Best of 2019: How AI Killed Google’s Social Network

[February 4, 2019] Facebook turns 15 today, after announcing last week a record profit and 30% revenue growth. Also today, “you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events,” in anticipation of the complete shutdown in April of Google’s social network, its bet-the-company challenge to Facebook.

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Facebook bans most ‘deepfake’ videos as election season heats up

Facebook is taking new steps to crack down on so-called “deepfake” videos, but won’t ban some forms of the videos entirely from its social-media platform.
Facebook said that it will now remove videos that appear to have been changed to make it look as if a person is saying something they actually didn’t say.

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The Facebook Ad Types: How to Choose the Best Ad Type for Your Goals

Did you know that people in the U.S. spend 20% of their mobile time on Facebook or Instagram? And there are over 1.8 billion people using Facebook every month?
With so many active users, Facebook Ads are a no-brainer for any marketer looking to reach new audiences in a place where people are already spending a significant amount of time.

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The Guide to Successful Silent Videos for Facebook Video Ads (+ Examples)

In recent years, Facebook has become a powerful platform for posting, sharing, and watching videos. In fact, nowadays, people watch more than 100 million hours of Facebook videos on a daily basis.
However, unlike traditional viewing on television and even YouTube, a large percentage of people watch Facebook videos from their smartphones, and play them silently from their news feed.

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Despite Stormy Decade, Facebook Continues to Lead in Mobile Advertising and App Businesses

Facebook had a rather tumultuous decade but it can laugh its way into 2020 as the most successful mobile advertising company in the world. In a recently published mobile app data report, four Facebook-owned applications were ranked among the top most-downloaded and used applications between 2011-2019.

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15 Tips That Make Freelance Writers Successful

When I scroll through Facebook and Instagram, I often see ads from people who are freelance writers, promoting the “working from anywhere” lifestyle.
The ad copy typically goes something like this ⁠— “Would you like to be able to work on your own schedule, from anywhere in the world? That’s what I did.

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Facebook launches new market research app after shutting down its controversial VPN service

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge
Facebook has a new market research app launching today called Viewpoints, just a few months after the company introduced an Android data collection app called Study designed to monitor what and for how long users are accessing other software on the Google-owned operating system.
Both apps have a controversial history.

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Facebook and Google surveillance is an ‘assault on privacy,’ says Amnesty International

Illustration by James Bareham / The Verge
Facebook and Google’s persistent surveillance of billions of people around the world threatens human rights and free expression, says Amnesty International. In a new report, the NGO argues the companies need to change their business model and stop being reliant on people’s data.

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Facebook: Advertisers to get more tools to control where ads appear

As Facebook continues to deal with controversy over its political ad policy, and becomes more a force in the market for spending on online advertising, the company on Wednesday rolled out a set of new tools designed to give advertisers more control over the places where their ads appear on the social-media site.

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Software patents are evil, but BSD+Patents is probably not the solution

TL;DR: I discuss my perspective in the recent BSD+Patents episode with
Facebook Open Source.
Patents and Open Source
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer
Many open source software (OSS) projects led by industry giants use the Apache
License 2.0 (henceforth the ASL2.0), compared with the MIT or BSD licenses
which also enjoy popularity amongst many other OSS projects.

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25 Social Media Campaign Ideas to Try in 2019

The summer before my sophomore year in college, I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw my friend dump a bucket of ice water on herself.
When I read the status update, I realized she was doing the Ice Bucket Challenge in an effort to promote awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease.
This was in 2014 when the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral and raised $220 million worldwide.

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the psychology of the enterprise buyer

Consumer startups like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and even DropBox are built by founders who wanted to “make something cool” for their own benefit. Their teams intuitively understand what works because they are their own target audience: young, tech-savvy people looking for better ways to connect, share, and organize their digital stuff.

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facebook like translations for your rails app

h1. facebook like translations for your rails app
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Last year I wrote a plugin for “Sanbit”:http://sanbit.com, the language learning site I was working at the time that allowed you to add a facebook style translation system to your application, I call it “Sanbit Translations”:http://github.com/jtoy/sanbit_translations.

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A fastText-based hybrid recommender

Introduction
Using Facebook Research’s new fastText library in supervised mode, I trained a hybrid recommender system, to recommend articles to users, given as training data both the text in the articles and the user/article interaction matrix. The labels attached to a document were both its id, and the ids of all users who viewed it.

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