Tag: Social

Twitter: Here’s who won the attention war at E3 2019

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) drew more than 66,000 people to the Los Angeles Convention Center last week. But the real battle for attention happens on social media, where the goal is to steal the minds of millions of gamers around the world. Twitter measured the activity on its social network and found that people […]

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Facebook announces Libra cryptocurrency and Calibra digital wallet

Facebook announced its cryptocurrency Libra and a global association of organizations that will govern it. And Facebook also announced Calibra, a new subsidiary that will build a digital wallet for Messenger, WhatsApp, and a standalone app on iOS and Android. The move has been expected for a while and it represents a big endorsement for […]

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Pinterest details Complete the Look, a context-aware visual search tool

Pinterest today introduced Complete the Look, a visual search tool being developed for Home Decor and Fashion categories that makes style recommendations for multiple items in a photo like shirts, dresses, shoes, or sunglasses. Complete the Look recommendations take into consideration context of surrounding objects and elements in a photo such as season, body type, […]

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Russian misinformation campaign targeted voters in EU’s 2019 elections

In a new report on efforts to battle fake news and disinformation during the recent European Union elections, officials made clear that “Russian sources” were at the heart of ongoing efforts to sow division, suppress turnout and influence voters. The progress report from the European Commission also provided updates on work down by online platforms […]

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Facebook to open third London office with 100 new AI roles

Facebook has announced that it’s opening a third office in London that will house 500 new technology jobs — 20% of which will focus on artificial intelligence (AI). Speaking at AI Summit, a two-day event within London’s annual Tech Week, Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president of Facebook for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), revealed that […]

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Facebook promises new Portal devices this fall

Facebook’s Portal division will introduce multiple new devices this fall, Facebook VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth said at the Code conference in Phoenix, Arizona. CNBC first reported the news and a company spokesperson that VentureBeat followed up with declined to provide more details. Portal and Portal+ devices for Facebook Messenger video calls and conversations with […]

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Facebook AI study: Major object recognition systems favor people with more money

Computer vision for recognizing household objects works better for people in high-income households, according to analysis of 6 major object detection systems shared today by Facebook AI researchers. The study examined object classification systems made by Facebook, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, AWS, IBM Watson, and Clarifai. Results show the 6 systems work between 10-20% better […]

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ProBeat: YouTube is no better than Facebook or Twitter

What a whirlwind week of YouTube news. On Monday, the spotlight shone on YouTube’s pedophilia problem. On Tuesday, YouTube decided that homophobic slurs don’t violate its policies. And then on Wednesday, YouTube banned videos promoting groups that claim superiority to justify discrimination and videos that deny factual catastrophes. Also on Wednesday, YouTube decided that it […]

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U.S. moving toward major antitrust probe of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

(Reuters) — The U.S. government is gearing up to investigate whether Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google misuse their massive market power, sources told Reuters on Monday, setting up what could be an unprecedented, wide-ranging probe of some of the world’s largest companies. The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, which enforce antitrust laws […]

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How federated learning could shape the future of AI in a privacy-obsessed world

You may not have noticed, but two of the world’s most popular machine learning frameworks — TensorFlow and PyTorch — have taken steps in recent months toward privacy with solutions that incorporate federated learning. Instead of gathering data in the cloud from users to train data sets, federated learning trains AI models on mobile devices […]

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Twitter acquires Fabula AI, a machine learning startup that helps spot fake news

Twitter has acquired Fabula AI, a London-based startup that uses machine learning (ML) to help detect the spread of misinformation online. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the acquisition will underpin a research group at Twitter led by Sandeep Pandey, which will work toward finding new ways to leverage machine learning across natural […]

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AI Weekly: California is trying to control big tech

Tech giants are facing threats of regulation on many fronts, but in the months ahead, California is poised to become ground zero. A new feature for Amazon’s Alexa might be indicative of that fact. On Wednesday, Amazon rolled out voice commands to delete the recordings that take place every time you use the “Alexa” wake […]

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Pinterest’s web app for Windows is now available

If you’ve been searching high and low for a Windows-native Pinterest experience, good news: Pinterest today launched a web app for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store. It’s available globally. Pinterest’s Progressive Web App (PWA) supports every feature found in the network’s desktop experience proper, which is to be expected — it’s basically a wrapper […]

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: HitRecord is ‘GitHub for creativity’

HitRecord is a production company transitioning into a tech platform. We caught up with cofounders Jared Geller and Joseph Gordon-Levitt at Collision 2019 in Toronto last week to understand what HitRecord was, is, and wants to be. HitRecord is a collaborative media platform that lets anyone work together on creative projects. If a project earns […]

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Nancy Pelosi: Facebook’s refusal to remove video shows it enabled Russian election meddling

(Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that Facebook’s refusal to remove a heavily edited video that attempted to make her look incoherent had convinced her the company knowingly enabled Russian election interference. “When something like Facebook says, ‘I know this is false … – it’s a lie – but we’re showing […]

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Facebook’s rewarded video and playable ads are taking off for game publishers

Facebook said that game publishers and developers are increasingly monetizing their mobile games with Facebook Audience Network. In 2018, the total number of active gaming publishers on Facebook Audience Network grew over 50%, reflecting the effectiveness of Audience Network in balancing the game experience and with relevant ads from global Facebook advertisers. Facebook shared four […]

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Facebook still can’t control the far-right political propaganda monster it built

The news for Facebook in the week leading up to the European Union Parliamentary elections reinforced the image of a company unable to control a platform that has been hijacked by right-wing extremists. In the U.S., pundits, politicians and journalists were shocked – shocked! – that Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House […]

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