Zuckerbergs Pledge 99% of Their Facebook Shares | Crunch Report


The Royal Baby Zuckerberg is alive! Flash
is inching closer to death! People are naming their babies after photo filters! and more… It’s Tuesday December 1st and this is Crunch
Report. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife
Priscalla Chan just had a baby girl named Maxima, or Max for short. Congratulations!
Along with the birth announcement, Zuckerberg made another huge announcement that the couple
plans to give away 99% of their Facebook shares to “advance human potential and promote
equality for all children in the next generation.” Sadly, those shares are currently worth only
about $45 billion. The pledge was part of a much longer letter addressed to little Max,
and posted on Facebook, along with a pretty adorable photo. Back in November – remember
November? Zuck also said he planned to take two months
of paternity leave after his daughter was born. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is going
to be a new organization, formed as a limited liability company that is controlled by…
Zuckerberg and Chan. Zuckerberg will still control his shares. The initiative will fund
non-profit organizations, make private investments and participate in policy debates. It’s been
a big week for this family – Just yesterday, we told you about Zuckerberg and Bill Gates
teaming up with other tech executives to start the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which invests
in zero-carbon energy technology around the world. Flash isn’t completely dead yet, but it’s
mostly dead. Adobe, which is the company behind Flash, just renamed one of its programs. 20
year old Adobe Flash Professional, to “Adobe Animate CC.” If you hadn’t used Flash Professional,
it created web-rich animations, like Flash ads. But for the past few years, more and
more Flash Professional users were using it to create HTML5 and WebGL animations and bypassing
Flash altogether so that users didn’t need Flash plugins. In fact, according to Adobe,
one-third of Flash Professional content created today uses HTML5. So, not a majority yet,
but enough to not really warrant having the name “Flash” in the application title. By
the way Adobe isn’t dropping Flash support, at least not yet, but the company’s making
it pretty clear that Flash isn’t the future. A few new tools along with the name change
to Adobe Animate CC include new vector-based brushes, a rota-table canvas, better audio
syncing and color changing. Animate CC will now also work with Adobe Stock and creative
cloud libraries, and is set for release in 2016, which as of today is one month from
now. ..Tis the season to be brutal…WhatsApp,
which is owned by Facebook, is now blocking links to rival messaging app Telegram, so
users can’t share clickable Telegram-associated URLs in their WhatsApp chats. The URLs aren’t
blocked, but they’ll only appear as unlinked text. It appears they’re only being blocked
in WhatsApp’s Android app, the iOS app. So, is it a bug? Hard to believe, since it’s specifically
targeting Telegram, not just external links. In a note on its website, Telegram also claims
its Facebook page has vanished — “for no apparent reason”. Telegram launched in
2013 and saw growth this year rise from 1 billion this February to 12 billion by September,
with monthly actives around 60 million…that’s WAY less than than WhatsApp’s 900 million
monthly user mark as of this September, maybe even 1B by now. But unless this is just one
big misunderstanding, WhatsApp appears to be threatened in some way… Google wants everyone to use less data on
mobile devices. Last January, the company introduced an optional data compression feature
into its Chrome mobile browser, which shunk data usage by up to 50%. Now, Google’s updated
the Data Saver feature in the Chrome Android browser which can now save users up to 70%
of their data usage… the trick is to remove most images when loading a web page when it
detects you’re on a slower connection. Then, after the page loads, you tap to show all
the images or just those you want to see. And for a lot of web content, you probably
don’t want to need to load the images anyway.. especially on mobile. Unless it’s a TechCrunch
article, of course, which has only the finest web images. Google’s improved compression
feature is initially rolling out to Chrome users in India and Indonesia, two developing
regions where slower speeds are an issue. Indonesia was also the first country where
Google began testing mobile-optimized web pages. As for which countries get Data Saver
next, or when we might expect Chrome for iOS, Google only says in the “coming months.” So, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan had
their baby, and her name is Max. We covered that. But speaking of baby names, BabyCenter.com
has shared their top ten names of 2015 for both male and female babies. Why am I telling
you this? Because…. some of the top names just happen to ALSO be the names of Instagram
filters! For example… Lux. Which is actually a great Instagram filter, one of the best.
But it is now also one of the most popular baby names, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
According to BabyCenter.com, the name rose 75% on the 2015 list of baby boy names compared
to 2014’s list. Other popular filterbabynames that are catching fire include Amaro, Hudson,
Kelvin and Ludwig for boys and Juno, Valencia and Willow for girls. Instagram filters that
have yet to catch on but we have high hopes for in 2016 include Lo-Fi, Perpetua, Inkwell,
and Moon. Get to baby-making everyone, and do me proud! That’s the report for today. I’m Sarah
Lane. Crunch Report airs every weekday at 7 pm Eastern,
4 pm Pacific, on techcrunch.com. You can also find us on iTunes, and on YouTube. See you
tomorrow!

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4 thoughts on “Zuckerbergs Pledge 99% of Their Facebook Shares | Crunch Report

  1. the power of technology will make the human race obsolete, after of course all the humans make sure to kill every other species already existing extinct, at which point the robots can grow their ideal symbiotic living being(s) to inhabit the earth with no challenge it its reign

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