Adam Fagen

Instagram’s New Ads Will Target Shoppers Who Look At Stuff Online But Don’t Buy It

One of the ways I save myself money when shopping online is pretty simple: I put a bunch of stuff in my online cart that I want, then immediately close the window and don’t return. Facebook is going after people like me with its rollout of dynamic ads on Instagram, which will be targeted at shoppers who browse online but don’t pull the trigger when it comes to actually buying items. [More]

Great Beyond

Facebook Wins Trademark Victory Over China’s “Face Book” Beverages & Snacks

Five years ago, China’s Zhongshan Pearl River Drinks filed trademark applications for “Face Book” branded beverages and snacks, hoping to ride the wave of popularity for the social media platform even though it’s banned in the country. Today, a court in Beijing handed the real Facebook a rare victory for this sort of trademark case, revoking this use of the famous brand. [More]

Court: Facebook Must Face Facial-Recognition Privacy Lawsuit

Court: Facebook Must Face Facial-Recognition Privacy Lawsuit

Six years after Facebook launched a feature that scans uploaded photos to see if it can recognize faces and suggest people to tag, a lawsuit about the social media site’s facial-recognition tech has been given the go-ahead by a federal court. [More]

Tell Us All About The Strange Things Facebook Mistakenly Thinks You’re Interested In

Tell Us All About The Strange Things Facebook Mistakenly Thinks You’re Interested In

As you’re probably well aware, Facebook tracks its users all over the internet, building up a profile of their behavior so that advertisers can target them with a higher degree of precision. While sometimes the assumptions Facebook makes about your profile are accurate, other times it results in some very bizarre conclusions about what you are interested in. [More]

Poster Boy

10-Year-Old Receives $10K Facebook Bug Bounty For Finding Instagram Comment Flaw

Since Facebook launched its bug bounty program in 2011, the social media company has divvied up more than $4.3 million, including the $10,000 recently awarded to a 10-year-old who found a vulnerability in Facebook-owned Instagram.  [More]

Facebook Inches Into Skype Territory With Group Calls On Messenger

Facebook Inches Into Skype Territory With Group Calls On Messenger

At this point it seems there really isn’t anything that Facebook’s Messenger can’t do: correspond with businesses, use a virtual assistant, or send friends money, among other things. Unless you count group calls. Wait, what was that? Oh, never mind, it can do that now too.  [More]

Avitania Satari Bronstein

Facebook Might Allow Some Users To Add A Virtual Tip Jar To Their Posts

If you’ve ever ended what you thought was a particularly witty or entertaining Facebook status update with, “Thanks, folks, I’ll be here all week!” you may have wished you could earn extra cash with such a great comedic performance. Facebook may just allow that to happen with a “tip jar” feature it’s currently toying with. [More]

Oculus Executive: We’ll Answer Questions About Rift’s Privacy Policy “In Due Time”

Oculus Executive: We’ll Answer Questions About Rift’s Privacy Policy “In Due Time”

Virtual reality company Oculus doesn’t seem to be too concerned about questions some people have had about the privacy policy for its new Rift headset, with a company executive downplaying those concerns and saying that they’ll be answered “in due time.”

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With New High-Speed Wireless Ventures, Facebook Stakes Claim On Another Corner Of The Internet

With New High-Speed Wireless Ventures, Facebook Stakes Claim On Another Corner Of The Internet

While the average consumer might just think of Facebook as just a place to post photos, ignore high school friends’ (and distant uncles’) politically charged rants, and catch up on the news, the reality is that Facebook has been quietly building a behind-the-scenes empire that covers everything from advertising to virtual reality to artificial intelligence. And the company’s latest venture makes it clear that Facebook is intent on being a lot more than a social media platform. [More]

Facebook Partners With Dropbox To Allow Users To Share Files Through Messenger

Facebook Partners With Dropbox To Allow Users To Share Files Through Messenger

Until now, Facebook users could message each other and share thoughts, feelings, links, photos, and ginormous stickers, among other things. Soon, they’ll have another way to share more data than a snap or two from Uncle Larry’s 70th birthday party, with a new partnership between Facebook and Dropbox that lets people send photos, videos, and other files during a chat on the Messenger platform. [More]

Marce Grez

Ticketmaster Will Allow Some Users To Buy Tickets On Facebook Soon

Have you ever scrolled through your Facebook news feed and noticed a friend had scored tickets to that awesome concert or sporting event, but decided it was simply too much work to actually search for the event yourself? That’s about to change — if the tickets are sold through Ticketmaster.  [More]

Sen. Al Franken Has A Few Questions About Oculus Rift’s Privacy Policy

Sen. Al Franken Has A Few Questions About Oculus Rift’s Privacy Policy

While we’ve been talking about virtual reality for decades, the current slate of VR headsets marks the first time we’ve seen anything close to widespread adoption of the technology. And when one of the leading companies in the field also happens to be owned by a company that makes billions of dollars tracking your online behavior, you can’t fault people for being concerned about privacy.
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Facebook’s WhatsApp Messaging Service Bolsters Encryption Amid Law Enforcement Scrutiny

Facebook’s WhatsApp Messaging Service Bolsters Encryption Amid Law Enforcement Scrutiny

Even though the FBI has figured out a work-around that — for now — allows the agency to bypass an iPhone’s encryption, the debate still continues about which is more important: privacy for all consumers, or ready-but-limited access for law enforcement? Today, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp made it clear which side of that argument it comes down on. [More]

Michael Daddino

Facebook, Reddit, Wells Fargo, Bank Of America CEOs Among Those Urging North Carolina To Repeal New Anti-LGBT Law

Earlier this month, in a hurried legislative process, North Carolina lawmakers passed HB2, a bill that overrides and prevents local governments from establishing anti-discrimination rules against gay and transgender people. This morning, advocacy groups delivered a letter to NC Gov. Pat McCrory signed by top executives from more than 100 companies, all calling for the state to repeal the law. [More]

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Video Makers Unhappy With Facebook’s Slow Response To Allegedly Pirated Videos

Chances are you’ve seen a few of those popular, captivating videos on Facebook — you know, the ones of the cooking demonstrations or the science experiments. While those videos can be fun for you to watch, they’re often part of a longer video that was posted somewhere else first. And the creators behind them don’t enjoy seeing them repurposed by someone else.  [More]

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Accidentally Asks People On Other Side Of World From Incident To Confirm They’re Safe

Facebook is basically everywhere, connecting to almost 22% of the world’s population. So if you need to find out in a hurry — during a natural disaster or a large-scale attack — if people in the area are doing okay, Facebook is well-positioned to be the quickest, fastest tool for that. To that end, they created safety check a while back. Except for one small detail: a tool for seeing who is okay based on their location only works if you know that Pittsburgh and Pakistan aren’t the same place.

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Poster Boy

Facebook Creating A Tool To Tell You When Someone Impersonates Your Profile

You may have been there: you see a Facebook friend posting a warning not to accept a “friend” request from a fake account bearing their name and photo – it’s a trick, that person isn’t really your friend. While you might still see that cautionary message in the future, Facebook is now taking steps to weed out accounts impersonating others.  [More]