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

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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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Edge Prediction in a Social Graph: My Solution to Facebook’s User Recommendation Contest on Kaggle

A couple weeks ago, Facebook launched a link prediction contest on Kaggle, with the goal of recommending missing edges in a social graph. I love investigating social networks, so I dug around a little, and since I did well enough to score one of the coveted prizes, I’ll share my approach here.

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Shared items

I left Facebook and
Twitter
more than 2 years go (with excellent results, I have to say), and due to being a
bit tired, I stopped publishing the Data
Links series. I miss a bit
being able to share quickly those articles that I think are worth it, in this
age of information overload, saturation, fake news, fake fake news, so-called
news and so on.

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How Using Data For Your Social Media Marketing Campaign Can Help

Did you know there are over 3.5 billion Facebook users? Social media has become the best way to market your brand when you want to reach specific audiences. There are 50,000 or more new posts on Instagram every day, and nearly 500,000 Tweets a day. So how are all these brands becoming so visible overnight? They are using data to target new and previous customers.

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