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#deletefacebook – TechCrunch

Facebook is using us. It is actively giving away our information. It is creating an echo chamber in the name of connection. It surfaces the divisive and destroys the real reason we began using social media in the first place – human connection. It is a cancer. I’ve begun the slow process of

By | 2018-03-19T15:32:41+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on #deletefacebook – TechCrunch

Suspicious likes lead to researcher lighting up a 22,000-strong botnet on Twitter – TechCrunch

Botnets are fascinating to me. Who creates them? What are they for? And why doesn’t someone delete them? The answers are probably less interesting than I hope, but in the meantime I like to cheer when large populations of bots are exposed. That’s what security outfit F-Secure’s Andy Patel did this week after

By | 2018-03-17T01:59:51+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on Suspicious likes lead to researcher lighting up a 22,000-strong botnet on Twitter – TechCrunch

Report calls for algorithmic transparency and education to fight fake news

A report commissioned by European lawmakers has called for more transparency from online platforms to help combat the spread of false information online. It also calls for urgent investment in media and information literacy education, and strategies to empower journalists and foster a diverse and sustainable news media ecosystem. The High-Level Expert Group

By | 2018-03-12T23:58:33+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on Report calls for algorithmic transparency and education to fight fake news

False news spreads faster than truth online thanks to human nature

The rapidity with which falsity travels has been proverbial for centuries: “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” wrote Swift in 1710. Yet empirical verification of this common wisdom has been scarce — to our chagrin these past few years as lies in seven-league boots outpace a hobbled truth on platforms

By | 2018-03-09T00:48:31+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on False news spreads faster than truth online thanks to human nature

CodeStream wants to move developer chat straight to the source code

There are tons of services out there from Slack to Jira that are designed to help developers communicate with one another about code issues, but there is a surprising dearth of tools that have been purpose-built to provide communication capabilities right in the IDE where developers work. CodeStream, a member of the Y

By | 2018-03-08T23:46:50+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on CodeStream wants to move developer chat straight to the source code

Snap Interactive, quietly settling with Snap over trademark infringement, changes name to PeerStream

Back in 2016 after Snapchat rebranded the company name to Snap Inc to reflect its status as a camera company and more than just Snapchat, an existing publicly-traded business by the name of Snap Interactive filed a trademark infringement lawsuit to bar the change. Snap Interactive’s concern: it was already distributing social network apps and

By | 2018-03-08T22:45:33+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on Snap Interactive, quietly settling with Snap over trademark infringement, changes name to PeerStream

Twitter is suspending some users who solicit crypto

Twitter is taking some steps to combat cryptocurrency scammers on its platform. But these are best classified as ‘baby steps’ at this point. The company does not currently have a specific ad policy relating to cryptocurrency and ICO related ads — which Facebook banned in January. “We allow ads that don’t violate the Twitter

By | 2018-03-08T21:43:54+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on Twitter is suspending some users who solicit crypto

Begin, a new app from Ryan Block, uses natural language to generate tasks from your Slack

Over two years after leaving Aol (now known as Oath) back in September 2015 to build a new startup, serial entrepreneur Ryan Block, with co-founder Brian LeRoux, is finally taking the wraps off the new venture: Begin, an intelligent app designed to help you keep track of things that you have to do,

By | 2018-03-08T09:22:39+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on Begin, a new app from Ryan Block, uses natural language to generate tasks from your Slack

Fishbrain, the fishing app and social network, raises $13.5M Series B

Fishbrain, the Sweden-made mobile app and social network for sport fishing, is disclosing $13.5 million in Series B funding. The round is led by B Capital Group, the VC fund founded by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, with participation from SoftBank Ventures Korea, and existing investors Northzone, and Industrifonden. The new cash injection, which

By | 2018-03-07T22:08:56+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on Fishbrain, the fishing app and social network, raises $13.5M Series B

Facebook adds video chat to Messenger Lite, its pared-down Android app

After bringing its pared-down Android app Messenger Lite to mature markets like the US and UK last autumn, Facebook is expanding its features to ramp up engagement. Today, the company announced that it is adding video chat into the mix. Messenger Lite, first launched in 2015 was initially part of an effort from Facebook to

By | 2018-03-07T21:07:44+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Social|Comments Off on Facebook adds video chat to Messenger Lite, its pared-down Android app