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Pew: 74% of users don’t know Facebook records their ad preferences

January 24th, 2019 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

Facebook has been in the news quite a bit for its ad targeting over the past year, most notably with reports that the now-defunct Cambridge Analytica used improperly obtained data to develop “personality” profiles on U.S. voters and target ads toward them during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But many users are still unaware what […]



The dawn of a new Big Tech regulatory era?

January 6th, 2019 at 1:01 am » Comments Off

At the ShellyPalmer Innovation Series Breakfast at CES 2018, I had a Socratic discussion about the influence of the big technology platforms and other emerging technologies on our lives and the need for responsible innovation with David Sapin, US Risk & Regulatory Leader, PwC. We also talked about the growing “techlash” buzz for more industry […]



Video swells to 25% of US digital ad spending

October 18th, 2018 at 2:47 am » Comments Off

This year will mark a milestone for digital video advertising in the US, according to eMarketer’s latest ad spending forecast. In 2018, video will grow nearly 30% to $27.82 billion. That means video ad spending will make up 25% of US digital ad spending. Media strategy is mobile strategy and the brands that thrive understand […]



Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

October 3rd, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

With an ambitious decentralized platform, the father of the web hopes it’s game on for corporate tech giants like Facebook and Google. Last week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, asked me to come and see a project he has been working on almost as long as the web itself. It’s a crisp […]



More than 1 in 4 Americans have deleted the Facebook app in the past year, according to a new survey

September 7th, 2018 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Facebook has had a year full of controversies over misinformation and the way it provides access to user data. A new study from Pew taken shortly after the Cambridge Analytica scandal found that 26% of Americans had deleted the Facebook app from their phone in the last year.



The web had failed to serve humanity: Tim Berners-Lee was crushed when Russia used Facebook to meddle in U.S. elections

July 6th, 2018 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

World wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was “devastated” by recent abuses of the web, in an interview with Vanity Fair. He is working on a new platform, named Solid, to re-decentralise the internet and take power away from monopolies like Google and Facebook. He still has hope that the internet can become […]



Facebook develops AI to open your damn eyes in photos

June 26th, 2018 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

Karen, you don’t need a puppy dog filter, you just need to stop blinking in the Christmas photo! Facebook wants to recreate eyes in photos using AI. There’s always one person. Seventeen takes. And Karen’s blinking. But no need to host an intervention — Facebook plans to fix your photos with AI.



Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018

June 6th, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’ Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according […]



Facebook plans to create its own cryptocurrency

May 14th, 2018 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

Facebook is exploring the creation of its own cryptocurrency, a virtual token that would allow its billions of users around the world to make electronic payments, people familiar with Facebook’s plans told Cheddar. “They are very serious about it,” said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced plans.



Face-swapping videos could lead to more ‘fake news’

April 15th, 2018 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Fake news has been a problem swamping the internet. Now there is a way to make fake videos with nothing more than your laptop. FakeApp can be used to make fake videos of people using images or other videos of them. Several social media platforms are filled with these deepfakes. While the technology still needs […]



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