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    Amazon Echo recorded family's private conversation and sent audio to acquaintance


    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant to record a family's private conversation and then send the recording to an...

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant to record a family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance.
    Adrian Weckler on GDPR: A foolproof guide to what all those emails really mean

    Adrian Weckler on GDPR: A foolproof guide to what all those emails really mean


    WE'VE all been getting the incessant emails. They say things like: "Let's keep in touch!" And: "Important - if you want to keep receiving our emails...

    WE'VE all been getting the incessant emails. They say things like: "Let's keep in touch!" And: "Important - if you want to keep receiving our emails ..."

    Jury orders Samsung to pay $539m to Apple in patent dispute


    A US jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple 539 million US dollars (€460 million) in damages in the latest twist of a legal battle that began in...

    A US jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple 539 million US dollars (€460 million) in damages in the latest twist of a legal battle that began in 2011.

    Jaguar sees Shannon as world centre for self-driving cars


    Ireland's highly skilled and "very special" workforce could make a Shannon-based autonomous car project a world leader within five years, the head of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) worldwide claimed last...

    Ireland's highly skilled and "very special" workforce could make a Shannon-based autonomous car project a world leader within five years, the head of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) worldwide claimed last night.

    Pointy to hire 25 after €5m fundraising


    A Dublin software startup is to create 25 jobs after landing more than €5m in venture...

    A Dublin software startup is to create 25 jobs after landing more than €5m in venture funding.
    Europe now 'better than US for IPOs'

    Europe now 'better than US for IPOs'


    Europe's stock exchanges now offer a more favourable environment for technology companies to list their shares than the US, Skype co-founder and venture capitalist Niklas Zennstrom has...

    Europe's stock exchanges now offer a more favourable environment for technology companies to list their shares than the US, Skype co-founder and venture capitalist Niklas Zennstrom has said.

    Facebook snubs media group's plan for political labels


    While Facebook has said that it wants to draw the line between news and misinformation, the company has turned down an offer to work with a news media trade group to help resolve a...

    While Facebook has said that it wants to draw the line between news and misinformation, the company has turned down an offer to work with a news media trade group to help resolve a conflict.

    Startup diary: Developing Facebook-style network effect and startup holy grail of the viral loop are a must


    Last week I discussed all the ways we won't be trying to compete: on service quality; on user experience and design; on geography; on depth of features; on price; and on being the first-mover. If we're not going to use any of those to compete, what are...

    Last week I discussed all the ways we won't be trying to compete: on service quality; on user experience and design; on geography; on depth of features; on price; and on being the first-mover. If we're not going to use any of those to compete, what are we going to do?
    New data laws will be used as opportunity by cyber criminals: gardaí

    New data laws will be used as opportunity by cyber criminals: gardaí


    Cyber criminals are planning to take advantage of new data laws with a fresh wave of scam phone calls and emails, gardaí have...

    Cyber criminals are planning to take advantage of new data laws with a fresh wave of scam phone calls and emails, gardaí have warned.

    Facebook is no monopoly, Zuckerberg tells MEPs


    Mark Zuckerberg has denied allegations from MEPs that Facebook is operating a monopoly, insisting that the social network faces plenty of competition and has helped business across the world to...

    Mark Zuckerberg has denied allegations from MEPs that Facebook is operating a monopoly, insisting that the social network faces plenty of competition and has helped business across the world to grow.
    Data-sharing and facial recognition could boost border security

    Data-sharing and facial recognition could boost border security


    Data-sharing and technology developments are among the ways to boost security at international borders, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF)...

    Data-sharing and technology developments are among the ways to boost security at international borders, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) expert.
    Cyber insurers cash in on GDPR

    Cyber insurers cash in on GDPR


    Data privacy rules coming into force this week are giving Europe's fledgling cyber-insurance market a boost as they make companies more aware of the risks caused by customer information...

    Data privacy rules coming into force this week are giving Europe's fledgling cyber-insurance market a boost as they make companies more aware of the risks caused by customer information breaches.

    EU parliament to broadcast Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's hearing live


    A European Parliament meeting on Tuesday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcast live, parliamentary officials and the company said on Monday after controversy over plans for a closed-door...

    A European Parliament meeting on Tuesday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcast live, parliamentary officials and the company said on Monday after controversy over plans for a closed-door hearing.

    Enterprise Ireland-backed Cubic Telecom in new deal with Volkswagen


    Irish company Cubic Telecom, which connects cars and computers to mobile networks, has entered a new agreement with car giant...

    Irish company Cubic Telecom, which connects cars and computers to mobile networks, has entered a new agreement with car giant Volkswagen.

    Google's power is unchecked


    It used to be said that real politics doesn't happen on social media. If there's one thing that this referendum proves, it's that this just isn't true any...

    It used to be said that real politics doesn't happen on social media. If there's one thing that this referendum proves, it's that this just isn't true any more.

    Build it (in Cork) and they will come


    The first thing you see when you walk into Teamwork's Cork office is a huge video screen with a big number on it - $25m annual...

    The first thing you see when you walk into Teamwork's Cork office is a huge video screen with a big number on it - $25m annual revenue.

    Ask Adrian: Our tech editor Adrian Weckler tackles your trickiest technology problems


    Q: I'm wondering if I might save money by buying an iPhone abroad? I don't want to buy one as part of a contract but it seems like they're a lot cheaper in some other countries, especially America. My sister lives in New York and I'm going to visit her...

    Q: I'm wondering if I might save money by buying an iPhone abroad? I don't want to buy one as part of a contract but it seems like they're a lot cheaper in some other countries, especially America. My sister lives in New York and I'm going to visit her there this summer. Are there any downsides to buying one there as opposed to over here?
    The Big Tech Show: Adrian Weckler on the digital age of consent, Google’s Duplex, Elon Musk and Yanny versus Laurel

    The Big Tech Show: Adrian Weckler on the digital age of consent, Google’s Duplex, Elon Musk and Yanny versus Laurel


    Adrian is joined by culture journalist Roisin Kiberd and INM’s head of product (and SundayIndependent columnist) Steve Dempsey to pore through some of the biggest tech tissues of the...

    Adrian is joined by culture journalist Roisin Kiberd and INM’s head of product (and SundayIndependent columnist) Steve Dempsey to pore through some of the biggest tech tissues of the week.
    Tech review: Cheaper Huawei P20 beats most rivals on price and features

    Tech review: Cheaper Huawei P20 beats most rivals on price and features


    This review column recently rated Huawei's P20 Pro (€899) as the best cameraphone out there at present. But Huawei also has a highly impressive junior stablemate, the...

    This review column recently rated Huawei's P20 Pro (€899) as the best cameraphone out there at present. But Huawei also has a highly impressive junior stablemate, the P20.

    UK targets machines dubbed 'crack cocaine' of gambling


    The UK will announce a clamp down within days on the highly addictive roulette and poker machines that are profitable for the gambling industry, but also blamed for contributing to social and economic...

    The UK will announce a clamp down within days on the highly addictive roulette and poker machines that are profitable for the gambling industry, but also blamed for contributing to social and economic hardship.

    Sharp's lens unit sees path to defying smartphone slowdown


    The mobile phone industry may be in a midst of a slump, but a unit of Sharp is forecasting growth thanks to the race by smartphone makers to wow customers with high-quality...

    The mobile phone industry may be in a midst of a slump, but a unit of Sharp is forecasting growth thanks to the race by smartphone makers to wow customers with high-quality photos.
    SoftBank to eye another $100bn for Fund 2.0

    SoftBank to eye another $100bn for Fund 2.0


    Masayoshi Son, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SoftBank Group, is already thinking about his next $100bn (€847m) venture - a version 2.0 of the world's biggest technology fund, according to people familiar with the...

    Masayoshi Son, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SoftBank Group, is already thinking about his next $100bn (€847m) venture - a version 2.0 of the world's biggest technology fund, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Intel lines up €4bn expansion for its Israel chip plant


    Intel has said that it has submitted plans to expand its production operations in Israel, with the Israeli government saying the US chipmaker would invest about $5bn...

    Intel has said that it has submitted plans to expand its production operations in Israel, with the Israeli government saying the US chipmaker would invest about $5bn (€4.2bn).

    Startup diary: You can learn how to thrive from the best startups


    I talk to a lot of startups and I always ask a few key questions pretty early on in the discussion. One of them is "what makes you...

    I talk to a lot of startups and I always ask a few key questions pretty early on in the discussion. One of them is "what makes you different?"
    Dublin-listed Draper Esprit leads $29m funding in French software business

    Dublin-listed Draper Esprit leads $29m funding in French software business


    Dublin and London-listed venture capital investor Draper Esprit has announced a £10m (€11.4m) investment in Aircall, a cloud-based call centre software...

    Dublin and London-listed venture capital investor Draper Esprit has announced a £10m (€11.4m) investment in Aircall, a cloud-based call centre software business.
    Twitter to start hiding comments from suspected 'trolls' in conversations

    Twitter to start hiding comments from suspected 'trolls' in conversations


    Twitter is to start hiding comments from suspected ‘trolls’ in communal conversations and debates, even though such comments may not violate its terms of...

    Twitter is to start hiding comments from suspected ‘trolls’ in communal conversations and debates, even though such comments may not violate its terms of service.

    Facebook remove more than 20 million pieces of adult nudity or pornography in three months


    Facebook took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity or pornography in the first three months of this year and “applied warning labels” to 3.5m pieces of violent content during the same period, according to the...

    Facebook took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity or pornography in the first three months of this year and “applied warning labels” to 3.5m pieces of violent content during the same period, according to the company.

    Australia investigate Google over claims it collects data from millions of smartphones users


    Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphones users, who unwittingly pay their telecom service providers for gigabytes consumed during the harvesting, regulators said on...

    Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphones users, who unwittingly pay their telecom service providers for gigabytes consumed during the harvesting, regulators said on Tuesday.

    Vodafone chief Vittorio Colao to step down after 10 years in charge


    Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao will step down in October after 10 years in which he reshaped the world's second largest mobile operator into a digital communications powerhouse with a string of major...

    Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao will step down in October after 10 years in which he reshaped the world's second largest mobile operator into a digital communications powerhouse with a string of major deals.

    Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation


    Facebook has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge...

    Facebook has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

    Can Niel's Eir get up to speed?


    Will Eir let its network rust away? Or is it about to surprise everyone with a massive wave of...

    Will Eir let its network rust away? Or is it about to surprise everyone with a massive wave of investment?
    'The loss of a billion-dollar business hurts our town and country'

    'The loss of a billion-dollar business hurts our town and country'


    Apple's decision to pull the plug on an €850m data centre in Athenry was met with dismay by locals, who said the region and the country had lost...

    Apple's decision to pull the plug on an €850m data centre in Athenry was met with dismay by locals, who said the region and the country had lost out.

    Adrian Weckler analysis: This will go down as a bit of a shambles


    Regardless of where anyone stands on data centres or their pros and cons, there has to be a quicker way of deciding things...

    Regardless of where anyone stands on data centres or their pros and cons, there has to be a quicker way of deciding things nationally.

    Huge blow to Athenry as Apple abandons €850m data centre


    Apple has abandoned plans for an €850m data centre in Athenry, Co Galway, citing delays in the Irish planning...

    Apple has abandoned plans for an €850m data centre in Athenry, Co Galway, citing delays in the Irish planning process.
    Dell chief is mapping out best route to firm's future success

    Dell chief is mapping out best route to firm's future success


    In orienteering, each participant is handed a map marked with a series of points in order to navigate some chosen terrain. Working through each of these points, in order, in the fastest way possible, is the game's...

    In orienteering, each participant is handed a map marked with a series of points in order to navigate some chosen terrain. Working through each of these points, in order, in the fastest way possible, is the game's objective.

    Irish tech boom sees VC cash hit €1bn in a year


    Annual venture capital funding has exceeded €1bn in Ireland for the first time, new figures...

    Annual venture capital funding has exceeded €1bn in Ireland for the first time, new figures show.
    Tech review: Jabra headset works for office chat but too small to block noise

    Tech review: Jabra headset works for office chat but too small to block noise


    With most phones now moving away from 3.5mm headphone sockets, wireless headphones are becoming a lot more popular. Sitting atop this category are noise-cancelling wireless headphones, which promise to enhance your audio even further by dampening any...

    With most phones now moving away from 3.5mm headphone sockets, wireless headphones are becoming a lot more popular. Sitting atop this category are noise-cancelling wireless headphones, which promise to enhance your audio even further by dampening any external noise.
    Facebook will block ads from abroad ahead of abortion vote

    Facebook will block ads from abroad ahead of abortion vote


    Facebook's move to block ads from abroad ahead of the abortion referendum will not prevent organisations in Ireland using foreign funding for ads on the platform, it has...

    Facebook's move to block ads from abroad ahead of the abortion referendum will not prevent organisations in Ireland using foreign funding for ads on the platform, it has emerged.

    Fears of cyber extortion by hi-tech criminals as new data rules to come into force


    CYBER experts fear that hi-tech criminals will turn the authorities against everyday businesses - by hacking into their systems and then reporting the data breach unless a ransom is...

    CYBER experts fear that hi-tech criminals will turn the authorities against everyday businesses - by hacking into their systems and then reporting the data breach unless a ransom is paid.
    Reprieve for Tesco after overcharging for roaming abroad

    Reprieve for Tesco after overcharging for roaming abroad


    Tesco Mobile overcharged customers for seven months when they roamed abroad, the Irish telecoms watchdog has...

    Tesco Mobile overcharged customers for seven months when they roamed abroad, the Irish telecoms watchdog has found.

    Companies must take wishes of travelling staff on board


    The modern business traveller isn't happy to be told where to go, when to go and where to stay, without any input...

    The modern business traveller isn't happy to be told where to go, when to go and where to stay, without any input themselves.
    Corkman co-founds graphene spinout

    Corkman co-founds graphene spinout


    A Cork native and UCC engineering graduate, Dr Ivor Guiney, has co-founded Paragraf, a Cambridge University spinout that claims to have an edge in manufacturing the wonder material...

    A Cork native and UCC engineering graduate, Dr Ivor Guiney, has co-founded Paragraf, a Cambridge University spinout that claims to have an edge in manufacturing the wonder material graphene.

    Ask Adrian: Our tech editor tackles your trickiest technology problems


    Q We've just invested in a great new TV and I'm thinking of buying my husband wireless headphones so that he can watch all the sports he enjoys so much while I listen to music (or watch Netflix on another device) in the same room. Are there specific...

    Q We've just invested in a great new TV and I'm thinking of buying my husband wireless headphones so that he can watch all the sports he enjoys so much while I listen to music (or watch Netflix on another device) in the same room. Are there specific types for TV use, and how much can I expect to pay?

    Tech Talk: Mike Ross reviews the latest and greatest gadgets on the market


    I’ve been in the real world for nearly a year now, after I finally hung the boots up in June of 2017. It’s been a bit of an eye opener. No longer do I have my days and weeks mapped out in fine detail – if I want to do something I have to organise...

    I’ve been in the real world for nearly a year now, after I finally hung the boots up in June of 2017. It’s been a bit of an eye opener. No longer do I have my days and weeks mapped out in fine detail – if I want to do something I have to organise it myself!
    The Big Tech Show: What the future holds for autonomous vehicles in Ireland

    The Big Tech Show: What the future holds for autonomous vehicles in Ireland


    What’s the story with self-driving cars coming to Ireland? How will it all affect insurance? Will middle-aged men be able to bear giving up ‘control’ of their ‘rides’? And which cars already have significant self-driving...

    What’s the story with self-driving cars coming to Ireland? How will it all affect insurance? Will middle-aged men be able to bear giving up ‘control’ of their ‘rides’? And which cars already have significant self-driving capabilities?

    Digit raises $1.5m from US gaming firm Scopely


    Dublin-based Digit Games Studios has raised an additional $1.5m (€1.2m) from US gaming firm...

    Dublin-based Digit Games Studios has raised an additional $1.5m (€1.2m) from US gaming firm Scopely.

    How Samsung fell behind Sony and LG in premium TV market


    At the 2013 annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, flashy organic light-emitting diode (OLED) televisions sporting credit card-thin screens were at the front and centre of Samsung Electronics' new gadgets...

    At the 2013 annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, flashy organic light-emitting diode (OLED) televisions sporting credit card-thin screens were at the front and centre of Samsung Electronics' new gadgets display.

    Twitter users urged to change passwords after exposure 'glitch'


    Twitter Inc urged its more than 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch caused some of them to be stored in plain text on its internal computer...

    Twitter Inc urged its more than 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch caused some of them to be stored in plain text on its internal computer system.

    Commitment to diversity driving Dell's success


    Developing and retaining a skilled, diverse workforce that feels included in the company's vision is crucial to the success of any organisation, according to Dell EMC's EMEA president, but it's important not to forget one...

    Developing and retaining a skilled, diverse workforce that feels included in the company's vision is crucial to the success of any organisation, according to Dell EMC's EMEA president, but it's important not to forget one thing.

    Watchdog to launch cyberattacks to examine Irish banks' weaknesses


    The Central Bank here is to launch simulated cyberattacks on banks, to stress test the resilience of the sector to sophisticated...

    The Central Bank here is to launch simulated cyberattacks on banks, to stress test the resilience of the sector to sophisticated hacking.

    Record services revenue lets Apple plot future beyond iPhone growth


    Apple's results have confirmed that, while the days of double-digit smartphone growth are over, Tim Cook has a plan to withstand the...

    Apple's results have confirmed that, while the days of double-digit smartphone growth are over, Tim Cook has a plan to withstand the slowdown.

    Startup diary: Building trust - with deeds, not words - is the greatest investment you can make


    When I began this startup diary, I explained that it was a place to make and explain decisions, and follow up on the consequences of those decisions. A good example is the decision to go fully remote-working. This strategy is a response to our location...

    When I began this startup diary, I explained that it was a place to make and explain decisions, and follow up on the consequences of those decisions. A good example is the decision to go fully remote-working. This strategy is a response to our location in Waterford, and neatly solves the difficulty of hiring with a small local population.

    Adrian Weckler on Nokia 7 Plus: 'In an age of unbelievable phone cameras, this is very good for a mid-tier model'


    Last year, when I reviewed the Nokia 8 flagship phone, I was a little underwhelmed. No such mixed feelings accompany my experience of the Finnish company's new endeavour, the six-inch Nokia 7...

    Last year, when I reviewed the Nokia 8 flagship phone, I was a little underwhelmed. No such mixed feelings accompany my experience of the Finnish company's new endeavour, the six-inch Nokia 7 Plus.
    Digital age of consent to remain at 13

    Digital age of consent to remain at 13


    The age of digital consent will remain at 13 after the Justice Committee voted against raising the age of consent to...

    The age of digital consent will remain at 13 after the Justice Committee voted against raising the age of consent to 16.

    Apple surprises with solid iPhone sales and announces $100bn buyback


    Apple on Tuesday reported resilient iPhone sales in the face of waning global demand and promised $100bn (€83m) in additional stock buybacks, reassuring investors that its decade-old smartphone invention had life in it...

    Apple on Tuesday reported resilient iPhone sales in the face of waning global demand and promised $100bn (€83m) in additional stock buybacks, reassuring investors that its decade-old smartphone invention had life in it yet.

    Google challenged over EU data role


    Google is forcing media firms that generate revenue from its advertising services to accept unreasonable responsibilities under a new European privacy law, four major publisher trade groups have told the Alphabet Inc unit in a letter seen by...

    Google is forcing media firms that generate revenue from its advertising services to accept unreasonable responsibilities under a new European privacy law, four major publisher trade groups have told the Alphabet Inc unit in a letter seen by Reuters.
    Dell Technologies World 2018: ‘If AI is your rocket ship, data is the fuel’

    Dell Technologies World 2018: ‘If AI is your rocket ship, data is the fuel’


    Preparing for the future of human-machine partnerships at a time when so many technologies are reaching critical inflection point is a priority for business...

    Preparing for the future of human-machine partnerships at a time when so many technologies are reaching critical inflection point is a priority for business leaders.
    The wisest ways to tap into ever-changing tech to drive business

    The wisest ways to tap into ever-changing tech to drive business


    Every single day, we see example of change in our world. Whether it's driven by technological advancements, people and society, by the economy or by political and legislative changes, we have to cope with it. For some industries, this change is hugely...

    Every single day, we see example of change in our world. Whether it's driven by technological advancements, people and society, by the economy or by political and legislative changes, we have to cope with it. For some industries, this change is hugely disruptive and stressful, yet for others it's a tremendous opportunity.

    Chance to rebuild ad data trust


    Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation is less than a month away. Advertisers, online platforms and publishers are beavering away to get their act...

    Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation is less than a month away. Advertisers, online platforms and publishers are beavering away to get their act together.

    Ask Adrian: Our tech editor tackles your trickiest technology problems


    Q In light of the last few weeks' attention on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, can you recommend a secure, GDPR-compliant, online service which consumers can use for storing (and preferably also for sharing) photos and videos from holidays? On the...

    Q In light of the last few weeks' attention on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, can you recommend a secure, GDPR-compliant, online service which consumers can use for storing (and preferably also for sharing) photos and videos from holidays? On the basis that 'if it's free, you're the product', I expect that nothing recommended could be free, but I'd also be delighted if that expectation proved false.
    New mobile coverage map will expose blackspots

    New mobile coverage map will expose blackspots


    A new State-backed mobile coverage map is to be introduced to publicly expose blackspots around the...

    A new State-backed mobile coverage map is to be introduced to publicly expose blackspots around the country.

    The Big Tech Show: Minister Denis Naughten talks megabits, ministers and media ownership


    Communications Minister Denis Naughten sits down with Adrian and Fearghal O’Connor to talk of plans to make high speed broadband an “enforceable legal right” in...

    Communications Minister Denis Naughten sits down with Adrian and Fearghal O’Connor to talk of plans to make high speed broadband an “enforceable legal right” in Ireland.

    EU moves to regulate business practices of tech giants including Google, Apple and Amazon


    Tech giants including Google , Apple and Amazon will for the first time face rules governing their commercial relations with smaller businesses under a law proposed by the European Union on...

    Tech giants including Google , Apple and Amazon will for the first time face rules governing their commercial relations with smaller businesses under a law proposed by the European Union on Thursday.

    Facebook profits soar despite recent scandal


    Facebook shares rose on Wednesday after the social network reported a surprisingly strong 63pc rise in profit and an increase in users, with no sign that business was hurt by a scandal over the mishandling of personal...

    Facebook shares rose on Wednesday after the social network reported a surprisingly strong 63pc rise in profit and an increase in users, with no sign that business was hurt by a scandal over the mishandling of personal data.

    Chinese tech investor waits for AI market to get real


    Google's former Chinese chief has just raised $500m (€409m) to invest in the country's artificial intelligence startups. But first, he needs their valuations to come back down to...

    Google's former Chinese chief has just raised $500m (€409m) to invest in the country's artificial intelligence startups. But first, he needs their valuations to come back down to earth.
    Phone maker vows to cap profits ahead of $100bn IPO

    Phone maker vows to cap profits ahead of $100bn IPO


    Lei Jun is making unusual preparations for what may be the biggest initial public offering of the...

    Lei Jun is making unusual preparations for what may be the biggest initial public offering of the year.

    Wall St to scour Facebook results for user defections after scandal


    Facebook is on tap to report first-quarter results and Wall Street will scour the numbers for any signs of user losses or a drop-off in advertiser...

    Facebook is on tap to report first-quarter results and Wall Street will scour the numbers for any signs of user losses or a drop-off in advertiser spending.