Tag: Social

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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Jack Dorsey’s ‘chaotic’ interview proves Twitter will never be the place for deep conversations

Yesterday, Recode cofounder Kara Swisher conducted a 90-minute interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — on Twitter. Dorsey was the one who suggested the format, saying that a live conversation tool “might be a feature we want to build” and that he wanted to see how it worked with Twitter’s current format. If he learned […]

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U.S. Senator asks Apple and Google to ban Saudi woman-monitoring app

If the relationships between Apple, Google, and the governments they work with aren’t strained enough already, they’re about to get pushed even further. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has formally asked the tech companies’ CEOs to immediately remove a Saudi Arabian government app called Absher from their app stores, citing media reports that the app is […]

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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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Paris sues Airbnb for $14 million over illegal advertisements

(Reuters) — The City of Paris is suing Airbnb for publishing 1,000 illegal rentals adverts, which could cost the American rental website more than 12.5 million euros ($14 million), the mayor of Paris told a newspaper in an interview published on Sunday. Under French law, home owners in Paris can rent out their places on […]

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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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Apple belatedly fixes FaceTime privacy bug with OS updates

Having previously promised a software update to address a mind-bogglingly huge privacy flaw in FaceTime, Apple today released iOS 12.1.4 and Mojave 10.14.3 (18D109) with patches to fix the issue. The updates are currently making their way through Apple’s software update servers, becoming fully available to all users throughout the day. Colloquially referred to as the […]

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Twitter reports record revenue of $909 million in Q4 2018, despite losing 5 million monthly users

In its latest earnings release, Twitter once again lost monthly active users, but the company says increases in revenue and “monetizable daily active users” show that its “long-term strategy is working.” In Q4 2018, Twitter reported 321 million MAUs, compared to 330 million during the same time period last year. That was roughly what Wall Street […]

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Skype’s background blur feature brings video bokeh to mass market

The humble camera is now one of the core selling points of most modern smartphones, with manufacturers battling to top each other with fancy new features and effects. “Bokeh,” specifically, has become something of a buzzword in smartphone photography, due in large part to improved depth-sensing capabilities that help blur the background while keeping the […]

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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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Pinterest fully automates ecommerce with Shop the Look

Pinterest is bringing full automation to Shop the Look, a feature that helps users buy products from companies that work with Pinterest, so you can, for example, buy a pair of jeans you see in a picture. Previously, Shop the Look, which made its debut in 2017, was powered by artificial intelligence to find objects in […]

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Snap reports revenue of $390 million, up 36% as DAUs remain flat at 186 million

Snap had some good news today for investors in its Q4 2018 earnings report: It’s no longer losing daily active users, and it generated more revenue last quarter than Wall Street had expected. The ephemeral camera company reported 186 million DAUs, the same amount as it did last quarter. Snap had lost DAUs for the past […]

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Pew: Smartphone penetration ranges from 24% in India to 95% in South Korea

Taking into account the estimated five billion people with mobile devices around the world, the percentage of adults who own smartphones is higher in South Korea than in any other advanced economy (95 percent), including Israel (88 percent) and the Netherlands (87 percent). (The U.S. ranks sixth on the list with 81 percent, tied with Australia and […]

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In ‘Zucked’, early Facebook investor Roger McNamee explains why he turned against the company

If you’re a U.S.-based Facebook user with somewhat politically active friends, your NewsFeed likely became a breeding ground with conspiracy theories and hyperpartisan memes in the months leading up to the 2016 elections. Among the users who became concerned about what he saw on his Facebook feed at this time was early Facebook investor Roger […]

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