Facebook employees busted leaving 5-star reviews for Portal on Amazon

Facebook’s Portal smart displays have had an uphill battle, trying to convince people to willingly give the notoriously security-lax social media company another avenue into their homes. But it seems some people are pretty happy with their Portals: Facebook employees, who were just caught leaving five-star reviews for their own product on Amazon.

Credit for spotting this incredible coincidence goes to tech columnist Kevin Roose:

Källa: Facebook employees busted leaving 5-star reviews for Portal on Amazon

Google to acquire $40 million worth of Fossil’s smartwatch tech

Google’s portion of the wearable industry was relatively stagnant for quite some time, but in early 2018, the company performed a massive overhaul of its wearable OS, formerly dubbed Android Wear.

Now known as Wear OS, Google’s smartwatch software is cleaner, smoother, and easier to use than it’s ever been. It features full Google Assistant integration, an improved notification system, and all-new gesture-based commands for navigating various menus.

Operating system overhauls aren’t the only evidence we have that Google is taking the industry more seriously. Google is set to acquire $40 million worth of smartwatch maker Fossil’s technology.

Källa: Google to acquire $40 million worth of Fossil’s smartwatch tech

Netflix forecast misses Wall Street view, shares dip

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) forecast first-quarter revenue slightly below Wall Street estimates on Thursday, even after a record quarter for new customers, sending shares of the world’s largest streaming service down 4 percent in after-hours trading.

Investors may have been hoping for more after Netflix announced a price hike for U.S. subscribers earlier this week, usually a sign that demand is strong.

Källa: Reuters

Facebook Algorithms and Personal Data

About half of Facebook users say they are not comfortable when they see how the platform categorizes them, and 27% maintain the site’s classifications do not accurately represent them.

Most commercial sites, from social media platforms to news outlets to online retailers, collect a wide variety of data about their users’ behaviors. Platforms use this data to deliver content and recommendations based on users’ interests and traits, and to allow advertisers to target ads to relatively precise segments of the public. But how well do Americans understand these algorithm-driven classification systems, and how much do they think their lives line up with what gets reported about them? As a window into this hard-to-study phenomenon, a new Pew Research Center survey asked a representative sample of users of the nation’s most popular social media platform, Facebook, to reflect on the data that had been collected about them. (See more about why we study Facebook in the box below.)

Källa: Facebook Algorithms and Personal Data

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To Teach Congress Members How To Tweet

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is going to teach her fellow members of Congress how to more effectively use social media.

The youngest member of Congress will co-host a session on Thursday for the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, joined by Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.). The two aim to inform their fellow Democrats “on the most effective ways to engage constituents on Twitter and the importance of digital storytelling,” according to USA Today.

Ocasio-Cortez’s effective approach to social media has clearly caught the eye of her fellow lawmakers. Her impressive Twitter following of 2.44 million people is more than all 63 of the other incoming Democratic freshmen combined. Her transparent and relateable Instagram and Twitter posts have earned her a loyal following, something other Democrats could use to learn from.

Källa: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To Teach Congress Members How To Tweet

Netflix reveals Space Force comedy series before Trump gets real thing approved

Netflix took the wraps off its latest comedy series on Wednesday, and while that may sound humdrum for a company with roughly 7,000 series in the works, this one has set its sights on something huge: the outer reaches of space. Er, sorry, we misread that. The Space Force.

Indeed, before President Trump’s proposal for a sixth military branch can become an official item in the United States’ 2020 budget, Netflix has jumped on the idea of making a show about this branch’s day-to-day ops—and it has three major vets of TV’s The Office on board, including Steve Carell as both a co-creator and a star.

https://youtu.be/5QgJR4pAPlE

Källa: Netflix reveals Space Force comedy series before Trump gets real thing approved

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