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Facebook adds eBay’s Daily Deals to its Marketplace on mobile

Facebook adds eBay’s Daily Deals to its Marketplace on mobile Facebook is again getting into the daily deals space, this time in collaboration with eBay. The company has launched a new feature within its Marketplace section on its mobile app, where a selection of inventory from eBay’s Daily Deals program is now available. The deals can be shopped directly in Facebook’s app, but checkout takes place on eBay’s website through an in-app browser. The new addition expands the focus for Marketplace, Facebook’s answer to Craigslist. This section today is prominently positioned in…

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

What Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others are doing to tackle hate speech This weekend’s events in Charlottesville, VA left one person dead, 30 people injured and poured more kerosene onto the fire of national debate around hate groups and free speech. For all the decades of talk about the internet as a great uniter across geographical and ideological divides, it’s just as often used as a tool to deepen divides, as many users are content to stay within their ideological echo chambers. There’s no easy fix, of course, but when hateful…

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Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link

Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link Facebook is rolling out a “Trending News” section on mobile that includes its own link in the app’s main navigation. This follows the company’s earlier announcement this spring of a redesign for Trending Topics, an increasingly important part of Facebook’s social network, where it tracks the news stories that are buzzing across its service. That redesign is now rolling out to users on iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., while the added navigational link to Trending…

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Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video

Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video Facebook has acquired a German company called Fayteq that builds software add-ons for video editing that can remove and add whole objects from captured video using computer vision. The acquisition was first reported by a German startup publication (via Variety) and confirmed to TechCrunch, and could be useful as Facebook pursues additional video filter creation technology, both for its live streaming efforts, and for platforms like Instagram Stories. Of course, being able to add objects to live video and…

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Crunch Report | Benchmark Sues Travis Kalanick

Crunch Report | Benchmark Sues Travis Kalanick Today’s Stories  Benchmark sues former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick SoundCloud saved by emergency funding as CEO steps aside Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by: Tito hamzeEdited by: Tito Hamze Notes: I don’t know what to wear on Crunch Report (It’s a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup and want to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and I’ll wear…

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8 ways to fix Snapchat

8 ways to fix Snapchat Snap’s cool factor is wearing off. It needs new ways to entertain teens and score ad dollars. That means challenging some of its deepest-held philosophies about who Snapchat is for and how it works. From changing its feed to seducing influencers to fighting Facebook, here’s what we think Snap needs to do. (Why?) Published at Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:10:41 +0000

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Crunch Report | Facebook Launches ‘Watch’ for Original Shows

Crunch Report | Facebook Launches ‘Watch’ for Original Shows Today’s Stories  Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows Coinbase raises $100M at a $1.6B valuation amid explosive growth Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface recommendation, citing high breakage rates 500 Startups’ Australia accelerator program is axed by its partner before it even launched Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by: Gregory ManaloEdited by: Tito Hamze Notes: I don’t know what to wear on Crunch Report (It’s a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you…

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Facebook bans ‘cloaking’ of spam sites that fool filters

Facebook bans ‘cloaking’ of spam sites that fool filters “Cloaking” sounds sci-fi, but it’s actually a trick used today by spammers to show content moderators or search engine spiders an innocent-looking version of their site while real visitors just see ads and scams. For example, some spammers try to fool Facebook’s review team and tech by showing any of its staffers’ IP addresses a benign landing page for links or ads, while everyone else sees diet pill scams or porn that violate Facebook’s community standards and ad policies. So today,…

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Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows

Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45 percent. The “Watch” tab and several dozen original shows will start rolling out to a small group of U.S. users tomorrow on mobile, desktop and Facebook’s TV apps. By hosting original programming, Facebook could boost ad revenue and give people a reason to frequently return to the News Feed for content they can’t get…

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Facebook shuts down its Snapchat competitor Lifestage and its standalone Groups app

Facebook shuts down its Snapchat competitor Lifestage and its standalone Groups app Facebook is paring down its collection of standalone apps. The company’s experimental “teens-only” app Lifestage, designed to counteract Snapchat’s threat, has been pulled from the App Store. Its disappearance was first spotted by Business Insider, and Facebook confirmed its removal. However, Lifestage isn’t the only Facebook app that’s being killed off as of late – the company is also closing down its Groups app, first launched in 2014 to help users better discover, search and connect with their…

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