Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Boosting Augmented Reality Market: eMarketer

Augmented reality is seeing strong gains among Americans thanks to social networks like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, a market research firm said Monday. A new report by eMarketer said some 40 million Americans will engage with augmented reality monthly in 2017, up 30 percent over last year. Virtual reality is also growing, but at a slower pace, according to the researchers. The report said growth in augmented reality is being fueled by Snapchat Lenses, Facebook Stories, and Instagram Stories, while virtual reality usage is driven by 360-degree videos on social…

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Facebook tests ‘secret message’ service

Private messages that can disappear are being trialled by Facebook as it experiments with a new option for those using its Messenger app. They become hidden after a certain period of time chosen by the author, the firm said. It is part of a new “secret message” service having a limited trial, Facebook announced. Senders must choose one device to use it on, as messages sent this way are stored on the device itself. Those flagged to “disappear” will be deleted from the device as well. “Starting a secret conversation…

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Facebook: Cancelled Indian-origin techie’s internship for misusing data

NEW DELHI: Facebook has dismissed reports that an Indian-origin Harvard student Aran Khanna’s internship was cancelled for pointing out the privacy flaws in the social media’s messenger service. “We don’t dismiss employees for exposing privacy flaws, but we do take it seriously when someone misuses user data and puts people at risk,” Facebook said in a statement. “We began developing improvements to location sharing months ago, based on inputs from people who use Messenger. His (Khanna’s) mapping tool scrapped Facebook data in a way that violated our terms, and those…

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Aran Khanna refutes Facebook claim, says complied to company’s requests

NEW DELHI: A day after Facebook claimed that Indian-origin Aran Khanna did not remove the code from a malicious app despite requests, Khanna said that he had complied with all requests of the social media giant. “I complied with Facebook’s requests, as they pertained to both my interactions with the media and the handling of the code, every step of the way,” Khanna told IANS in an email response, adding: “My intentions were never malicious; I simply sought to draw attention to a privacy issue that I knew many people…

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Woman posts picture of parked car to Facebook, is jailed

They could have just washed her mouth out with soap, but instead Abu Dhabi officials threw Austrailian Jodi Magi in jail for posting a picture of a parked car online, Australia’s ABC News reports. It started in February when Magi, annoyed at a driver who took up two handicap parking spaces in her apartment’s lot, posted a photo (since removed, per theSydney Morning Herald) of the car on Facebook. The 39-year-old didn’t include any identifying elements in the photo, the ABC notes—but the next thing she knew, a complaint was…

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Facebook Ready to Test News Project

    Facebook’s long-rumored plan to directly host articles from news organizations will start on Wednesday, concluding months of delicate negotiations between the Internet giant and publishers that covet its huge audience but fear its growing power. Nine media companies, including NBC News and The New York Times, have agreed to the deal, despite concerns that their participation could eventually undermine their own businesses. The program will begin with a few articles but is expected to expand quickly. Users of iPhones will see glossy cover videos and photos tagged with…

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Facebook, IBM Team Up on Analytics to Help Serve ‘Better Ads’

  IBM and Facebook announced Wednesday they would collaborate with marketers to develop better online advertising targeted to specific customers. The companies said in a statement they would work together on data analytics for “tailored marketing capabilities that reach the right people at the right time.” The statement said IBM will use “deep analytics,” on top of Facebook’s anonymized and aggregate audience data, to give marketers a clearer picture of their target audiences. For example, a retailer can use Facebook data to find people interested in running in order to…

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Austria court considers Facebook privacy case

Some 25,000 users – led by Austrian law graduate Max Schrems – accuse Facebook of violating European privacy laws in the way it collects and forwards data. The case has been brought against Facebook’s European HQ in Dublin, which handles accounts outside US and Canada. Facebook’s lawyers have argued for the case to be dismissed. They presented a list of procedural objections at a court hearing in Vienna on Thursday. Mr Schrems – a campaigner for data protection – said he brought the claim to stop what he calls mass…

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