THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has reportedly hired one of Google's lead chip developers in a bid to bolster its own custom silicon development. That's according to Bloomberg, which reports that Facebook has snapped up Google's head of silicon and vice president Shahriar Rabii in a move that would indicate Mark Zuckerberg and pals are properly keen on making their own chips. Bringing Rabii onboard means Facebook will be able to tap into his experience in making processors, notably Google's first custom-designed imaging chip, the Visual Core; the chip can be found at the heart of the Pixel 2's camera. At Facebook, Rabii will work under Andrew Bosworth, the social network's head of virtual and augmented reality, according to people with information on the situation.
Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has over taken Warren Buffet to become the third richest person on earth (now worth $81.6 billion) according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index. This also marks the first time that the top three is solely occupied by tech titans as first and second place belongs to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ($142 billion) and former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates ($94.2 billion). It’s been a weird year at FB… Considering the year that Facebook has had thus far, one wouldn’t expect Zuckerberg to be rising up the rich list. The Cambridge Analytica scandal managed to wipe $37 billion in share value back in March. Elevate Zimbabwe Gamer Whilst still trying to manage the blow back of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook managed to bungle up user privacy once again when
Facebook just released crucial information that showcased how the social media company is acting against people producing inappropriate content or fake accounts. The social media giant has decided to eliminate all the glitches of the site by axing 583 million fake accounts (that’s almost a quarter of the total accounts) in the first three months of 2018 as a way to enforce community standards. Facebook’s new report, which it plans to update twice a year, comes a month after the company published its internal rules for how reviewers decide what content should be removed. This was as a result of the intense scrutiny the company came under earlier this year over the use of private data and the impact of harmful content on its 2.2 billion monthly users, with government
We've already learned quite a bit from Mark Zuckerberg's grilling on Capitol Hill. But Zuckerberg also revealed another fact that is sure to worry anyone who doesn't use Facebook. As many already suspected, Facebook collects data about non-users, too. During Zuckerberg's Wednesday appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ben Lujan asked him whether or not Facebook collected data on users who did not have an account. "In general we collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes," Zuckerberg said. Lujan asked if these are what is known as "shadow profiles," but Zuckerberg said he is "not familiar" with that term. Lujan pointed out that, "You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people that are
Where have we seen this before? Snapchat Snapchat is all set to introduce group video calling and story mentions, a feature it tested last month, parent company Snap announced Tuesday. Up to 16 people can now take part in group video chats on the app, with up to 32 people joining in voice calls. To mention them in a Snapchat story, just type out their username starting with the "@..." and they'll be notified. If those features seem familiar, you only need look to Snapchat's biggest rival to work out where you've seen them before. Facebook introduced group video calling on Messenger back in 2016, and you've long been able to tag other users in stories on Facebook-owned Instagram. Following Snapchat's stratospheric growth in popularity and a reported unsuccessful buy
South by Southwest Interactive is a festival that used to have a reputation as the place to create a buzz for a new social network or product. Yet these days, SXSW's focus is less about developing apps, and more about developing society. A society that, thanks to technology which some of these attendees created, feels in need of repair. One of the most interesting products being discussed this year isn't new at all. Reddit somehow seems to fly under the radar for the average person, despite being the sixth most popular website in the world. But while its ugly aesthetic - and often, ugly content - is alienating to many, there is much to admire. In fact, I'd go as far as to say Reddit provides a model for how to create a more interesting, fairer web. A model that doesn't drag...
UN investigators have said the use of Facebook played a "determining role" in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. One of the team probing allegations of genocide in Myanmar said Facebook had "turned into a beast." About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar's military launched an operation in August against "insurgents" in Rakhine state. Facebook has said there is "no place for hate speech" on its platform. "We take this incredibly seriously and have worked with experts in Myanmar for several years to develop safety resources and counter-speech campaigns," a Facebook spokeswoman told the BBC. "This work includes a dedicated Safety Page for Myanmar, a locally illustrated version of our Community Standards, and regular training sessions fo...
In a move that will bring unbridled joy to social media managers and influencers everywhere, Instagram is now allowing business profiles to schedule posts, the company announced on its Business blog today. Currently, the feature only works for photos, not videos, and it’s only available through third-party social management tools for now. This means that if you want to get your hands on scheduling features, you have to pay for subscription services like HootSuite, Sprout Social, or any one of the companies working as a Facebook Marketing Partner or Instagram Partner. Post scheduling has never been available until now, despite third-party companies’ best efforts to advertise such features. The only tools around have been ones that let users pre-write post captions and send out push notif
As times are changing, it’s always good to see people who choose to move with them, especially if it’s people whose choices directly affect you. Some time back, we wrote on how important it was for the government to be on (or at least follow) social media, and they (well, some) took heed of it. And of course we’d love to say the President read that article and decided “yea, why not?” but well… Nevertheless, we’re writing about it again to commend that action; not only to commend the fact that Mr President now has both a Facebook and a verified Twitter account (more of now has some functional accounts since it seems his Twitter account was more of a revived account than a new one, joined in 2011) but the fact those accounts aren’t somewhat ghost accounts. Remember, it’
Are you one of those whose new year’s resolutions are “to be more productive by cutting out on social media”? something you’ve been telling yourself you were first introduced to social media. If we were in Ghana, I would be saying no worries right now, but oh well… I’m sure we agree that the most addictive of the social media networks is WhatsApp… or maybe Twitter (once you get the hang of it)… or Facebook if you’re old fashioned like that (no pun intended whatsoever). I just came across an article on how a Ghanaian professor (Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast) recommended that the government bans WhatsApp during working hours and I thought it would make an interesting light discussion. In as much as the Professor’s suggestion sounds absurd, let’s face it, some