Facebook has updated Messenger with some new features, including additional themes for stylizing the messaging app. Users get two new themes, including one based on Star Wars and another styled after the Netflix show Selena: The Series. As well, Facebook is making it easier to manage the chat threads in your Messenger inbox. Chat themes aren’t a new addition to … Continue reading
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New features are rolling out to Facebook Messenger and Instagram DMs that allow users to be more expressive in how they communicate.The post Facebook & Instagram Updated With New Messaging Features appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
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The finance sector, specifically, has seen a steep rise in the use cases of machine learning applications to advance better outcomes for both consumers and businesses.Machine Learning In FinanceUntil recently, only the hedge funds were the primary users of AI and ML in Finance, but the last few years have seen the applications of ML spreading to various other areas, including banks, fintech, regulators, and insurance firms, to name a few.Right from speeding up the underwriting process, portfolio composition and optimization, model validation, Robo-advising, market impact analysis, to offering alternative credit reporting methods, the different use cases of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are having a significant impact on the financial sector.The finance industry, including the banks, trading, and fintech firms, are rapidly deploying machine algorithms to automate time-consuming, mundane processes, and offering a far more streamlined and personalized customer experience.How Does Machine Learning In Finance Work?Machine Learning works by extracting meaningful insights from raw sets of data and provides accurate results.This information is then used to solve complex and data-rich problems that are critical to the banking & finance sector.Further, machine learning algorithms are equipped to learn from data, processes, and techniques used to find different insights.Challenges Faced by Finance Companies While Implementing Machine Learning Solutions While developing machine learning solutions, financial services companies generally encounter some of the common problems as discussed below –Lack of understanding about business KPIsFinancial services companies want to exploit this great opportunity, but owing to unrealistic expectations and lack of clarity on how AI and Machine Learning works (and why they need it), they often fail in this aspect.The high cost of RFinancial services companies often struggle with data management having fragmented chunks of data stored at different locations such as reporting software, regional data hubs, CRMs, and so on.This is the reason why finance companies need to set realistic expectations for every machine learning services project depending on their specific business objectives.Why Use Machine Learning in Finance?Here are some of the reasons why banking and financial services firms should consider using Machine Learning despite having above-said challenges –Enhanced revenues owing to better productivity and improved user experienceLow operational costs due to process automationReinforced security and better complianceMachine Learning Use Cases in FinanceHere are a few use cases where machine learning algorithms can be/are being used in the finance sector – Financial MonitoringMachine learning algorithms can be used to enhance network security significantly.This enables finance companies to improve their customer experience, reduce costs, and scale up their services.Further, Machine Learning technology can easily access the data, interpret behaviors, follow and recognize the patterns.This could be readily used for customer support systems that can work similar to a real human and solve all of the customers’ unique queries.An example of this is Wells Fargo using ML-driven chatbot through the Facebook Messenger to communicate with its users effectively.
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The company said in a blog post that providing end-to-end encryption was a long-term project and that messages won’t be fully end-to-end encrypted until sometime in 2022 at the earliest
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Some joke that people these days use their phones and the Internet for almost anything except making phone calls but that’s only partially true. One particular piece of technology actually does make use of the Internet when making calls, even if you’re not calling via services like Messenger or WhatsApp. This Wi-Fi Calling has been around for years and it’s … Continue reading
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Messenger groups or Messenger Rooms is such a great way to connect with a huge number of people to have a healthy conversation.Messenger Rooms can be used to have a conversation, and it can also be used to have video conferences similar to Skype, Zoom and Google Meet.Facebook Messenger has a huge database of active users because Facebook is a giant social media network.Along with it, Facebook users find it pretty easy to access its features and creating a large conferencing room is nowhere difficult.So if you’re looking to know more about it and willing to know the process of Creating Messenger Room, here’s the guide.How to Make Messenger Rooms on iPad and iPhoneThe procedure of making Messenger Rooms is pretty simple, but make sure you’re using the latest version of Facebook and Facebook Messenger to access the latest features and settings.Open Facebook on your iPad or iPhone.Log in to your account.Press Create Room under the status section.Under the Create Your Room tab, choose Who is Invited?Now you can set the room for your all Facebook Friends or can choose Specific people.Pick the people you want in the room.Mark on the boxes to invite those friends to the room or Skip it and invite them using the link.If you wish to invite from the link, then turn on the Link Sharing feature.Tap on Start Time to set a schedule for the meeting.Click Create Room.In the final room tab, you’ll see a room link that you can copy and share with other friends.To create a Messages Room, you must open Facebook, but if you’re invited by your friends, there’s no need to open Facebook.Currently, the limit of users in a single room is up to 50, and in a regular video call, you can add up to 8 people on Messenger.
Facebook and its family of apps have long grappled with the issue of how to better manage — and eradicate — bullying and other harassment on its platform, turning both to algorithms and humans in its efforts to tackle the problem better. In the latest development, today, Instagram is announcing some new tools of its […]
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A new phishing campaign is stealing credentials by tricking Facebook users into updating Facebook Messenger.
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It was just a few days ago that we wrote about an experimental Facebook product that resembled Clubhouse, but it turns out Facebook isn’t done with the audio space. The company today announced a series of features coming to the social network that will provide users and creators with a variety ofnew tools to make and share audio experiences. The gist of it is that Facebook wants to put a lot more audio in your News Feed. For one, the company is slowly introducing a feature called Soundbites, which it describes as a “short-form, creative audio clips for capturing anecdotes, jokes,…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
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Facebook has announced some big plans related to audio and its place on the company’s primary social media platform. Starting later this year, the company plans to introduce multiple changes for its users, including the addition of sound creation tools backed by artificial intelligence and a new audio format the company calls Soundbites. Podcasts are quite popular at the moment, … Continue reading
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According to the report by Recode, the company is working on an audio-only version of Rooms, the video chat product Facebook introduced to its Messenger platform last year, following the massive adoption of video conferencing platforms
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You’re probably aware that the Asian community has been experiencing a surge in horrific hate crimes. In this environment, a lot of well-meaning white folks are thinking about what they can do to help. As a result, many are taking to their phones and “checking in” on their Asian “friends.”The week of the shootings in Atlanta, my phone lit up with a Facebook messenger notification. I opened the app, which was probably last updated in 2016, and saw a name I didn’t recognise. There wasn’t a profile picture either. “Definitely a bot,” I thought. I was about to swipe the message into the trash can when I stopped. With a furrowed brow, I read:“Hey Julie, just wanted to let you know I’m holding space for you. Sorry the world is garbage. Let me know if you want to talk.”I had no idea who this was for 20 minutes. Eventually it dawned on me that it was somebody I went to college with many moons ago. We had only one class together, yet she thought that meant she was close enough to me to call me “Ling Ling,” a stereotypical Asian name she selected randomly.She was also insufferable whenever I happened to sit by a specific guy in our class, making jokes suggesting that I was in love with him (because he also happened to be Asian). She never seemed to say anything when I sat by one of the other 50 students in our lecture hall though.Yes, people are terrible in college and they’re capable of change, but I think she needed to acknowledge her treatment toward me before offering to “hold space” for me. And even then, that would have been putting the cart before the horse. I would have preferred that she led with, “I don’t know if you remember me, but we went to school together.”It was jarring that she messaged me out of the blue, but acted like we were buddies, or that I would instantly know who she was ― sans profile picture and all. It felt like the same entitled attitude with which she used to call me “Ling Ling.” I decided I didn’t want to give her my time in the year 2021, so I put my phone away.Later, it lit up with another notification. This time from Instagram. Without opening it, I saw a little preview of a direct message.“I want to apologise for playing ‘Asian or Old Person’ in the car all those times. I know it made you uncomfortable, but that was never my intention. I’d love to know how you’re doing in all this.”Just in case you didn’t know, “Asian or Old Person” is a game that awful white people play in the car. When they see a bad driver, they try to guess if it’s an Asian person or an old person. Double points if it’s both. So that was a former roommate of mine.She never seemed to ask herself, “Hmm, should I be playing ‘Asian or Old Person’ in the car with my Asian roommate who has told me to stop playing that before?” I didn’t bother opening her DM. I thought it could wait.I did screenshot the notification (because it was truly an insane opening line) and send it to my cousin. She called me immediately and we discussed the sudden flurry of “check-ins” and “apologies” we’d been getting.She described how her company had sent out one of those “We stand in solidarity with the Asian community” emails, but otherwise just went about its business as usual, interrupting all the women of color in meetings.Some of her white colleagues did reach out and say that if she needed anything, to let them know. “What, like give me a ride to the airport?! I don’t get it!” she told me in disbelief. “What I need from them is to stop dismissing me like I’m new and don’t know what I’m doing. If that’s too much to ask for, maybe they could just learn to spell my last name correctly.”After much needed catharsis, I hung up my phone and looked down at the screen. There was an Instagram notification from an hour ago.“This message is no longer available because it was unsent by the sender.”My brows furrowed so hard I got a migraine. “She did WHAT?!” I shouted. My former roommate quite literally took back her apology. She must have thought I hadn’t seen it. But I had the receipts! “Do I really wanna go there?” I asked myself.“Yes.”I sent them to her and asked if she wanted to clarify why she unsent it.Crickets.Maybe she changed her mind and thought it was better not to open old wounds. Maybe she took it back because I didn’t respond right away and she decided she had nothing to apologise for anymore. Maybe she was embarrassed. I’ll never understand! Or maybe this backpedaling and silence kind of already tells me everything I need to know.One thing I know for sure is that being checked in on or apologised to is new for me. I am much more used to being ignored and dismissed, but now suddenly I feel responsible for telling white people, “Don’t worry, I know you’re not one of those white people.” I don’t know how I am supposed to respond honestly to all of this without sounding rude (I, too, wish not to upset people) and it is exhausting.It’s not enough to just say you’re an ally. Your actions have to match your words too. If someone says “I’m here for you” after the same meeting where they didn’t value our input, we’re going to be very confused and suspicious. If someone acknowledges that their racist games made us uncomfortable, wants to apologise for it, but then takes back the apology ... of course we will think they are that white person!White people must examine their apologies. They need to ask themselves if they’re really sorry and want to do better, or if they just need a person of color to exonerate them for their racism so that they can go about their day guilt-free again. If it’s the latter, sorry but you don’t need to further damage the AAPI community by “checking in” on your Asian “friends.”If they’re the former, and they really believe their apology is genuine and sincere, the hard part will be for them to understand that they are still not entitled to forgiveness.Despite that, they must continue to use their privilege to hold their white friends accountable. If white people really want to help, they’ve got to do that on their own. Marginalised people are not here to take on the burden of getting white people up to speed, nor are they responsible for holding their hands and patting them on the back.These check-ins and apologies are just another way for white people to center themselves in the conversation and make it about their own emotions. Ultimately, they need to take up less space, because this isn’t about them.This article first appeared on HuffPost PersonalHave a compelling personal story you want to tell? 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Carriers reveal they've wasted the last 18 months pretending to do an RCS rollout.
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If you can't access chat platforms from Facebook today, you aren't alone.
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The social media sites experienced issues across the US. Twitter was also having problems, according to reports on Downdetector.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook and Instagram were down on Thursday afternoon. The outage appeared to start around 5:30PM ET, with several thousand people reporting outages on DownDetector. The outage is the second one in less than a month from the social media giant; an outage on March 19th took its sites offline for several hours. Facebook returned a “sorry something went wrong” error message: The company didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment from The Verge on the cause of the outage; it’s unclear at this time when service will be fully restored. The outage appeared to affect Facebook’s internal websites as well, first noted in a tweet from developer Jane Wong. Even Facebook’s outage dashboard appeared to be having problems. S... Continue reading…
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FTC blasts "anticompetitive actions to neutralize, hinder, or deter" competitors.
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At first glance, Quiq and Snaps might sound like similar startups — they both help businesses talk to their customers via text messaging and other messaging apps. But Snaps CEO Christian Brucculeri said “there’s almost no overlap in what we do” and that the companies are “almost complete complements.” That’s why Quiq (based in Bozeman, Montana) […]
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If you’re a Facebook Portal user who prefers to have your video calls up on the big screen, the company has some good news. As of today, Zoom (as well as GoToMeeting) is now available on Portal TV, the version of Portal that is essentially a smart webcam for your home television. The new support comes weeks after Facebook added … Continue reading
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A group of Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mark Zuckerberg this week to press the CEO on his plans to curate a version of Instagram for children. In a hearing last month, Zuckerberg confirmed reporting by BuzzFeed that the company was exploring an age-gated version of its app designed for young users. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), […]
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