Tag: Social

Facebook livestreaming gets easier with Streamlabs OBS support

Facebook will make game livestreaming easier with its integration of Streamlabs OBS livestreaming software, which enables users to stream their favorite games through Facebook. Streaming video games using other broadcasting software can be a pretty intimidating and technical experience, especially for new streamers. The goal of the integration is to […]

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AI project matches brands with relevant Instagram influencers

In some circles, the mere mention of the word “influencer” is enough to elicit groans of protest. True, folks like Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Felix Kjellberg (i.e., YouTube’s PewDiePie), and others with outsized social media presences might not have spotless reputations, but they’re pretty effective at peddling merchandise to their legions of […]

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Pew: 74% of users don’t know Facebook records their ad preferences

Facebook has been in the news quite a bit for its ad targeting over the past year, most notably with reports that the now-defunct Cambridge Analytica used improperly obtained data to develop “personality” profiles on U.S. voters and target ads toward them during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But many […]

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Automattic announces Newspack, a next-gen news publishing platform backed by Google

WordPress.com parent Automattic has announced a new publishing platform for news sites, designed to help small to medium-sized publications generate more revenue. The initiative, which is called Newspack by WordPress.com, is launching in partnership with News Revenue Hub and Spirited Media. Interestingly, Newspack is backed by $2.4 million in funding from […]

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German politicians’ data published online in massive breach

(Reuters) — Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures including Chancellor Angela Merkel have been published online in what appears to be one of Germany’s most far-reaching data breaches. A preliminary analysis showed the data had been obtained through “wrongful use of log-in information for […]

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Instagram’s horizontal swipe mess happened because everyone loves Stories so much

If the furor that erupted over Instagram’s botched test this week that inadvertently became a wider update of the app taught us anything, it’s this. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service would presumably never admit this, but the interest in exploring a limited experiment of replacing the vertical scrolling feed with a horizontal, Stories-like progression of content […]

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Facebook’s worst self-inflicted wounds of 2018

In January, Mark Zuckerberg decided that his resolution for 2018 would be to ‘fix’ Facebook, in the belief that “we’ll end 2018 on a much better trajectory.” “The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do — whether it’s protecting our community from abuse […]

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RIP: 15 tech companies and products that bit the dust in 2018

The year 2018 may be remembered for its many launches, from well-funded augmented reality (AR) startups to future-gazing big data platforms. But for every new entrant to the technology industry, there was probably at least one company or product that went in the opposite direction. As we approach the end of […]

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How Clover Health partnered with MindMate app to help elderly with brain games

Dementia affects more than 60 million Americans. And today, on Christmas day, many will realize at family gatherings that their elderly relatives have gotten worse at remembering things. I know this well, as my 85-year-old mother has dementia, a memory loss disease that can lead to Alzheimer’s. I’ve been spending […]

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3 tech companies whose terrible 2018 you missed: Snap, Yelp, and IBM

So much went so spectacularly wrong in so many ways for tech companies in 2018 that it was hard to keep track of all the horror shows. Some fails were so epic — like those of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Tesla — that they deserve their own postmortem. But these […]

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13 European companies acquired by U.S. tech giants in 2018

As in previous years, a number of big acquisitions went down in the technology realm in 2018, and Europe was a popular destination for U.S. companies looking to bolster their technological arsenal. Here’s a quick look back at some of the transatlantic deals that happened this year. Spektral (Denmark) In October, […]

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Facebook donates $1 million to support Wikipedia

Technology giants heavily rely on Wikipedia’s extensive database to source information for their platforms. So it is only fair that they show interest in the long-term sustainability of the online encyclopedia. This week, Facebook made its support official. The Wikimedia Foundation announced late Thursday that Facebook has contributed $1 million […]

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Google+ APIs to close down on March 7, 2019

Google has provided further details on its plans to sunset the consumer version of Google+. The internet giant has revealed that all Google+ APIs and integrations will be closed down permanently on March 7, 2019. However, the closure will be a gradual process kicking off on January 28, meaning that […]

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Sprout Social raises $40.5 million to supercharge social media campaigns

For enterprises unaccustomed to digital outreach, devising a social-centric marketing strategy can be a daunting prospect. But it’s a necessary evil: According to a recent survey conducted by analysts at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 59 percent of global consumers use social media as a source of inspiration for purchases. The challenge, of course, is learning […]

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Zwift raises $120 million to expand its virtual training worlds for cyclists, runners, and esport contests

Zwift, a Long Beach, California-based startup that develops online virtual worlds for cyclists and runners, has raised $120 million in a series B round of funding led by Highland Europe. Additional investors include True, Causeway Media, and Novator. Founded in 2014, Swift initially built its business on top of virtual training […]

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Amazon Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which speaks to you?

As people continue to purchase tens of millions of smart speakers around the world, the Echo Dot and Home Mini continue to lead global sales by the numbers. But the new twist we collectively witnessed in the past year was the emergence of the smart display, a new category of […]

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Alphabet’s Jigsaw expands AI-powered toxic comment detection technology to Spanish

Alphabet’s in-house incubator, Jigsaw, has revealed that it is opening up its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered abuse-detection technology to more languages, starting with Spanish. Anyone who has spent time reading the comments section on websites will know all too well that they can be unpleasant places, with abuse and trolling comments commonplace. […]

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