Tag: Social

Facebook’s Portal now lets you sing on an AR stage

Facebook’s Portal TV now lets you sing on an augmented reality stage while wearing AR to look like an ’80s rock star, hippie, or punk rocker in one of several feature upgrades announced today. Facebook Messenger video calls with the new Mic Drop feature let you sing up to 90-second clips with songs like “Roar” […]

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Pinterest Trends tracks search term usage among its more than 320 million monthly users

If you’ve ever wondered which keywords are among the most popular on Pinterest, you’re in luck. The tech giant today announced the launch of Pinterest Trends, a new feature that that reveals the most popular search keywords within the year. Much like Google Trends and Bing’s Keyword Research Tool, Trends is publicly available and spotlights […]

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Event marketing tech reveals what attendees actually care about (VB Live)

Presented by Cvent What’s the ROI of your live events? With event marketing technology, you’ll know, and be able to boost those numbers too. Learn how you can fold event tech into your existing marketing automation platform and CRM and win demonstrable results in this VB Live event! Register here for free. No one wants […]

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Facebook sues Hong Kong’s ILikeAd over alleged ad fraud

(Reuters) — Facebook on Thursday sued a Hong Kong company that it said baited people into clicking on celebrities’ photos and bogus advertising links, so it could install malware and run ads for counterfeit goods, diet pills and male enhancement supplements. The social media company accused ILikeAd Media International software developer Chen Xiao Cong and […]

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Uber Eats’ new group ordering tool could boost its appeal for business lunches

Uber Eats is finally bringing group ordering to its food delivery platform, allowing friends or work colleagues to take individual responsibility for choosing their own dish as part of a larger order. While this will prove popular among its tens of millions of consumer users, Uber has also been pushing its food delivery service in […]

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Android’s Focus mode could be a game-changer for anyone struggling with constant distractions

Following an extended beta period, Google officially launched a new well-being feature for Android users yesterday, and it could prove a game-changer for anyone looking to switch off and create a healthier work-life balance. Focus mode, as the feature is called, is part of Android’s built-in Digital Wellbeing toolset, which offers a number of features […]

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Podcorn uses algorithms to match podcasters with relevant advertisers

In case you missed the memo, podcasting is hot. This year’s annual Infinite Dial report from Edison Research and Triton Digital showed that 51% of the U.S. population (144 million people) had listened to a podcast at some point, up from 44% the previous year. Drilling down into the numbers showed that 32% of the […]

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Twitter will make global privacy changes to comply with CCPA in 2020

(Reuters) — Twitter is updating its global privacy policy to give users more information about what data advertisers might receive and is launching a site to provide clarity on its data protection efforts, the company said on Monday. The changes, which will take effect on January 1, 2020, will comply with the California Consumer Privacy […]

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Facebook lets users transfer images directly to Google Photos as part of data portability program

Facebook will allow its users to transfer all their photos and videos out of its platform and directly into Google Photos, representing the first major step in an ongoing initiative to address concerns — and new regulations — around data portability. The announcement comes two months after the social networking giant published a white paper […]

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Facebook’s Beat Games acquisition is a stepping-stone toward Horizon

I believe Facebook director of AR/VR content Mike Verdu when he writes that Facebook’s acquisition of Beat Saber studio Beat Games is “just the beginning.” It is likely the company can acquire some of the best VR developers in the world, and their products, just by offering a ridiculous amount of Facebook stock, which they […]

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Starting in 2020, China will require videos created using AI or VR to be clearly marked

(Reuters) — Chinese regulators have announced new rules governing video and audio content online, including a ban on the publishing and distribution of “fake news” created with technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Any use of AI or virtual reality also needs to be clearly marked in a prominent manner and failure to […]

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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s 2.0 update gives it big social media boost

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang may not be a household name just yet in the U.S. But the Moonton-owned multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) has exploded in Southeast Asia, and with the recent release of its 2.0 app update, social video views have boosted along with it. According to video measurement company Tubular Labs, the game’s […]

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Workers at Israeli surveillance firm NSO sue Facebook for blocking their personal accounts

(Reuters) — A group of employees from Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Tuesday, saying the social media giant had unfairly blocked their private accounts when it sued NSO last month. Messaging service WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, had accused NSO in its own legal action filed in California […]

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The actionable insights AI can unlock from consumer conversation (VB Live)

Presented by TrustPilot AI offers a fast, efficient, and cost-effective way to unlock valuable insights and highlight pain points from customer conversations. Join this VB Live event to learn how AI can help you become more customer-focused, turn good feedback into great product, and more. Register here for free. “We’re interested in using AI to […]

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Verizon and Snap team up for Snapchat 5G augmented reality features

Over the past few years, Snapchat has become one of the world’s most popular soft augmented reality tools, adding photo and video filters that apply special effects to faces or buildings in real time. Today, parent company Snap and Verizon announced a partnership that will leverage the latter’s 5G cellular network for new augmented reality […]

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Ctrl-labs CEO: We’ll have neural interfaces in less than 5 years

It can be a bit difficult to wrap your brain around what exactly neural interface startup Ctrl-labs is doing with technology. That’s ironic, given that Ctrl-labs wants to let your brain directly use technology by translating mental intent into action. We caught up with Ctrl-labs CEO Thomas Reardon at Web Summit 2019 earlier this month […]

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Twitter election stunt shows how political groups are brazenly weaponizing social media

Social media’s impact on politics has come under increased scrutiny, but a preelection live TV debate between U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition party leader Jeremy Corbyn revealed the extent to which political entities are openly weaponizing social networks to mislead the public. It’s no secret that social media has been used for dubious […]

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Mythical Games raises $19 million for blockchain-based games with ‘player-owned economies’

Mythical Games has raised $19 million for its game studio that will make blockchain-based games where players can make money through digital ownership. Los Angeles-based Mythical Games is using the decentralized digital ledger technology of blockchain to build games where players can be verified as owners of a piece of a game. The company calls […]

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Bunch raises $3.85 million for social mobile party app for gamers

Bunch, the party app for mobile games, has raised $3.85 million from top games companies including Supercell, Tencent, Riot Games, Miniclip, Colopl Next, and Uken Games, bringing its total funding raised to $8 million. The strategic investment from key players in games and mobile showcases the power and potential of Bunch’s app to set the […]

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Microsoft Teams passes 20 million daily users, up more than half in 4 months

(Reuters) — Microsoft said on Tuesday its workplace messaging app, Teams, has more than 20 million daily active users, up from 13 million in July. The software maker offers the app as part of some Office365 business packages, as well as a free version. Teams allows users to chat, share files, make calls and hold […]

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HackNotice Premium taps machine learning to tell you exactly what was exposed for $50 per year

HackNotice today launched HackNotice Premium, a threat monitoring service with real-time insights into potential breaches and data leaks. The premium version can tag the specific personal identifier (email, credit card information, social media account, and so on) that was compromised. HackNotice Premium also taps machine learning to gives consumers personalized response recommendations. The subscription service […]

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