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One might assume that some of the world's largest tech companies would be far too sophisticated to fall for the most generic of web scams, but lest we forget that these same companies are also staffed by real humans that can make mistakes. Unfortunately for some, though, those slip ups can cost other people a lot of headaches and money. Case in point: Google and Facebook. From the attorney's office from the southern district of New York, we learn of a Lithuanian man named Evaldas Rimasauskas that managed to scam a staggering $100 million out of Google and Facebook directly, and it... Read more...
A good deal of "alternate reality" talk in recent years has revolved around virtual reality, but as time goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that augmented reality is going to be the one that makes the biggest splash. At least in the near term. Last year, the success of Pokemon GO proved that AR has some serious potential, and now, the biggest companies in the industry are pushing their own AR efforts hard. One example is Facebook, which announced at its F8 developer's conference this week a brand-new AR platform, with a small group of developers being granted access to it right now. On stage,... Read more...
It’s been three years since Facebook first acquired Oculus, which at the time seemed like a rather curious purchase. Over the years, we’ve seen that Facebook is putting an increasing focus out virtual reality (VR) and devices like the Oculus Rift serve as the perfect hardware platform to take the plunge with early adopters/enthusiasts. That focus on Oculus Rift is expanding today with the announcement that Facebook Spaces is launching in beta form. Facebooks Spaces is a separate VR app that allows you to interact with your friends “in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the... Read more...
Silicon Valley is pushing back against Washington D.C., and for good reason. A lobbying group representing tech titans such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft recently released a document in favor of net neutrality. The Internet Association (IA) indicated that it supported the 2015 Open Internet Order. The IA’s report stated, “The internet industry is uniform in its belief that net neutrality preserves the consumer experience, competition, and innovation online. Consumers want and need their internet experience preserved and protected, regardless of the legal or regulatory mechanism.”... Read more...
It seems as though Facebook has been continually improving its Messenger platform over the past few months with little tweaks here and there. All of these feature additions are coming for a good reason — Facebook needs to feed the beast. Facebook’s David Marcus just announced that Messenger now has over 1.2 billion active users per month. “I keep on hearing powerful stories about how our product is becoming a more important part of your daily lives,” said Marcus. “So from all of us here at Messenger, a heartfelt thank you to all of you for giving us a chance to build something good and more meaningful... Read more...
Facebook’s “M” AI assistant is getting even more powerful, and will leverage that power to provide “suggestions” as you use the increasingly popular Messenger app (over 1 billion active users per month). Facebook has been testing M’s interactions with Messenger on a “small percentage” of its users, and we are now seeing the fruits of that labor. At its core, M is a machine learning AI assistant that scans your chat sessions with friends or family, and then provides relevant actions that you can either choose to interact with or completely ignore (you can also shut it off completely). Some of these... Read more...
We've all done it, surely. We've poked around someone's profile on Facebook to see what they've been up to, or to peruse through their photos. Sometimes it's just for curiosity's sake; other times it's because you need some reference points before bumping into that person so that you have things to talk about. Ultimately, what's great about this information gathering is that it's anonymous. Because let's be real: it can feel a little creepy otherwise. Well... in a move that we hope isn't a sign of things to come, Facebook has decided that anonymity isn't really important when it comes to its... Read more...
Palmer Luckey is leaving Facebook. The Oculus co-founder came up with the Rift and is largely responsible for popularizing VR. Now he departs the world's largest social network three years after selling his company to Facebook. Today will be his last day on the job. Publicly, the parting of ways between Luckey and Facebook is amicable, with Facebook putting out a statement wishing him well. "Palmer will be dearly missed," Facebook said in a statement. "Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and build an industry. We’re thankful... 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'));Facebook tried on at least two occasions to acquire Snapchat, once for $1 billion and then again for $3 billion. Snapchat's founders boldly rebuffed both offers and now several years later Snapchat is more popular than ever. The asking price might be too high for Facebook at this point, but rather than acquire the... Read more...
If you were just thinking that Facebook wasn't already addictive enough, don't fret: there's more feature goodness en route. Last year, the world's largest social network released Facebook Live, a simple feature that let people stream to their friends' lists on-the-fly, regardless of where they are located (provided there is Internet access, of course). How often you see this feature used will largely depend on your particular friends list, but overall, the feature has proven overwhelmingly popular. Now, that functionality is coming to the desktop (and notebooks), with a few additional tricks up... Read more...
Facebook may be getting ready to divulge its innermost technology secrets. Building 8, the company’s famously tight-lipped skunkworks hardware development group, will likely unveil some of their projects at Facebook’s big spring developer event. This theory is thanks to roughly 60 job postings that recently appeared on the B8 website. B8’s job postings indicate that the group may be ready to bring their products to market sooner rather than later. Building 8 is currently hiring for positions in market development, product marketing, customer operations, customer support and localization, and global... Read more...
The usefulness of social networks is undeniable, but the convenience of sharing our daily lives should also be met with some caution. If our data is so easy to find for a regular person, it's going to be an absolute cinch for a bot or nefarious parties. Worrying about having your data siphoned is fairly common and indeed it has happened in various recent report. We're sure it will continue to happen to some degree, regardless systems these networks put into place. Regardless, Facebook has made it known that it is doing all it can to protect the data of its users, resulting in an update to its policies.... Read more...
Are you Facebook fan or part of the #Snapfam? Facebook’s latest feature Messenger Day is essentially the clone of Snapchat Stories. Imitation is the best form of flattery, right? According to Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Messenger, “Millions of people around the world have already used Messenger Day to show what they’re doing, how they’re feeling and to invite friends to join them for activities — or just to chat.“ Users can add more than 5,000 Frames, Effects and Stickers to their Messenger Day photos and videos. Like Snapchat, everything a user posts will disappear within 24 hours and... Read more...
It takes some serious hardware to do the things that Facebook is able to do. In an effort to stay ahead of the technological curve, the social networking site announced today at the 2017 Open Compute Project (OCP) summit in Santa Clara a next-generation GPU server called Big Basin. It's the successor to the Big Sur GPU server announced in 2015 and it will help Facebook to continue leveraging artificial intelligence to power service like speech and text translations, photo classifiers, and real-time video classification. Big Basin was built in collaboration with Quanta Clout Technology (QCT), Facebook's... Read more...
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