Square released its first-ever diversity report, and we’re impressed

June 21, 2017

Image: square Silicon Valley is known for being grey and male. Square isn’t different. It is, however, different in how it’s talking about addressing that issue. The payments corporation, led by Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, released its first-ever diversification report Tuesday that vindicated the same-old narrative, with numbers. Overall, 63.3 percentage of the corporation is male and 57.3 percent is white. The company isn’t letting that get or vindicating the…

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Facebook requests input on hard questions about censorship and terrorism

June 16, 2017

How should Facebook decide whats allowed on its social network, and how to balance safety and truth with diverse opinions and cultural norms? Facebook wants your feedback on the toughest issues its grappling with, so today it published a list of seven hard questions and an email address hardquestions@fb.com where you can send feedback and suggestions for more questions it should address. Facebooks plan is to publish blog posts examining…

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Facebooks Safety Check is a stress-inducing flip of social norms

June 15, 2017

Facebooks Safety Check feature was activated today, following news that a fire had engulfed a 24-storey block of flats in West London.At least six people are reported to have died in the blaze, withpolice expecting the death toll to rise.The Grenfell tower contains 120 flats. Clearly this is a tragedy. But should Facebook be reacting to a tragedy by sending push alerts including to users who are miles away from…

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Facebook teaches machines to negotiate with humans

June 15, 2017

Though Facebook is rarely mentioned alongside Apple, Microsoft and Amazon in discussions about conversational AI, the company has published a accumulation of articles that stress a deep those who are interested in dialog arrangements. As is very clear with Siri, Cortana and Alexa, dialog is hard it requires more than just good pronunciation recognition to deliver a killer ordeal to users. From the sidelines Facebook has been meddling with big…

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Facebooks AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish

June 14, 2017

Any technology that only works in English neglects 75% of the world. That problem is especially severe for Facebook with its global userbase. Yet most languages are being left out by the advances in artificial intelligence centered around natural language processing led by researchers in the U.S. and China. But today marks a milestone for AI accessibility. Facebook Messengers artificial intelligence assistant M can now make recommendations in Spanish of…

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Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing

June 14, 2017

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: How Ethereum became the platform of choice for ICOd digital assets Heres how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage Since the earliest days of the commercial web, there was a Faustian bargain struck between users and content publishers: Users got free access to online content in exchange for tolerating ads sold…

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Here is a fun tech chart while the market falls over

June 13, 2017

There are a lot of headlines today about tech getting a slap in the face on Wall Street particularly Apple which is down more than 3%. These guys are actually down only a few percentage points but for the largest companies in the world, that translates to billions of dollars. But while we wring our hands around a bit of a sell-off today in some of the largest companies in…

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Tech stocks tanked for the second straight day

June 13, 2017

Its been a bad few days for tech stocks. The FANG stocks, a moniker used to collectively describe Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (now Alphabet) have had a rough two days on Wall Street. And even though Apple isnt included in the original FANG group (which was designed to describe a grouping of high-risk but high-reward mega-growth stocks), the company has also underperformed in the last two days. Heres a…

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Pakistan: man sentenced to death for blasphemy on Facebook

June 11, 2017

Taimoor Raza was found guilty of reviling the prophet Mohammed during an justification on social media with a counter-terrorism official A Pakistani man has been sentenced to fatality for committing blasphemy on Facebook, the first sentence on bills arising from social media. Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the conclusion in Bahawalpur, around 600 km( 372 miles) south of fund Islamabad, perceiving Taimoor Raza guilty of reviling the prophet Mohammed,…

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