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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook filed a patent last June for a system that partly uses machine learning to vet objectionable content; system could help remove fake news   —  A project in the works since 2015  —  As Facebook works on new tools to stop the spread of misinformation on its network …
Dec 8, 2016, 2:40 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter brings ranked conversations to mobile devices, so replies with higher engagement or from accounts you follow will show up first, and adds reply counts   —  Seeing popular replies first  —  Twitter introduced a new design for replies today that ranks conversations in your timeline according …
Nov 29, 2016, 2:55 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Marc Andreessen talks about sectors tech is disrupting next, flying and autonomous cars, IoT, AR, VR, and more   —  Marc Andreessen may be the most dedicated optimist in Silicon Valley.  During a year when the public's attention was often focused on international conflict, mass shootings …
Nov 27, 2016, 8:55 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter introduces Snapchat-like QR codes as an option to follow people   —  When clicking the follow button feels too hard  —  Twitter today introduced QR codes into its apps for iOS and Android, because not having QR codes was Twitter's biggest existential threat as a business and the main reason …
Nov 16, 2016, 5:50 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook mistakenly showed memorial banners on profile pages implying users were dead, apologized for a “terrible error”   —  RIP  —  Facebook is capping one of the longest weeks in American history by telling everyone that they are dead.  Log on to your profile and there's …
Nov 11, 2016, 5:40 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook is buying the social analytics company CrowdTangle, used by BuzzFeed, CNN, ESPN, others to track how content spreads online, for an undisclosed sum   —  Understanding how news goes viral  —  Facebook today announced that it has purchased CrowdTangle, a 4-year-old tool that publishers use …
Nov 11, 2016, 10:30 AMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Zuckerberg: “the idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way... is a pretty crazy idea”   —  “Voters make decisions based on their lived experience.”  —  After a day of criticism over his company's role …
Nov 10, 2016, 9:50 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Slack's ad in The New York Times made the company look afraid of Microsoft Teams, undermining its message and echoing past sentiments from companies like Rdio   —  Paper tiger  —  Slack has always been easy to like.  The fast-growing team communication startup had a classic underdog story …
Nov 3, 2016, 2:00 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Vine struggled to monetize and compete with Instagram and Snapchat amid executive churn, while failing to find strategic benefits for Twitter   —  Closing the loop  —  The thing about Vine becoming the internet's premiere tool for making short-form videos is that it happened almost completely by accident.
Oct 28, 2016, 4:05 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
How a co-founder of a startup called Luka built an AI chatbot, trained on past messages, for texting with her deceased friend   —  When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence  —  When the engineers had at last finished their work, Eugenia Kuyda opened a console on her laptop and began to type.
Oct 8, 2016, 1:50 PMIn context

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