Tag: Facebook

Quasi-AR baby steps are preparing us for true AR’s digital future

Though I only occasionally write about augmented reality, I sift through plenty of “news” these days that is kinda-sorta AR, but not really. For example, if you believe that a TV show is using “augmented reality” to superimpose weather graphics on the screen next to a live meteorologist, AR has been commercially available for decades. Video […]

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Google plays politics with China as it quietly bans state-sponsored YouTube accounts

Google yesterday announced it’d banned 210 YouTube accounts “related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong” and the discovery was “consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.” If you’re not an avid reader of social media company blogs, let me clear things up for you: Google banned 210 […]

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YouTube disables 210 channels tied to Hong Kong disinformation campaigns

Google’s YouTube is the latest digital platform to confirm it has been manipulated to spread disinformation about the Hong Kong protests. In a blog post, the video streaming company said it disabled 210 channels after it determined they were engaging in coordinated efforts to spread anti-protest propaganda. Earlier this week, Twitter and Facebook also took […]

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Oculus mobile VR leader leaves Facebook

There’s a changing of the guard in the leadership at Oculus VR, the division that Facebook acquired for $3 billion in 2014. Max Cohen, former head of mobile VR, is leaving the company at the end of the month. Cohen started as the vice president of mobile in 2014, and he led the Gear VR […]

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Facebook: Expect Oculus Insight tracking in future wearable AR glasses

Ask any Oculus Quest or Rift S user to name the headset’s most impressive new feature, and there’s a good chance they’ll point to Insight, the tracking system that accurately senses your head and body movements without external cameras. In blog posts today, Facebook is revealing some of Insight’s little-known technical details while making an […]

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Intel unveils its first AI chip Springhill

(Reuters) — Intel on Tuesday unveiled its latest processor that will be its first using artificial intelligence (AI) and is designed for large computing centers. The chip, developed at its development facility in Haifa, Israel, is known as Nervana NNP-I or Springhill and is based on a 10 nanometer Ice Lake processor that will allow […]

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Facebook’s Libra Association Is Already Being Investigated By Antitrust Regulators

Following all the privacy and data-related scandals of Facebook, we’re sure that there were many who were surprised that the company was still bold enough to announce its Libra cryptocurrency which probably involves giving the social networking platform a fair amount of your trust. Advertising It seems that not everyone is sold on the idea […]

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Google shuts down Android phone data service for wireless carriers

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators. The withdrawal […]

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Instagram Launches Bug Bounty for Apps that Steal User Data

On Monday, Instagram announced a new bug bounty program for finding third party apps that improperly access or store user data. Facebook launched its own “Data Abuse Bounty” last year, with the goal of whittling out data abuse from app developers. “Putting people first is one of Instagram’s most important values, and keeping our service […]

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Instagram adds tool for reporting false information

(Reuters) — Instagram is adding an option for users to report posts they think are false, the company announced on Thursday, as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing site tries to stem misinformation and other abuses on its platform. Posting false information is not banned on any of Facebook’s suite of social media services, but the company is […]

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AI researchers launch SuperGLUE, a rigorous benchmark for language understanding

Facebook AI Research, together with Google’s DeepMind, University of Washington, and New York University, today introduced SuperGLUE, a series of benchmark tasks to measure the performance of modern, high performance language-understanding AI. SuperGLUE was made on the premise that deep learning models for conversational AI have “hit a ceiling” and need greater challenges. It uses […]

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Your Disdain for Facebook Messenger Is Warranted. Social Network Comes Clean About Transcribing Your DMs

Image: iStock Everybody hates Facebook Messenger. Since its debut in 2011, it has been accused of being clunky, intrusive and untrustworthy, while its billions of users have kicked and screamed at being bullied into having to use it. But despite its glaring flaws, it also serves as a convenient method to engage with obnoxious relatives […]

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Facebook opens Playground to connect with Israeli startups, developers, and local communities

Facebook has officially opened a new hub for startups and entrepreneurs in Israel to build connections, develop skills, and foster innovation in the region. Playground, as the new space is called, is one of several dozen hubs around the world Facebook has built itself or in partnership with local players. However, Israel is a notable […]

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Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users’ audio from Messenger

(Reuters) – Facebook has been paying outside contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its services, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The company confirmed that it had been transcribing users’ audio and said it was no longer doing so, Bloomberg reported. Facebook did not immediately respond to a Reuters […]

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Facebook Found To Have Paid Contractors To Transcribe Audio Chats Of Its Users

Facebook just can’t seem to keep themselves out of privacy scandals. In the latest report from Bloomberg, it has been revealed that Facebook has actually been paying third-party contractors to transcribe the audio chats on its users, a move which the company has confirmed and stated that they have since put on pause. Advertising According […]

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Oculus VR cofounder Nate Mitchell is leaving Facebook

Nate Mitchell, one of the last remaining Oculus cofounders left at the Facebook-owned company, has announced that he is leaving after seven years. Having most recently headed up Oculus’s Rift team, Mitchell shared the “bittersweet news” in a Reddit post today. This is breaking news and will be updated shortly. Please refresh for additional details.

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FBI proposal outlines plans for large scale collection of social media data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to step up its efforts to monitor social media platforms more aggressively in order to detect potential threats. The move, according to the Wall Street Journal, clashes with Facebook’s privacy policies and “possibly its attempts to comply with a record $5 billion settlement with the U.S. government […]

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