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Facebook explains why its AI missed the NZ mosque shooting videos
Mar25

Facebook explains why its AI missed the NZ mosque shooting videos

  Facebook blogged Wednesday why its preemptive AI tools missed the New Zealand mosque shooting video livestreamed on the platform before passing 4,000 views. The incident followed how an alleged gunman killed 50 people in two mosque attacks in the country. The social network said it removed the video only when a concerned user flagged it for the first time 29 minutes after it started. Other social media companies caught up...

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Snapchat pitching to pharmas as the friendlier network
Mar24

Snapchat pitching to pharmas as the friendlier network

  Snap wants pharmaceutical companies to post ad campaigns on Snapchat. They are pushing for products relevant to younger audiences, such as birth control and vaccines. Pharmas invest billions in ad campaigns on their main platform: TV. Reports suggest, however, that they are shifting to digital. Facebook and Google are in their crosshairs. A June 2018 eMarketer report shows that the digital ad spend of pharmas reached $2.52...

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Facebook removing discriminatory ad targeting options
Mar20

Facebook removing discriminatory ad targeting options

  Facebook has announced it will push limits against discriminatory ad targeting. It will remove specific ad targeting options to avoid limiting audiences unfairly. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said the changes relate to three categories: housing, employment and credit ads. Anyone who wants to run housing, employment or credit ads will no longer be allowed to target by age, gender or zip code. Advertisers offering housing,...

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Apple reveals new iPad Air and iPad mini, supports keyboard and Apple Pencil
Mar19

Apple reveals new iPad Air and iPad mini, supports keyboard and Apple Pencil

  Apple revealed a new iPad Air and iPad mini Monday, a week before unveiling its video streaming service. And the latest models now support keyboard and the Apple Pencil. This is the company’s first upgrade to its iPad mini since 2015. It brings popular iPad Pro features to the smaller models. The iPad Air costs $499, and the mini costs $399. Models with cellular connectivity costs $130 more. You can pre-order the new iPad Air...

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Apple chides Spotify over claims of unfair App Store
Mar18

Apple chides Spotify over claims of unfair App Store

  Apple countered a complaint from Spotify that its App Store imposes unfair fees and creates unfair competition. It went on to say the music streaming service wants to earn more off others’ work. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek blogged Wednesday about Apple’s control of its App Store. He said the tech giant robs consumers of choices and puts unfair fees on competitors. After discussions with Apple failed, Ek said they now want...

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