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Facebook will now track you even if you’re not a Facebook user

By on May 27, 2016 at 9:28 AM.

Facebook will now track you even if you’re not a Facebook user

It’s official: there’s nowhere to hide.

Companies like Facebook and Google are happy to offer you their services for free, but free always has a cost on the internet. Advertising pays the bills, and these big companies separate themselves from the pack by serving up ads that are better targeted than other networks. How do they target so well? By tracking you as you make your way across the web and building a profile that helps determine which ads you’re most likely to click.

Some people don’t want to be tracked by Facebook, so they don’t register an account with the site. But thanks to some major changes rolling out now, on one will be able to hide from Facebook tracking. More →

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Facebook Trending Topic Manipulation

Facebook denies manipulating trending news, but changes its policies anyway

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Facebook denies manipulating trending news, but changes its policies anyway

Facebook said in an official response to US Senator John Thune that it has found no wrongdoing following an internet investigation into allegations that the social networking giant was manipulating stories in its trending news section to block conservative political content. At the same time, however, the company said that it is making big changes to the processes that power its trending news section, sending mixed messages in the process. More →

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How to see who’s tracking you on Facebook (aside from Facebook)

By on May 20, 2016 at 11:58 AM.

How to see who’s tracking you on Facebook (aside from Facebook)

Being tracked on the internet is something that’s only to be expected, since advertising is still the biggest online moneymaker out there. Google and Facebook are two of the biggest companies that make money by being able to tell advertisers what we like, and there are many others who track our every move online.

Some of these companies offer you ways to limit the amount of data they collect, and they also offer some amount of transparency for their advertising programs. While you might never evade Google or Facebook completely, there are ways to see everything Google knows about you, and you can also find out which companies are tracking you on Facebook… aside from Facebook itself, that is. More →

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Facebook Live’s first big interview with President Obama crashed and burned

By on May 16, 2016 at 5:16 PM.

Facebook Live’s first big interview with President Obama crashed and burned

Facebook is pushing its livestreaming video project pretty hard — so hard that it’s paying media companies cold hard cash to use Facebook Live. So when Buzzfeed set up an interview with President Obama using Facebook Live, it should have been a major coup for the platform. Instead, Facebook crashed, and YouTube had to save the day.

Buzzfeed’s legal editor was supposed to sit down with the President to discuss his Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland at 2.50PM ET this afternoon. Unfortunately, Facebook’s video tool had some technical problems, and users were stuck with one short loading video.

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Facebook Trending News Topics

Here’s the list of 1,000 websites that Facebook thinks are most important

By on May 12, 2016 at 5:13 PM.

Here’s the list of 1,000 websites that Facebook thinks are most important

To address allegations of anti-conservative bias in its trending news topics, Facebook has published more transparent details about how and where it sources news. Included is a list of 1,000 websites and publications that Facebook thinks are worth checking.

On first inspection, the list looks exactly like a vanilla cross-section of the biggest news publications, organized by category. Facebook is publishing the list in an effort to do away with allegations of bias, specifically that some sources were “blacklisted,” while other stories were “artificially injected” into the Trending News section.

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The U.S. Senate wants to know if Facebook has been messing with trending news

By on May 10, 2016 at 1:09 PM.

The U.S. Senate wants to know if Facebook has been messing with trending news

Yesterday, a Gizmodo report alleged that Facebook’s human curators had been manipulating the trending news section to kill conservative stories — allegations that Facebook carefully didn’t deny in a blandly worded response. Now, the US Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees communications and the internet, has asked for real answers.

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Amazon challenges Google and Facebook with a YouTube service of its own

By on May 10, 2016 at 9:33 AM.

Amazon challenges Google and Facebook with a YouTube service of its own

Looking to upload your homemade video clips somewhere other than Google’s YouTube or Facebook’s video services? You’re in luck, as starting Tuesday anyone with an Amazon account can take advantage of the retailer’s brand new user-generated video hosting service. More →

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Facebook Trending News Topics

Facebook says it takes allegations of news manipulation ‘very seriously’ [UPDATED]

By on May 9, 2016 at 5:39 PM.

Facebook says it takes allegations of news manipulation ‘very seriously’ [UPDATED]

Earlier today, a report from Gizmodo quoted anonymous employees saying that Facebook manipulated its “Trending News” section, blacklisting some sites, and was “artificially injecting” topics into the trending section. In a statement issued by Facebook, the company carefully avoided denying the report, instead saying that it takes “allegations of bias very seriously.” More →

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Facebook Instagram Kid Hacker

10-year-old who got $10,000 for hacking Instagram reveals his other feats

By on May 5, 2016 at 8:25 PM.

10-year-old who got $10,000 for hacking Instagram reveals his other feats

What were you doing when you were just 10 years old? Were you able to find any software bugs and win a boatload of cash for it? I sure wasn’t, but a Finnish boy named Jani recently told Facebook about an Instagram bug would let anyone delete comments inside the app. The social network rewarded him with $10,000 for his discovery.

It turns out that Jani is not only good with computers already, but he has a great sense of humor. More →

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