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eBay finally cuts ties with ultraconservative ALEC

It’s about time. Following in the footsteps of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and practically every other major tech firm that claims to care about the environment, eBay has finally announced it will not renew its membership with the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). “After our annual review of eBay Inc’s memberships in trade associations and third party organizations we’ve decided not [...]

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Facebook Product Designer Bobby Goodlatte joins Greylock as investor and Designer-in-Residence

Greylock Partners is deepening its investment and startup advisory bench with the addition of former Facebook Product Designer and active angel investor Bobby Goodlatte as Designer-in-Residence and associate on its consumer investment team. “The Greylock team is filled with entrepreneurs who have strong product and operating backgrounds; people who have worked in the trenches in companies [...]

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If you’re in the habit of uploading photos to Facebook via the mobile app, be aware: the Zuckerbeast

If you’re in the habit of uploading photos to Facebook via the mobile app, be aware: the Zuckerbeast is now auto-enhancing and filtering your photos for you, to make them suck a little less. It’s the same thing that Google+ has been doing for a while now , but, y’know, people might actually notice this [...]

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Twitter might copy Facebook’s user-hostile decision to automatically play videos

Twitter is considering an update to its service that would allow videos to automatically play when they appear in someone’s timeline. Adweek reports that the company is currently debating whether it should include that feature to boost its advertising revenues or refrain from cluttering users’ timelines with videos that play without asking first. Facebook introduced [...]

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Facebook Is Ditching Bing’s Search Results

Facebook and Microsoft have had a relatively long-standing partnership when it comes to search: for years, Facebook searches would also show Bing results, and Bing queries have thrown up results from your friends. But history seems to mean very little to Facebook, which appears to have quietly killed Bing results. Read more… Continue Reading from [...]

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Facebook hired an “empathy team” to humanize its workers. I have a better solution.

Facebook is finally starting to realize the 1.2 billion people who use its service to vent about their work, communicate with their families, or share pictures with their friends are human beings. Business Insider reports that Facebook has stopped referring to the people who use its service as “users” when it’s having internal discussions. The [...]

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Facebook shrugged: the company doesn’t know the law around its own data collection

Facebook might eventually make Atlas, the advertising platform that tracks a consumer’s Web browsing across devices and connects that data to offline purchases, even creepier. That’s the takeaway from Wired’s article explaining how the platform discovers the links between Facebook’s advertisements and purchases made at brick-and-mortar retailers. Most of the article doesn’t really describe anything new. Facebook [...]

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DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon make Facebook’s list of most mentioned songs in 2014

Dancing Astronaut – EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep Facebook‘s second annual edition of “Year in Review” has recently made headlines, unveiling its top list of most mentioned songs, celebrities and more. Nearing the top at #4, is DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon’s hit single, “Turn Down For What.” Also on the list are songs [...]

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Facebook Wants to Save You From Yourself and Your Drunk Selfies

Facebook is investing in artificial intelligence research to a potentially creepy end: The social network’s top minds want to build software that can do anything from read your status updates to warn you when you’re about to upload an embarrassing picture. Put another way, Facebook wants to stop you from uploading drunk selfies. Read more… [...]

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Hackers can reportedly snoop on data sent between smartphones and smartwatches

Bitdefender has shown off a method through which an attacker can use “a little ingenuity and some open-source tools” to intercept data sent from a smartphone to a smartwatch. The antivirus software-maker says this attack could be used to collect messages sent via Facebook, SMS, or Google Hangouts and allow the hacker to read them as plain text files. The [...]

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Graph Search is finally coming to mobile, making it even easier for users to know what Facebook knows

Facebook has updated its Graph Search tool to allow users to search through their friends’ status updates in addition to their image uploads, likes, and other profile information. The updated search function is available to Facebook’s desktop users now, and the Verge reports that it will be coming to the company’s iOS application in a [...]

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