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Facebook movie ads will now include ticket and showtime details

Facebook movie ads will now include ticket and showtime details

Facebook ads for movies will now include two new features: premiere reminders and the ability to look up showtimes and buy tickets. Users can hit the “Interested” button when they come across a movie ad in their News Feed, and they’ll receive a notification when the movie is in theaters, similar to how event pages…
New Facebook ad units can remind you when a movie comes out

New Facebook ad units can remind you when a movie comes out

Facebook is launching two new ad units designed to help movie studios promote their latest releases. The first unit is called a movie reminder ad, and it does exactly that —since studios usually start marketing their titles months or even years before release, they can now include an Interested button in their Facebook ads, allowing…
Facebook contractors said to have collected and transcribed users’ audio without permission

Facebook contractors said to have collected and transcribed users’ audio without permission

“The future is private.” Clearly, Facebook still has a way to go. Facebook has become the latest tech giant to face scrutiny over its handling of users’ data, following a report that said the social media giant collected audio data and recordings from its users and transcribed it using third-party contractors. The report came from…
Facebook is losing its last Oculus co-founder

Facebook is losing its last Oculus co-founder

Facebook spent billions on Oculus in 2014, and in the years since the organization has been absorbed deeper into Facebook while the startup’s co-founders have stepped back in prominence. Today, the final Oculus co-founder remaining at Facebook, Nate Mitchell, announced he was leaving the company in an internal memo sent to employees. The news was…
Facebook denies making contradictory claims on Cambridge Analytica and other ‘sketchy’ apps

Facebook denies making contradictory claims on Cambridge Analytica and other ‘sketchy’ apps

Facebook has denied contradicting itself in evidence to the UK parliament and a US public prosecutor. Last month the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee wrote to the company to raise what it said were discrepancies in evidence Facebook has given to international parliamentarians vs evidence submitted in response to the Washington, DC…
Facebook could face billions in potential damages as court rules facial recognition lawsuit can proce

Facebook could face billions in potential damages as court rules facial recognition lawsuit can...

Facebook is facing exposure to billions of dollars in potential damages as a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook’s arguments to halt a class action lawsuit claiming it illegally collected and stored the biometric data of millions of users. The class action lawsuit has been working its way through the courts since 2015, when…
Facebook wants to be relevant in news again, and it’s willing to pay millions to bring back publishers

Facebook wants to be relevant in news again, and it’s willing to pay millions...

Facebook is approaching big-name news publishers hoping to secure licensing deals to republish stories and other news content, reports The Wall Street Journal. The deals could be worth millions of dollars per publisher, with Facebook reportedly offering up to $3 million a year for licensing rights for some outlets. Among those in early discussions are…
Facebook sells video subscriptions from Tastemade, CollegeHumor

Facebook sells video subscriptions from Tastemade, CollegeHumor

Just about everyone is trying to sell you streaming video. Now add Facebook to that list. Starting Thursday, the social network will let some users buy subscriptions to a limited set of offerings from video providers that include Tastemade and CollegeHumor. Facebook wants its users to pay it directly for the subscriptions, which they can…
Facebook files suits against Singapore and HK-based app developers for ad fraud – Mumbrella Asia

Facebook files suits against Singapore and HK-based app developers for ad fraud – Mumbrella...

In a post on Facebook’s Newsroom, the social network’s director for platform enforcement and litigation Jessica Romero stated that it had filed a suit against app developers JediMobi from Singapore and the Hong Kong-based LionMobi for “click injection fraud”. The fraud involved infecting user’s phones with malware which in turn generated fake user clicks on…
Facebook Sues Singapore Based App Developer For Fraud – Geek Culture

Facebook Sues Singapore Based App Developer For Fraud – Geek Culture

Singapore-based app developer Jedimobi has been sued by Facebook for embedding malware in its Android apps that hijack a user’s phone to generate fake clicks on ads, to make money off unsuspecting users. Jedimobi is one of two app developers, along with Lionmobi, that the social media company has reportedly filed a lawsuit against, claiming…
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Open-Sourcing Inform 7

This is a talk and slides from Narrascope 2019, held at MIT, Boston, on 14-16 June 2019. It's a sequel to a talk given in London a year earlier, when I went into "literate programming" at greater depth, but when the design of Inter was more embryonic. I'd like to thank the Narrascope organisers for…

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