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Forbes:
Sources: Peter Thiel has played a lead role in bankrolling Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker Media   —  One of Silicon Valley's best-known investors has been footing a former wrestler's legal bills in lawsuits against a shared enemy.  —  Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder and one of the earliest backers …
May 24, 2016, 7:45 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook now using its own machine learning system instead of Bing for translations, and now supports 40 languages   —  Machine learning is accomplishing Facebook's mission of connecting the world across language barriers.  Facebook is now serving 2 billion text translations per day.
May 24, 2016, 2:55 PMIn context
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook responds to GOP Sen. Thune on Trending Topics, says investigation found no systematic bias, cannot rule out unintentional bias, plans improvements   —  Last week we met with Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee John Thune to describe our investigation in response …
May 23, 2016, 6:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Continuous Live Video removes 90 min. limit on streams, but does not allow for replay or rewind, lets broadcasters target viewers by location and age   —  Live mobile video is evolving beyond selfie-stream rants and citizen journalism.  Facebook will now allow non-stop …
May 23, 2016, 4:35 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Live video player will include a graph indicating engagement volume, so you can skip ahead to the good parts   —  Facebook's newest feature could fundamentally change how you watch video.  Until now, you either sat through a video until it got too boring, waited for the interesting part …
May 23, 2016, 2:25 PMIn context
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Facebook buys VR audio company Two Big Ears and debuts “Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation”, a free software suite for designing spatial audio   —  Today Facebook announced it's acquired Two Big Ears, a spatial audio technology company, for an undisclosed sum.
May 23, 2016, 12:05 PMIn context
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
If users prioritize big-data AI services, like those offered by Google, Amazon, Facebook, then Apple will be in a position similar to BlackBerry was in 2007   —  Before the iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry was the king of smartphones.  They seemed unstoppable, because by most accounts …
May 21, 2016, 10:25 PMIn context
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Current and former workers say Facebook Trending Topics group was ill-managed, relied on personal news judgment, had no intentional, institutional bias   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last July, in a seventh-floor conference room at Facebook's Lower Manhattan offices, a small group met to discuss the future of news media on the social network.
May 20, 2016, 8:55 PMIn context
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
California court certifies lawsuit against Facebook over private message scanning as a class action, but rules out any monetary damages   —  Facebook may have violated federal privacy laws by scanning private messages, according to a lawsuit certified for class action yesterday in Northern California District Court.
May 19, 2016, 8:40 PMIn context
Meghan McCarthy / Morning Consult:
Poll of 2K voters under age 45: 25% read about Facebook Trending controversy, 47% were comfortable with social media sites picking news   —  Nearly half of Americans in our most recent national poll have heard about Facebook allegedly suppressing conservative news stories on their platform.
May 18, 2016, 9:10 PMIn context

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