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  • Facebook’s new chatbots still need work

    Facebook’s new chatbots still need work

    Facebook debuted chatbots for Messenger this week to much fanfare, promising consumers a new way to interact with their favorite businesses over the company’s popular messaging service. The idea is that Messenger users could simply “chat” with these automated software programs to do things like read the latest news from CNN, get a weather report or even go shopping. In… Read More

  • Vine releases a Watch button because scrolling is too much work

    Vine releases a Watch button because scrolling is too much work

    Vine, Twitter’s social network turned entertainment platform, is today announcing a new way to consume content on the app. The company is introducing a “Watch” button, which will let users watch a particular channel or account without needing to scroll. When a user presses the watch button on a certain account or channel, videos in that feed will play back-to-back… Read More

  • Threaded messaging is coming to Slack

    Threaded messaging is coming to Slack

    In an interview with Walt Mossberg, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said threaded messaging — perhaps one of the service’s most important missing components — is finally coming. Butterfield told Mossberg that Slack had been using threading internally for months while testing what the best version of the tool would be for the service, which will hopefully come out in the… Read More

  • Regina Dugan exits Google to lead Facebook’s Building 8, a new R&D lab

    Regina Dugan exits Google to lead Facebook’s Building 8, a new R&D lab

    Talent wars may never cease in Silicon Valley. Facebook today announced it has hired former Google vice president of advanced technology and projects, Regina Dugan, to head up a new group dubbed Building 8. According to a company statement, Dr. Dugan’s department will combine R&D with product development, and focus on technologies that “fluidly blend physical and digital… Read More

  • Facebook will soon be able to automatically tag your friends in videos

    Facebook will soon be able to automatically tag your friends in videos

    Facebook is making big strides in using its artificial intelligence systems for image recognition, but it’s also working on bringing this technology to video. As the company demoed at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, it has a team working on automatically tagging people in videos. As Facebook’s director of machine learning Joaquin Quiñonero Candela said during… Read More

  • Oculus demos a VR selfie stick

    Oculus demos a VR selfie stick

    Oculus wants to let you go anywhere in the world instantly, look like yourself, and even take a photo while you’re there, and today it demoed how at F8. Watch the demo of Facebook and Oculus’ 360 photo spheres, virtual reality selfie stick, and personalized avatars below: To show how social VR could work, Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer strapped into Oculus in San… Read More

  • Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Chatbots, Live video, and VR technology are all on the docket for Facebook’s F8 developer conference, and you can watch the livestream here at 9:30am PST with Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote starting at 10am. There’ll also be more streamed sessions all day today. Read More

  • Snapchat augments reality with 3D Stickers

    Snapchat augments reality with 3D Stickers

    Today Snapchat revealed its new 3D stickers that can be pinned to objects in a video and stick with them no matter how they or your camera move. Add an emoji face to your pet as it walks around, or give the moon sunglasses that grow with it as you zoom in. By bringing augmented reality to the masses, 3D stickers could unlock new creativity. They’re rolling out today on Android and… Read More

  • Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

    Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

    There’s an epidemic of stolen videos on Facebook. Business Pages rip videos from YouTube, TV or other Pages, and then post them on Facebook as their own to gain more engagement and fans. This is known as “freebooting.” Video makers were pissed off about it because they were losing video views to others who didn’t have permission to use their clips. Slate sounded the… Read More

  • Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads

    Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads

    Facebook launched its Messenger chatbot platform today, but how will it make money on it? By charging businesses to send re-engagement messages to people who’ve already voluntarily started a conversation with them. These “Sponsored Messages” are currently in testing, with a small test of advertisers, and are being heavily monitored by Facebook to prevent them getting… Read More

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