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Facebook copy briefly surfaces in North Korea

June 1st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A clone of the Facebook social media site has briefly appeared in North Korea before quickly going offline. Hosted on the StarCon.net.kp address in North Korea it had many of the features of other social networks. It is not clear who created StarCon but it is thought to be a test project for a future […]

Facebook to revamp Trending Topics

May 24th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook has announced changes to the way it runs its Trending Topics feed, following an internal investigation. There will be more training for staff and the feed will no longer rely on a list of news organisations, including the BBC, Washington Post and Buzzfeed News, to validate subjects. The feed, which lists popular headlines along […]

Zuckerberg: Facebook investigating censorship claim

May 13th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has said the company is investigating claims it censored news reports with conservative viewpoints. It follows a week of allegations in the media and discussion in the US Senate. The tech news website Gizmodo had said Facebook staff suppressed articles on conservative topics from the site’s “trending” news section and […]

Facebook Moments facial-recognition app launches in Europe

May 11th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook has launched its facial-recognition-powered photo-sharing app in the EU and Canada. The program – Moments – was released in some countries in 2015, but withheld elsewhere because of local data privacy rules. The company has created a different version of the software to get around these restrictions. But it acknowledged the new edition required […]

Facebook: Political bias claim ‘untrue’

May 10th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook has defended itself over claims its Trending Topics intentionally suppressed stories supporting conservative political viewpoints. A report by technology news site Gizmodo said staff responsible for what was shown to Facebook’s 1.6bn users frequently chose to bury articles they did not agree with. Responding to the allegations, the network’s head of search Tom Stocky […]

Facebook wins China trademark case

May 9th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A Beijing court has ruled in favour of Facebook and against a Chinese company which had registered “face book” as a separate trademark. The court said the firm had “violated moral principles” with “obvious intention to duplicate and copy from another high-profile trademark”. The Zhongshan Pearl River company had registered the name in 2014. Facebook […]

Facebook triples quarterly profits

April 28th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook shares have jumped after reporting a tripling of first quarter profits from a year earlier to $1.51bn. Advertising revenues rose to $5.2bn, with more than 80% coming from mobile. Facebook’s focus on live video attracted new advertisers, while sales on existing services also grew. Mark Zuckerberg also requested that a new class of stock […]

Apple, Twitter and Facebook under scrutiny

April 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Sun Microsystems was a Silicon Valley giant. Founded in the 80s, the company sold hardware and software to thousands of companies, and during the dot.com boom it was bringing in $5bn (£3.4bn) in revenue each quarter. But then the bubble burst, and the firm went into a catastrophic downward spiral. Its share price plummeted and, […]

Facebook Now Has Two “Hidden” Message Inboxes, Here’s How to Access Them

April 19th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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You might have heard that there is a somewhat unknown Facebook inbox where potentially scads of filtered messages go to die. It turns out, there are actually two. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting all your messages. Things change, and with it, Facebook. Just a short time ago, the Internet was abuzz over a “hidden” and “secret” inbox that […]

Facebook’s next big thing: Bots for Messenger

April 13th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media caption Mark Zuckerberg said bots offered advantages over using dozens of specialised apps Humans, we’ve got company. No longer satisfied with being the dominant network for our humble species, Facebook is now courting a different type of […]

Identity 2016: Facebook lets blind people ‘see’ its photos

April 5th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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As the internet becomes dominated by images, Facebook is launching a system which can “read” photos and tell visually impaired people what appears in them. The internet is changing. From a medium based almost entirely on text, it is now becoming increasingly picture-led. An estimated 1.8 billion images are uploaded every day to social networks […]

Facebook’s VR firm Oculus offers shipping refund

April 4th, 2016 by Mark Daly in ilicomm News No Comments »
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Facebook-owned virtual reality firm Oculus is offering shipping refunds on all pre-ordered devices following delays. The first headsets were due to have arrived with customers on 28 March, but many are still waiting. The firm has blamed an “unexpected component shortage” and says customers should receive updated news on their orders by 12 April. Oculus […]

Facebook drops support for Blackberry

March 22nd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Blackberry said it is “extremely disappointed” with Facebook’s decision to discontinue support for its app. It means Blackberry users will have to use the mobile version of the website to log on to the social network. It is not clear when this will come into effect. Earlier this month WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, […]

Why Facebook is using satellites to map every building in 20 countries

February 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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There are more than 4 billion people in the world who don’t have internet access, but Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has a plan to connect everyone on the planet, for free. Not everyone is on board with the idea – called Internet.org – or one of its programs – Free Basics – which aims to connect the […]

MWC 2016: Facebook uses AI to map people’s homes

February 23rd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook has announced it will make highly detailed maps of places where it believes people are living available to the public later this year. The social network has been using artificial intelligence software to scan satellite imagery and identify human-built structures. It hopes to use the information to determine where internet-beaming drones would best be […]

Facebook given 3 months to stop tracking non-users in France

February 10th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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CNIL, the French data protection authority, on Monday cracked down on Facebook, giving it three months to stop tracking non-users’ web activity without their consent. It also ordered Facebook to stop some transfers of European citizens’ personal data to the US on the basis of the transatlantic Safe Harbor agreement, which the European Union’s highest […]

This Facebook bug could have allowed hackers to take over your account

January 29th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A UK security researcher who goes by fin1te has just published the fascinating story of a Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) bug he found in Facebook’s content delivery network. Fin1te (whose real name is Jack Whitton) reported the bug in July 2015, and apparently received $7500 for his efforts, but nevertheless waited until this week before going […]

Facebook trains AI to beat humans at Go board game

January 27th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook has created an artificial intelligence system that is “getting close” to beating the best human players at the Chinese board game Go, Mark Zuckerberg has revealed. The social network’s founder added that the work was being done close to his desk, signalling the importance he is giving to the task. One expert said the […]

Forget the Facebook App: Use the Mobile Site for a Less Annoying Experience

January 22nd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook’s Android and iPhone apps still aren’t great. The iPhone app has had bugs that cause it to drain battery in the background, and Facebook once even reportedly made its Android appcrash on purpose. And don’t even get us started on the Android app’s permissions. Rather than put up with the awful app, you can use Facebook’s fairly full-featured mobile site instead. […]

Mark Zuckerberg to build AI to help at home and work

January 4th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he plans to build artificial intelligence (AI) to help him around the house and with his work. In a post on the social media site, he said his personal challenge this year would be to build a “simple AI” similar to the butler Jarvis from the film Iron Man. […]

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