What's less well-known is that as well as Facebook.com, the Californian tech company has a second, stripped-down website you can use to talk to your friends.And if that's all you want to do, it's a whole lot better than the original Facebook.First, let's look at Facebook's main website.The rest is just irrelevant annoyances.Luckily for you, Facebook has a little-known alternative...Fire up your web browser, and load Messenger.com.
The company added that it will contact the affected members to reset their passwords too.According to a report on Vice s Motherboard, a hacker going by the name of Peace is attempting to sell account details, including the emails and partially hidden passwords, of 117 million LinkedIn users on the so-called Dark Web.LinkedIn is also quick to reassure its users that this isn t a fresh hack, though that will be of little comfort.Yesterday, we became aware of an additional set of data that had just been released that claims to be email and hashed password combinations of more than 100 million LinkedIn members from that same theft in 2012.We are taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords.It seems no company or industry is safe from the clutches of hackers, with the likes of Home Depot, Time Warner Cable, Ashley Madison, and SendGrid all suffering in recent times.Motherboard conversed with someone at LeakedSource who claimed that they managed to crack 90 percent of the LinkedIn passwords within three days.Though LinkedIn says it has hashed and salted its stored passwords for several years now, one potential problem of old passwords emerging online is that people often use the same credentials across many services.
Thanks to the visual social network s growing active user base, major ROI on direct response advertising, an average annual follower growth rate among brands of 100 percent and new advertising formats and capabilities being rolled out regularly, companies are investing heavily in Instagram-based promotion.Let s not forget – it took several solid years for the YouTube economy to gain enough momentum and maturity to get where it is today, with creators able to earn handsomely from sponsors and even share ad revenues with YouTube itself.Then again, if you re an Instagram influencer, then you re probably already aware of some of the opportunities out there that can earn you money, most of which are based on selling sponsored posts to brands.And as a result of this increase in demand, several new marketplaces have launched to match brands with semi-pro photographers.Simply install the free mobile app, upload the images you want to make available, and start seeing your fee tally rise.Best of all, the same photo can be sold an unlimited number of times, so skilled photographers have plenty of earning potential.
Facebook s aggressive pursuit of video continues unabated, as the company is now testing video replies in the form of comments on a post.A bunch of users are now seeing a pop-up message above the camera icon on a Facebook comment box alerting them to the fact that they can now add videos.The same goes for if you wish to reply with an existing video stored on your device.Details for the desktop version are scarce at this early stage.pic.twitter.com/ZIeKJvQQPj— The Deli Agency @TheDeliAgency May 17, 2016At present, most users have the ability to post an image or text-based response on a comment thread underneath a post.Although Snapchat comparisons get thrown about a lot in regards to Facebook, the feature would no doubt bring it closer to the visual messaging app, which is generally built upon image and video exchanges.
Not content to simply allow you to respond to your friends posts with text chat or its recently launched Reactions which no one uses anyway , Facebook is devising a way to turn you into an emoji.Here s how it would work, according to the patent: When a user goes to enter a common emoji using its text-activated outline in a comment or message thread, Facebook will identify an image of the user that corresponds to the selected emoji an image of the person smiling in exchange for a smiley emoticon, for example .Facebook s personalized emoji process as illustrated in its patentThe patent will likely rely on Facebook s facial recognition software, which scans tagged photos for biometric data that can help it identify corresponding faces in other images.Despite legal action banning the auto-tagging system in parts of Europe and in Canada, it is still widely used in the U.S. on Facebook, and its Moments app.We re guessing it will be limited to smileys and other emotive face icons that can be customized to fit user images.Seeing as Facebook patented its Reactions feature almost two years prior to its release, we could be in for a bit of a wait before we can run rampant with our very own miniature icons.
Photograph: Jeff Chiu/APMark Zuckerberg on Wednesday held a wide-ranging discussion with a group of conservative commentators who said afterward the Facebook CEO acknowledged the giant social network has a problem reaching conservatives.To acknowledge that Facebook has come up short and that the company needs to improve – acknowledging there s a problem and saying they re going to resolve it is the right approach.Moffatt, co-founder of Targeted Victory and head of digital for Mitt Romney s 2012 presidential bid, said that the Facebook founder stopped short of making any concrete promises besides internal reviews that were already underway but had acknowledged a problem of trust.I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust.There has been a serious issue of trust within the conservative movement about this issue, but everyone in that room, on both sides, wants to see it restored, he said.Topics that appear as trending can have a self-fulfilling effect, as more Facebook readers see and share the items, and other news organizations decide to write their own stories.
Like some immutable law of entropy, internet freedom is a one-way process.The insightful Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, delivered an apocalyptic — and headline friendly — lecture earlier this year in Cambridge, entitled "The End of the News as We Know It: How Facebook Swallowed Journalism."Is, like Bell founder Theodore Vail, Mark Zuckerberg fighting to control the distribution of news?Facebook is the de facto global social network.Four out of every five smartphones around the world run a version of Google's Android operating system.News gatekeepers have always existed, once it was media barons, now it is lines of code.
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg plans to meet with roughly a dozen prominent conservatives Wednesday to quell concerns that the social network is biased against conservative ideas.The meeting, at Facebook s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., marks the company s latest attempt at damage control after a report last week that curators of Facebook s trending topics feature suppressed news about conservative events and from conservative sources.In 2012, digital ad spending was less than $200 million.Mr. Zuckerberg co-founded Fwd.US, a group that lobbies for more open U.S. immigration policies, including expanding a work-permit program that has brought thousands of foreign engineers to Silicon Valley.Mr. Zuckerberg also appeared to criticize Mr. Trump during remarks last month at Facebook s annual developer conference when he said, Instead of building walls, we can help build bridges.Facebook is a corporate sponsor of both the Republican and Democratic conventions this summer.
Expedia Inc. s chief executive officer is expecting more company in the world of online travel booking, predicting Facebook Inc. will follow Google into the business.Facebook is already working on e-commerce, letting users save their payment information on the social media giant s site and purchase products they see advertised there directly through buy buttons.Google now lets users book trips and lodging directly through its search engine, a feature the U.S. Justice Department cited when it approved Expedia s takeover of Orbitz last year, saying Google was increasing competition.The development would bring both risks and opportunities for Expedia and rivals, Khosrowshahi said.For years, hotel companies have tried to find ways to drive more sales through their own websites so they can avoid the premiums paid to the likes of Priceline and Expedia when customers book lodgings and trips through them.If Facebook pushes into travel booking it will most likely follow Google s lead, building a tool that lets hotel chains and online travel agents show up in search results on the social network, Dan Wasiolek, an analyst with Morningstar Inc., said in an interview.This new targeted advertising platform in theory is supposed to offer a better way to target travelers when they re planning a trip and when they re in the destination, Henry Harteveldt, founder of the travel industry research firm Atmosphere Research Group, said in an interview.Travel companies including Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Air France-KLM are using Facebook s Messenger application to talk to customers.So is Expedia, said John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia U.S. That s another area that Facebook could expand its presence in, Harteveldt said, either by getting more companies to do business on Messenger or building its own booking tool in the app.Expedia, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last week, went on a $6 billion acquisition spree in 2015 by buying Orbitz and vacation rental company HomeAway.Startups like GetYourGuide GmbH, Vayable Inc. and Peek Travel Inc. have raised venture capital for their own tour-booking websites and applications.
LinkedIn account details including names, emails and passwords were originally stolen in 2012, but reportedly remain up for saleLinkedIn users are being urged to change their passwords after the revelation that around 117 million account details, including email addresses and passwords, are up for sale.The data is reportedly being offered to the highest bidder by a hacker who claims he was responsible for the theft four years ago.Peace outdata breachThe hacker, known as Peace, contacted technology site Motherboard this week to offer the details, which are up for sale for five Bitcoins around £1564 on dark web site The Real Deal.Peace claims that that the data was stolen during a breach of LinkedIn back in 2012, in which around 6.5 million encrypted passwords were posted online.The social network also apologised and enlisted the help of the FBI in the matter, but that did not stop a class action lawsuit, which ultimately cost LinkedIn $1.25m £810,000 in settlements last year.The LinkedIn breach goes to show how a single significant breach can come back to haunt a business and its customers again and again, said Rob Sobers, director at Varonis.
View photosMoreDancers perform underneath the logo of Tencent at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing May 6, 2014.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File PhotoBEIJING Reuters - Tencent Holdings Ltd , China's biggest social network and online entertainment firm, on Wednesday said growth in its gaming and advertising businesses helped revenue rise 43 percent in the first quarter of 2016, beating analyst estimates.That compared with the 30.66 billion yuan average of 10 analyst estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.Net profit rose at its quickest rate in over a year, by 34 percent to 9.27 billion yuan.Global monthly active users of Tencent's WeChat app reached 762 million at March-end, representing growth of 39 percent from a year earlier.Tencent also flagged potential difficulty in the near future in its brand advertising business citing China's economic growth rate, which is languishing at 25-year lows.
The money s starting to flow into Instagram.Thanks to the visual social network s growing active user base, major ROI on direct response advertising, an average annual follower growth rate among brands of 100 percent and new advertising formats and capabilities being rolled out regularly, companies are investing heavily in Instagram-based promotion.For influential Instagram users seeking to cash in on the size and engagement levels of their followings, the outlook couldn t be brighter.Let s take a look at three emerging platforms that offer compelling monetization approaches.
This time it s e.ventures, which has closed a new $150 million early-stage fund to invest in European startups.Hernández has founded multiple companies, including real estate listing site idealista, and has been a senior director of product at Google and the general manager at Flickr.He also has 10 years of experience investing, including founding his own VC firm in 2008, StepOne Ventures in San Francisco, in a bid to help European companies access the U.S. market.Mobile marketplace Wallapop, social network Tuenti, and retail CRM Index are some of Hernández s more notable investments.Meanwhile, e.ventures new fund will be focused on seed and Series A rounds, and, says the VC, will be deployed alongside its existing $290 million growth fund, which invests at later stages and is used for subsequent funding rounds.In this regard, e.ventures is talking up its ability to support its portfolio startups with capital and operational expertise through the full investment lifecycle, although that isn t entirely unique in European VC or elsewhere.
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg met with political conservatives to explain how the social network comes up with its trending news topics, seeking to quell concerns that liberal-leaning news and sources were favored by the company s editors.I want to do everything I can to make sure our teams uphold the integrity of our products.The participants had a constructive discussion, and Facebook got feedback on its community standards, trending topics, and ways for conservative groups to make better use of the social network, a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.The meeting at the company s Menlo Park, California, headquarters included a training session on audience engagement, a meeting with Zuckerberg and other executives, an explanation of trending topics -- and a demonstration of Facebook s virtual-reality technology, Oculus, Facebook said.Zuckerberg sought to clear the air after an anonymously sourced report in Gizmodo last week alleged that his team of human editors leaned toward liberal sources in selecting stories for the trending news feature.Still, the conservatives invited to the meeting, including talk-show host Glenn Beck, think-tank leader Arthur Brooks and political commentator S.E.Cupp, were aiming to understand better how Facebook presents its news.
LOS ANGELES AP — Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday held a wide-ranging discussion with a group of conservative commentators who said afterward the Facebook CEO acknowledged the giant social network has a problem reaching conservatives.While the Facebook executives did not comment further on an internal investigation into allegations of political manipulation, they explained how difficult it would be for Facebook employees to inject bias into what stories make it into the "trending topics" section of the site or on individual users' news feeds, Cupp said.In a Facebook post afterward, Zuckerberg did not directly respond to allegations that Facebook employees suppressed conservative stories on its "trending topics" feature."I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust.Topics that appear as trending can have a self-fulfilling effect, as more Facebook readers see and share the items, and other news organizations decide to write their own stories.AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay in New York contributed to this report.
It sounds a lot like Apple s Find My Friends, a bit like Foursquare, and it s also very reminiscent of dozens of failed startups R.I.P.Sam Altman s Loopt, Gowalla, BrightKite, Highlight… .And they keep looking at what their friends have been doing, if they re hanging out together, if there s a party happening on Friday night.It s clear now that Zenly has cracked the code of seamless location sharing technology.Like other social apps, Zenly needs to become as sticky as possible for existing users.If you don t open the app every other day, you re going to forget about it.
Those are some of the words used by those who attended Mark Zuckerberg s meeting with conservatives Wednesday at Facebook s headquarters in the wake of accusations of political bias at the social network.But also: No one is kidding themselves — everyone knows how left-wing Silicon Valley is.The accusations of bias stem from a recent Gizmodo report based on an anonymous former Facebook worker who claimed his fellow Trending Topics curators suppressed news from conservative media outlets.Facebook has denied finding evidence to support the claim, but the controversy ruffled enough feathers — including those of a senator — that CEO Zuckerberg arranged a meeting with conservatives such as Glenn Beck and several others.In a post Wednesday after the meeting, Zuckerberg thanked those who attended and said: It s important that Facebook remains a platform for all ideas and that we continue to give every person a voice.It doesn t make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them, he said.The Wall Street Journal cited a Barclays Capital estimate that political candidates were expected to spend up to $300 million on Facebook ads this year.Other Facebook executives who attended the meeting included Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, plus a couple of conservatives, according to Politico and the WSJ: board member Peter Thiel, who is a California delegate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and Joel Kaplan, formerly an aide to George W. Bush and now the company s head of global public policy.Photo from Associated PressTags: conservatives, facebook, Glenn Beck, mark zuckerberg, trending news
A hacker claims to have captured account information of millions of LinkedIn users and is selling it online.According to MotherBoard, the data is being sold on the dark web illegal marketplace The Real Deal for 5 bitcoin, worth around $2,200, by a hacker using the name 'Peace'.The social network said that it was taking "immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted" and added that members who had been affected would be contacted and asked to reset their passwords.The main dangers of a breach like this are not so much the data stored in LinkedIn accounts, mostly generic employment information, but the associated data."The most valuable data in the LinkedIn compromise may not be the passwords at all, but the enormous registry of email addresses connected to working professionals," said Tod Beardsley, Security Research Manager at Rapid7."For several years, we have hashed and salted every password in our database, and we have offered protection tools such as email challenges and dual factor authentication," LinkedIn wrote in the post on the site.
Working tirelessly to limit the damage caused by recent accusations that Facebook has been suppressing stories from conservative news outlets for its Trending Topics feature, Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday met with more than a dozen leading conservatives to discuss how to ensure the social networking service can continue to be a platform for all ideas across the political spectrum.It doesn t make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them.And Fox News drives more interactions on its Facebook page than any other news outlet in the world.The trouble for Facebook started last week when Gizmodo reported allegations made by someone who used to work on the social network s Trending Topics section.Besides allegedly suppressing news from conservative media outlets, the ex-employee said reviewers were also told to artificially inject selected news stories, even if they weren t particularly popular or perhaps not even trending at all.Zuckerberg said last week that he took the accusations very seriously but said that so far an investigation had uncovered no evidence that this report is true, adding, If we find anything against our principles, you have my commitment that we will take additional steps to address it.
Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday held a wide-ranging discussion with a group of conservative commentators who said afterward the Facebook CEO acknowledged the giant social network has a problem reaching conservatives.The meeting at Facebook's Menlo Park, California, headquarters came about after a report accused the company of harboring a bias against conservative views.S.E."Facebook wants to restore the "trust" of conservativesCupp said Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President Joel Kaplan and board member Peter Thiel mostly listened to the 17 conservatives who attended.While the Facebook executives did not comment further on an internal investigation into allegations of political manipulation, they explained how difficult it would be for Facebook employees to inject bias into what stories make it into the "trending topics" section of the site or on individual users' news feeds, Cupp said.The Facebook team also said any such tampering would be "philosophically against both the mission of the company and Mark's personal mission," Cupp said."Rob Bluey, editor in chief of the website The Daily Signal, made similar comments to Fox News' Greta Van Susteren shortly after the meeting ended."In a Facebook post afterward, Zuckerberg did not directly respond to allegations that Facebook employees suppressed conservative stories on its "trending topics" feature.""I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust.On mobile devices, users can tap on the search bar to see the top trends, but they can't see separate categories.Topics that appear as trending can have a self-fulfilling effect, as more Facebook readers see and share the items, and other news organizations decide to write their own stories.