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Instagram’s algorithmic feed is the worst thing to happen to me all summer

Instagram’s algorithmic feed is the worst thing to happen to me all summer

Nobody loves change, especially when it hits our most beloved digital services like Gmail, Facebook, Spotify, or Instagram. The majority of the time we get over these changes and suddenly forget what these services were like before. It’s like seeing a friend’s new haircut — shocking at first, but eventually that haircut is the only […]

Facebook is slightly less white, but not any darker

Facebook is slightly less white, but not any darker

Facebook’s latest diversity report is a lot more of the same, with the exception of two components: LGBTQA employee representation and hiring data from the last 12 months. Facebook also announced a $15 million investment in Code.org to help the non-profit organization develop computer science curriculum among underrepresented student populations. Here are the high-level stats. Facebook […]

Viewing links shared in Messenger just got easier

Viewing links shared in Messenger just got easier

Reading the links your friends share with you in Messenger is getting a little easier, starting today. Facebook says it’s beginning to roll out support for “Instant Articles” – the fast-loading, distraction-free versions of publishers’ sites – in its popular mobile messaging app. The Android version of Messenger will be the first to receive this […]

A look inside Facebook’s data center

A look inside Facebook’s data center

Facebook invited a small group of reporters to its Prineville, OR data center this week. Most companies don’t even give their own employees access to their data centers (outside of the relatively small group of people it takes to keep the millions of servers inside up and running), but because Facebook open sources most of its server and networking […]

Researchers build a smart privacy app to keep you safe

Researchers build a smart privacy app to keep you safe

If you’re anything like me you want your apps to let others follow you around but refuse to let them share photographs of your food. But how can you tell each individual app on your phone what you will and won’t share? Researchers at CMU have some ideas. Their app is a smart privacy system […]

Still a virtual reality skeptic? Here’s why you shouldn’t be

Still a virtual reality skeptic? Here’s why you shouldn’t be

The original PlayStation console, launched when I was the managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment for Europe, shook the gaming world. The 3D environment was unfamiliar to gamers, and some in the industry at large were initially reluctant to adopt such a new technology. But with time, 3D gaming became the standard of video games, […]

Facebook needs a way to report content as “Graphic But Newsworthy”

Facebook needs a way to report content as “Graphic But Newsworthy”

Mark Zuckerberg believes Facebook Live could illuminate wrongdoing in the world. Facebook still hasn’t explained the details of its policy on censorship of Live video. But today in response to the police shooting of Philando Castile whose last moments of life were broadcast on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted that “The images we’ve seen this week […]

Banks should not underestimate Facebook Messenger

Banks should not underestimate Facebook Messenger

Christoffer O. Hernæs Crunch Network Contributor Christoffer O. Hernæs is vice president of Strategy, Innovation and Analysis at Sparebank 1 Group, Norway’s second-largest financial institution. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Before you say that Facebook is no longer perceived as cool with today’s youth, do you know what’s even less cool? […]

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