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Facebooks gaming hub launches into beta on Android

November 4, 2018

This summer, Facebook launched, its online gaming hub and Twitch competitor, designed to attract game streamers and their fans to watch videos on Facebook instead of on rival sites. The destination shows videos based on which games and streaming celebrities users follow, plus Liked Pages and Groups, and other featured suggestions of what to […]

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Myspace reborn! Facebook will let you pin song clips to your profile

November 1, 2018

Facebook will let friends learn about you by streaming clips of your favorite songs from your profile in a throwback to Myspace Music. You’ll be able to choose tracks to add to a revamped Music section of your profile that now actually plays songs instead of just showing what artists you Like, and you can […]

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Happy 10th anniversary, Android

October 21, 2018

It’s been 10 years since Google took the wraps off the G1, the first Android phone. Since that time the OS has grown from buggy, nerdy iPhone alternative to arguably the most popular (or at least populous) computing platform in the world. But it sure as heck didn’t get there without hitting a few bumps […]

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Facebook’s data breach and what it means for you Technically Speaking

October 20, 2018

Facebook wants to fight filter bubbles in your News Feed.Image: Getty Images/sean gallup Facebook wants to burst your filter bubble. A new patent — filed last March but just made public — details one way Facebook may push back on political echo chambers in its News Feed. Titled “Systems and Methods for Providing Diverse Content,” […]

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Michael Kors Facebook AR ad in News Feed test run

October 16, 2018

Facebook is inserting your face right into the ads in your news feed thanks to AR.Image: FACEBOOK You’ll soon be able to try on sunglasses and buy them without ever leaving your Facebook app. SEE ALSO: Facebook ‘split memes’ are driving everyone crazy The social media company announced Tuesday that it’s beginning to test augmented […]

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Europe is drawing fresh battle lines around the ethics of big data

October 13, 2018

It’s been just over four months since Europe’s tough new privacy framework came into force. You might believe that little of substance has changed for big tech’s data-hungry smooth operators since then — beyond firing out a wave of privacy policy update spam, and putting up a fresh cluster of consent pop-ups that are just […]

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Seven reasons not to trust Facebook to play cupid

October 1, 2018

This week Facebook has launched a major new product play, slotting an algorithmic dating service inside its walled garden as if that’s perfectly normal behavior for an ageing social network. Insert your [dad dancing GIF of choice] right here. Facebook getting into dating looks very much like a mid-life crisis — as a veteran social […]

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Say Aloha: A closer look at Facebooks voice ambitions

August 30, 2018

Facebook has been a bit slow to adopt the voice computing revolution. It has no voice assistant, its smart speaker is still in development, and some apps like Instagram aren’t fully equipped for audio communication. But much of that is set to change judging by experiments discovered in Facebook’s code, plus new patent filings. Developing […]

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Movado Group acquires watch startup MVMT

August 18, 2018

The Movado Group, which sells multiple brands, including Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, has purchased MVMT, a small watch company founded by Jacob Kassan and Kramer LaPlante in 2013. The company, which advertised heavily on Facebook, logged $71 million in revenue in 2017. Movado purchased the company for $100 million. “The acquisition of MVMT […]

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Playing Monopoly: What Zuck Can Learn From Bill Gates

August 17, 2018

Pop quiz: What tech mogul dropped out of Harvard after two years to found a tech company that conquered the world? If you answered Mark Zuckerberg, congratulations! You are correct. And if you answered Bill Gates, congratulations: You are also correct! And the interesting thing is, it’s not just Harvard. The more you compare the […]

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