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Phishing for Phools - by @timoreilly
"Akerlof and Shiller propose a different theory, one with that marvelous quality of the best insights, which change the way you see, so the world never looks quite the same way again: Fraud and abuse are not market failures. There is an efficient market for everything, including manipulation, fraud, and abuse. For every phish, there is at least one “phool.” We each line up for the phishes that best match our own flawed estimate of our supposedly rational choices, and the phishermen efficiently learn to cast their lures where they can catch their self-selected prey."
social-media  words-that-matter-2017  facebook  phishing  bias 
4 days ago by jonerp
Tech Goes to Washington - by @benthompson #facebook #google
"Still, Kennedy’s two lines of questions combined revealed the tech companies’ testimony for the paradox it was: on the one hand, their sheer scale means it is impossible to fully stamp out activities like Russian meddling; on the other, that same scale means they all have the most intimate information on nearly everyone."
articles  aggregation  theory  distribution  and  transaction  costs  facebook  google  owning  customer  relationship  politics  privacy  search  social  technology  society  twitter 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
Twitter’s stock plunges as user growth stalls
"That's not going to happen, and investors are cluing in. Twitter had 328 million average monthly active users, or MAU, in the three months ending in June, which is unchanged from the previous quarter. The company's shares were down more than 10 percent this morning on the news.

The poor showing comes despite Twitter's role in the daily news cycle being more prominent than ever, since the platform often serves as President Donald Trump's favored medium of expression."
law  &  disorder  ministry  of  innovation  earnings  facebook  twitter 
july 2017 by jonerp
Elon Musk: Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI is “limited”
"There aren't many people in the world who can justifiably call Mark Zuckerberg a dumb-ass, but Elon Musk is probably one of them.

Early on Tuesday morning, in the latest salvo of a tussle between the two tech billionaires over the dangers of advanced artificial intelligence, Musk said that Zuckerberg's "understanding of the subject is limited."
gear  &  gadgets  ministry  of  innovation  technology  lab  ai  artificial  intelligence  elon  musk  facebook  mark  zuckerberg  singularity  spacex 
july 2017 by jonerp
Facebook sics AI on terrorist posts, but humans still do the dirty work
"Facebook has admitted that "AI can't catch everything" and it remains heavily dependent on human moderators to flush out terrorist posts on the free content ad network."
law  &  disorder  ministry  of  innovation  ai  encryption  extremism  facebook  terrorism  whatsapp 
june 2017 by jonerp
Workplace by Facebook continues to mature - by @ron_miller
"At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool, including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers."
cloud  enterprise  tc  collaboration  communications  f82017  facebook  workplace  by 
april 2017 by jonerp
Ajit Pai can’t convince websites that killing net neutrality is a good idea
"The plan to eliminate net neutrality rules and replace them with voluntary commitments is not winning over lobbyists for major Internet companies."
law  &  disorder  ministry  of  innovation  ajit  pai  amazon  facebook  fcc  google  microsoft  net  neutrality  netflix 
april 2017 by jonerp
Mark Zuckerberg Takes on Fake News, the Importance of the News Industry And the Rise of Filter Bubbles in New Manifesto
"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of a “strong news industry” in his 5,000-plus word manifesto published this afternoon. Calling the news “critical to building an informed community,” Zuckerberg said Facebook will do more “to make sure this vital social function is sustainable.”
content  strategy  social  media  web  advertising  dollars  business  models  facebook  fake  news  local  mark  zuckerberg 
february 2017 by jonerp
Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s future: the spirit is willing, but the algorithm is weak - by @jbernoff
Great freaking blog title... "Analysis: Zuckerberg correctly cites filter bubbles and fake news as the big problems which may metastasize, as he suggests, into sensational, polarized conversation. He’s moved well beyond the statement minimizing the fake news problem that won the Bullshitty Award for most outrageous public statement by a corporate spokesperson. But Facebook moves carefully when shifting its algorithm, because such changes create not just public criticism, but shifts in member satisfaction and potentially, revenue."
bullshitties  corporate  media  facebook  algorithm  fake  news  filter  bubble  mark  zuckerberg 
february 2017 by jonerp
Tech sector begins legal assault on Trump immigration order
"Several major tech companies are organizing in opposition to the Trump administration’s executive order that restricts entry or re-entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. The order, which was signed last Friday, affects immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria."
law  &  disorder  ministry  of  innovation  amazon  apple  facebook  trump 
february 2017 by jonerp
Workplace by Facebook begins to take shape - by @ron_miller
"While Ryan makes it clear that Workplace wants to connect the entire company, Pelz-Sharpe says Facebook still faces some serious challenges achieving that goal. “Resistance to Workplace by Facebook will not come just from the perception of it being a consumer social tool for time-wasting (largely by older people — it is not a millennial tool), but from its past approach of growth at all costs and figuring out the consequences later.”
enterprise  social  tc  workplace  by  facebook 
december 2016 by jonerp
How I Detect Fake News - by @timoreilly
"If the story references quantitative data, does it do so in a way that is mathematically sound? For example, anyone who has even a little knowledge of statistics will recognize that showing absolute numbers of crime without reference to population density is fundamentally meaningless."
facebook  fake-news  journalism  google  social-media 
november 2016 by jonerp
Who You Gonna Believe? Inside the Strange, Frighteningly Influential Fake News Industry
"This expanded the conversation about fake news from just Facebook to Google. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, told the BBC, “There should just be no situation where fake news gets distributed, so we are all for doing better here.” The BBC reporter asks him several times if fake news could’ve affected America’s election results, especially since many races were close.

They report that he paused for a moment before answering “Sure.”
analysis  culture  news  top  stories  facebook  media  politics  social  viral 
november 2016 by jonerp
Sisense announces bots for Slack, Skype, Facebook Messenger and Telegram - by @ron_miller
"What bots do is provide a way to use natural language to interact with software, and when done well, they can surface the value often hidden inside a software package, directly to non-technical end users."
enterprise  tc  sisense  business  intelligence  bots  artificial  facebook  messenger  slack  telegram  skype 
november 2016 by jonerp
Mark Zuckerberg’s delusions regarding fake news on Facebook - by @jbernoff
"Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook this weekend regarding the role of fake news in the election. It’s way worse than he says, and he has a lot of work to do to fix it. Ignorance is the biggest problem in our democracy, and Facebook is making it worse."
media  election  2016  facebook  fake  news  mark  zuckerberg  sam  mallikarjunan 
november 2016 by jonerp
Facebook is about to learn the enterprise is a different animal - by @ron_miller
"Still, it needs to sustain this over time, and running Software as a Service is not the same as running a consumer social network. It requires a much higher level of customer orientation, putting the customer first and listening to their needs, something Facebook has done poorly with consumers."
enterprise  tc  workplace  by  facebook  social  networks  2.0 
october 2016 by jonerp
Musings - Quo vadis Twitter? Who could, should buy Twitter - and what is Twitter really? - by @holgermu
"It is fascinating to see Twitter grow to its current usage level and still struggle with monetization, turning to a profit. There are many assets inside of Twitter that can be of value for an acquirer – but they are all not easy to unlock, leverage. To me Google makes the most sense – but not sure if the vendor has the appetite to such a large investment."
acquisition  constellation  research  facebook  google  holger  mueller  microsoft  musings  oracle  salesforce  sap  twitter 
october 2016 by jonerp
Facebook apologizes for feeding inflated video-view numbers to advertisers
"On Friday, Facebook took to its official blog to confirm and respond to a Wall Street Journal report. In the blog post, the company acknowledged that one of Facebook's most crucial metrics for measuring video-view performance had been wildly inflated."
ministry  of  innovation  advertising  facebook  nielsen  wall  stree  journal 
september 2016 by jonerp
Facebook continues its war on clickbait
"In 2014, Facebook said it was going to take steps to favor clear headlines over so-called clickbait, which it defines as headlines that try to cultivate interest in a story by omitting key pieces of information, or by misrepresenting what’s in the actual post. Now, the social media giant has revised its clickbait-tackling scheme, which for the past two years has been downgrading posts based on the amount of time Facebook users spend on the article after they click the headline."
ministry  of  innovation  clickbait  facebook 
august 2016 by jonerp
Facebook Acknowledges That Sometimes It Needs Humans
"Within the blog post, Oskofsky linked to the trending team’s “review guidelines,” which seem to serve as process and style recommendations. Yet he does not explain the extent to which the trending team makes value judgments—in fact, editorial judgments—about the stories to include or exclude from “trending.” He doesn’t say who uses “trending” or how often people click there. He also doesn’t explain the extent to which Facebook itself guides the editorial team making those bigger picture decisions."
business  facebook  media  news  the  future  of 
may 2016 by jonerp
Facebook: Imperial ambitions: Mark Zuckerberg prepares to fight for dominance of the next era of computing
"The task is to harness data to offer new services and make money in new ways. Facebook’s bet on AI is a recognition that “machine learning”—in which software learns by crunching data, rather than having to be explicitly programmed—is a big part of the answer."
facebook  people 
may 2016 by jonerp
Facebook Has Seized the Media, and That’s Bad News for Everyone But Facebook
"News has been co-opted by Facebook. That’s not good for the industry—or for you."
business  facebook  media  news 
april 2016 by jonerp
How Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence Are Evolving the Digital/Social Experience - by @dhinchcliffe
"Digital engagement is once again shifting, as we can see from the main discussions at Facebook’s F8 conference this week about the new release of Messenger and its smart chatbots, or when we look at what’s happening with popular team messaging services like Slack, which is being “overrun by friendly, wonderful bots.” While bots seem like a minor improvement to digital user experience, some believe — including myself — that a combination of today’s latest technologies will transform this what’s-old-is-new-again technology into a major new force in contemporary digital experience and social engagement."
featured  posts  technology  software  analysis  bots  chatbots  community  management  conversational  ux  digital  experience  esn  facebook  messaging 
april 2016 by jonerp
Musings - The Bots are coming to your conversation - what are the implications? - by @holgermu
"So lets look at the top implications:

New App Stack - As noted by Nadella, conversations are the end of the user interface as we know it. That requires a new application stack that vendors have to provide and developers have to build on."
bots  conversation  facebook  machine  learning  microsoft  platform  robots  speech  recognition 
april 2016 by jonerp
2016 Mobile World Congress was All About the Virtual Reality
"The possibilities of VR and AR seem endless and rather compelling. When the education system catches up to the technology, we could live vicariously through Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon or walk among the Great Pyramids. If the world’s top physicians were able to simulate the resources available in the most remote parts of the world, they could then teach those village doctors life-saving techniques, offering the next-best-thing to hands-on, real-time experience."
events  technology  top  stories  apple  augmented  reality  avatar  ii  barcelona  clouds  over  cidra  facebook  gear  360  htc  vive  mark  zuckerberg 
february 2016 by jonerp
Social Media Made the Arab Spring, But Couldn’t Save It
"The darkness has fallen. Half a decade later, the Middle East is roiling in violence and repression. Activists are being intimidated into restraint by governments that are, with the exception of Tunisia, more totalitarian than those they replaced, if any government as such really exists at all."
facebook  social  media  arab  spring  twitter  youtube  business 
january 2016 by jonerp
Enterprise graph snark and ‘research’ gone wild - by @mkrigsman
"Unfortunately, many so-called “research” reports are thinly veiled marketing campaigns offering little substance or meaning. This problem has reached epidemic proportions.With this backdrop, it was a delight to come across what can only be termed “enterprise graph snark” from genuine researcher Simon Wardley. Just for reference, here is a link to Wardley’s blog and to a major report he published recently."
business  cxo  facebook  research  satire 
january 2016 by jonerp
So Long Blogging. Hello—Yep, We’re Going to Say It—Plogging
"Last week, Facebook updated its little-known Notes feature to encourage users to write “more beautiful and customizable” posts separate from status updates. Medium announced a $57 million round of funding (on Medium, of course) and is holding a VIP event next week to reveal new features. Everyone’s favorite unicorn Slack relaunched its Posts feature to help users write longer at work. And Re/code reports that Twitter is building a product to allow users to share posts longer than the typical 140-character limit."
medium  facebook  blogs  twitter  slack  business 
october 2015 by jonerp
Critics Still Doubt Facebook’s Free Internet Despite Changes
"Facebook's Internet.org app has a new name. But some critics say it still fails to offer the true Internet"
enterprise  internet.org  facebook  net  neutrality  business 
september 2015 by jonerp
Facebook Adds A Human Touch To The News Feed Algorithm
"Now Facebook is handing some of that control is heading back to users—which should make anyone following Facebook's algorithmic lead have second thoughts. "We know that ultimately you're the only one who truly knows what is most meaningful to you and that is why we want to give you more ways to control what you see," writes Jacob Frantz, a Facebook product manager."
code  algorithms  curation  facebook 
july 2015 by jonerp
Facebook Instant Articles: Bad for Marketers, OK for Publishers, but Great for Facebook - by @kippbodnar
"With Facebook Instant Articles, sharing and linking is contained within Facebook itself. Publishers and marketers could run the risk of getting fewer inbound links back to their own websites, which ultimately means they could be trading additional Facebook traffic for less search traffic. Is this a good trade?"
content  creation  social  meda  daily  Facebook  media 
may 2015 by jonerp
Internet.org will ‘wall in’ poor web users in two-tier system
"While the company’s intentions are to give the world free internet access anywhere on the globe with the aid of broadband-beaming drones, the company has already launched the service to a select few countries and regions with, it’s safe to say, mixed reactions."
neutrality  Facebook 
may 2015 by jonerp
Verizon-AOL, Facebook Instant Articles, and the Future of Digital Advertising - by @monkbent
"At first glance, Tuesday’s two big stories — Verizon’s acquisition of AOL, and Facebook’s official announcement of Instant Articles — have little in common. A deeper look, though, suggests that both are a consequence of an ongoing transformation of digital advertising that will affect nearly every consumer-focused services company."
articles  Facebook  AOL 
may 2015 by jonerp
New Facebook Study Says the Echo Chamber Is Your Fault
"Does the internet help facilitate an echo chamber? In an age where so much of the information that we see online is filtered through opaque algorithms, the fear is that we only get exposed to viewpoints with which we already agree."
facebook  sentiment  analysis  business 
may 2015 by jonerp
What Facebook’s ‘It’s Not Our Fault’ Study Really Means
The Facebook news feed curation algorithm, “based on many factors,” removes hard news from diverse sources that you are less likely to agree with but it does not remove the hard news that you are likely to agree with (S7). They call news from a source you are less likely to agree with “cross-cutting.”
ethics  facebook  opinion  peer  review  politics  algorithm  business 
may 2015 by jonerp
Facebook and the Feed - by @monkbent (JR: on Facebook newsfeed changes + mobile dominance)
"It is increasingly clear that it is Facebook — not iOS or Android — that is the most important mobile platform. Facebook’s family of apps account for 24% of time spent on mobile, and the main Facebook app is responsible for 75% of that"
articles  Facebook  newsfeed  algorithms 
april 2015 by jonerp
The Future of Amazon, Apple, Facebook & Google - by @stevedenning
"In one of the most energetic and entertaining presentations I’ve seen in a while, Scott Galloway, Clinical Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern, Founder & CEO of L2, business intelligence firm serving prestige brands. spoke in Munich about “The Four Horsemen of the digital economy“: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google."
Amazon  Google  Apple  Facebook 
april 2015 by jonerp
Facebook hosting doesn't change things, the world already changed - by @eugenewei
"Like any industry, the media loves a bit of navel-gazing (what is the origin of this phrase, because I don't enjoy staring at my own navel; maybe mirror-preening instead?). When Facebook announced they were offering to host content from media sites like The New York Times, the media went into a frenzy of apocalyptic prediction, with Mark Zuckerberg in the role of Mephistopheles."
Facebook  media 
march 2015 by jonerp
​Facebook allows legacy contacts after you die: Will other services follow? - by @ldignan
"Facebook's new feature that enables legacy contacts is interesting because it sets a standard to be followed and cements best practices when you pass away and your social accounts don't."
Facebook  social  networks 
february 2015 by jonerp
​Facebook open sources AI tools, possibly turbo charges deep learning - by @ldignan
"The plain English takeaway is that faster training of neural networks will now be widely available via open source project Torch."
innovation  Facebook  open  source 
january 2015 by jonerp
Facebook Is Now Moving To Invade Your Workplace With New App
""Much like Google has had success in offering an enterprise-level version of its e-mail and Drive services, Facebook is looking for legitimacy in the office by offering companies a way to set up a sharing network for just employees that exists alongside any personal Facebook accounts they may have."
facebook  collaboration 
january 2015 by jonerp

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