation Echo Show Video Speaker and Google's new Home Hub, which was officially released on Monday, is simple: reduce losses and suspend losses.

Remember that it was only a few weeks ago Facebook announced that nearly 30 million members of the social network had stolen their names, addresses and other personal information during the last hacking attempt.

So, how do you go about this? With an invitation to purchase the video chat device Portal in mid-November and start at $ 199, a speaker sold as "Private by Nature". Well, this week, there has been a Facebook admission that it will keep track of who you've called, where callers live and how often you talk on portal to advertising based on this information to you and others on Facebook platforms too Selling.

Exactly what every American wants for Christmas: an electronic home monitor.

Facebook has not responded to our many requests for comments.

Many consumers have resisted talking to Amazon Echo or Google Home speakers at home for having concerns about having microphones in a device that records our conversations. The defense of Amazon and Google was that the units record only if you use the catchword "Alexa" or "Hey, Google".

Justin Brookman does not doubt the companies. "You may not be able to record everything today, but that could change over time, so I will not have one at my house."

Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy for the Consumers Union, is even more confident

"I just do not see the value" in agreeing to house units with cameras (Facebook Portal and Amazon Echo Show) bring, he says. "You know enough about me as it is."

It was a great week for privacy, starting with Facebook's update to Tech News Site Recode that it would monitor the calls on the device, and then take Apple's 360-degree different take to privacy with an updated section of its website

Apple launched new, easier-to-find tools to download the data that Apple collects from us – which is minimal – and spread the diverse consumer information. One of the new tools included in an Apple operating system update for Mac computers is to put an end to businesses that follow you after surfing by asking for cookies to be stored on your computer. 19659003] But then Apple is mainly in the hardware business and sells over 200 million iPhones annually, as well as iPads, Macintosh computers, the Apple Watch and software like iTunes movie rental, the Apple Music subscription service and iCloud backup storage.

Facebook is a free social network that sells ads instead of a paid subscription. So Apple can afford to take the main road.

The social network's struggles this week are so great that a former British politician has been contracted to lead the PR department. Former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been named vice president of global affairs and communications, and reports to the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.

"Our company is on a critical journey," said Sandberg. "The challenges we face are serious and clear, and now more than ever we need new perspectives to help us in this time of change."

That's why we think instead of trying to sell a product that clearly does not exist. When it comes to skeptical publicity, why do not we just work on fixing the social network hacking problems that have been going on since the discovery how the Russians wreaked havoc with Facebook on Facebook in 2016 was almost continuous and not stopped

Good luck!

In other tech news this week

Apple has introduced a pre-Halloween date of October 30 to introduce new products that are supposed to be iPads, updates for the MacBook computer line and the AirPods Bluetooth headset. The company began this week with the presale of another iPhone, the iPhone XR. It is officially being sold for $ 750 on October 26, a good $ 250 less than the new XS and $ 350 lower than the XS Max.

Amazon announced a new edition of the Kindle E-Reader, the Paperwhite, the waterproof, like the previous edition, but more affordable, at $ 129. It will be available on November 7th.

-Google said users of the popular Google Maps app can now share their travel status in real time with others. The feature has been available on Android since 2017, bringing Google Maps into line with Waze (also owned by Google) and even Uber and Lyft, which allow iPhone users to update so others can track their routes. You can send the link through Apple's Messenger app, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or a number of other third-party messaging apps you have installed on your iPhone.

-Ride-hailing company Lyft launched this week a subscription plan with 30 offers rides for $ 299. The fine print: The rides are worth $ 15 each, and if your ride is over the $ 15 level, you'll have to pay extra.

This Week Talking Tech Podcasts

-Have Guitar, Will Travel: Underway, Talking Tech, with guitar slingshot Richard Smith.

-Apple XR: As the latest iPhone comes to the two introduced in September stacks.

-Sears, where America once bought his tech

-Customer Support: Apple, Samsung good, Microsoft not so great.

-Facebooks Privacy Policy, which is portal.

Amazons new waterproof Kindle.

-Why Lyft drivers cancel us and what we can do about it.

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