Tag: Facebook

Facebook’s early Portal prototypes swiveled to see video subjects

Facebook has revealed additional details about the development of Portal, its first in-house video calling device, including the tidbit that early prototypes included a motor that let Portal swivel to face video subjects. If the plan was to sell lots of video calling devices, it’s probably best that a swiveling Portal was never released. Following Facebook’s […]

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How to foster your game’s community in 2019

The relationship between brands and their audiences has drastically changed in recent years, and 2019 will force gaming companies to adapt and grow in new ways. However, the ultimate goal of directly reaching consumers has not shifted, which demands the question: in the digital age, how can your company foster a direct relationship with consumers? […]

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EU proposal targets digital platforms, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple

European Union lawmakers reached a broad agreement on new digital platform rules aimed at sharply reducing the power of tech giants. A review of these platforms’ dominance began in Europe last year amid concern that companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon wield too much control over the buying and selling of goods and […]

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How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice

The nightmare haunts Victor Dempsey even in his waking hours, tightening his chest and snatching his breath. It is as if it’s waiting for him, and when he sleeps there’s no escape. The dream first came to him when he was waiting for the verdict in the 2017 criminal trial of the police officer who […]

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‘Ligue du LOL’ revealed to be 30 French male journalists using Facebook and Twitter to harass female counterparts

French media circles are reeling from the revelation that a group of 30 male journalists had created a secret group on Facebook dubbed the “Ligue du LOL” which they used for years to harass female journalists. The group was exposed late last week, and a handful have already been fired. According to reports, the group […]

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Singular study reveals top mobile ad networks for return on investment

Singular reported that Facebook and Google are still the top performers when it comes to return on investment for marketing campaigns that place ads in mobile apps and games. San Francisco-based Singular is a marketing intelligence company that optimizes more than $10 billion in annual ad spending. The annual Singular ROI Index sifted through $1.5 […]

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Facebook acquires visual search startup GrokStyle

Facebook has acquired visual search and AI startup GrokStyle, a company that previously worked with retailers to make computer vision that helps people shop. “Our team and technology will live on, and we will continue using our AI to build great visual search experiences for retail,” the company said in a post on its website. As part of […]

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ProBeat: Stop trading security for convenience

Facebook this week admitted one of its users logged into someone else’s account with just a phone number. A Facebook spokesperson told VentureBeat that both users had the same phone number associated with their accounts, so the person who presently had that phone number could access both. What boggles my mind here is that there […]

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Facebook’s esports dreams face the privacy PR nightmare

It’s no secret that Facebook’s mishandling of consumer data has landed it in hot water. This forced the social-media behemoth’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg a date with Congress to explain how data from an estimated 87 million Facebook users was leveraged to influence voters during the 2016 election. And this blunder wasn’t a one time thing. […]

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Facebook’s ‘polyglot’ AI speaks English, German, and Spanish

Neural networks — layered functions that mimic the behavior of neurons in the brain — are good at lots of things, like predicting floods, estimating heart attack mortality rate, and classifying seizure types. But they hold particular promise in the text-to-speech (TTS) realm, as evidenced by systems like Google’s WaveNet, Baidu’s DeepVoice, and WaveLoop. Another case […]

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Facebook’s totally not listening to you, its new ad disclosure feature screams desperately

Remember hearing about – or worse, feeling like – people seeing ads related to topics they’ve merely talked about with friends on the phone or in person? Facebook has previously denied the claim that it eavesdrops on you through your phone’s mic to target ads, and other studies have also substantiated that the social network […]

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Germany orders Facebook to restrict data-gathering practices

(Reuters) — Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a ruling that the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their knowledge or consent. Facebook said it would appeal the landmark ruling on Thursday by the Federal Cartel Office, the culmination of […]

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