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Casey Newton / The Verge:
How Facebook's automated ad auctions reward popular but polarizing messages with lower unit costs   —  As the debate intensifies around Russian ad buys in the US election, a fundamental aspect of Facebook's platform has gone mostly overlooked.  Facebook's auction-based system rewards ads …
Oct 11, 2017, 2:40 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Amazon debuts updated Fire TV with 4K and HDR support, Dolby Atmos integration, 2160p video at 60 frames per second, available for $70 preorder today   —  And it's tiny, too  —  Amazon today introduced a new Fire TV with HDR and 4K capabilities, which marks the first time the device has offered the higher-resolution video.
Sep 27, 2017, 2:30 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Amazon unveils new Echo with smaller design, cloth surface and multiple color options, improved speakers, multi-room audio, for $100 or $250 for three   —  A smaller, more powerful voice device  —  Amazon introduced a second-generation version of the Echo today with a dedicated bass tweeter and a modified, shorter design.
Sep 27, 2017, 1:48 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Access to stolen contact info of Instagram users sold for $10 per search via a now-offline site; Instagram now says non-verified users may have been impacted   —  Selena Gomez was first.  Who's next?  —  A bug that exposed users' contact information affected a far greater number of accounts than Instagram originally said.
Sep 1, 2017, 7:25 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
How YouTube started using Google Brain's AI to improve video recommendations in 2015, which now drive 70% of videos' watch time   —  Google Brain gave YouTube new life  —  Sometime late last year, as I was playing a video game named Dishonored 2, I did a routine YouTube search about how to beat a tricky section of the game.
Aug 30, 2017, 7:30 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook is deleting posts linking to a Daily Stormer article that attacked Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, after article was shared more than 65K times   —  Daily Stormer article violated community standards, company says  —  A blog post attacking a victim of white supremacist violence …
Aug 15, 2017, 12:30 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Instagram is pushing restaurants to be kitschy, colorful, and irresistible to photographers   —  When it came time to design their first restaurant, Media Noche, San Francisco entrepreneurs Madelyn Markoe and Jessie Barker found themselves lacking inspiration.
Jul 23, 2017, 9:00 PMIn context
The Verge:
Artists, producers, managers on how SoundCloud alienated them with a messy transition to a paid biz model that made little money for the company and artists   —  ‘25 million plays, and zero dollars’  —  In December 2012, as part of a major redesign, SoundCloud introduced a feature called the repost.
Jul 22, 2017, 1:55 AMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says it's taking action on 10x the number of abusive accounts as it did last year, and 65% of disciplined accounts don't commit second infraction   —  But real data is in short supply  —  A sustained push to reduce abuse on Twitter has shown promising results, the company said …
Jul 20, 2017, 9:25 AMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google's search app on Android and iOS gets an algorithmic news feed of articles, videos, and other links; feed allows topic follows and other customizations   —  Searching for relevance  —  Google today is rolling out its take on the news feed, a personalized stream of articles, videos, and other content.
Jul 19, 2017, 4:05 AMIn context

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