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Google may be forced to stop reading your Gmail for ads

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The European Union is looking to take additional steps to guard the privacy of European internet users. The new initiative might limit the power of internet companies when it comes to collecting user data for various purposes. Targets include Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, Apple and pretty much any other company that handles any sort of user data.

The new initiative might, for example, force Google to stop reading your Gmail to serve targeted ads without your approval.

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Chris Smith

January 11th

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Once mocked, Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram was a stroke of genius

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In April of 2012, Facebook shocked the tech world when it acquired Instagram for $1 billion. At the time, the acquisition raised quite a few eyebrows, along with many more questions than answers. Not only did people wonder how Instagram would fit into Facebook's existing business, many also questioned if Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had lost his mind by outlaying $1 billion for a company that, at the time, had no revenue.

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Yoni Heisler

December 30th

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Twitter’s new video streaming solution is so much better than Facebook Live

Twitter Live 360 Degree Video Streaming

As Twitter struggles to stay relevant in a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by giants like Facebook and up-starts like Snapchat, Twitter has announced a new addition to its product portfolio. Using Periscope, a live video streaming solution acquired by Twitter, a select group of "interesting broadcasters" now have the ability to stream live 260-degree video. While live streaming is nothing new, the 360-degree element facilitates a far more immersive experience than anything rival product Facebook Live can achieve right now. More over, Twitter's new 360-degree live streaming product comes at a time when virtual reality adoption is just beginning to really take off.

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Zach Epstein

December 29th

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EU goes after Facebook for misleading information during WhatsApp purchase

Facebook-WhatsApp Data Sharing

WhatsApp represents one of Facebook’s most important acquisitions and a very costly one. It’s also one of the most popular messaging applications out there, having more users than Facebook’s own Messenger app. Given WhatsApp’s popularity, it’s not surprising to see the European Union investigate Facebook, as the giant social network now owns two major communication platforms that are widely used across the globe, including Europe. But that’s not why the EU is going after Facebook.

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Chris Smith

December 20th

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Facebook Messenger does group video chats with up to 50 people

Facebook Messenger Group Video Chat

You wanted it, and Facebook delivered! It’s Facebook Messenger chat app now supports video chat with up to 50 people. The bad news is that only six of them can actually view each other. That’s also the good news.

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Chris Smith

December 20th

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Custom Smart Home Is Just as Stupid as the Rest of Them

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Mark Zuckerberg is known to start each year by setting aggressive personal goals for himself. This year, he announced he was going to build an artificial intelligence (AI) that would help him control things around his smart home, like turning on the lights, starting home appliances, and playing music on various speakers. He named the system “Jarvis” after the digital butler from Iron Man—but after spending a full year of tweaking it, the AI is still being dogged by many of the same problems as the AI that’s out there today.

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Michael Nunez

December 19th

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Here’s how Facebook is going to stop the spread of fake news

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After already acknowledging its rampant fake news problems and promising to come up with some sort of solution back in November, Facebook today announced its actual plan of action. The social network is going to work closely with fact-checking websites to verify stories that are being shared by its users, while at the same time labeling potentially false stories and limiting their spread.

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Mike Wehner

December 15th

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The NTSB is investigating the ‘structural failure’ of Facebook’s Aquila internet drone

Facebook's drone Aquila can beam connectivity down to remote areas Say what you will about the merits of Facebook’s Internet.org and Free Basics — it’s pretty cool that they’re building a huge, solar-powered, laser-shooting drone to deliver it. But a “structural failure” that occurred on the Aquila’s first test flight may be more serious than Facebook made it out to be: The NTSB is conducting an investigation,… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 22nd

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Here’s exactly how bad Facebook’s fake news problem really is

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If you've been on the internet at all within the past two weeks, you've likely seen more than your share of reports on Facebook's fake news problem, but just how bad is it really? PC World performed a rather interesting test to answer that question, and the results are jarring.

To test what kind of fake news was being circulated, and who was seeing it, two entirely new Facebook profiles were created. Both white males of the same age, each of the profiles "liked" three people: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton on one, and Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Newt Gingrich on the other. Then, PC World tracked all the stories that Facebook recommended for each fake profile. 

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Mike Wehner

November 21st

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You can apparently force Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp data

Facebook WhatsApp Data Collection

If you’re living in Europe and you’re unhappy with the fact that Facebook-owned WhatsApp started sharing data with its parent company in spite of saying it would never do it, then you’re in luck. It looks like Facebook can be stopped from gathering even more data about you through WhatsApp.

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Chris Smith

November 18th

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