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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Snapchat just did something crazy. It beat expectations.

By Tuesday, February 6, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Snapchat has a reputation. Yes, for sexting, but also for its inability to impress investors. That narrative changed on Tuesday after Snap Inc. scored a massive beat on its quarterly earnings report, recapping revenue and user growth 2017.

To the surprise of investors, Snap reported that both its user growth and revenue growth are accelerating. The company brought in $285.7 million, beating expectations of $252.8 million. The app now reaches 187 million daily active users, up from 178 million in the last quarter and a bump of 18 percent year over year. ;

SEE ALSO: Snapchat opens Snap Store in app. Yes, there’s a Streaks hat. Read more…

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Finally, tech’s elite speak out against Silicon Valley’s unchecked power

By Tuesday, February 6, 2018 0 Permalink 0

They helped create Facebook, Google, and other companies who claim to bring the world together. But on Monday evening, these people gathered to discuss how tech products are tearing us apart. ;

“Facebook created a business model that essentially made people who believe [conspiracy theories] more valuable,” said Roger McNamee, an early advisor to Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at an event at The New School in New York City titled “The Dark Side of Design: A Conversation About Addictive Technology. “It was in [Facebook’s] interest to appeal to fear and anger.”

McNamee is one of the founders of the Center for Humane Technology, a new coalition of tech creators dedicated to studying the effects of technology. This week, the group announced a partnership with nonprofit media watchdog group Common Sense Media to launch an ad campaign on tech addiction. ; Read more…

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What’s in a hashtag? A spark for our passions, in love and in war

By Saturday, February 3, 2018 0 Permalink 0

I found love in a hopeless place. Yeah, some would argue that a Twitter hashtag is something terrible. They can be manipulated by bots and trolls (#ReleaseTheMemo). They can be hijacked by angry users (#TellingItLikeItIs). They can be just all around strange (#KanyesAnalPlaylist). ;

The hashtag’s intended purpose — what Chris Messina pitched to Twitter in 2007 — was to bring people together. They do, my relationship being a case in point. I won’t bore you with all of the details, but TL;DR TechCrunch’s annual conference uses the hashtag #TCDisrupt and including those 10 characters in a tweet is how I met my friend turned significant other. ; Read more…

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Facebook’s traffic is down 50 million hours per day as Zuckerberg demands less ‘viral videos’

By Wednesday, January 31, 2018 0 Permalink 0

One of Facebook’s core statistics doesn’t look so good. Time spent on the network — a number that drives the tech giant’s revenue — is down by an estimated 50 million hours per day.

Facebook now reaches 2.13 billion people per month and has 1.4 billion daily active users. If we were to revisit that 50 million hours number on a per-user basis, it would be a drop of 0.035 hours aka 2.1 minutes per user per day. ;

SEE ALSO: Is Facebook’s Messenger Kids app good for children? One group says no.

For CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, that’s a necessary drop for his company’s future success. Zuckerberg announced the news Wednesday as part of Facebook’s quarterly earnings, reflecting on its 2017 revenue and spending and the future of the company. ; Read more…

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Facebook’s traffic is down 50 million hours per day as Zuckerberg demands fewer ‘viral videos’

By Wednesday, January 31, 2018 0 Permalink 0

One of Facebook’s core statistics doesn’t look so good. Time spent on the network — a number that drives the tech giant’s revenue — is down by an estimated 50 million hours per day.

Facebook now reaches 2.13 billion people per month and has 1.4 billion daily active users. If we were to revisit that 50 million hours number on a per user basis, it would be a drop of 0.035 hours aka 2.1 minutes per user per day. ;

SEE ALSO: Is Facebook’s Messenger Kids app good for children? One group says no.

For CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg, that’s a necessary drop for his company’s future success. Zuckerberg announced the news Wednesday as part of Facebook’s quarterly earnings, reflecting on its 2017 revenue and spending and the future of the company. ; Read more…

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Facebook lures gamers with in-app tipping for livestreaming

By Saturday, January 27, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is making a casting call for online gamers and incentivizing them to join via programs like in-game tipping, as the tech giant looks to compete with Amazon’s Twitch and Google’s YouTube. ;

SEE ALSO: These camera-sunglasses can post photos and videos directly to Facebook and YouTube

On Friday, Facebook officially announced its “gaming creator pilot program” with a blog post on new features and an application form. Creators already in the program promoted it via a video montage: ;

“There’s a lot of work to be done, but we’re committed to building the fundamental architecture that gaming creators need to be successful,” Facebook’s blog post reads. “Most of all, with each new feature we add for gaming video, we’re committed to building it alongside our creators hand-in-hand.” Read more…

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Facebook lures gamers with in-app tipping for livestreams

By Saturday, January 27, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is making a casting call for online gamers and incentivizing them to join via programs like in-game tipping, as the tech giant looks to compete with Amazon’s Twitch and Google’s YouTube. ;

SEE ALSO: These camera-sunglasses can post photos and videos directly to Facebook and YouTube

On Friday, Facebook officially announced its “gaming creator pilot program” with a blog post on new features and an application form. Creators already in the program promoted it via a video montage: ;

“There’s a lot of work to be done, but we’re committed to building the fundamental architecture that gaming creators need to be successful,” Facebook’s blog post reads. “Most of all, with each new feature we add for gaming video, we’re committed to building it alongside our creators hand-in-hand.” Read more…

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As billionaires call for regulation, Facebook throws money at journalism scholarships

By Friday, January 26, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is an addictive platform that should be regulated like the cigarette industry, suggested Salesforce CEO and billionaire Marc Benioff earlier this week.

But Facebook actually does care about the news industry and well-being of journalists. At least, that’s what its latest philanthropic decision might suggest.

On Friday, Facebook announced it’s donating $1 million toward supporting diversity in journalism. The donation will take the form of 100 scholarships for students pursuing a career in news and media.

SEE ALSO: One of Silicon Valley’s most powerful CEOs compares Facebook to cigarettes Read more…

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