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Facebook sure has grown up over the years. What started as a "Hot or Not" clone for Harvard students has morphed into the world's biggest social media platform. To Mark Zuckerberg's credit, he's used the power of Facebook in a variety of useful ways, everything from advancing technology to bringing Internet access to remote parts of the world. So what comes next? Perhaps baseball. What does Facebook have to do with baseball? At the moment, not much. However, the site is in talks with Major League Baseball (MLB) to live stream games at a clip of one per week during the upcoming season. If Facebook... Read more...
Are you looking for new reading material to keep you busy this weekend? If so, you might consider a 5,700-word manifesto written by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It's titled "Building Global Community" and it covers a range of topics on what is needed to build a better, more supportive and civically-engaged community. Though it's a relatively long read (compared to most of Zuckerberg's posts), it's actually shorter than an earlier version that appeared online. The earlier version included Zuckerberg's belief that artificial intelligence could eventually be used to monitor private messages... Read more...
Move over LinkedIn (or should we say Microsoft) and make room for Facebook, the world's largest social network that is expanding its reach into professional territory with a new job search feature. LinkedIn has been the go-to social service to gain an edge in the professional arena and to link employers with qualified job seekers, but now it is going to have some competition from Facebook. While LinkedIn already has an established system that works well and is popular, Facebook has the advantage of more eyeballs, including those that peer at Pages. According to Facebook, over 1 billion people visit... Read more...
(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.8"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Video is becoming an increasingly important part of the Facebook experience. It is the reason why Mark Zuckerberg and the gang in 2016 launched Facebook Live, a live streaming feature similar to Periscope, and it is why you will soon be able to watch Facebook videos on your television through a new app for TV. It is... Read more...
The term "fake news" has been floating around a lot over the past year, largely fueled by events surrounding the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Following Donald Trump's November victory, the world at large began to wonder if heavily biased or outright made-up new stories were causing real ill effects in the general populous. Even entire companies have been mulling the theory, including Facebook, which has been actively battling the issue in France, where a springtime election is fast approaching. The latest person to chime in on the issue is none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook. He goes so far... Read more...
(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.8"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Waving around motion controllers is cool and all, but for virtual reality to offer an deeper level of immersion, recognizing hand and finger movements would go a long way. That seems to the be the direction Oculus is headed. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a handful of pictures taken from the Oculus Research lab... Read more...
In no uncertain terms, Facebook says "discriminatory advertising has no place" on the world's largest social network. To keep it off of there, Facebook last fall started providing better education to advertisers about its prohibition against discrimination. It also beefed up the procedures it uses to enforce prohibition. Now it is taking things a step further by implementing strong enforcement tools and testing machine learning solutions. This is not a new frontier for Facebook, or technology companies in general. Machine learning is one of the hottest areas of computing right now. Just last week,... Read more...
Consumers at large do not seem to be ready to embrace the concept of virtual reality, at least not at today's asking price—a high-end headset costs $599 to $799, plus there is the cost of a PC with sufficient hardware to support VR experiences. Due to low sales of Oculus Rift in Best Buy, Facebook has decided to close 200 of its 500 VR demo stations at Best Buy locations across the United States. Facebook acquired Oculus three years ago for $2 billion, or closer to $3 billion if you factor in the cost to retain employees and bonuses for reaching certain milestones. Either way you slice it, Facebook... Read more...
The battle against fake news is being waged not only in North America, but on the European front as well. Google, Facebook, and a group of French news media outlets recently launched initiative “Cross Check” to squash fake news in France. The program is in response to the upcoming presidential election in France. How will this program work? Readers will be able to upload and report news they believe to be false. The reported links are gathered in a portal that Google and Facebook -- as well as Le Monde, Agence France-Presse (AFP), BFM TV, France Télévisions, France Media Monde , L'Express, Libération,... Read more...
It didn't take long after President Trump's presidential inauguration for decisions to be made that impacted a lot of people in one fell swoop. That couldn't be more true than with the recent executive order to temporarily bar entry into the US for a series of predominantly Muslim countries, including Syria, Iraq, and Iran. It instantly prevented many from returning home and gave pause for extreme caution to those of an affected citizenship who were planning to leave the country for a trip. For some companies, Trump's executive order to ban people from these countries from entering the United States... Read more...
Little did we know it, but Facebook's engineers have been experimenting with a computer vision platform that is able to sort through photographs and search for what's contained in them, even when they're not tagged or captioned. For example, the platform can tell if the photo has a tiger in it or if someone is wearing a black shirt. Facebook initially worked on this to boost the experience for the visually impaired but has now been incorporated into the social network's search function for all users. This started out as a small research project. Engineers needed a general-purpose platform that... Read more...
It was a pretty big deal when Facebook amassed 1 billion active monthly users a little over four years ago. Of the achievement, company co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said it was "humbling and by the far the thing I am most proud of in my life." Now just a few short years later, Facebook is on the cusp of doubling the number of people who connect with others through the world's largest social playground, the company revealed in an earnings report. Facebook capped off 2016 with 1.86 billion monthly active users, an increase of 17 percent year-over-year. Most of the people using Facebook are now connecting... Read more...
Co-Founder Palmer Luckey And CEO Iribe To Pay $50M And $150M Respectively ZeniMax on Wednesday won a $500 million award in its lawsuit against Oculus. Mark Zuckerberg's testimony was not enough to fully sway the jury, which sided with ZeniMax and found that Oculus executives broke a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) when the Oculus Rift was in its beginning stages. However, the jury also decided that Oculus did not misappropriate trade secrets as ZeniMax alleged in its lawsuit. Oculus is on the hook for more than half of the $500 million award—it owes ZeniMax $200 million for breaking the NDA, $50... Read more...
Facebook has been on a fake news hunt for the past few months. Its latest algorithm is intended to not only prevent fake news, but improve the overall Trending experience. The improvements are largely based on user feedback. The biggest and most requested change is that Facebook will now display a headline from a publisher’s article about a particular topic. How will the publishers be chosen? The headlines will be selected based on engagement around the actual article or publisher, and whether or not others are linking to the publisher’s article. After clicking on the topic, users will be taken... Read more...
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