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  • Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation [Updated]

    Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation [Updated]

    [This post has been updated to include comments from Adam Kramer, the Facebook employee who coauthored the study, and new information from Cornell indicating that the study was funded internally. ] A recent study conscripted Facebook users as unwitting participants during a weeklong experiment in direct emotional manipulation. The study set out to discover if the emotional tone of a… Read More

  • Facebook Search Warrant Disclosure Reveals Scope of Government Requests

    Facebook Search Warrant Disclosure Reveals Scope of Government Requests

    Facebook announced Thursday it’s been pushing back against a bulk set of search warrants requesting private data from its user accounts since last summer. In a blog post, the social media network announced a court in New York requested personal data for 381 users, including photos and private messages. Read More

  • Facebook Diversity Report Shows It’s 69% Male, 57% White, Charts Compare It To Google And More

    Facebook Diversity Report Shows It’s 69% Male, 57% White, Charts Compare It To Google And More

    Facebook just released its employee diversity report, and here’s our chart comparing it to Google, Yahoo, and LinkedIn. While you could conclude that Facebook is a bit more diverse than Google and a bit less than the others, they all get an F for being heavily skewed male, white and asian. Facebook comes in at 69% male worldwide, while in the US it’s 57% white, 34% asian, 4%… Read More

  • Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook’s new Slingshot messaging app, the one that forces friendship through a special reciprocation mechanic, has today launched worldwide. Originally, the app was only available in select areas. Slingshot is another poke at Snapchat, which has proven to be a real threat to Facebook, especially given that Snapchat doesn’t rely on Facebook or integrate with their APIs in any way. Read More

  • Source: Facebook Is Building FB@Work

    Source: Facebook Is Building FB@Work

    The phrase “Facebook at work” usually suggests people frittering away the day on the social network and not actually doing their jobs. But according to an anonymous source inside Facebook, the company is working on a way to put the social network into a more positive light in the office. It is building an at-work version of Facebook. “We are making work more fun and… Read More

  • Facebook’s Plan To Take On Twitter’s Stream

    Facebook’s Plan To Take On Twitter’s Stream

    Twitter’s real-time stream made it the de facto place to discuss world events. But Facebook’s VP Of Media Partnerships believes his company has two big advantages in the battle to be the digital water cooler: audience size and real identity. Read More

  • Snapchat Snags Facebook’s Mike Randall As Monetization VP

    Snapchat Snags Facebook’s Mike Randall As Monetization VP

    Facebook may be stealing Snapchat’s features, but Snapchat is stealing Facebook’s employees, including a new one who could help it begin to make money. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has just signed Mike Randall, the Global Director of Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program, as its new VP Of Business And Marketing Partnerships. Read More

  • Study Finds Teens Using Facebook More

    Study Finds Teens Using Facebook More

    In quite the turnaround, it seems Facebook is gaining popularity with young users again. Forrester Research surveyed 4,517 teens, between the ages of 12 and 17, about social media usage and nearly half said that they were using Facebook more than a year ago. Read More

  • A Tale Of Two Patents: Why Facebook Can’t Clone Snapchat

    A Tale Of Two Patents: Why Facebook Can’t Clone Snapchat

    Facebook released Slingshot, its second attempt at an impermanent sharing app, last Tuesday. The app borrows heavily, in concept and features, from Snapchat, as well as smaller startups like Frontback and Look. There’s just one problem: Facebook may be violating Snapchat’s patent, “Single mode visual media capture” that was approved over a year ago. Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone, Facebook's Slingshot and Yo | Crunchweek

    CrunchWeek: Amazon’s Fire Phone, Facebook’s Slingshot, And Yo

    This week Colleen Taylor, Kyle Russell, and myself sat around the round table to dig into the week’s news: Should we buy Amazon’s new Fire smartphone? Is Slingshot Facebook’s mobile moonshot? And, of course, Yo. Just Yo. Read More