Tag: Social

Google and Mozilla block Kazakhstan root CA certificate from Chrome and Firefox

To protect citizens of Kazakhstan from having their online communications intercepted by the government, Google and Mozilla have blocked the root CA (Certificate Authority) Qaznet Trust Network from Chrome and Firefox. The move comes after Kazakh internet service providers (ISPs) began instructing customers to install the government-issued Security Certificate on their devices in order to […]

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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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Twitter acquires Lightwell to improve conversations

The folks behind Lightwell, the app creation engine launched by interactive storytelling startup Hullabalu in 2017, today revealed that they’ve been acqui-hired by Twitter for an undisclosed amount. In a statement made via Lightwell’s official Twitter account, the team says its work at Twitter will focus on the company’s conversations initiative. Lightwell says that its […]

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Homeis raises $12 million to foster online immigrant communities

Immigrating to a new country is not easy. Culture shock is all too common for the hundreds of millions who leave their birthplace each year in search of better opportunities, as unfamiliar customs, architecture, and dialects become the rule rather than the exception. It’s this dynamic that draws recently installed residents to ethnic enclaves in […]

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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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Google for Education launches originality reports to curb student plagiarism

Google is introducing a handful of updates to its Google for Education program today — including a new tool that helps teachers check students’ work for possible plagiarism. The broader announcement Google is making today relates to Course Kit, a toolkit launched last year that enables teachers to use Google Docs and Drive to collect […]

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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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Snap debuts dual-camera Spectacles 3 glasses to create 3D AR content

Snap’s prior forays into the hardware world haven’t been as notable as its popular social media app Snapchat, but the company is apparently committed to seeing how far its Spectacles wearables can go with users. To that end, it today revealed Spectacles 3, glasses with dual cameras built in to capture 3D depth, which it […]

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Researchers craft AI framework that explains your social media feeds

Feeds are the cornerstones on which modern music recommenders, news aggregators, and social media platforms are built. If you’re like most people, you spend minutes to hours each day scrolling through songs, clips, articles, questions, public service announcements, and advertisements informed by your interests and preferences. But wouldn’t it be great if the algorithms underpinning […]

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Snap is raising $1 billion to invest in content, AR, and possible acquisitions

(Reuters) — Snap on Tuesday said it will raise $1 billion in short-term debt and plans to invest in more media content, augmented reality features, and may also buy other companies. The parent company of the popular disappearing messaging app Snapchat has revived its user growth and stock price after a rough 2018. It introduced […]

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Trump cites fired Google engineer and hate group advocate in unfounded bias accusation

Apparently triggered by a recent Fox News segment, President Trump unleashed a tweetstorm this morning claiming that Google may be secretly working to derail his 2020 reelection campaign. Trump’s fury was so great that he misspelled his own name in one of the tweets. Even more amazing, coming a day after his half-hearted attempt to […]

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Facebook wants Portal to be the king of video calls, but there’s still work to do

In its race to catch up with Google Assistant and Alexa, Facebook is attempting to make its in-call experiences a major distinction. Doing things together, Facebook says, can bring you closer to loved ones and help you feel like you’re hanging out in the same room — but it doesn’t always go that way. Strike […]

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Facebook open-sources image and video algorithms it uses to fight abuse

Facebook today announced that it’s open sourcing two algorithms capable of spotting identical and nearly-identical photos and videos, which it says it actively uses to fight child exploitation, terrorist propaganda, and graphic violence on its platform. The company notes that it’s the first time it’s shared any media-matching technology — technology it hopes industry partners, […]

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Asana combats employee burnout with Workload

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified employee burnout as an “occupational phenomenon” in the recent revision of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), though it stopped short of elevating it to a full-blown medical condition. “Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” WHO said. […]

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Pinterest rolls out improved product recommendations

Good news for folks who get their decor and wardrobe inspiration from Pinterest: Today, the social network began rolling out more dedicated shopping recommendations in the home feed, specifically browsable catalogs and personalized hubs. Both build upon the ecommerce work Pinterest started last year, a spokesperson told VentureBeat via email. Soon, below Product Pins — […]

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Waze now lets drivers invite multiple riders to join a carpool

Waze, the community navigation app owned by Google, now allows Carpool users to invite multiple people to join a ride. While Waze is perhaps better known for its flagship GPS app with real-time data provided by other users, the company first dabbled with a separate carpool service in its native Israel way back in 2015, […]

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The digital displacement of sports fandom

According to the “Navigating the next generation fan: How football is social” report, 64 percent of young sports fans find social-based coverage more engaging than TV broadcast, while 52 percent prefer to consume their sports news through social channels. Twitter and Reddit may host the most sports chatter, but they are generic connection platforms that […]

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Australia is creating a unit to scrutinize Facebook and Google’s algorithms

(Reuters) – Australia said it would establish the world’s first dedicated office to police Facebook and Google as part of reforms designed to rein in the U.S. technology giants, potentially setting a precedent for global lawmakers. The move tightens the regulatory screws on the online platforms, which have governments from the United States to Europe […]

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