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Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

2 Feb

Facebook, Inc. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

“Our mission to connect the world is more important now than ever,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “Our business did well in 2016, but we have a lot of work ahead to help bring people together.”

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Mark Zuckerberg Urges Caution over Trump’s Executive Orders, Talks about “Keeping Doors Open”

31 Jan

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

President Trump’s recent executive orders, in which he made some significant changes to how the US deals with unauthorized immigrants, along with setting the wheels in motion for a wall along the US-Mexico border have managed to draw comment from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a post on the social media platform he founded, Zuckerberg advised caution and talked about “Keeping doors open”. (more…)

India the Second Highest Requester for Content Takedown, Content Restriction on Facebook

27 Dec

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

With an increase in Facebook’s influence over the world, government interference in the platform is also growing rapidly. India is no exception and the number of requests for content take-down and content restrictions has grown exponentially. Apparently, India was the second highest requester for content takedown and content restrictions in a six month period. (more…)

Facebook’s Elusive R&D Wing Signs Agreement with 17 Universities!

23 Dec

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Amid the vast reaches of Facebook offices, there is a secret lab at work. The lab is known merely as the Building 8 research facility and what goes on inside is hidden from the rest of the world. (more…)

Facebook Turns to Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Content in Livestreams

3 Dec

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Flagging offensive content can be pretty hard. And when you are attempting to do it on a platform of Facebook’s magnitude — the task becomes herculean. And when you need to supervise live video streams as well — Well, its a superhuman task. Which is why Facebook is now turning to AI to help it monitor offensive material in live video streams. (more…)

Mark Zuckerberg Teases an Affordable Wireless Standalone Oculus VR Headset Prototype

8 Oct

By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

Over the past two years, VR technology has been adapted by over a couple million plus users. But the hardware i.e the VR headset has always been seen as a complimentary technology that required either a powerful gaming PC or a mobile phone to experience immersive content. But Facebook-owned Oculus is now working towards making the process simpler, so you wouldn’t have to go through these hassles to take a detour from reality. (more…)

Facebook Acquires Nascent Objects, A Modular Electronics Startup

21 Sep

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Facebook has acquired Nascent Objects, a one of its kind startup that sought to produce modular electronics systems that could then be used to create prototype electronic gadgets, by everyone. The acquisition will make the startup part of Facebook’s design 8 Labs. (more…)

Facebook to Let Go Off Human Editors and Automate ‘Trending Topics’

30 Aug

By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

Facebook has been caught amid a lot of controversy for suppressing stories within ‘Trending Topics’ feature but now to do some damage control, it is introducing some much-needed changes to the feature. This update will make the product more automated and less dependent on human scribers for writing descriptions for trending topics. (more…)

Facebook Launches New Video Metrics, 360 Degree Video Guide and Heat Map

12 Aug

By Vishal Srivastava, The Tech Portal

Facebook is planning to let its publishers create engaging videos by analysing their audience and their preferences. It has launched a set of new video metrics to allow publishers to keep a tab on the performance of their videos. The social media giant is also giving a boost to 360-degree videos on its site by enabling a guide and heat map for these videos. (more…)

Are Facebook and Google Missing the True Profit Potential of Messaging Apps?

19 Jul

Guest post by: Eli Schwartz

While peer to peer messaging on a mobile phone has always been the most basic of all mobile phone features, 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest year ever in the transformation of smartphone messaging into more than just a medium for communication. (more…)