Designed to compliment Facebook's Reality Lab, which is already in Pittsburgh, the new lab will focus on robotics, teaching machines to reason and support creativity, and what Facebook calls "lifelong learning systems" that can learn continuously for years and years. Jessica Hodgins, professor of robotics and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, will head the effort.
For brands looking to get a leg up on their competition, social-media analytics firm Talkwalker is using a unique metric to measure World Cup sponsorships: engagement per dollar.
Facebook's grabbing Instagram for $1 billion will go down as one of the biggest steals in tech history. Bloomberg estimates the Facebook unit is now worth over $100 billion.
For starters, Facebook is adding polling functionality for both Live and on-demand videos, as well as gamification for Live.
We know the social network collected info from computers and phones. Facebook tracks unique identifiers, including device IDs; those from games, apps or accounts people use; Family Device IDs; and other identifiers unique to Facebook products associated with the same device or account.
Thumbing its nose at Facebook, Apple is taking direct aim at the social giant's Web-tracking tools. What Apple's calls an "Intelligent Tracking Prevention" feature will block data collection through social media buttons and widgets.
The country enacted a one-month ban on the social network. The plan is to "identify users that hide behind fake accounts, users that upload pornographic images [and] users that post false and misleading information on Facebook."
The popular Facebook unit is positioning the feature as a way for users to further personalize their accounts, but it could spell trouble for marketers and their branded content partners.
By all appearances, Facebook is trying to clean up its act, and take a hard line against various platform abuses. A day after suspending some 200 suspicious apps, the company is showing off sizable moderation figures.
Unlike dating features and Facebook "subscriptions," avatars should fit nicely into Facebook's core offers. However, the test images look a lot like Snap avatars.