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John P. Mello Jr.
Leaked Docs Spotlight Complexity of Moderating Facebook Content
05/23/17 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 825 Words

... public got a rare view into how Facebook tries to keep offensive and dangerous content offline in a report published Sunday. Confidential documents leaked to The Guardian exposed the secret rules by which Facebook polices postings on issues such as violence, hate...

David Jones
Snap Stock Snaps Back - for the Moment
05/23/17 10:06 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 595 Words

The fact that they slowed in the face of Snapchat's fierce competition with Facebook's Instagram likely spooked investors, Fuller told the E-Commerce Times.

When Snapchat first came on the scene, it was not much different than a dot-com like Twitter,...

Richard Adhikari
Genesys Launches G-Nine CX Framework
05/24/17 3:51 PM PT | CRM Buyer | 615 Words

Among G-Nine's initial capabilities: Smart App Automation, with more than 80 predefined micro-applications for voice and digital self-service; Asynchronous messaging, through Genesys Hub, in often-used channels such as Facebook Messenger Slack, Skype and WeChat; Next-generation engagement, which extends the customer experience into...

Pam Baker
Getting Serious About Teen Smartphone Addiction
05/24/17 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1012 Words

They also observed a link between heavy Facebook use and depressive symptoms, including low self-esteem.

It's not just the constant barrage of posts, texts, and messaging from peers and bullies on smartphones that can have a negative effect on the mental...

John P. Mello Jr.
Data Watchdog Cautions Google and UK Health Partner
05/19/17 8:41 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 723 Words

"If this hadn't involved a GoFA (Google Facebook Amazon), I wonder if this would have evoked such an outcry," observed Jessica Groopman, a principal analyst at Tractica .

"In this case, DeepMind's affiliation with Google may have hurt it," she told...

Richard Adhikari
HPE Unveils Huge Single-Memory Computer Prototype
05/17/17 8:48 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 644 Words

"I don't see the world putting all health records in a single system -- or Facebook all its data," remarked Holger Mueller, a principal analyst at Constellation Research .

"Most of the Big Data use cases we know today are fine...

Jeff Kagan
Charter's Wireless Play
05/15/17 1:49 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 474 Words

In the past, various companies -- among them, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Amazon and Facebook -- tried to compete with the leaders but failed.

Even Google is still struggling in wireless. Android is a hit, but Google's Pixel phone and its...

Jim McGregor & Paul Teich
AI Is Still in Its Formative Years
05/04/17 11:45 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 930 Words

As a result, some inference engines run in the cloud as a service, such as Apple's Siri; as a mix of dedicated appliances and cloud services, such as Amazon's Alexa; or completely locally, such as Facebook's collaboration with Qualcomm to enable certain...

Peter Suciu
Facebook Builds a VR Space, but Will Anyone Come?
04/19/17 12:26 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 658 Words

... on Tuesday announced the beta launch of Facebook Spaces, a new app that allows users to connect with friends and colleagues in an interactive virtual reality environment. Facebook Spaces is available for Oculus Rift and Touch at the Oculus Store. The app...

John P. Mello Jr.
Facebook Gets Tough on Spy Apps
03/15/17 10:51 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 625 Words

The company has updated its Facebook and Instagram policies to prohibit developers from using data obtained from those platforms in surveillance tools, according to Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer at Facebook.

Facebook already has taken enforcement actions against devs who created...

Peter Suciu
Facebook's Latest Moon Shot: I Think, Therefore I Type
04/21/17 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 952 Words

What Facebook envisions is a technology that would resemble a neural network, allowing users to share thoughts the way they share photos today.

This technology also could function as a speech prosthetic for people with communication disorders or as a new...

David Jones
Cleveland Murder Intensifies Scrutiny of Facebook Live
04/18/17 11:52 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 926 Words

... footage of a senseless murder in Cleveland, posted after the fact on Facebook Live, has attracted national attention to the role of the platform in criminals' minds. Authorities Tuesday morning announced that Steve Stephens -- the 37-year-old suspect wanted for the cold-blooded...

John P. Mello Jr.
Internet Giants Ramp Up Fake News Defenses
04/27/17 10:26 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 992 Words

Meanwhile, Facebook on Tuesday said it had begun testing its Related Articles feature, which shows readers Facebook's recommendations for articles related to the topic of an article they've just read. The new related article feature displays the links to recommended reading in...

Richard Adhikari
WhatsApp Field-Trials Business Chat
03/14/17 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 574 Words

The company also announced that it would tighten its coordination with parent Facebook.

WhatsApp's decision to coordinate more closely with Facebook triggered a user exodus last year, and implementing a business chat capability could prompt more to flee.


David Jones
Instagram Snaps Up Rivals' Users
04/28/17 10:10 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 604 Words

Instagram "competes directly with Snapchat but is better to use and integrates better with Facebook," Michael Jude, a Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan program manager, told the E-Commerce Times.

Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion, two years after CEO Kevin...

Peter Suciu
Too Much Communication
03/28/17 9:39 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1141 Words

Millennials are just as likely to "snap" or "tweet" as they are to talk on their smartphones, and many close friends of all ages rely on social media sites like Facebook to "chat."

Spanning Great Distances
It is likely impossible...

Peter Suciu
FCC Reverses Course on Internet Privacy Rules
03/02/17 2:59 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 609 Words

The new rules were meant to level the playing field for edge providers, including Google , Facebook and Amazon, he told the E-Commerce Times.

However, opponents viewed the new rules as distorting the market, "so the losers now are Facebook and...

David Jones
Google Mulls Ways to Banish Bad Ads
04/22/17 10:40 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 688 Words

It also has been considering a collaboration with Microsoft, Facebook and other firms to develop a set of standards that would determine which types of advertising to block from websites, according to AdAge . That effort presumably would aim at enhancing the consumer...

Peter Suciu
Our Sci-Fi Future: Silly vs. Terrifying
04/25/17 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1467 Words

When executives at Facebook's Oculus VR cite Snow Crash and the Metaverse, one must wonder what part of the vision of the future they're excited about. It would be akin to developing a robot with true artificial intelligence and proclaiming "it's...

Peter Suciu
Google Spins VR Experiences on the Web
04/14/17 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 852 Words

"Google took what is an interesting approach to VR, and rather than going the high-end route showcased by HTC and Facebook -- with Oculus Rift -- they started at the other end with smartphones and a cheap headset," said Rob Enderle, principal...

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