Tag: Social

Mark Zuckerberg on why the world needs Facebook and the ‘Fifth Estate’

In a speech today at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics in Washington D.C., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg referred to social media platforms that allow average people to express themselves as a kind of “fifth estate” that’s integral to modern society. “The future depends on all of us, and whether you like Facebook […]

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Pod is a new social network that wants you to meet in person

Have you ever wondered if someone nearby has the same hobbies? Pod is a new social network designed to help its members meet offline. Instead of just connecting online, Pod wants you to meet potential contacts and friends in person. Coming out of stealth today and launching on Android and iOS, Pod hopes its AI […]

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Google and Reddit defend law protecting tech companies from liability for user-generated content

(Reuters) — A 23-year-old law giving technology companies legal protection from lawsuits over user-generated content remains critical to the internet’s future, Alphabet’s Google unit and social media site Reddit said in testimony released on Tuesday. Senior executives from Google, Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and legal experts are due to face questions on Wednesday in […]

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Pinterest bucks ‘black box’ social media trend with greater user controls

As scrutiny over social networks’ “black box” recommendation algorithms reaches a fever pitch, Facebook, YouTube, and others are introducing controls that promise greater customization and transparency over the content populating feeds. Today, Pinterest joined the club with new pin-level visibility settings options on the web and in its apps for Android, iOS, and Windows, complemented […]

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Facebook’s Libra shrugs off defections as it announces 5-member board

(Reuters) — Backers of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project pledged to forge ahead after selecting a five-member board on Monday, shrugging off the latest member defection by online travel company Booking Holding earlier in the day. “It is a correction; it’s not a setback,” said Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications for the Libra Association, […]

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Gamekit expands its integrated marketing platform to North America

Gamekit is expanding its integrated marketing platform to North America, and it will use its rewards to connect mainstream brands with the elusive gamers on their own turf. The Warsaw, Poland-based marketing company has already reached 18 million gamers in 33 countries with its European customers. In Europe and Latin America, Gamekit has connected non-endemic […]

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eBay, Stripe, Mastercard, and Visa leave Facebook’s Libra Association

(Reuters) — Facebook’s ambitious efforts to establish a global digital currency called Libra suffered severe setbacks on Friday, as major payment companies including Mastercard and Visa quit the group behind the project. The two companies announced they would leave the association Friday afternoon, as did eBay, Stripe, and Latin American payments company Mercado Pago. They […]

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Pinterest says AI reduced reported self-harm content by 88%

Today is World Mental Health Day, an opportunity for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma that was first marked in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. In recognition of the day, Pinterest this morning detailed ways it’s helping better serve users struggling with emotional well-being. Specifically, Pinterest says it’s […]

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Tech giants, small countries, and the future of techplomacy

Two years ago, Casper Kylnge, an experienced Danish diplomat with a background in crisis management in places like Afghanistan, became the first nation-state ambassador to Silicon Valley. It’s his job to speak with Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft in the U.S. and with companies like Alibaba and Baidu in China, and to treat these businesses […]

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Artificial stupidity: ‘Move slow and fix things’ could be the mantra AI needs

“Let’s not use society as a test-bed for technologies that we’re not sure yet how they’re going to change society,” warned Carly Kind, director at the Ada Lovelace Institute, an artificial intelligence (AI) research body based in the U.K. “Let’s try to think through some of these issues — move slower and fix things, rather […]

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PayPal becomes first member to leave Facebook’s Libra Association

(Reuters) — U.S. payments processor PayPal said on Friday it was leaving Libra Association, the entity managing the Facebook-led effort to build global digital currency Libra, making it the first member to exit the group. PayPal said it would forgo any further participation in the group and would instead focus on its own core businesses. […]

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Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook encryption plans despite child safety concerns

(Reuters) — Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg defended on Thursday his decision to encrypt the company’s messaging services, despite concerns about its impact on child exploitation and other criminal activity. The United States, Britain and Australia signed an open letter earlier in the day calling for Facebook to suspend its encryption plan, saying it […]

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Uber’s push into on-demand recruitment is a natural progression for the gig economy

It had been rumored for a while, but Uber officially confirmed today that it is expanding beyond on-demand transport and into on-demand staffing for the recruitment industry. The move represents a natural evolution both for Uber and the modern day workforce, which has pushed steadily toward temporary, part-time, and shift-based employment. The Financial Times first […]

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Turn reviews into business intelligence with AI-powered review platforms (VB Live)

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Rune raises $2 million to use AI to find friends for mobile gamers

Rune has raised $2 million in funding in its effort to use artificial intelligence to help find friends for mobile gamers. Rune is a Y Combinator accelerator grad, and it was built by two doctoral students who dropped out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Sanjay Guruprasad and Bjarke Felbo. They started their company by […]

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Zuckerberg predicts Facebook antitrust win if Warren is elected president

(Reuters) Leaked audio of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressing questions from staff in two internal July meetings was published on Tuesday by The Verge. In the audio, Zuckerberg talks to employees about issues ranging from the possibility of U.S. lawmakers attempting to break up the company to its plans to compete with video-sharing app TikTok. […]

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Pitch launches in private beta and raises $30 million to be the presentation tool for ‘generation Slack’

Pitch, a collaborative presentation software startup founded in stealth last year by the creators of the now Microsoft-owned Wunderlist, has raised $30 million in fresh funding and formally launched its product in private beta. The series B round was led by Thrive Capital, with participation from some notable angel investors, including Instagram founders Kevin Systrom […]

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Snapchat’s latest mobile game is Subway Surfers Airtime from Sybo Games

Sybo Games has launched its endless runner game Subway Surfers Airtime on Snapchat’s mobile game platform. Copenhagen-based Sybo designed the game for Snapchat’s real-time multiplayer gaming platform, Snap Games. It is a side-scrolling multiplayer racing game that lets up to ten players surf, slide, grind and glide across a slick 2D cityscape, all in a […]

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