Facebook Allows Advertisers to Buy In-Stream Ads

August 19, 2017

In a bid to give advertisers more flexibility and control to buy video ads to meet their target audience, Facebook has introduced an option to deliver ads on in-stream placements in videos on the social networking platform. The move also gives advertisers an option to specify whether they would like their in-stream ads to appear on Facebook itself or across the range of websites and apps in Facebook’s Audience Network ad network…

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Windows Bug Bounty Program Announced With Payouts Up to $250,000

August 19, 2017

To ensure Windows 10 is secure and bug-free, Microsoft has announced a fresh round of Windows Bounty Programme that will reward the bug finders up to $250,000 (roughly Rs. 1.6 crores) if they are able to discover exploits in Microsoft’s Hyper V virtualisation software. Bounty payouts will range from $500 to $250,000. Microsoft has been running the bounty programme since 2012 but the company is expanding it to cover more ground in Windows…

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Instagram Finally Gets Comment Threads to Make Conversations More Natural

August 18, 2017

Aiming to make chatting with fellow Instagrammers easy, Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday introduced comment threads on its platform. Henceforth, users who reply to any Instagram post will find their response automatically grouped right underneath it in a thread. “Comment threads help you keep track of conversations and make it easy to respond to a specific thread. This update will make your feed an even better place to share interests, get inspired and connect…

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Google Search Lite App Being Tested for Regions With Spotty Internet Connections

August 18, 2017

In a bid to get the ‘next billion’ on to the Internet, tech giants are trying various methods to lure the audience that still do not have access to proper Internet connections and gadgets like smartphones. One such effort is now seen by Google with the new Search Lite app that is reportedly being tested in Indonesia. Android Police reports that the app appeared in Facebook ads for many users in Indonesia, and users…

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Facebook Shut Down ‘FB Anon’ Internal Chat Platform After It Was Used to ‘Harass’ Employees

August 18, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shut down an anonymous online chat platform in late 2016 after it was increasingly used to talk about the US presidential candidates and ‘harass’ the company’s employees, media reported on Thursday. Initially launched in 2015 for employees to anonymously voice their concerns, the platform called ‘Facebook Anon’ became more political around last year’s US presidential elections. “The ‘FB Anon’ internal Facebook group violated our Terms of Service, which…

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Facebook to Reduce Video Clickbait From News Feed

August 18, 2017

After Facebook launched three updates earlier this year to reduce clickbait content on its platform, the company has announced two more updates to limit video clickbait posts from appearing in the News Feed. Video clickbaits are those posts that have fake video-play buttons embedded into an image, and videos of a static image. “Publishers that rely on these intentionally deceptive practices should expect the distribution of those clickbait stories to markedly decrease. Most…

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Google, Facebook Asked to Provide Inputs for US Net Neutrality Legislation

August 18, 2017

A US congressional committee on Monday asked for input from Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon.com and other major companies on a proposed rewrite of rules governing consumer Internet access, according to an email reviewed by Reuters. Last week, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s chairman asked the chief executives of those three companies, as well as AT&T, Verizon Communications, Netflix and Charter Communications to testify at a September 7 hearing on the future…

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Blue Whale Challenge: Delhi High Court Expresses Concern Over Suicides

August 18, 2017

The Delhi High Court on Thursday expressed concern over children allegedly committing suicide while playing the ‘Blue Whale’ Challenge, an Internet suicide game, that has been allegedly linked to the deaths of several children worldwide. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also wondered why adults were getting into this game, in which dangerous tasks like self-inflicting of wounds on the body, are assigned to…

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Lithuanian Man Pleads Not Guilty to Defrauding Facebook and Google

August 18, 2017

A Lithuanian man accused of defrauding Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in US court on Thursday. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, entered his plea through an interpreter before US Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses in federal court in Manhattan, clad in a blue and white striped shirt and faded blue jeans. He arrived in New York on Wednesday night after being extradited from Lithuania, US prosecutors said….

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Facebook, Google Activate SOS Features After Barcelona Attack

August 18, 2017

Soon after the Barcelona attack that left 13 people dead, Facebook and Google activated their safety check features to let users in the vicinity inform their friends that they were safe and get nearby support. Facebook created a page, titled “The attack in Barcelona, Spain” which users used to “check in as safe”, The Telegraph reported on Thursday. Recently launched SOS alert feature by Google gave people up-to-date news and information about Barcelona attack. The page…

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