Tag: Social

The gaming industry’s ‘duty of care’ in keeping players safe

On the last day of GamesBeat Summit last week, leaders from Roblox, Fair Play Alliance, and Accenture discussed the issue of digital civility, and what challenges need to be addressed as games lean more firmly into the mainstream. “If there’s ever been a silver lining to COVID, it’s been gaming,” said moderator Seth Schuler, managing […]

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Salesforce launches employee upskilling toolkit for businesses

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Salesforce today announced the launch of In-App Learning with Trailhead, which surfaces personalized learning content directly in Salesforce, enabling employees to learn in the flow of work. In-App Learning with Trailhead will become generally available and free to all Salesforce customers […]

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Louis Castle joins GreenPark Sports as chief product officer

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Game design pioneer Louis Castle has joined GreenPark Sports as the company’s chief product officer. GreenPark Sports is a bridge between sports and games, with a focus on providing a social community for sports and esports fans. It’s an unusual position […]

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Salesforce launches toolkits and guides to help businesses embrace digitization

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Salesforce today launched Digital 360 for Industries, a set of services built to help companies in market segments like consumer goods, financial services, nonprofit, and the public sector embrace digitization. With prebuilt templates, industry-specific developer toolkits, and customer guides, Salesforce says […]

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How Wayfair and Burt’s Bees optimize digital creative for every social platform (VB Live)

Presented by yellowHEAD In digital marketing, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all creative for all platforms. To really perform, you need data. Learn how to use data to optimize your creatives for every channel, align your strategy with user demographics, and get results in this on-demand VB Live event. Access free on demand right […]

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Aclima adds climate and environmental justice leaders to advisory board

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021 this April 28-29. Register for a free or VIP pass today. Most companies add business advisors to their rosters. But Aclima’s mission is split between business and social good, and today the company announced it’s adding climate and environmental justice leaders to its advisory board. Aclima uses sensors on Google Streetview […]

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How Creative Solutions will use Lightstream to help turn livestreaming into a living

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021 this April 28-29. Register for a free or VIP pass today. Creative Solutions, a division the Vitec Group, acquired Lightstream for $35.9 million yesterday in a move into the game livestreaming business. And hopefully that will advance the cause of enabling more people to make a living from livestreaming gaming content. […]

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EU may probe Facebook’s Kustomer acquisition over antitrust concerns

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021 this April 28-29. Register for free or grab a discounted VIP pass today. (Reuters) — Facebook’s acquisition of customer service startup Kustomer may be subjected to European Union antitrust scrutiny after Austria asked EU enforcers to take over the task, the European Commission said on Tuesday. The move comes as the […]

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A developer’s inside look at where Slack started — and where it’s headed

Presented by OutSystems In 2020, Slack nearly doubled its paying customer base over the previous year, thanks to the pandemic, and was recently acquired by Salesforce for over $27 billion. But according to Justin Hardin, senior software engineer at Slack, the product originally started as a gaming platform that failed to take off. “They unfortunately […]

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AI experts warn Facebook’s anti-bias tool is ‘completely insufficient’

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Facebook today published a blog post detailing Fairness Flow, an internal toolkit the company claims enables its teams to analyze how some types of AI models perform across different groups. Developed in 2018 by Facebook’s Interdisciplinary Responsible AI (RAI) team […]

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Pinterest open-sources big data analytics tool Querybook

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Pinterest today open-sourced Querybook, a data management solution for enterprise-scale remote engineering collaboration. The company says the tool, which it uses internally, can help engineers compose queries, create analyses, and collaborate with one another via a notebook interface. Querybook started […]

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AI Weekly: Algorithms, accountability, and regulating Big Tech

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey went back to Congress, the first hearing with Big Tech executives since the January 6 insurrection led by white supremacists that directly threatened the lives […]

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Facebook expands broadband in Indiana with fiber optic network

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Facebook has expanded the reach of broadband in the state of Indiana by completing the building of 77 miles of fiber optic cable for its datacenters in the state. That work has the spinoff benefit of improving the speeds for […]

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Comcast pledges $1B to connect 50M low-income Americans

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Comcast plans to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to help further close the digital divide, provide digital skills training, grants, and free service and laptops. The goal is to sign up 50 million low-income students and individuals […]

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Interactive reality show Rival Peak hit 100M minutes watched in its first season

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. The game-like interactive reality show Rival Peak surpassed more than 100 million minutes watched for its first 12-week season, Genvid Technologies announced. The event watched on Facebook was one of the biggest interactive events so far this year, and it was […]

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Gismart launches Crazy Run as latest of multiple games for Snapchat

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Gismart has signed a multi-game crossplatform partnership with Snap to make games for Snapchat. And Gismart is kicking it off with the launch of Crazy Run, a new game on Snap’s social platform. The game from London-based Gismart, a mobile […]

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Social gaming platform Rec Room raises $100M at $1.25B valuation

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Social gaming platform Rec Room has raised $100 million at a $1.25 billion valuation. The funding is another vote of confidence for user-generated content. And so we have another contender for the metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are […]

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Clubmarket launches sponsorship marketplace to monetize Clubhouse

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Clubhouse has drawn a big crowd lately, but it still has to introduce a way to monetize its popular social audio sessions. In the meantime, independent startup Clubmarket has figured out a way to do just that. Clubmarket is setting […]

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AI Weekly: Facebook, Google, and the tension between profits and fairness

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. This week, we learned a lot more about the inner workings of AI fairness and ethics operations at Facebook and Google and how things have gone wrong. On Monday, a Google employee group wrote a letter asking Congress and state […]

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Super League Gaming will acquire Mobcrush game livestreaming platform

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Amateur esports and game community firm Super League Gaming has agreed to acquire Mobcrush, the game livestreaming platform that distributes video to a variety of mobile and PC platforms. The purchase price for the all-stock deal was not disclosed. Santa […]

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How Kurt Davis quit the tech life to help people in Africa for a year

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Kurt Davis worked for over 20 years in Silicon Valley and Asia, running the tech rat race as a business development specialist. He was on the road to burnout. Jobs took him to companies like Mitsui & Co., Boku, Asia […]

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The DeanBeat: Roblox public offering is a vote about the metaverse

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Roblox, the platform for user-generated games, will go public through a direct listing of its shares on March 10. I see its pending success or failure as a stock as a kind of referendum on the metaverse, the universe of […]

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Pinterest details the AI that powers its content moderation

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. Pinterest this morning peeled back the curtains on the AI and machine learning technologies it’s using to combat harmful content on its platform. Leveraging algorithms to automatically detect adult content, hateful activities, medical misinformation, drugs, graphic violence, and more before […]

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How data impacts every team in game development (VB Live)

Presented by Snowflake From player experience to ads, user acquisition, monetization, and more, data is helping game development studios thrive in a market that’s growing exponentially — but is more competitive than ever. Join GamesBeat’s Dean Takahashi and others at this VB Live event to learn what data can do for you and your game. […]

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Ashley Madison ‘married dating’ site grew to 70 million users in 2020

“Married dating” prospered during the pandemic. Ashley Madison, the site for connecting people who want to have affairs, said that its membership crossed 70 million by the end of 2020, up 5.5 million registrations from a year earlier. During the coronavirus, the site grew by an average of more than 15.2 thousand new members each […]

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Clubhouse grows to 8 million downloads for people starved for audio conversations

Clubhouse has exceeded 8 million downloads worldwide since launch, according to mobile insights and analytics firm App Annie. The audio social chat app is invitation-only and is available on iOS, but it has seen an explosion of growth in the past couple of months as users invite their friends to join. As of February 1, […]

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Breaking up Big Tech: A solution in search of a problem

Federal rulemaking must be based on facts, logic, and evidence. Both a 1993 Executive Order (#12866) and the 2003 Office of Management and Budget Circular A-4 require that executive agencies spell out a proposed regulation’s anticipated economic costs and benefits, explain the logic behind their interventions, and compare it to a “no regulation” alternative. These […]

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Zynga beats Q4 2020 expectations with bookings of $699 million, up 61%

Zynga beat analysts’ expectations today, reporting its highest-ever bookings and revenues in the fourth quarter ended December 31 thanks to the strong performance of its existing games and the newly launched Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells. The social mobile game company’s revenue was $616 million, up 52% year-over-year, and bookings of $699 million, up 61% […]

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GamesBeat + Oculus present: “Science fiction, tech, and games” in VR

Science fiction, tech, and games inspire each other; what was once science fiction is becoming technological fact. Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, has often said that “we’re living in science fiction.” And that’s the topic of the latest VR event by GamesBeat and Oculus, “Science fiction, tech, and games”, coming up February 17, 10-11 a.m. […]

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From TikTok to Instagram: Data is key to adapting ad creative to every platform

Presented by yellowHEAD There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all creative for all platforms. And for creative to perform, you need data. Learn about best practices for creative in every channel, why real examples of high-performing creatives across platforms work, and more, in this VB Live event.  Register here for free. Newer social platforms are sexy, […]

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From the election lie to GameStop: How to stop social media algorithms from hurting us

Misinformation, outright lies, conspiracy theories, and fringe movements have always had real-world consequences. Fascists in Italy and Germany, once a small band of pariahs and gadflies who sported funny looking hats and mustaches, managed to hijack those countries’ political systems after World War I, putting them on a collision course with the globe’s liberal democracies. […]

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