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Facebook Gaming, Minus the Gaming, Debuts on iOS

The stand-alone Facebook Gaming application was finally released for iOS Friday, but it is missing one notable feature: the games. The social network could not reach an agreement with Apple on the inclusion of Instant Games in the app. Just as in the Android app, users can watch gaming videos from livestreamers, use the app…
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TikTok Details Measures to Protect 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

TikTok continues to play defense against the Trump administration’s continued assault on the video-creation platform, detailing a new set of steps to combat misinformation and election interference as the presidential election in the U.S. approaches. The platform’s misinformation policies are being extended to include synthetic or manipulated media, such as shallow or deepfakes, aimed at…
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AI Is More Likely to Misidentify Women’s Masks

The artificial intelligence powering computer vision is much more likely to mislabel protective masks as things like duct tape, jewelry and gags when women are wearing them than men, according to a new experiment from a data scientist at Wunderman Thompson. The agency’s director of data science, Ilinca Barsan, recently published a blog post in…
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Facebook Releases Graph API v8.0, Marketing API v8.0

Facebook released Graph API (application-programming interface) v8.0 and Marketing API v8.0 this week, along with detailing changes to its app review process. The social network also alerted iOS developers to look out for further software development kit announcements related to Apple’s pending rollout of iOS 14. Facebook said in a blog post that in order…
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Hulu’s Woke Wants to Start a Conversation About Police Brutality

Hulu’s upcoming comedy Woke, premiering Sept. 9, couldn’t be arriving at a better time. The eight-episode series follows the fictional story of cartoonist Keef as he grapples with what it means to be a Black man and artist after experiencing police brutality. While Woke was filmed before the nationwide protests about police brutality following the…
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Here’s How Cornhole Landed Itself in the Big Leagues During the Pandemic

Last summer, New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski–who retired that March–turned up at the ESPY awards in Los Angeles. Sweating in his suit and tie under the merciless midday sun, Gronk was still gracious as a sports reporter came at him with the microphone. But while every football fan wanted an answer to the million-dollar…
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Instagram Reels Makes Its Official U.S. Debut: Here’s What You Need to Know

As promised in mid-July, Reels, Instagram’s TikTok clone feature, officially rolled out in the U.S. this week, along with over 50 other countries, including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan and the U.K. Instagram Instagram It hardly seems to be a coincidence that Instagram is making its push with Reels at the same time that…
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Peroni Creates Beer-Flavored Gelato for Beer Day (and It’s Free!)

Beer is good. Gelato is good. Ergo, beer plus gelato must be even better, right? Today is International Beer Day, and to celebrate the Molson Coors-owned Italian beer brand Peroni teamed up with Il Laboratorio del Gelato, a New York-based gelato business that prides itself on experimental collaborations to create beer gelato. The new creation…
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How to Make Sense of Instagram Reels as a Marketer

Social experts, creators and addicts are taking a deep, exasperated breath. The same breath they took when Instagram launched hashtags in 2011, Direct in 2013, Stories in 2016 and IGTV in 2018. The launch of Reels is, yet again, another feature that’s been tacked onto Instagram. What started as one of the most innovative platforms…
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Instagram: How to See Fewer Pet Ads

Did you know that Instagram allows you to customize your advertising preferences in order to see less ads related to specific topics, such as politics and alcohol? Our guide will show you how to see fewer pet-related ads in the Instagram application. Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram app on iOS. Step 1:…
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