It's tiresome when people pretend they're enlightened.
The last time that happened was during the Enlightenment.
These days, we're all parodies of ourselves, claiming that we're progressive (whatever that means), while firmly planting our souls in stasis.
These aren't merely my words of severe experience. As Popular Science noticed, they're the conclusions of the largest ever linguistic study of Facebook postings.
The University of Pennsylvania needed to get together with the University of Cambridge in order to embrace all the fascinating language that Facebook's supposed billion have released into the world. 700 million … Read more
Facebook will look to capitalize on its new-found strength in mobile advertising by adding a sophisticated twist to an ad unit that has not only proved remarkably popularly with developers, but has also helped the company win over skeptics on Wall Street.
Tuesday, the social network is expanding the purpose of its mobile app ads, formerly known as mobile app install ads, so that developers can do more than just drive new downloads of their iOS or Android applications. The units will now enable app makers to separately target their existing users in Facebook's mobile News Feed and encourage … Read more
Bang with Friends has been no stranger to controversy in its short life span. But, it appears the hookup app could now be on the straight and narrow.
Not only has Bang with Friends ironed out a spat it had with Apple over its salacious name, the app has also settled a lawsuit with Zynga over alleged trademark infringement.
Here is a joint statement that Zynga and Bang with Friends sent to CNET:Zynga Inc. and Bang With Friends, Inc. are pleased that they have reached an amicable resolution of their dispute. Although the terms of the settlement are confidential, … Read more
Two-thirds of the world's population doesn't have access to the Internet, and this is something Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a coalition of tech companies want to change. Their goal: Bring the Internet to every single person on Earth.
While the partnership between the companies, dubbed Internet.org, was announced last month, Zuckerberg released a video on Monday explaining how the coalition aims to bring the Web to nearly 5 billion new people.
"Our plan is to make basic Internet services affordable so that everyone with a phone can join the knowledge economy," Zuckerberg said. "… Read more
"This'll learn them. How dare they mock me in public?"
This is my imagined monologue of Judson Middle School Assistant Principal Adam Matot. For he took it upon himself to ask the law to sanction those who had taken against him.
Yes, they happened to be his students. And yes, they appear to have made parody Facebook and Twitter accounts that mocked him, presumably in a middle school sort of way.
But did it seem reasonable to invoke the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in order to put them (and their parents) into emotional -- and, who … Read more
Facebook Graph Search, the social network's natural language search engine, is maturing in a way that will help it live up to its original promise of freeing all past and present content from the confines of News Feed.
Starting Monday, the engine will enable people -- initially just a small group -- to search for status updates, photo captions, check-ins, and comments on Facebook.com. Previously, Graph Search has only allowed users to query around people, places, photos, and interests.
Graph Search, which has been ordained a "third pillar" product, is as core to Facebook as News … Read more
A group of some of the biggest names in technology and advocacy has written an open letter to Congress demanding greater transparency when it comes to government requests for user data.
In the letter (PDF), companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Microsoft, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, and others wrote to Congress to promote the passage of the Senate's Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, and the House's Surveillance Order Reporting Act of 2013, "each of which would clarify that companies have the right to publish basic … Read more
Grady Burnett, Facebook's vice president of global sales and operations, is saying so long to the social network after nearly four and a half years. The advertising executive is heading to mobile analytics and advertising firm Flurry where he'll serve as chief operating officer.
"Grady was a valuable member of Facebook's team, and we wish him luck in the future," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET.
During his tenure at Facebook, Burnett helped develop and implement the social network's advertising strategy alongside COO Sheryl Sandberg, and worked to grow the company's international sales team. … Read more