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This just in! Unicorns just discovered in Yellowstone National Park! It probably goes without saying, but that little bit of news is pure fiction. Unfortunately, it is not entirely unlike something that may appear in your Facebook feed according to Intersect, which recently conducted an experiment that detected a number of fake news stories. Intersect logged every trending news stories across four different Facebook during business hours between August 31st and September 22nd, 2016. They were able to detect at least five fictional stories. They also noted that blog posts from sites like Medium... Read more...
Just yesterday, we reported that Nokia’s Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks division had just deployed a 65 Tbps submarine cable covering a distance of over 4,100 miles. Nokia’s record-setting feat just barely nudged out the Google-backed FASTER submarine fiber cable, which clocked in at 60 Tbps. That was yesterday, and now Google is back in the news thanks to its stake in the new Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), which will stretch between Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Google is working on the PLCN in partnership with Facebook and Pacific Light Data Communication (a subsidiary China Soft Power... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear on many occasions that one of Facebook's biggest goals is to bring Internet access to everyone, everywhere. As part of that effort, he and his company are in discussions both with officials in the United States government and wireless carriers on how to release an app that would bring free Internet to low-income and rural Americans. The app already exists in some foreign markets, though not without controversy. It's called Free Basics, and it was shot down in India after regulators took issue with the idea that Facebook could handpick the services users could see... Read more...
Are you planning a surprise party for a significant other and do not want them to find out? Or maybe, you want to have a private conversation with a loved one about an addiction or illness. No matter your agenda, we are here today to show you how to have a “secret” conversation on Facebook. First, what is a secret conversation? Secret conversations are encrypted end-to-end, meaning only you and the person you are talking with can see the messages. Both people in a secret conversation have a device key that they can use to verify that the messages are encrypted. If the users have the same device... Read more...
There are a plethora of ways you can unload your unwanted wares for cash. Some of the more popular online options include eBay and Craigslist, though the emergence of apps such as LetGo and Wallapop are gaining traction. As if all that weren't enough, Facebook is entering the arena of classified sales with Marketplace, a place where you can buy and sell items with people in your vicinity. The advantage Facebook has is its massive community of users. Facebook is up to more than 1.7 billion monthly active users, which translates into a lot of eyeballs. Add to that Facebook's claim that more than... Read more...
Facebook is launching a slimmed down version of its Messenger app for users that live in markets where the average Internet speed isn't on par with the rest of the world. The trimmed down version, called Messenger Lite, will also make it easier for users rocking a basic Android smartphone that might not have the horsepower to handle larger, more fully fleshed out apps. Messenger Lite is a standalone version of Messenger without some of the latter's fancier features. It's under 10-megabytes, installs fast, and is quick to start up. While it doesn't include all of Messenger's bells and whistles,... Read more...
Artificial intelligence has the potential to be a wondrous innovation or horrifying disaster. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM, and Facebook have formed their own Avengers-like partnership in order to establish best practices and standards for AI development and promote public understanding of this novel technology. The partnership will create a non-profit organization and invite other non-profits, academics, and specialists in ethics to form their board, the “Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society” or “Partnership on AI”. Each of the companies will contribute financial,... Read more...
While an auto repair shop might get away with employing a 25-year-old Commodore 64 to balance drive shafts, to run Facebook, the largest social network on the planet, it takes more modern equipment, and a lot of of it. Unfortunately, most people don't ever get to see it. Rarely do companies like Facebook ever lift the curtain and give us a glimpse of the technological wizardry running the show, but Mark Zuckerberg has decided to do exactly that, showcasing one of Facebook's chilly data centers located some 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The data center resides in a small town called Luleå.... Read more...
Is Big Brother watching? Well, "he" no longer is in Germany. WhatsApp and Facebook have been banned from sharing information with one another by Johannes Caspar, the Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner. WhatsApp and Facebook cemented their deal this past August in a move that was especially surprising since WhatsApp had originally argued that it wanted to know “as little about you as possible”. This promise was supposedly maintained when Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014. It appears that the companies quickly altered their tune. They later reasoned, “By connecting your phone number... Read more...
If you're responsible for creating advertising campaigns for a website or a Web service, you need the confidence that you're going to see a good return-on-investment. To gauge that, you're going to listen to the promises of the company or site that hosts the advertising platform. Unfortunately, those promises are sometimes inaccurate - even if it's by accident. Such is the case with Facebook. The world's largest social network has just admitted to fudging up the view counts of videos used for advertising, though it insists that no one has been ripped off. The crux of the problem is that Facebook... Read more...
It looks as though Facebook still has some work to do with its Trending topics feature that's supposed to promote popular and relevant news stories from around the web. That's how it works in theory, anyway. In practice, Facebook's algorithm has struggled to discern between real and fake news articles, a point that was underscored when it recently directed users to a hoax tabloid article surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Conspiracy theories abound on the events of 9/11. This particular piece by The Daily Star feeds into the most popular among them, claiming there exists video... Read more...
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Star Trek “like” button. It’s September mission: to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and to boldly go where no social media site has gone before. Facebook is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with some fun, temporary features. Some people who have mentioned liking Star Trek on their Facebook page or status updates will be greeted by the USS Enterprise and be able to add a custom Star Trek frame to their profile picture. The legendary spaceship was constructed by hand-cutting and piecing together paper. The Facebook team... Read more...
SpaceX may have had plenty of successes sending its Falcon 9 rockets into orbit with expensive payloads and then returning the booster stage to earth intact, but the company’s string of victories came up short this morning. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded while sitting on its launchpad during a static fire test. The test was a routine procedure leading up to the scheduled September 3rd launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. According to eyewitness accounts, multiple explosions were heard, with the force of the blasts shaking buildings located miles away from the launch pad. Not... Read more...
It looks like our would-be robot overlords aren't quite up to the task of running things all by themselves. In what could be considered a test run, Facebook recently announced less human intervention and more reliance on a computer algorithm to its Trending topics feature, a decision it made following a report alleging that its team of news editors had been suppressing stories that would be of interest to a conservative audience. That's fine and dandy, except the algorithm used its newfound power to promote a fake news store about Well, less than a week after slapping the algorithm on the backside... Read more...
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