Tag: Facebook

Facebook’s Portal now lets you sing on an AR stage

Facebook’s Portal TV now lets you sing on an augmented reality stage while wearing AR to look like an ’80s rock star, hippie, or punk rocker in one of several feature upgrades announced today. Facebook Messenger video calls with the new Mic Drop feature let you sing up to 90-second clips with songs like “Roar” […]

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Global watchdogs urge ‘vigilant monitoring’ as big tech companies shift into financial services

(Reuters) — Google, Alibaba and other “Big Tech” companies could be forced to share data on financial services customers with banks and financial technology firms to prevent unfair competition. As Facebook’s plan for its Libra “stablecoin” faces scrutiny, a global body of regulators from the world’s main financial centers said that Big Tech’s growing tentacles […]

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Adobe acquires Oculus Medium VR sculpting app

Adobe is the new home for the Oculus Medium sculpting app, which Facebook originally launched three years ago. The surprising move raises intriguing questions about the ongoing strategies in VR and AR by some of the world’s largest creative and technology companies. Medium was seen as a groundbreaking sculpting app on the PC-based Rift headset when it […]

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Captain Obvious FTC rules Cambride Analytica ‘engaged in deceptive practices’

In today’s edition of “Well, duh!” news, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users from whom it harvested valuable data. This comes a full year-and-a-half after the scandal originally broke and after Cambridge Analytica is no more, but hey… better late than never, right? Last year, Cambridge Analytica ignited […]

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In a Bid to Exhaust Me Personally, Marianne Williamson Shares Anti-Vaccine Misinformation on Facebook

Marianne Williamson, who is, yes, still running for president, objects to the term “anti-vaccine.” She doesn’t believe she herself is anti-vaccine despite having a years-long record of raising “questions” about vaccine safety, and finds the term objectionable overall. So it’s unclear what, exactly, she’d like us to call the comments she posted on Facebook Thursday […]

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Facebook sues Hong Kong’s ILikeAd over alleged ad fraud

(Reuters) — Facebook on Thursday sued a Hong Kong company that it said baited people into clicking on celebrities’ photos and bogus advertising links, so it could install malware and run ads for counterfeit goods, diet pills and male enhancement supplements. The social media company accused ILikeAd Media International software developer Chen Xiao Cong and […]

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Facebook’s Filters Tried To Censor The Mac G4 For Being ‘Overtly Sexual’

Image credit – kyjaotkb Advertising Thanks to algorithms and filters, companies such as Facebook can manage content uploaded to its platform without necessarily needing human intervention. However, as with all things, it is not 100% accurate or reliable. In fact, recently there was a hilarious report of how Facebook’s filters had attempted to censor the […]

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The hiring advantages tech startups can leverage (VB Live)

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Facebook’s new chatbot teaches employees how to answer difficult questions about the company

Working at Facebook was once a matter of pride for some people and their parents. Now, being employed by the social networking giant probably leads to uncomfortable questions from inquisitive relatives asking what part you, or your colleagues, played in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. For the past couple of years, Facebook’s reputation has diminished, so […]

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Facebook lets users transfer images directly to Google Photos as part of data portability program

Facebook will allow its users to transfer all their photos and videos out of its platform and directly into Google Photos, representing the first major step in an ongoing initiative to address concerns — and new regulations — around data portability. The announcement comes two months after the social networking giant published a white paper […]

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Facebook’s Beat Games acquisition is a stepping-stone toward Horizon

I believe Facebook director of AR/VR content Mike Verdu when he writes that Facebook’s acquisition of Beat Saber studio Beat Games is “just the beginning.” It is likely the company can acquire some of the best VR developers in the world, and their products, just by offering a ridiculous amount of Facebook stock, which they […]

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Workers at Israeli surveillance firm NSO sue Facebook for blocking their personal accounts

(Reuters) — A group of employees from Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Tuesday, saying the social media giant had unfairly blocked their private accounts when it sued NSO last month. Messaging service WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, had accused NSO in its own legal action filed in California […]

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Facebook’s only fact-checker for Dutch news quits over political ad controversy

Yesterday, the Dutch digital newspaper, NU.nl, which was Facebook’s only partner, cut ties with the social network and published a blog post, written by Gert-Jaap Heokman, NU.nl’s editor-in-chief, questioning: “What is the point of fighting fake news if you are not allowed to tackle politicians?” The tech giant is currently operating without a third-party fact-checking […]

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Facebook allegedly blocked personal accounts of WhatsApp spyware maker’s employees

On Tuesday, eight employees from the Israel-based security company, NSOGroup, filed a lawsuit against Facebook in the Tel Aviv district court for blocking their accounts. The company said this was an independent action and it doesn’t concern its ongoing tussle with the social media giant regarding Pegasus spyware used to exploit WhatsApp. According to the lawsuit, […]

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Beat Saber is now an Oculus studio after Facebook acquisition

Facebook is acquiring Beat Games, the studio responsible for virtual reality megahit Beat Saber. That is a VR music game where players must hit flying boxes with glowing laser swords. Beat Saber had a blockbuster debut on Oculus, SteamVR, and PlayStation VR headsets. Now, Beat Games will bring its expertise to making VR experiences as […]

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