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New York Times:
The NYT editorial board calls for federal US privacy legislation mandating opt in as default on data collection practices by tech companies like Facebook   —  Using an opt-in approach will help curb the excesses of Big Tech.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views …
Mar 8, 2021, 6:30 AMIn context
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Sources: four consortia, comprised of companies like Reliance, Paytm, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Visa, are preparing bids to operate India's digital payments   —  - Big tech, credit-card giants to compete for payment licenses  — India's digital transactions set to reach $1 trillion in 2023
Mar 6, 2021, 6:15 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero :
Q&A: WhatsApp's Will Cathcart on the Facebook-Apple feud, WhatsApp's new privacy policy, competing apps, and the debate over message “traceability” in India   —  'If you're talking about break encryption, it's really hard for me to imagine being comfortable with it'
Mar 6, 2021, 1:00 PMIn context
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
Facebook's AI model SEER was designed to exclude Instagram images from the EU in its dataset, likely to avoid GDPR violations   —  The team purposely excluded Instagram images from the European Union, likely because of GDPR  —  OneZero's General Intelligence is a roundup …
Mar 5, 2021, 9:05 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: India threatened to jail Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter employees if the companies don't comply with takedown requests related to farmer protests   —  Country flexes new powers over big platforms while companies are counting on world's second-largest population for growth
Mar 5, 2021, 12:35 PMIn context
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Study: far-right pubs get 65% more engagement on Facebook when they publish fake news; liberal and centrist pubs get less engagement if they publish misinfo   —  Far-right pages that publish misinformation get the most interactions by far compared to other news sources, new research shows.
Mar 4, 2021, 10:40 AMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Facebook says its new AI model SEER, which was trained with self-supervision on a billion public Instagram images, outperformed advanced fully supervised models   —  Facebook today announced that it's created an AI model trained on a billion images that ostensibly achieves state-of-the-art results …
Mar 4, 2021, 10:20 AMIn context
Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:
Snapcommerce, which lets companies offer customer service through conversational tools like SMS and Facebook Messenger, raises $107M CAD led by Inovia Capital   —  Snapcommerce (formerly Snaptravel) has secured $107 million CAD ($85 million USD) in growth funding, signalling confidence …
Mar 4, 2021, 10:00 AMIn context
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
The most engaging political news on Facebook?  Far-right misinformation.   —  In the months before and after the 2020 election, far-right pages that are known to spread misinformation consistently garnered more engagement on Facebook than any other partisan news, according to a New York University study published Wednesday.
Mar 4, 2021, 9:40 AMIn context
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds one-to-one voice and video calling to the WhatsApp desktop app, but the browser version, WhatsApp Web, is not getting this feature at the moment   —  WhatsApp is rolling out support for voice and video calling to its desktop app, the Facebook-owned messaging service said Thursday …
Mar 4, 2021, 7:50 AMIn context

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