Facebook Watch is gunning for the 23 hours a day you don’t spend on Facebook

August 12, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable Facebook’s 2 billions users spend about 50 minutes a day on Facebook, which begs the question: what does Facebook want you to do with the other 23 hours and 10 minutes of your day? On Wednesday, the company’s plans for that remaining time became clearer. Yep, it’s here: meet Facebook Watch. Facebook Watch marks the social network’s entry into the high-end video scene. It’s an arms race…

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Facebook now has technology for manipulating live videos

August 12, 2017

Fake it.Image: facebook Fake news, it’s a big deal on Facebook, and we might just be getting more of it in the form of videos. Facebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported. The German-based startup Fayteq has software that is able to remove or add objects in videos, even live ones, and add effects to them. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s dumbest feature is coming…

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Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video

August 12, 2017

Facebook has acquired a German company called Fayteq that builds software add-ons for video editing that can remove and add whole objects from captured video using computer vision. The acquisition was first reported by a German startup publication (via Variety) and confirmed to TechCrunch, and could be useful as Facebook pursues additional video filter creation technology, both for its live streaming efforts, and for platforms like Instagram Stories. Of course,…

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Facebook password stealing software comes packed with a trojan that steals your passwords

August 11, 2017

Facebook malware is nothing new, but an emerging threat offers some unique karmic retribution. In an unpublished report, security researchers at Sydney-based LMNTRIX Labs have identified software advertising itself as a Facebook password stealer that injects malicious code in the background once downloaded, making the user vulnerable to having their own credentials stolen. This appears very widespread and growing, the research team told TechCrunch. We classified this as an ongoing…

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I hate Facebook’s misleading Sponsored ads

July 29, 2017

These Facebook ads suck.Image: Shutterstock / De Repente Patrick Stewart is just fine. I looked at his Twitter. He’s happy and healthy and staring in a meh Emoji Movie. I did my spot check shortly after seeing disturbing ad on Facebook. It inferred that something had happened to one of the world’s most beloved actors. Perhaps you’ve seen these Facebook ads, the cryptic, often misleading images and text that sit…

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Wit.ai is shutting down Bot Engine as Facebook rolls NLP into its updated Messenger Platform

July 28, 2017

Wit.ai announced this morning in a blog post that it would be sunsetting its Bot Engine. The Facebook-owned company builds developer tools for natural language processing to help engineers build speech and text chatbots faster and with less technical experience. Bot Engine launched as a beta in April of 2016. The tool let developers train their own bots using sample conversations sharing similar structure. These examples could stand infor real…

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Facebook posts $3.89bn quarterly profit, up 71% from last year

July 27, 2017

Shares touched annal high-pitched after chassis is much higher than expected, with all revenues clambering 44.8% thanks to increased portable video ad sales Facebook has extradited a much higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, driven by a sharp increase in sale of mobile video ads, transporting its shares to an all-time high. Total revenue rose 44.8% to $9.32 bn from the same period in 2016, of which Facebook posted a profit of $3.89…

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Facebook reportedly building smart speaker with touch screen

July 27, 2017

Facebook may launch its own smart-home gadget to get you messaging more friends and looking at more photos. DigiTimes reports from Taiwan that Facebook is building a 15-inch touch-screen smart speaker. Citing sources from the upstream supply chain, Chinese iPhone manufacturer Pegatron is building the device for a Q1 2018 launch, with a small pilot run having already been produced. Its said to have been designed by Facebooks secretive new…

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Google is preparing for the death of search

July 25, 2017

Google is getting ready for the death of search.Image: mashable / vicky leta Google recently launched a personalized news feed on the company’s flagship app, and it will soon rollout to browser versions of google.com. The update is a huge deal for a couple of reasons: First, it will be the most radical change to Google’s famously simple home page since 1996, or at least since the its big push…

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