Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Facebook and Google blocking extremist propaganda

Facebook and Google blocking extremist propaganda

Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States.
Facebook Messenger just made conversations easier

Facebook Messenger just made conversations easier

With over 900 million people using Messenger every month, Messenger is the place where you can connect with the people and businesses you care about most. You can also now do more than just send and receive messages. From sending your favorite emoji (ours are brand new) to chatting with businesses, getting your news delivered just how you like it or making a video call — there’s lots to experience on Messenger.
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Virtual reality gets real in 2017

Virtual Reality is ... well, real. The last year has seen the launch of every major VR platform, from high-quality tethered systems like HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift, through to cheap-and-cheerful smartphone-based platforms like Google’s Daydream and Samsung’s Gear VR.
Facebook’s News Feed is changing

Facebook Reducing Clickbait in News Feed

Facebook's goal with News Feed is to show people the stories most relevant to them — ranking stories so that what’s most important to each person shows up highest in their News Feeds. When they rank and make improvements to News Feed, they rely on a set of core values. These values — which they’ve been using for years — guide their thinking, and help them keep the central experience of News Feed intact as it evolves.
Mighty Networks takes on Facebook Groups

Mighty Networks takes on Facebook Groups

California based Mighty Software, Inc. today announces Mighty Networks 4.4.3, an important update to the company's popular social networking app for iOS and Android devices. Mighty Networks takes direct aim at ordinary groups with a new social network totally re-imagined for deep interests on mobile. The app employs proprietary algorithms and smart technology built from the ground up for interests. Version 4.4.3 contains various bug fixes and stability improvements.
High speed subsea “MAREA" cable being built across the Atlantic Ocean

High speed subsea “MAREA" cable being built across the Atlantic Ocean

Microsoft and Facebook to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic. The new "MAREA" cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers. The parties have cleared conditions to go Contract-In-Force (CIF) with their plans, and construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.
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Facebook messenger end-to-end encryption

Today Facebook is beginning to roll out a new option within Messenger to better support conversations about sensitive topics. Your messages and calls on Messenger already benefit from strong security systems — Messenger uses secure communications channels (just like banking and shopping websites) as well as Facebook’s powerful tools to help block spam and malware. They’ve heard from you that there are times when you want additional safeguards — perhaps when discussing private information like an illness or a health issue with trusted friends and family, or sending financial information to an accountant.
Chicago man was shot and killed while Facebook live streaming

Chicago man was shot and killed while Facebook live streaming

A Chicago man was shot and killed while live streaming a video on Facebook, police said on Friday, just days after a double homicide in France in which the killer later took to Facebook Live to encourage more violence. Antonio Perkins, 28, was found face down on Wednesday night in a vacant lot with gunshot wounds to the neck and head on the city’s west side, Chicago police officer Laura Amezaga said.
Connecting Billions of People with Facebook Aquila

Connecting Billions of People with Facebook Aquila

Internet access can offer life-changing opportunities and experiences to all of us, but there are still 4 billion people without it. That’s 60% of the global population. As many as 1.6 billion of those unconnected people live in remote locations with no access to mobile broadband networks, where implementing existing network technologies is so challenging and costly that it will take years to bring everyone affordable access. As part of Facebook's commitment to Internet.org, they formed the Facebook Connectivity Lab to build new technologies — including aircraft, satellites, and wireless communications systems — to help solve this problem more quickly.
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Control Facebook Ads

As more and more content has shifted to the internet, online experiences have improved dramatically, becoming more immersive and intuitive. But many digital ads haven’t kept up. We’ve all experienced a lot of bad ads: ads that obscure the content we’re trying to read, ads that slow down load times or ads that try to sell us things we have no interest in buying. Bad ads are disruptive and a waste of our time.

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