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Announcing the TechCrunch Battlefield of Sub-Saharan Africa agenda

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments




 TechCrunch and Facebook are collaborating to bring TechCrunch’s very first Startup Battlefield to Nairobi, on October 11. The pitch-off competition will feature startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment. Top notch investors and founders, as well as TechCrunch editors, will serve as judges to pick the winners in… Read More


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Facebook design head loud on voice, silent on Alexa and hardware

| September 19, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Facebook has been reportedly working on a video chat device and a smart speaker that would use a new voice interface, to compete against the likes of Amazon and Google in the race to control your living room; and it’s also been testing as a voice search feature for its app. Today, the company’s head of design, Luke Woods, came out bullish on the promise of voice commands, squirmed… Read More


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Twitter says a now-fixed bug allowed ad campaigns to target users with derogatory terms

| September 16, 2017 | 0 Comments





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WordPress to ditch React library over Facebook patent clause risk

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Automattic, the company behind the popular open source web publishing software WordPress, has said it will be pulling away from using Facebook’s React javaScript library over concerns about a patent clause in Facebook’s open source license.  Read More


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Facebook is the latest tech giant to hunt for AI talent in Canada

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Facebook is turning its attention to Canada with a new AI research office in Montreal. Google and Microsoft already have outposts in the city and countless other tech companies, including Uber, have researchers based in Canada. McGill University’s Joelle Pineau will be leading Facebook’s AI efforts in Montreal. Pineau’s research focus tends to lean heavily on robotics and… Read More


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Facebook’s Eddie O’Neil takes over Platform as Deb Liu grows Marketplace

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments





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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving to start a non-profit

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments




 WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the Facebook-owned messaging app to start his own non-profit business. Acton announced the decision on Facebook, of course: After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life. I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about. I’ve decided… Read More


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Reid Hoffman on evolving product-market fit and sizing up talent

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments




 In our new episode of the Founder’s Corner podcast, I spoke with my longtime friend and former colleague Reid Hoffman––the renowned entrepreneur and investor who co-founded LinkedIn and today serves as partner at Greylock, advising a plethora of tech giants on everything from product strategy to hiring to trends in emerging technology. Hoffman offers a brief master class… Read More


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Facebook has pulled Instant Articles off Messenger

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments




 While Facebook prepares to offer readers a way to subscribe and pay for news directly from inside its app, the social network continues to tinker with how it presents publishers’ content elsewhere. In the latest development, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Facebook has removed Instant Articles — Facebook’s self-hosted, faster-loading article format for mobile… Read More


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The most monocle-dropping tech acquisitions of the past five years

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Even more US adults now getting news from social media, says Pew

| September 9, 2017 | 0 Comments




 New research by Pew suggests there has been another increase in the proportion of U.S. adults getting news via social media platforms. Read More


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Crunch Report | So About That Equifax Hack

| September 9, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Today’s Stories  Here comes the class action lawsuit after Equifax’s massive hack FBI probes Uber’s use of software to target rival Lyft Facebook plans to spend up to $1B on original shows in 2018 Spotify is starting a music event as Apple ends its music festival Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha Filmed by: Luke Miller Edited by: Joe Zolnoski Notes: Tito Hamze is… Read More


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Facebook adds a dedicated ‘Movies’ section offering showtimes and ticket sales

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Some Facebook users have noticed a new section called “Movies” appearing in the mobile app’s main navigation. The feature offers a way to see which movies are playing nearby, available showtimes and a list of local theaters and their movie selections. The section is powered through an integration with Fandango’s booking service, so you can buy a movie ticket right from… Read More


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WhatsApp’s first ads appear on Facebook and start convos with businesses

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments




 WhatsApp is preparing to finally monetize, and its first move follows the same strategy as Facebook Messenger. TechCrunch has discovered code in Facebook’s ad manager that lets businesses buy ads with the call to action “Send WhatsApp Message.” Read More


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Instagram test feature lets users share Stories straight to Facebook

| September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments




 To boost the popularity of Stories, Facebook could turn to its photo-centric sister app. In a new feature test first spotted by the Next Web’s Matt Navarra and Twitter user @mruiandre, some users are seeing an option to share Instagram Stories directly to the main Facebook app. Instagram has since confirmed that the feature is indeed in testing. Read More


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Facebook’s new Watch video hub rolls out to U.S. users

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Facebook’s latest push into video is now live. On Thursday, the new Watch tab popped up for U.S. users as the feature begins its proper roll-out. The Watch tab sits in some premium Facebook real estate, just under the News Feed and Messenger buttons on the main desktop navigation menu. On mobile, the feature hangs out at the bottom of the navigation bar where users can launch it with… Read More


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Facebook hires former NYT public editor Liz Spayd to consult on transparency

| August 25, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Facebook says it’s looking to become more open and transparent about its decisions, and it’s hired Liz Spayd, a former public editor of The New York Times, to consult on the process.
The hire comes as Facebook — or at least, parts of Facebook — seems to be wrestling with its role in the public sphere. There have been specific controversies, like the debate over… Read More


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Facebook Might Be Working on a Virtual Assistant for the Oculus Rift

| August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments



An anonymous leaker has shared information about a new virtual assistant for the Oculus Rift that’s supposedly being developed by Facebook. The leak fits with Facebook’s goal of integrating virtual reality with its social media platform.

The post Facebook Might Be Working on a Virtual Assistant for the Oculus Rift appeared first on Futurism.


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Teens favoring Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook, says eMarketer

| August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments





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What Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others are doing to tackle hate speech

| August 15, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Facebook says it’s removing accidental clicks from its ad network

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments





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The evolution of machine learning

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Major tech companies have actively reoriented themselves around AI and machine learning: Google is now “AI-first,” Uber has ML running through its veins, and internal AI research labs keep popping up.
They’re pouring resources and attention into convincing the world that the machine intelligence revolution is arriving now. They tout deep learning, in particular, as the… Read More


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Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe

| August 5, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Facebook fight fake news with links to other angles

| August 3, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Facebook will become the suggester of perspective to avoid being the “arbiter of truth”. It’s rolling out “Related Articles” that appear below news links to stories lots of people are posting about on Facebook, or that are suspected to be false news and have been externally fact checked by Facebook’s partners. Appearing before someone reads, Related… Read More


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Another black activist, Ijeoma Oluo, is suspended by Facebook for posting about racism

| August 2, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Activist and writer Ijeoma Oluo is the latest to suffer for Facebook’s inability — or perhaps unwillingness — to improve its reporting and moderation infrastructure. After receiving hundreds of racist and threatening messages in response to a joke made on Twitter, Oluo began posting screenshots when it was clear that reporting did nothing. Facebook’s response was to… Read More


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Facebook, Autodesk partner with a design organization geared toward underserved kids

| July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments





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The “attention economy” created by Silicon Valley is bankrupting us

| July 30, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

| July 30, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Equity podcast: Facebook good, everyone else bad

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Facebook is hiring a (human) AI Editor

| July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Human: Oh sweet bot, tell us a story! A nice story! About a very wise human who worked his whole life to save everybody in the world from having to spend time manually tagging their friends in digital photos — and made a magic machine that did it for them instead! Read More


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