Kind strangers keep feeding Mark Zuckerberg

By Sunday, April 30, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Poor Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO spent the weekend wandering America, scoring free meals from kind strangers, who no doubt took pity on a 32-year-old man unable to afford anything but gray T-shirts and hoodies. ;

The first family to feed him were the Moores of Newton Falls, Ohio, who learned only 20 minutes beforehand who their dinner guest would be. ;

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The Zuck reportedly told his staff that he wanted to dine with a family of Democrats in a swing state who voted for Trump—which is totally something that a person who’s not running for political office would do. ; Read more…

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Here’s Mark Zuckerberg totally ‘not’ campaigning in Indiana

By Saturday, April 29, 2017 0 Permalink 0

In our latest installment of “No, really, Zuck is honest-to-god not running for political office,” we find Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg taking a ride around South Bend, Indiana, with Mayor Pete Buttigieg. ;

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Zuckerberg is calling this yet another stop in his 2017 personal challenge to “get out and talk to more people about how they’re living, working and thinking about the future.”

During the drive, which is broken up into two parts, most of the talk focuses on the city’s blighted areas and what the mayor is trying to do to help the area thrive. ; Read more…

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Facebook and Google got scammed out of $100 million

By Friday, April 28, 2017 0 Permalink 0

A 48-year-old Lithuanian man named Evaldas Rimasauskas managed to defraud internet giants Facebook and Google of $100 million over a span of two years, according to Fortune and the United States Department of Justice. How’d he do it? A little email phishing, of course.

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Rimasauskas set up several accounts in Latvia and Cyprus under the name of an Asian “computer hardware manufacturer” that does business with the search giant and the social giant, according to the Justice Department. Then he set up fake email accounts pretending to be representatives of the hardware company. He used those fake accounts to request money from Google and Facebook, who wired cash his way. That kind of cash may have caused some raised eyebrows at the banks into which Rimasauskas funneled the money, but he “forged invoices, contracts, and letters that falsely appeared to have been executed and signed by executives and agents” of Google and Facebook, according to the Justice Department. Read more…

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Instagram’s fixed the glitch that had you spamming everyone you’ve ever tagged

By Friday, April 28, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Instagram has fixed a glitch that re-notified everyone you’ve ever tagged in a photo, when you re-activate a disabled account.

The company said it got rid of the issue via email on Thursday, a day after the bug was identified. And after reproducing the issue, we can confirm that the fix worked for us.

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Mashable reached out to Instagram on Tuesday, when the company confirmed that this was a known issue. The bug has been noticed by users on social media since at least January 2016. ;

The glitch affected users who had temporarily disabled their Instagram accounts, immediately after re-enabling an account, and would spam everyone previously tagged. ; Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg, man of the people, visits assembly line and discovers it’s ‘hard’

By Thursday, April 27, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Mark Zuckerberg, who is totally not running for president, continues to do things a politician would do by visiting an assembly plant and commenting at how hard physical labor can be.

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The Zuck swung by the Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside Detroit, and tried his hand at assembling an F-150, “adding antennas, cleats and drilling screws.” ;

He also signed the inspection sticker so, future F-150 owner, when your antenna flies off while you’re traveling down the interstate, you know who to blame. ;

Here are some Undercover Boss-esque reflections from The Hoodied One about what it’s like to work that assembly line. Read more…

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Facebook finally lets creators claim ad revenue when their videos are stolen

By Thursday, April 27, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is cracking down on video pirates.

The social network updated its policy on Thursday to allow original creators to claim any ad revenue made when other users steal their videos for clicks — a practice known as “freeboating.” ;

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The new feature will surface potential violations in a dashboard using automated tools. If one of Facebook’s mid-roll or pre-roll ads were to appear in a pirated video, the owner can then use the “claim earnings” tool to redirect ad revenue.

The only options available previously for these situations were blocking or requesting removal. Read more…

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Facebook is going after propaganda — here’s how

By Thursday, April 27, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Five months after the U.S. presidential election, Facebook is elaborating on its plan to stem the flow of propaganda through its platform — even though it still says fake news on Facebook in 2016 was “marginal” compared to total political discussion. ;

In a white paper structured around the topic of civic engagement, the social network outlined how it plans to stop the spread of misinformation. ;

“We believe civic engagement is about more than just voting — it’s about people connecting with their representatives, getting involved, sharing their voice, and holding their governments accountable,” ;Facebook’s threat intelligence manager Jen Weedon, threat intelligence analyst William Nuland, and Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos wrote in the white paper released Thursday. ; Read more…

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Instagram is closer than ever to a billion users

By Wednesday, April 26, 2017 0 Permalink 0

It’s only a matter of time until Instagram joins Facebook’s billion-user club.

The company announced Wednesday the photo sharing app has reached 700 million monthly active users, up from 600 million in December. ;

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Though the Facebook-owned app has been steadily growing in recent years, the company credits the recent growth to its improved sign-up process, its initially controversial feed changes, and efforts to reach new users around the world.

Unlike WhatsApp, Messenger and the main Facebook app, Instagram hasn’t had a standalone experience optimized specifically for developing markets. However, it recently began testing an offline version for Android. Read more…

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At F8, Facebook failed to convince publishers they actually care about them

By Tuesday, April 25, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is listening. No, not to your phone calls — probably. They are listening to publishers. And yet, publishers are still wary of the technology company’s power and its ability to help them succeed in the new media industry. ;

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Last week, Facebook held F8, its annual conference to tease all the cool stuff it’s working on. Traditionally it has provided opportunities for developers to also learn about those new toys, with Facebook CEO and coder Mark Zuckerberg presenting his latest open-source developments. ; Read more…

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