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Facebook sells off Oculus Medium to Adobe

Facebook sells off Oculus Medium to Adobe Facebook is selling Oculus Medium — a 3D virtual reality sculpting tool for creatives — to Adobe. The team was an expensive effort for Oculus and its sale signifies a broader rethinking within Facebook in what virtual reality projects they tackle in-house. It’s clear that […]

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No Libra style digital currencies without rules, say EU finance ministers

No Libra style digital currencies without rules, say EU finance ministers European Union finance ministers have agreed a defacto ban on the launch in the region of so-called global ‘stablecoins’ such as Facebook’s planned Libra digital currency until the bloc has a common approach to regulation that can mitigate the risks posed […]

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Instagram still doesn’t age-check kids. That must change.

Instagram still doesn’t age-check kids. That must change. Instagram dodges child safety laws. By not asking users their age upon signup, it can feign ignorance about how old they are. That way, it can’t be held liable for $40,000 per violation of the Child Online Privacy Protection Act. The law bans online […]

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This browser extension unhides Instagram Likes

This browser extension unhides Instagram Likes Instagram is hiding Like counts to make people feel better. But what if you’re curious, competitive, or just petty? Now you can re-embrace the popularity contest by installing the Socialinsider Chrome extension that reveals Instagram Like and comment counts. “The Return Of The Likes” extension overlays […]

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Facebook expands its efforts against ad discrimination

Facebook expands its efforts against ad discrimination Under the terms of a a settlement with the ACLU and other civil rights groups earlier this year, Facebook has been taking steps to prevent discriminatory ad targeting. Specifically, the company says ads in the United States that involve housing, employment or credit can no […]

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Top Israeli VC talks cybersecurity, diversity and ‘no go’ investments

Top Israeli VC talks cybersecurity, diversity and ‘no go’ investments It’s no secret that Israel is second only to the U.S. for its leading cybersecurity acumen, talent, startups and successful exits. Israel is a powerhouse in both offensive and defensive cyber operations, with cybersecurity giants CyberArk, Check Point, Radware, and Illusive Networks […]

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Facebook launches a photo portability tool, starting in Ireland

Facebook launches a photo portability tool, starting in Ireland It’s not friend portability, but Facebook has announced the launch today of a photo transfer tool to enable users of its social network to port their photos directly to Google’s photo storage service, via encrypted transfer. The photo portability feature is initially being […]

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Facebook bowed to a Singapore government order to brand a news post as false

Facebook bowed to a Singapore government order to brand a news post as false Facebook added a correction notice to a post by a fringe news site that Singapore’s government said contained false information. It’s the first time the government has tried to enforce a new law against ‘fake news’ outside its […]

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Startups Weekly: Chinese investors double down on African startups

Startups Weekly: Chinese investors double down on African startups Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Airbnb’s issues. Before that, I noted […]

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Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger are down for many around the world

Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger are down for many around the world If you’re having issues with various Facebook -owned services this morning, you’re very much not alone. There appears to be a major outage impacting Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook itself. Many users are reporting that the apps appear to work but aren’t […]

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