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How exactly online ad targeting works remains a nebulous topic for many casual internet users. A trio of researchers is hoping to demystify the process — with a new browser extension they launched this week called Created by Mozilla fellows Joana Varon, Becca Ricks, and Hang Do Thi Duc — the latter of whom […]

Facebook expands its Level Up livestreamer community program in Europe

Facebook is expanding its Level Up Program, which helps livestreamers build communities, into Germany, France, Spain, and Ireland. The program is already available currently in the U.S., United Kingdom, Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand and was originally announced in June. The program will help up-and-coming livestreamers build communities on Fa…Read More Social – VentureBeat

Twitter bans Alex Jones and Infowars from tweeting for 7 days

(Reuters) — Twitter has banned U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars from tweeting for seven days, saying their tweets violated company’s rules against abusive behavior. The microblogging site said it had asked Jones late Tuesday to delete the tweet that contained a video, which according to a company spokesman ha…Read More Social […]

Google publishes its political ad database, detailing spending in U.S. federal elections

Google today published its political ad database, joining Facebook and Twitter in offering more disclosure around online ad spending after all three were prompted to do so by federal lawmakers. The library only contains ads dealing with federal elections — so you won’t find any ads purchased by your local mayor. The database contains an…Read […]

Coffee Meets Bagel now lets you bypass Facebook by logging in with your phone number

Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel announced today that it is giving users another way to sign in, as some remain wary about connecting to apps with their Facebook accounts following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Coffee Meets Bagel users will now have the option to sign in by providing a phone number instead of a Facebook […]

Criptext‘s Mizrachi escapes from a Colombian prison to launch a secure email platform

Of all the locations you would expect a secure, encrypted email service to emerge from, a Colombian prison is possibly the most bizarre. Today a startup called Criptext has announced the public beta launch of its secure email service, based on the open source Signal protocol. With the goal of giving users with a hyper-secure email service […]

Instagram is investigating user reports of hacked accounts

Over the past week, there’s been an uptick in users reporting on Reddit and Twitter that their Instagram accounts have been hacked, with the contact information associated with the account being changed. After Mashable first reported on the account takeovers on Monday, Instagram now says it’s looking into the claims. “We are inves…Read More Social […]

David Marcus leaves Coinbase board to focus on Facebook’s blockchain project

Three months after Facebook announced that it was starting a blockchain initiative, the executive in charge of the project stepped down from his position as a board member at Coinbase, fueling more speculation about what the project will entail. Facebook’s David Marcus is leaving Coinbase, a digital currency exchange, just nine months after j…Read More […]

Get on the “dumb” bot wagon with Amazon, Apple, and Geico (VB Live)

VB LIVE: AI-based customer service chatbots have often frustrated customers. But don’t dump the bot idea: simpler rules-based chatbots are easy to implement, easy to use, 99-percent effective in solving customer issues, fast. Learn more about why it’s time go all-in on the next generation of chatbots in this VB Live event. Register here…Read More […]

Facebook launches AR games for Messenger group video chat

Facebook today announced the introduction of augmented reality games in group video chat with up to six people at once. AR games are available today and begin with two games: Don’t Smile, a competition to see who can keep a serious look on their face for the longest, and Asteroids Attack, a game where you pilot a […]