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Incarcerated & Facebook

TL;DR;Mysteriously flagged as incarcerated by Facebook and locked out of my account at the worst possible time. I was browsing Facebook on Friday evening, clicked on a link in a post and was immediately logged out. (I subsequently checked the URL and it was innocuous — an NBC Bay Area page about expensive real estate).…
Facebook accused of shutting out mobile competitors in lawsuit

Facebook accused of shutting out mobile competitors in lawsuit

Facebook is facing a federal lawsuit from mobile app developers that allege the company revoked access to data in an attempt to stifle competition. The suit, which is seeking class-action status, argues that the company “identified and categorized potential market threats, then extinguished those threats” by cutting them off from access to data on its…
Facebook canceled two original Watch series

Facebook canceled two original Watch series

Facebook Watch still has some level of commitment to scripted series, as it plans to go forward with several in development. It would also be willing to pick up new programming if the right project came along, according to Deadline. Overall, however, it plans to emphasize unscripted programming, where it has had better success with…
Facebook gives Oculus Go permanent $50 price cut

Facebook gives Oculus Go permanent $50 price cut

Facebook has permanently cut the price of its Oculus Go VR headset. “Oculus Go is now priced at $149, which is equal to a $50 price drop,” the company tells UploadVR. “We are applying comparable discounts across all countries where Go is sold. Updated pricing is rolling out to all channels.” The Oculus Go is…
Facebook has reportedly shelved its plans to show ads on WhatsApp – The Next Web

Facebook has reportedly shelved its plans to show ads on WhatsApp – The Next...

Good news! Facebook is dropping its plans to show ads on its popular messaging service WhatsApp. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, WhatsApp disbanded the team working on integrating ads on to the platform recently; even the code related to the project was deleted from the app. When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014…
WSJ: Facebook won’t push through with plans to put ads in WhatsApp – Engadget

WSJ: Facebook won’t push through with plans to put ads in WhatsApp – Engadget

The founders have strong feelings against advertisements, after all. In a 2012 post on the app's blog, they called ads "insults to your intelligence" and said they wanted to "make something that wasn't just another ad clearinghouse." Jan Koum left in 2018, a few months before Facebook announced it's putting ads in Status, though reports…
Facebook backs off plan to plaster ads all over WhatsApp

Facebook backs off plan to plaster ads all over WhatsApp

Facebook is “backing away” from earlier plans to sell ads for placement inside its enormously popular WhatsApp messaging service. According to The Wall Street Journal, the team that had been working on building ads into WhatsApp was disbanded in recent months, with their work subsequently “deleted from WhatsApp’s code.” The Journal notes that Facebook still…
Facebook’s problems moderating deepfakes will only get worse in 2020

Facebook’s problems moderating deepfakes will only get worse in 2020

Last summer, a video of Mark Zuckerberg circulated on Instagram in which the Facebook CEO appeared to claim he had “total control of billions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures.” It turned out to be an art project rather than a deliberate attempt at misinformation, but Facebook allowed it to…
Facebook’s VR Quest Finally Getting Real – Wall Street Journal

Facebook’s VR Quest Finally Getting Real – Wall Street Journal

Facebook may have a virtual reality hit on its hands. It’s about time. It has been nearly six years since the social network put its VR stake into the ground. At $2 billion, the acquisition price for Oculus in early 2014 was twice what Facebook paid for Instagram two years prior. It was also far…
All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It – WIRED

All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It – WIRED

It won't come as much of a surprise that Facebook tracks you on its platform—that's why it can resurface your birthday photos from five years ago—but you might not yet realize the scope and the depth of its tracking all across the internet. Facebook's tentacles stretch out across other websites and services, into the various…

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Huawei exec acknowledges it’s struggling without Google support – CNET

The lack of Google support on phones like the Mate 30 Pro is hurting Huawei, an exec said. Érika García / CNET The loss of Google's apps is proving to be a major problem for Huawei, an executive told the Financial Times over the weekend. The controversial Chinese company is operating under the weight of…

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