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The most-loved social network among Americans isn’t the one you think

August 3rd, 2017 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

Google+ has topped the American Consumer Satisfaction Index’s 2017 list evaluating how users feel about Internet social media companies. Yes, Google+.



AI is inventing languages humans can’t understand. Should we stop it?

July 24th, 2017 at 8:09 am » Comments Off

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.



Facebook’s A.I. system that learned to lie to get what it wants

June 17th, 2017 at 2:43 am » Comments Off

We’re beginning to get a glimpse of some of the built-in limits to artificial intelligence. Humans are natural negotiators. We arrange dozens of tiny little details throughout our day to produce a desired outcome: What time a meeting should start, when you can take time off work, or how many cookies you can take from […]



A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

May 5th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

The average Facebook user spends almost an hour on the site every day, according to data provided by the company last year. A Deloitte survey found that for many smartphone users, checking social media apps are the first thing they do in the morning – often before even getting out of bed. Of course, social […]



The danger behind the algorithm economy

January 6th, 2017 at 4:04 pm » Comments Off

A few months ago The Washington Post reported that Facebook collects 98 data points on each of its nearly 2 billion users. Among this 98 are ethnicity, income, net worth, home value, if you are a mother, if you are a soccer mom, if you are married, the number of lines of credit you have, if […]



The top five battlegrounds for tech platforms in 2017

January 4th, 2017 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

Large platform companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft want to provide the operating system for our lives, and they will fight hard in 2017 to establish their foothold in the emerging technologies we will likely come to rely on in the future. Who will succeed?



AI: A five-point plan to stop the Terminators taking over

November 1st, 2016 at 6:41 am » Comments Off

Tech behemoths Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon announced this week that they are teaming up to develop new standards for Artificial Intelligence (AI). It’s a much-needed move. Soon AI will change everything from warfare to our bodies. But we don’t want to become slaves to the robots, so how do we stop the Terminators?



Facebook launching PC gaming platform

August 29th, 2016 at 6:06 am » Comments Off

Facebook’s gaming aspirations didn’t stop with Farmville and its $2 billion Oculus VR acquisition. Nope, the social network is also launching a dedicated PC gaming platform today. Said platform will lean heavily on developers using the ubiquitous Unity game engine, according to a release from the company. The partnership’s first project is admittedly developer-centric, but […]



Pinterest is blowing away all social media in one area

June 20th, 2016 at 4:32 pm » Comments Off

Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are some of the largest social media platforms in the world. When it comes to online shoppers, they’re no match to Pinterest.



Messaging apps are bigger than social networks

May 31st, 2016 at 9:03 am » Comments Off

Around the world, users are logging in to messaging apps to chat with friends and to connect with brands, browse merchandise, and watch content. What were once simple services for exchanging messages, pictures, videos, and GIFs have evolved into expansive ecosystems with their own developers, apps, and APIs.



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