As Facebook Struggles, Rivals’ Leaders Stay (Mostly) Mum

As Facebook Struggles, Rivals’ Leaders Stay (Mostly) Mum Photo Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has suggested that new regulation protecting personal data might be in order. Credit Jim Young/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The recent tribulations of Facebook, which has lurched from crisis to crisis over the past year, most recently over the handling of user’s personal data, has pushed a few of the industry’s most prominent names to speak out against the company.
Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com, has compared the deleterious effects of social media to those of tobacco and alcohol, and has called for more regulation of those tech companies. Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has also suggested new regulation protecting personal data might be in order for businesses like Facebook.
“I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary,” Mr. Cook said recently at an event in Chin..

The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses a Dilemma for the U.S.

The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses a Dilemma for the U.S. Photo A member of the Afghan Special Forces is seen through a night-vision goggle during a training exercise with American Special Forces at Camp Shorab in Helmand Province in September. Credit Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Once described as an ill-equipped band of insurgents, the Taliban are increasingly attacking security forces across Afghanistan using night-vision goggles and lasers that United States military officials said were either stolen from Afghan and international troops or bought on the black market.
The devices allow the Taliban to maneuver on forces under the cover of darkness as they track the whirling blades of coalition helicopters, the infrared lasers on American rifles, or even the bedtime movements of local police officers.
With this new battlefield visibility, the Taliban more than doubled nighttime attacks from 2014 to 2017, according to one United States military official who descri..