After Florida shooting, gun control becomes a global conversation

By Saturday, February 17, 2018 0 Permalink 0

When you move to America from a country with more effective gun control laws, one of the first things you learn is how hard it is to talk to Americans — on either side of the political divide — about the gun issue. ;

It was particularly difficult when I arrived on these shores in 1996, direct from living in Scotland during its (and Britain’s) worst-ever school shooting. In the tiny town of Dunblane, a 43-year old former shopkeeper and scoutmaster brought four handguns to a school gymnasium full of five-year-olds. He shot and killed 16 of them and their teacher, then turned his handgun on himself. Read more…

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Companies and nonprofits can now post on Facebook’s Community Help during a crisis

By Thursday, February 15, 2018 0 Permalink 0

When crisis strikes, Facebook users often turn to the platform to let friends and family know they’re safe. ;

In the last year, since the social media company launched its Community Help tool, people have also used Facebook to ask for emergency assistance and aid, or offer help to those who’ve been affected. ;

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Now Community Help is getting another feature: Businesses and nonprofits can post about relief services and volunteer opportunities while connecting with victims in need. Lyft, Chase, Direct Relief, Feeding America, Save the Children, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire are among the first organizations and businesses to get the feature. ; Read more…

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Facebook will launch two new smart speakers in July, claims report

By Wednesday, February 14, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook’s foray into hardware may actually be happening. Its new smart speakers will be available starting in July, according to a Digitimes report published Wednesday.

Portal, the Facebook-connected video chat device will reportedly have two models announced at the social media company’s developer conference in May. The devices, under the code names Fiona and Aloha, will then be available to order in July, according to a report from Digitimes based on leaks from supply chain sources outfitting the devices.

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Facebook is so desperate for engagement, it’s spamming users via their 2FA numbers

By Wednesday, February 14, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is feeling lonely these days. ;

The social media behemoth has seen a decline in traffic in recent weeks along with millions of users leaving its platform, and it appears to be taking rather drastic measures to win them back. Specifically, spamming the hell out of them in a most unfortunate place. ;

SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook from your life

So says one account holder, Gabriel Lewis, who tweeted that Facebook texted “spam” to the phone number he submitted for the purposes of 2-factor authentication. And no, he insists he did not have mobile notifications turned on. ;

What’s more, when he replied “stop” and “DO NOT TEXT ME,” he says those message showed up on his Facebook wall. Read more…

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Facebook is desperate for engagement and spamming users via their 2FA numbers

By Wednesday, February 14, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is feeling lonely these days. ;

The social media behemoth has seen a decline in traffic in recent weeks along with millions of users leaving its platform, and it appears to be taking rather drastic measures to win them back. Specifically, spamming the hell out of them in a most unfortunate place. ;

SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook from your life

So says one account holder, Gabriel Lewis, who tweeted that Facebook texted “spam” to the phone number he submitted for the purposes of 2-factor authentication. And no, he insists he did not have mobile notifications turned on. ;

What’s more, when he replied “stop” and “DO NOT TEXT ME,” he says those message showed up on his Facebook wall. Read more…

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Facebook Messenger is getting a surprising new Valentine’s Day update

By Tuesday, February 13, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Ten years ago, the pressure my fellow teens and I felt to make a budding relationship “Facebook Official” was real. But with fewer teenagers than ever using Facebook (in favor of Snapchat), and with us now-twenty-somethings living our lives on Instagram, the stress-inducing relationship status feature has become blissfully irrelevant.

Now, Facebook might be trying to reverse that trend — ;using Valentine’s Day as its weapon.

SEE ALSO: Facebook could lose younger teens for the first time ever

On Tuesday, Facebook rolled out new features in Messenger that give significant others special statuses with each other. ; Read more…

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Facebook’s new slogan: ‘If you think we’re not good for your business, leave’

By Tuesday, February 13, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is famous for the mantra “move fast and break things.” But these days, the tech giant is all about time well spent, and with that comes a new tagline for everyone to follow: ;

If you don’t like us, leave. ;

SEE ALSO: 5 questions Facebook’s ‘privacy principles’ don’t answer

That’s what Facebook executives Campbell Brown and Adam Mosseri stressed on Monday during their onstage grilling at Recode’s Code Media conference. ;

Brown said three separate times in the 50-minute conversation that publishers and businesses should feel free to leave Facebook if they feel the social network isn’t working for them. Read more…

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The latest viral challenge will have you sleeping in Ikea, and police are cracking down

By Monday, February 12, 2018 0 Permalink 0

South Yorkshire police issued a warning about a new internet trend called the “24 hour challenge” after an 11-year-old boy went missing. The challenge involves staying the night in an Ikea store undetected and sneaking out in the morning. The trend took-off in 2016 when 2 YouTubers successfully stayed the night at the warehouse. ; Read more…

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8 people confess why they finally deleted social media

By Sunday, February 11, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Much has been made of the social media “detox”: a break, however permanent or temporary, from the digital world. ;

Of course, because each person’s relationship with social media is unique (terrible), the way people deal with unplugging varies, too. For some, logging off for a while can be genuinely rejuvenating. For others, it’s fine, but it doesn’t change their habits in the end. And some people simply hate social media and never want to touch it again. That’s fair — it’s often bad.

SEE ALSO: An Internet Detox That’s Actually Doable

But what is the final straw that makes people delete the app, suspend the account? We asked eight humans to share why, exactly, they quit a certain platform — down to the occasionally weird details. Read more…

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