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time to say goodbye
September 25, 2018

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram, are leaving the company, saying they plan on "taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again."

They founded the photo-sharing app in 2010 and sold it to Facebook for $1 billion in 2012. Systrom is the company's CEO and Krieger the chief technology officer, and in a blog post Monday night, Systrom said in order to build something new, they need to "step back, understand what inspires us, and match that with what the world needs."

People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that Systrom and Krieger were clashing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the direction of Instagram, frustrated that he was spending more and more time in the day-to-day operations of the brand. In a statement, Zuckerberg called Systrom and Krieger "extraordinary product leaders" with "creative talents. I've learned a lot working with them for the past six years and have really enjoyed it." Catherine Garcia

April 30, 2018

We've all been there, and sometimes, when work gets in the way of expanding our collection of sports cars, the only option is to quit.

Jan Koum is the billionaire CEO and co-founder of the messaging service WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook four years ago. He's also a member of Facebook's board, and The Washington Post reported on Monday he's leaving the company because he's unhappy with how Facebook handles personal data and encryption.

In his farewell message on Facebook, though, Koum merely said WhatsApp has a team that's "stronger than ever" and he is off to grow his collection of "rare air-cooled Porsches" and play ultimate frisbee. Koum started WhatsApp in 2009 with Brian Acton, who left Facebook in 2017 to launch a nonprofit. Catherine Garcia

April 9, 2018

Facebook is down one very famous user: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

The company is continuing to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal — last week, Facebook estimated that as many as 87 million users may have had their data improperly shared with the political data analysis firm, and that's what pushed Wozniak to deactivate his account on Sunday. "I am in the process of leaving Facebook," he wrote. "It's brought me more negatives than positives. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages."

Wozniak told USA Today he did not delete his page because he does not want anyone else to have his "stevewoz" screen name, but is bothered by users providing "every detail of their life" to Facebook. "Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this," he said. "The profits are all based on the user's info, but the users get none of the profits back." Wozniak also said he'd prefer paying for Facebook as opposed to having his personal information used by advertisers. Catherine Garcia

March 25, 2018

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) announced Sunday that due to the "political environment," he will not seek re-election in 2018.

The state Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania's congressional map drawn in 2011 was unconstitutional, and Costello would have been running in the newly drawn 6th congressional district. He told the Delaware County Daily Times he wasn't afraid of losing but was tired of the "hate out there, from the left especially, and it's a very angry environment." He also lamented how hard it is to get anything done in Washington. "Whether it's Stormy Daniels or passing an omnibus spending bill that the president threatens to veto after promising to sign, it's very difficult to move forward in a constructive way today," he said.

Costello told the Daily Times he plans on returning to the private sector. He is just the latest in a wave of Republicans who have announced they will not be returning to Congress. Catherine Garcia

December 20, 2017

Al Franken's last day in the Senate will be Jan. 2, his spokesman announced Wednesday.

The Minnesota Democrat announced his resignation in early December, after multiple women accused him of making unwanted sexual advances and several of his fellow Democrats called on him to step down. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been tapped by Gov. Mark Dayton to replace Franken, and she will be sworn in on Jan. 3. Catherine Garcia

November 29, 2015

In an open letter posted online Sunday, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant announced that the current NBA season will be his last.

"My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it's time to say goodbye," the 37-year-old wrote on The Players Tribune. Bryant, now in his 20th season, has been with the Lakers since 1996, when he was a 17-year-old brought to the team after Vlade Divac was sent to the Charlotte Hornets. He has won five NBA championships and two Olympic gold medals, and was an NBA All-Star pick 17 times and an NBA MVP. In a statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Bryant "one of the greatest players in the history of our game." Catherine Garcia

November 19, 2015

After more than 20 years of poking fun at reality TV, soap operas, talk shows, and each and every Kardashian, The Soup is ending its run on E!

The last episode will air Dec. 18, the Los Angeles Times reports. The show premiered in 1991 as Talk Soup, hosted by Greg Kinnear. He was followed by John Henson, Hal Sparks, and Aisha Tyler, before Joel McHale came on board in 2004 and the show was rebranded as The Soup.

"I loved doing The Soup for all of these years (86 to be exact), but I am excited to solely focus on my acting career now," the Community star said in a statement. "Thanks to all who watched and thanks to Kim Kardashian's ass for all that it's done for me and my family." Catherine Garcia

May 20, 2015

After more than 30 years in the late-night business, David Letterman is saying goodbye. The final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman is still a few hours away, but here's a clip of the host's final entrance, complete with a warm musical welcome from his band and a standing ovation from the audience. —Catherine Garcia

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