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Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
A look at the opening of Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and Benioff's remarks on homelessness and lack of affordable housing amid the city's housing crisis   —  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  But mostly the worst.  —  Reporting From
May 24, 2018, 12:45 AMIn context
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
Instagram is rolling out a new feature that allows users to mute others in their feed without having to unfollow them   —  Instagram just announced a desperately needed feature: a mute button. … Previously, it was possible to mute someone's Stories (tap and hold their profile icon), but not their photos in your main feed.
May 22, 2018, 10:40 AMIn context
Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed:
Parabon NanoLabs says it has loaded DNA data from ~100 crime scenes to genealogy database GEDmatch and has found matches to suspect's relatives in ~20 cases   —  “I think there is going to be press around this very soon,” a company scientist told BuzzFeed News.
May 17, 2018, 7:50 PMIn context
BuzzFeed:
YouTube's Super Chats, which allow paid comments on live streams, are partially underwriting videos with hate speech; YouTube says it will revisit policies   —  During one livestream, someone using the screen name National Socialist spent $100 to display the message “WHITE PRIDE WORLD WIDE!”
May 17, 2018, 1:05 PMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Investigation shows buying fake Facebook accounts is easy and affordable; one seller says there are always thousands in stock as marketplaces thrive   —  Thirty minutes and a little bitcoin can buy you an army of believable Facebook users.  —  Audrey Mitchell is a 23-year-old New York City transplant from London.
May 16, 2018, 1:55 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter says it will use thousands of behavioral signals on accounts, not just content of individual tweets, when filtering search, replies, and recommendations   —  Act like a jerk, and Twitter will start limiting how often your tweets show up.  —  On Tuesday, Twitter announced a massive change …
May 15, 2018, 12:13 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook removes 10 Instagram groups that artificially inflated the popularity of member accounts and posts to game Instagram algorithm and gain more visibility   —  The groups, including one with more than 200,000 members, vanished after BuzzFeed News contacted Instagram.
May 11, 2018, 3:35 PMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Smoothness of Google's AI-based demonstrations at I/O and “Make Google Do It” campaign mask the reality: users will need to give up more information and agency   —  In the middle of its Tuesday morning I/O presentation, Google played an audio recording of what was essentially an AI-powered crank call.
May 9, 2018, 2:25 PMIn context
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed:
Despite Amazon's efforts, paid reviewers who organize via Reddit, Slack, Discord, and Facebook are still flooding the site with fake reviews   —  One morning in late January, Jake picked up the box on his desk, tore through the packing tape, unearthed the iPhone case inside, snapped a picture …
May 8, 2018, 11:15 AMIn context
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
GoDaddy takes down Richard Spencer's website altright.com, says it has “encouraged and promoted violence in a direct and threatening manner”   —  Richard Spencer speaking at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 19, 2017, in Gainesville, Florida.  —  Joe Raedle / Getty Images
May 4, 2018, 12:25 PMIn context

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