Tag: Social

Facebook launches a Messenger hub to inform users about coronavirus

Today, following the launch of a Facebook program that’s matching developers with organizations to build solutions that inform people about COVID-19, Facebook revealed the steps it’s taking to help Messenger users stay connected. Via a new hub — the Messenger Coronavirus Community Hub — the network is providing tips and resources to help users stay […]

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Crowdsourced coronavirus tracking apps are great, but we need a more coordinated approach

As confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths escalate globally, both the public and private sectors are working toward new solutions to track — and curtail — the spread. In the past couple of days alone, at least two collaborative projects have emerged that are designed to help people report their current health status, update it if […]

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Facebook says coronavirus is impacting advertising sales even as user engagement grows

(Reuters) — Facebook said on Tuesday the coronavirus outbreak was undercutting sales of the advertising that accounts for nearly all of its revenue, even as more users spend time on the social network during virus-related lockdowns. “We don’t monetize many of the services where we’re seeing increased engagement, and we’ve seen a weakening in our […]

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EU wants Facebook, Google, Amazon, and others to crack down on coronavirus scams

European regulators are asking a wide range of digital platforms, social networks, search engines and online marketplaces to take tougher actions against scams related to the coronavirus. European Commissioner For Justice and Consumers Didier Reynders sent a letter to Facebook, Google, Amazon, and other digital platforms declaring that Europe’s consumer protection authorities are in a […]

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Japan’s top carriers announce 5G launches as 2020 Olympics face delay

Although Japanese carriers originally planned to roll out 5G networks and services to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July, trade wars and accelerated global 5G launches created some uncertainty around the scope and timing of Japan’s commercial 5G launch. This week, as the Olympics themselves face a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Japan’s top carriers are […]

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IBM launches Weather Channel map to track coronavirus

In an effort to keep folks abreast of the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, which has sickened more than 240,000 people, IBM today announced the launch of an incident map on The Weather Channel. It’ll join the news and information feeds already available on Weather.com and The Weather Channel mobile app, which […]

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HTC holds virtual media event, sends coronavirus balloons into crowd for selfies

HTC’s just-concluded Virtual Vive Ecosystem Conference represented a step forward for the virtual events industry, serving as the first fully VR replacement for a major industry event previously held in the physical world. But instead of escaping from the global coronavirus pandemic, attendees found themselves getting even closer to the disease than expected, thanks to […]

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Coronavirus pandemic could help big tech companies improve their reputation

(Reuters) — Google, Facebook and Amazon are using their size, reach and technological prowess to help Americans cope with the coronavirus crisis, an opportunity for Big Tech to counter a drumbeat of criticism in Washington. The three companies have a chance to burnish their images amid intense U.S. regulatory scrutiny by the Justice Department, Federal […]

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Magic Leap releases Magicverse SDK with XR Kits for Android, iOS, and Unreal

Modest adoption by developers and enterprises may have stunted Magic Leap’s augmented reality hardware ambitions, but its Magicverse — a shared digital world overlaid upon the real one — is one step closer to real today, as the company has released an early version of its Magicverse SDK for developers. The technical preview of the […]

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Microsoft Teams struggles as coronavirus pushes millions to work from home

Microsoft Teams users in Europe are reporting major issues accessing the service today, at a time when millions of people are relying on technology to help them work and study remotely. As much of the world turns to home-working as part of social-distancing measures designed to avert a coronavirus catastrophe, cloud-based collaboration and communication tools […]

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Apple closes nearly all retail stores until March 27 over coronavirus

(Reuters) — Apple said late on Friday it will close all its retail stores, except those in Greater China, for the next two weeks to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission. “We will be closing all of our retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a letter […]

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Vuzix M400 AR glasses add Onsight Cube thermal scanner for coronavirus

When Vuzix introduced its M400 smart glasses last year, it expected that the enterprise-class mixed reality wearable would be used for medical purposes, such as dental work. Now the company has found a particularly timely application for the hardware: real time thermal scanning of the sort that could be used to help screen people for […]

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White House seeks tech companies’ AI to combat coronavirus outbreak

(Reuters) — White House officials met Wednesday with U.S. technology industry officials to discuss tech-related response efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak and ways for government to collaborate with the private sector. COVID19, the disease caused by the virus, has killed about 30 people in the United States, and infected more than 1,000 Americans and […]

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Fleets, Twitter’s new ephemeral format, could be a keeper

Twitter recently launched a test in Brazil to see if self-destructing tweets called Fleets might be a promising new format for the social media platform. Fleets cannot be “liked,” retweeted, or commented on by others and will be automatically deleted 24 hours after being posted. Whether you are a casual observer of social media, an […]

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Twitter debuts ‘manipulated media’ tag on Joe Biden video clip that was retweeted by Trump

(Reuters) — Twitter has used its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on a video clip of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that was retweeted by President Donald Trump. The video, posted on Saturday by White House social media director Dan Scavino, showed Biden during a speech in Kansas City, Missouri, in […]

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I tried Mine’s ‘right to be forgotten’ tool and, yup, my privacy is a disaster

The European Union may have ruled that residents have a “right to be forgotten,” (RTBF) but actually tracking the spread of your data online and then getting it removed is a logistical nightmare. Tel Aviv-based Mine hopes to change that. The startup is building a platform that aims to be a one-stop shop for discovering […]

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Facebook removes Trump 2020 campaign ads for violating census misinformation policy

(Reuters) — Facebook on Thursday removed ads by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that asked users to fill out an “Official 2020 Congressional District Census” because the ads violate the company’s policy against misinformation on the government’s census. The ads, which come from the pages of the Republican president and Vice President Mike Pence, link […]

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Facebook gives WHO unlimited free ads to battle coronavirus disinformation

With coronavirus disinformation campaigns already in full swing, Facebook has announced a partnership with the World Health Organization to fight back. In a post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company will give unlimited free advertising to the WHO. The company is also considering handing out free ad credits to other organizations fighting the pandemic, […]

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Capitalizing on coronavirus, Google gives businesses and schools G Suite enterprise features until July 1

Google today announced it is making its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities available to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers until July 1, 2020. These include larger meetings, live streaming, and the ability to record and save meetings. G Suite falls under Google’s cloud division business, which is trying to catch up […]

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Why Twitter’s mehness could sink Jack Dorsey

Twitter is about to be subject to the kind of trolling its millions of users have long suffered. A hedge fund has reportedly amassed enough stock to make a run at ousting Jack Dorsey, the company’s cofounder and CEO and a charter member of the beard-of-the-month club. The timing is a bit surprising. Twitter is […]

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Panic, not the COVID-19 coronavirus itself, may wreck tech in 2020

To be very clear up front: The COVID-19 coronavirus has largely earned its fearsome reputation. As of today, at least 2,800 people have died, and 82,000 have been infected. These are real people with families and communities that will never be the same, due as much to individual fatalities and quarantines as broader societal panic […]

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Google defeats conservative group’s YouTube censorship appeal

(Reuters) — Google persuaded a federal appeals court on Wednesday to reject claims that YouTube illegally censors conservative content. In a 3-0 decision that could apply to platforms such as Facebook, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle found that YouTube was not a public forum subject to First Amendment scrutiny by judges. […]

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