outage

Facebook’s Outage shows how Businesses depend on it

Tomiwa Ibukunle is a 21-year old entrepreneur from Lagos, Nigeria. She started her clothing and accessories company two months ago. Her WhatsApp account is used to promote her products and receive orders from customers. She typically receives 20 orders per day. When WhatsApp experienced an outage globally for eight hours on October 5th, her orders […]

Glass

Google Glass failed. Will Facebook’s Ray Ban Stories too?

Marketing tries to make us believe that some products appear out of thin air. Truth is, any product deployment that is successful requires experimentation. However, evolution can be difficult to achieve or is hidden behind closed doors. Google Glass is on of many examples how an ambitiuos product can fail on several levels. Google Glass: […]

IDFA

Initial IDFA Apocalypse Tidbits

Apple’s iOS 14.5 update requires apps to show users a prompt asking for their consent before tracking them across other apps and websites. It’s called App Tracking Transparency or ATT and has caused a considerable uproar of the online advertising community and juggernauts like Facebook. After the roll-out of Apple’s iOS 14.5 update, initial numbers […]

iOS 14 Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses After All

Facebook’s full-page ad campaign claims that Apple’s new policy, which will ask users to opt-in for tracking, will hurt small businesses. While it cannot be denied that small businesses depend on advertising, Facebook’s monopoly on social media and it’s popularity means that many small businesses depend on Facebook. For example, take a look at the […]

Facebook’s Laughable Campaign Against Apple Is Really Against Users and Small Businesses | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Facebook is trying to convince you that it’s a protector of small businesses. Given Facebook’s track record of anticompetitive behavior and privacy issues this is hardly believeable. The main target of Facebook’s new ad campaign is Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature that Apple has deployed with iOS 14. Instead of letting users being tracked by […]

WhatsApp will let you shop directly from chats | Engadget

Facebook is extending WhatsApp with shopping features. While WhatsApp has had cataloge features in the past, they appear to be limited to that what Facebook’s now previewing. It’s not yet clear, how the system works, but it could be something along these lines: A user messages a business The business replys with a link to […]

iOS 14 privacy settings will tank ad targeting business, Facebook warns | Ars Technica

cache hit 1167:single/related:d5f16d9fcf20b60755becc1a3f964ce4 empThe imminent changes of the privacy settings of the iOS 14 will severely limit Facebook’s ability to track users’ activity across their app ecosystem and the Internet as a whole using the IDFA. Ultimately, this will prevent Facebook from showing targeted ads to users inside other, non-Facebook apps on iPhones. In a […]

Deepfakes aren’t very good—nor are the tools to detect them | Ars Technica

Facebook led an effort to combat deepfakes and announced the Deepfake Detection Challenge However, the best deepfake detector to emerge from this challenge manages only to catch about two-thirds of deepfakes. According to Henry Farid of UC Berkeley, creating a really useful deepfake detector might be even harder than we think, because it’s basically a […]

WhatsApp Phone Numbers Pop Up in Google Search Results — But is it a Bug? | Threatpost

The WhatsApp feature “Click to Chat” exposes mobile phone numbers on the web and Google’s search engine is able to index them. You can try it using the search string site:wa.me “+43” The phone numbers are simply as part of an URL string (https://wa.me/<phone_number>) and available in plaintext. Facebook claims that this not a bug: […]