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Facebook’s latest app is designed just for video creators

In a bid to keep its creator community happy, Facebook announced that it's planning a whole new app just for them later this year. It's essentially a video creation app made just for its star broadcasters, who are also the same folks who are deemed w...
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Instagram tests sharing posts with only your closest friends

Instagram's algorithmic timeline is an abject failure if you actually want to see all of your friends' posts. As a way of seemingly admitting that, the photo-and-video-minded social network is testing a new feature called "favorites," according to Th...
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Man discovers 36-year-old message in a bottle and the original writer is delighted

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Old school communication meets new school communication.

Ryan Burchett found a message in a bottle last weekend on Little St. Simons in Georgia. The buoyant letter was 36 years ago and thanks to social media he was able to connect with the original sender.

Douglas Stephens sent the bottle afloat off the Atlantic coast of Florida back on June 10, 1981. The letter included his name, address, the date, and a request for the finder to let him know where and when they found the bottle.

Burchett found the bottle while fishing with friends in southern Georgia, 40 miles from Fernandina Beach where Stephens set the bottle adrift. Read more...

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It's in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. 

Mentions is where Facebook first released Facebook Live back in August 2015 and it provides a lighter version of Facebook with a Following tab, a Trending tab, and a Mentions tab. 

But this new app, to be released later this year, will be focused on the creator, Facebook product director Daniel Danker announced during the "Future of Facebook Video" panel at VidCon.  Read more...

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Facebook is adding a new app, all about video creators

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Facebook wants more video, so it's releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. 

It's in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. 

Mentions is where Facebook first released Facebook Live back in August 2015 and it provides a lighter version of Facebook with a Following tab, a Trending tab, and a Mentions tab. 

But this new app, to be released later this year, will be focused on the creator, Facebook product director Daniel Danker announced during the "Future of Facebook Video" panel at VidCon.  Read more...

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The next video game controller is your voice

For all of modern gaming's advances, conversation is still a fairly unsophisticated affair. Starship Commander, an upcoming virtual reality game on Oculus and SteamVR, illustrates both the promise and challenge of a new paradigm seeking to remedy tha...

Mark Zuckerberg, the man behind Facebook, posted a photo on his Instagram of some very on-brand nail art, and it is really something.

This is a first. #fcs2017

A post shared by Mark Zuckerberg (@zuck) on Jun 22, 2017 at 4:58pm PDT

Let's dissect the social network homage that is happening on these unnamed fingers. 

On the pinky, we've got our classic "like" button, which is really a thumbs-up so this is a real missed opportunity. On the ring finger we've got the Zuck-man himself, beautifully illustrated I might add. The next two fingers spell out "face" and "book" complete with pink heart accents. Very classy. And on the thumb where the "like" button should have gone, we got the "love" button instead. All with the rich FB blue as the background color. Read more...

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Someone painted Mark Zuckerberg’s face on their nails and he’s into it

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In the wonderful world of outrageous nail art, this is one manicure you're sure to "like."

Mark Zuckerberg, the man behind Facebook, posted a photo on his Instagram of some very on-brand nail art, and it is really something.

This is a first. #fcs2017

A post shared by Mark Zuckerberg (@zuck) on

Let's dissect the social network homage that is happening on these unnamed fingers. 

On the pinky, we've got our classic "like" button, which is really a thumbs-up so this is a real missed opportunity. On the ring finger we've got the Zuck-man himself, beautifully illustrated I might add. The next two fingers spell out "face" and "book" complete with pink heart accents. Very classy. And on the thumb where the "like" button should have gone, we got the "love" button instead. All with the rich FB blue as the background color. Read more...

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Facebook expands its hate-fighting counterspeech initiative in Europe

 Facebook has launched a third counterspeech initiative in Europe, partnering with the not-for-profit Institute for Strategic Dialogue for the launch of the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), which is aimed at tackling online extremism and hate speech. Read More
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Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

Crunch Report June 22 Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s… Read More
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The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI

 Despite being slow and invasive, the TSA doesn’t have a great record at catching threats. With the help of the Kaggle data science community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting an online competition to build machine learning-powered tools that can augment agents, ideally making the entire system simultaneously more accurate and efficient. Read More
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Facebook has new safeguards for profile pictures, but it’s just a first step

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Facebook is revamping profile pictures to make them safer, starting with India.

The company has launched two new features in India to reduce misuse of profile photos, announced on Thursday. Though the issue is not limited to that region of the world, the problem is prevalent in the country, according to Facebook.

The features include "profile picture guard" and "profile picture design." The guard takes away some of the obvious ways of copying the photo; for example, people will no longer be able to download, share or send the profile picture as a message on Facebook. Read more...

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