George Soros slams Google, Facebook, says they're 'menace' to society

Further adding fuel to the fire that is currently engulfing social media and the tech sector, billionaire investor George Soros has slammed Facebook and Google, calling them a “menace” and “obstacles to innovation.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/26/george-soros-slams-google-facebook-says-theyre-menace-to-society.html

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Facebook's Move to Dial Back News Ratchets Up Drama


Facebook once again has found itself at the center of a media storm, following Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement of plans to shift its focus away from promoting news and business content and more toward emphasizing interactions from friends and family. The shift follows more than a year of heavy criticism directed against Facebook. It has been blamed for failing to combat fake news during the 2016 presidential election. In addition, concerns have been growing over mental health issues linked to spending too much time on social media.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/85070.html?rss=1

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Facebook, cocaine, opioids: How addictive is the social network?

According to some health specialists, the excessive use of social media may wind up having a similar short-term impact as opioids and cocaine.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/29/facebook-cocaine-opioids-how-addictive-is-social-network.html

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Tragic skyscraper plunge: Daredevil climber was planning to propose to his girlfriend the next day

Daredevil climber and social media star Wu Yongning, who recently plunged to his death when scaling a 62-story skyscraper, was reportedly planning to propose to his girlfriend the following day.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/12/tragic-skyscraper-plunge-daredevil-climber-was-planning-to-propose-to-his-girlfriend-next-day.html

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'Me Too' trending on social media following recent sexual harassment outrage

The hashtag #MeToo was trending on social media after actress Alyssa Milano asked victims of sexual harassment to come forward and let their voices be heard.

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FTC Tightens Screws on Social Media Influencers


Social media influencer advertising has become a major factor in e-commerce. Marketers of both big and small brands long have committed large chunks of their advertising budgets to endorsements by well-known personalities. Social media influencer campaigns are based on that tried-and-true formula, but the implication is that the endorsements are voluntary. The FTC has taken notice of social media influencer programs and has expressed concern over whether endorsements are voluntary or are paid for in some way.

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Google Adds a Brick to Online Publishers' Paywalls


Google on Monday announced that it was dropping its decade-old policy of requiring media and news publishers to provide a limited amount of free content. The so-called “first click free” policy meant that publishers had to make a certain amount of content available to users who conducted a search on Google, even if their stories, videos or images otherwise were behind a paywall. Media publishers had been required to provide at least three free stories or similar content before those clicking on links via Google would have to pay.

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Las Vegas shooting: Tech execs, including Tim Cook, express condolences

Tech executives took to social media to express their condolences over the mass shooting in Las Vegas that has left at least 50 people dead and more than 400 injured.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/02/las-vegas-shooting-tech-execs-including-tim-cook-express-condolences.html

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Apple wants to sell 4K movies for $20 on iTunes, but Hollywood is pushing back

With its next major media event reportedly set for September 12th, Apple is working hard to make sure everything comes together in time.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/29/apple-wants-to-sell-4k-movies-for-20-on-itunes-but-hollywood-is-pushing-back.html

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Valerie Plame Wilson reportedly fundraising to buy Twitter to ban Trump from platform

A former CIA operative is trying to boot the president off of social media for good.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/23/valerie-plame-wilson-reportedly-fundraising-to-buy-twitter-to-ban-trump-from-platform.html

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Facebook now has a dedicated Trending News section on mobile

Getting your news from Facebook may be getting a little easier. The social media giant has brought its redesigned Trending News section to mobile. iOS and Android users can enjoy the latest stories deemed most popular by others.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/15/facebook-now-has-dedicated-trending-news-section-on-mobile.html

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Twitter users identify white supremacists at Charlottesville protests

Twitter users are harnessing the social media platform to identify white supremacists photographed during this weekend’s protests at Charlottesville, Va. that sent shockwaves across the U.S.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/14/twitter-users-identify-white-supremacists-at-charlottesville-protests.html

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FaceApp removes 'blackface' feature after significant backlash

After considerable backlash on social media, face altering app FaceApp has decided to remove its latest features, which let users change their ethnicity.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/10/faceapp-removes-blackface-feature-after-significant-backlash.html

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Few Jobs Safe From Robotics, AI Advances


The age of connected and intelligent systems has been a subject of intense media coverage and hot debate, but the implications will be much greater than many have forecast. Most predictions paint a rather bleak picture for lower-income blue collar jobs. Many will be replaced with automation resulting from the combination of advanced sensor, connectivity, processing, robotics and artificial intelligence technologies. However, the impact on white collar jobs and communities may be even more significant.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84715.html?rss=1

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