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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

In a move with echoes of the fictional internet giant described in Dave Eggers' The Circle, Google's has begun trawling through billions of personal credit card records, matching them to your browser, location and advertising histories. In The Circle, the eponymous company achieves birth-to-death information dominance, or " …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 May 2017
Facebook device testing

Facebook shares own tools to trap bugs before they break code

Facebook on Wednesday plans to introduce a set of open source developer tools to streamline app development testing and bug hunting. At the Dev Tools @Scale conference in London, Facebook intends to show off: OneWorld, a system for testing software across multiple devices and environments; Jupiter, a tool for matching backend …
Thomas Claburn, 24 May 2017

EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

European Union ministers have approved new rules for video that will oblige Facebook, Google, Twitter and others to remove hate speech and sexually explicit videos online or face stiff fines. "We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2017

No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

A large quantity of Facebook's advice for its English-language content moderators* has been obtained and published by The Guardian newspaper, giving insight into how it handles material on the site. Facebook, which earned $27bn last year, has 4,500 human moderators and recently said it would add another 3,000. They decide …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2017
An upset woman with an empty wallet

EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal

The European Commission has fined Facebook €110m (£94.4m) for giving misleading or incorrect information about its takeover of messaging giant WhatsApp. There were two separate offences – one when Facebook first notified the European Commission that it wanted to buy WhatsApp and a second when it responded to an EC request for …
John Oates, 18 May 2017

French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

Facebook has been fined the maximum possible amount – €150,000 ($166,000) – by France's data protection watchdog for gathering information on internet users without their permission. The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) cited the social media giant for six violations, including collecting …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2017
Facebook's Mechanical Turk interface for ParlAI

Facebook parlays bot bet into ParlAI dialog framework

Facebook's artificial intelligence research team, which operates under the self-endorsing acronym FAIR, has released an open-source research framework called ParlAI to train bot software to chat more coherently with people. ParlAI, a Python-based tool for developing and evaluating chatbot dialog models, tries to teach bots by …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2017
Zuckerberg

Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

Facebook is set to be dragged before a jury next year to face allegations that its Open Compute Project is built on stolen server and rack technology. In a California district court, Judge Edward Davila today laid out a timeline for the legal battle between the social network and UK data center specialist BladeRoom. The latter …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2017
Value pack of two tins of Spam

Fake ruse: USA Today calls the FBI after half of its 15m Facebook Likes turn out to be bogus

You'd think the FBI has enough on its plate with the threat of terrorism, political investigations, and attempts to nobble end-to-end encryption. Now USA Today has called in the Feds after spammers bombarded its Facebook page with bogus likes. On Monday, Gannett, the publisher of the newspaper that so frequently gets stepped …
Iain Thomson, 8 May 2017

Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

Comment Talk about chutzpah. Facebook has launched its PR campaign to combat "fake news" with the slogan "Together we can limit the spread of false news". Together? Yes, together. Them and you. But mostly you, it seems. It kicks off with a list of 10 tips for internet users to identify falsehoods, much as Elizabethan witch-hunters …

Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

Every relationship has its rough edges, places where actions scrape, and through constant repetition, rub raw. Those tender spots can heal if left alone and if the parties are wiling to listen. But where the irritation continues, this raw spot becomes a wound that never closes, forcing a choice between continuing pain and a …
Mark Pesce, 8 May 2017
Oculus Rift package

Facebook loves virtual reality so much it just axed its VR film studio

Proving yet again that goggled nausea is a hard sell, Facebook's virtual reality arm Oculus on Thursday said it would shut down Story Studio, its VR production unit. "We're now entering the next chapter of VR development, where new creators enter the market in anticipation of adoption and growth, and we've been looking at the …

WhatsApp is more like WhatsDown: Messenger collapsed for millions

Updated It's not you, it's WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messenger app used by more than a billion people worldwide abruptly stopped working today. Since about 2000 UTC (1600 ET, 1300 PT), the chat software was unable to send or receive texts. DownDetector.com was, and still is, flooded with complaints of busted service from netizens …
Iain Thomson, 3 May 2017

Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg

Stung by global criticism over murder videos on his sprawling web empire, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised to swell the ranks of his moderator army. "Over the last few weeks, we've seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook – either live or in video posted later," Zuckerberg wrote in an update to his …

Loadsamoney: UK mulls fining Facebook, Twitter, Google for not washing away filth, terror vids

Updated An influential panel of UK MPs have proposed fining the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter if they fail to remove illegal content within a certain timeframe. Parliament's Home Affairs Committee published a report on Monday that was highly critical of the US tech giants for failing to take down content such as terrorist or …

Facebook and Google gobble '99 per cent of new digital ad cash'

Internet advertising revenue continues to grow, thanks to mobile, but the Silicon Valley duopoly of Facebook and Google swallowed up almost the new money. The internet ad industry's annual report this week shows that desktop ad revenue fell for the first time since the financial crash of 2008/2009 and mobile spending raced …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2017

Try to sell stuff through Facebook Marketplace and get locked out for 72 hours – nice one, Zuck

Netizens trying to sell items in Facebook Marketplace for the first time were completely locked out of the social network for 72 hours this week. The banishment appears to be a consequence of Facebook's desire to vet photos of Marketplace sellers. Facebook leaves content verification to its community because, as CEO Mark …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Apr 2017
VR

While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

Comment The researchers at the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan (UMTRI) sent me what may be the saddest opinion poll in the world. It asks the public: "Would you like a flying car?" If you think it's a question to which the only answer is yes, you'll be heartened by the findings [PDF]. Broadly, US men …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Apr 2017

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