Uh Oh: Dans Death Must Have Been Really Gnarly If Everyone On Facebook Is Being So Vague About It

February 1, 2018

Well. This can’t be good. So Dan, everyone’s favorite jokester and all-around good guy, apparently died last week in some kind of tragic accident. All the posts that have showed up on Facebook so far have being pretty cagey about the details though, so uh… Dan’s death must have been pretty gnarly? Oh man. That seriously sucks for Dan. It all started when Dan’s mom posted an old picture of…

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Facebook’s Adam Mosseri on Why You’ll See Less Video, More From Friends

January 15, 2018

Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly users. Under the new regime, Facebook says users will see more content from friends and family, and less from brands and publishers. The new algorithm also will favor content that draws a lot of comments over posts that are popular, but don’t elicit comments….

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Facebook has a 100-person engineering team that helps advertisers build tools and infrastructure

December 31, 2017

Stories about Facebook’s advertising business tend to focus on the big numbers — its billions of users, millions of advertisers or its enormous lead over any competitor that’s not named Google. But Facebook says that one of its success stories in recent years involves a relatively small group of engineers — in fact, originally it was just one engineer, Vastal Mehta, who serves as Facebook’s director of solutions engineering and…

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Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed

November 24, 2017

Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russia’s Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed. Launching by the end of the year as part of the Facebook Help Center, the tool will show a list of all the IRA accounts you followed. The IRA is a group based in St. Petersburg, Russia with ties to the Kremlin. It’s…

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Facebook relaunches Events app as Facebook Local, adds bars and food

November 11, 2017

Bad news for Yelp and good news for nightlife lovers. When you want to go out, it doesn’t necessarily have to be to an event. So to help you discover bars, restaurants, and nearby attractions, Facebook is rebranding its standalone Events app as “Facebook Local”. Launching in the U.S. today on iOS and Android, Facebook Local combines events and permanent places to a single search engine powered by Facebook’s 70…

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Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run

October 23, 2017

Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently with its own brand. tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 2.5 million daily active users in the past nine weeks with its app that lets people anonymously answer kind-hearted multiple-choice questions about friends who then receive the poll results as compliments. You see questions like “Best to…

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Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

October 23, 2017

In a textbook illustration of the conflict of interest between Facebook and Google’s ostensible dedication to free speech and their ostensible espousal of progressive values, the internet giants reportedly took millions in advertising money from a major anti-immigration group at the same time as both were engaged in pro-immigration advocacy. Bloomberg reports that both companies worked with conservative nonprofit Secure America Now, which spent millions on ads on the platforms…

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Facebooks Order Food feature officially launches across the US

October 18, 2017

Facebook today formally announced its new feature that allows users to order food from local restaurants using its app. Instead of competing directly with other food ordering services, Facebook is partnering with several industry players on this effort, including EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Olo, Zuppler and Slice. It’s also working with restaurant chains directly, like Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa John’s, Wingstop, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Chipotle,…

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Microsoft and Facebook’s big undersea cable is now complete

Marea cable headed towards the oceanImage: microsoft More than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, there now lies the “most technologically advanced subsea cable,” providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google’s alternative, now poorly named, “Faster.” The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius.  Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain,…

September 28, 2017
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