Amazon YouTube Video Direct

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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Google Photos Search Keywords

How do computers know what they’re looking at?

By on April 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

How do computers know what they’re looking at?

Computers have become so advanced that they can recognize the contents of the photos you take with your iPhone or Android smartphone, meaning you’ll be able to easily find a certain picture by simply describing it to a computer in the future. It’s all possible thanks to advanced deep learning techniques that train computers to recognize all sorts of shapes and objects in regular images.

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Facebook Messenger Bots List

40 of the first Facebook chat bots in the world

By on April 13, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

40 of the first Facebook chat bots in the world

Well, we’ve officially come full circle. The future of technology is being driven by next-generation AOL chat rooms powered by Slack, and next-generation chat bots championed by Facebook. They say “everything old is new again,” and it appears as though that’s indeed the case.

All (half-)joking aside, Facebook on Tuesday made a series of big announcements at its F8 developer conference, and one of the biggest was the hotly anticipated launch of a new bot platform for Facebook Messenger. These machine-powered chat accounts allow companies to interact with Facebook Messenger users without, you know, actually having to interact with Facebook Messenger users. There’s definitely a great deal of potential there, and the first wave of chat bots has already begun to roll out. More →

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Facebook Tips

How to access the secret Facebook inbox full of messages you didn’t know you received

By on April 7, 2016 at 12:03 PM.

How to access the secret Facebook inbox full of messages you didn’t know you received

Did you know that your Facebook Messenger app has a secret inbox that, at this very moment, is probably full of messages you had no idea you received? No, of course you didn’t, because then it wouldn’t be a secret. Well it turns out that Facebook filters some messages you receive by default, and there’s pretty much no indication that the filtered messages have are there unless you know exactly where to look.

It’s not obvious and you won’t find it on your own, but don’t worry because we’ll tell you exactly how to find it and see all the messages you’ve missed. More →

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Facebook Messenger App Ads

Get ready for sponsors to start invading Facebook Messenger

By on April 6, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

Get ready for sponsors to start invading Facebook Messenger

If you thought that your Facebook Messenger chats would be free from monetization, think again. It looks like Facebook has begun to roll out an interesting new way to make money off of its wildly popular mobile chat application. While the new strategy doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as annoying as some of the advertising and sponsorship schemes we’ve seen in rival chat apps, feelings will undoubtedly be mixed if and when this new feature begins rolling out to users en masse. More →

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Facebook Safety Check Feature

Facebook’s Safety Check feature fails after deadly bombing in Pakistan

By on March 28, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Facebook’s Safety Check feature fails after deadly bombing in Pakistan

Less than a week after the deadly bombings in Belgium, a new terror attack took the lives of at least 70 people, wounding 340 others in a suicide blast in Lahore, Pakistan. Social media, including Facebook, can be a powerful online tool in such cases, helping spread awareness but also allowing people to see whether friends and family are out of harm’s way.

However, Facebook’s Safety Check feature that was deployed after the mid-November Paris attacks malfunctioned on Sunday, after the explosion that shook Pakistan. More →

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Facebook Racial Profile Advertising

Facebook swears it’s not racially profiling you… except it kind of is

By on March 23, 2016 at 5:45 PM.

Facebook swears it’s not racially profiling you… except it kind of is

Does Facebook racially profile you to serve you more relevant ads? The company tells Ars Technica that it doesn’t engage in racial profiling but it’s hard to see another way to describe its new advertising platform that groups users into “ethnic affinities.”

So here’s how it works: Facebook admits that it builds ethnic profiles for users but it doesn’t do so based on census data, your name, your photos, or your private information. That said, if it sees that you like NPR, craft beer and farmers markets, then you’ll get categorized in an affinity group for white urban liberals. Or if you like hip-hop and are part of groups online like BlackLivesMatter, Facebook will say you have an affinity for black American culture. More →

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