Tag: Social

Oblong introduces Rumpus visual collaboration tool for virtual teams

Oblong Industries is giving us a little taste of the future with Rumpus, a visual collaboration tool for virtual teams on the Mac. It lets everyone share their screens at once or point at something at the same time, even if they aren’t in the same room together. Oblong CEO John Underkoffler is best known as […]

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Facebook says it now uses machine learning to proactively detect revenge porn

Facebook has revealed its latest efforts to curb the spread of so-called “revenge porn” across the social network. Revenge porn, which is when intimate photos or videos are shared to the public without the subject’s consent, has become a whole lot easier in the age of camera phones, messaging apps, and an always-on society — […]

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How to control algorithms that want to run your life

Today algorithms can shape what you buy, where you live, whether you get a job or a bank loan, and many other aspects of your life. Autocomplete now predicts your words in text messages, Gmail, and search terms. Even Tinder is controlled by algorithms — did you pick your love […]

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Tim Berners-Lee says World Wide Web must emerge from ‘adolescence’

(Reuters) — The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of the collaborative software project his supervisor initially dubbed “vague but exciting”. Speaking to reporters at CERN, the physics research center outside Geneva […]

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Amy Webb highlights over 300 tech trends in annual report

The Future Today Institute today unveiled the latest annual Tech Trends Report, which highlights 315 trends, up from 225 last year. This is the 12th year of the Tech Trends Report. The report highlights top trends in areas like energy, robotics, AI, transportation, data, privacy, and security. Future Today Institute […]

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Elizabeth Warren vows to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google

(Reuters) — Senator Elizabeth Warren vowed on Friday to break up Amazon.com, Alphabet’s Google, and Facebook if elected U.S. president to promote competition in the tech sector. Warren, who is seeking to stand out in a crowded field of presidential candidates, said in a blog post that on their way […]

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Microsoft integrates Yammer into Teams

Microsoft today revealed its plans for Yammer, the company’s enterprise social network for private communication within organizations. It’s getting the Microsoft Teams treatment — users can now add a Yammer tab to their channels. Microsoft Teams is used by over 329,000 organizations and is the company’s fastest-growing business app ever. […]

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Amy Webb’s ‘The Big Nine’ predicts the impact of AI and tech giants over the next 50 years

The year is 2023, and Google, Microsoft, and other influential AI companies join an international coalition of businesses and democratic governments to declare AI a public good. Using China’s AI strategy as motivation, teachers preparing people for an automated future are paid more, and federal funding for AI projects grows […]

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Pinterest expands personalized shopping recommendations

Pinterest today introduced a series of new tools to help merchants sell their products, including Catalogs, which lets anyone upload and convert their entire product catalog into shoppable Pins. Previously this process feature was only available to select brands working with Pinterest, head of shopping product Tim Weingarten told VentureBeat […]

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Sprint teams up with Hatch Entertainment to enable 5G mobile cloud gaming

Cloud gaming on mobile has been a long time coming, but now, it’s moving into a sprint. Sprint has teamed up with Hatch Entertainment to offer mobile cloud gaming services on Sprint’s 5G network in the U.S. That means that gamers on Sprint 5G will be able to play games […]

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Magic Leap CEO: We’re dead serious about the ‘Magicverse’

Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap, talks about the Magicverse like it’s a real thing. That’s because it is part of the visionary manifesto, of which the Magic Leap One augmented reality glasses are only a part. In an exclusive interview with GamesBeat, Abovitz said his company is working with […]

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5 things to expect from the event formerly known as Mobile World Congress

The annual telecom industry gathering once known as Mobile World Congress but now officially called MWC Barcelona begins next week. And while the annual gathering of telecom industry players and pretenders can feel like a punitive plague of locusts descending upon this otherwise lovely Spanish seaside city, it also can […]

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Facebook is bringing satellite Wi-Fi hotspots to rural communities, starting in Mexico

Facebook is partnering with Viasat to help deploy high-speed satellite-powered connectivity to rural areas that have previously existed in internet not-spots. The social networking giant is no stranger to internet infrastructure projects, as it looks to get more people online and using it services, and with its latest endeavor it […]

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Teatime Games launches Hyperspeed game on its Teatime Live social gaming platform

Teatime Games, a game studio based in Reykjavik, Iceland, has launched its first game, Hyperspeed, on its face-to-face mobile social gaming platform, Teatime Live. The company raised $9 million last May from Index Ventures and Atomico. Teatime Live lets users communicate with fellow players with real-time video chat while playing. The […]

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SendBird raises $52 million so developers can add messaging and chat features to their apps

SendBird, a company that’s setting out to make it easy for any developer to integrate chat and messaging features into their apps, has raised $52 million in a series B round of funding led by Iconiq Capital, a wealth management firm with big-name backers that include Mark Zuckerberg. Existing investors including Shasta […]

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Twitter expands political ad policy to EU, India, and Australia

Following in the footsteps of Google and Facebook, Twitter today announced it’s expanding its political campaign policy and Ads Transparency Center to all European Union member states, India, and Australia. Launched in the U.S. last year, the Ads Transparency Center allows anyone — whether a Twitter user or not — to […]

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Alibaba is behind hit Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda app

(Reuters) — A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation’s tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. “Xuexi Qiangguo”, which literally translates as ‘Study to make […]

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Amazon plans to make 50% of Amazon shipments net zero carbon by 2030

Amazon hopes to make 50 percent of all shipments to customers with net zero carbon in the next 11 years as part of an initiative it’s calling Shipment Zero, it said today. It also announced that it’ll share a report detailing its company-wide carbon footprint — along with “related goals […]

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