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Facebook’s Oculus gives you a VR room of your own

4 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The social network's latest virtual reality software lets users create a unique room of their own

Facebook’s Oculus gives you a VR room of your own - CNET

The social network's VR company is offering a pre-release version of its latest software designed to let you create a unique space in VR.

Facebook launches Messenger for Kids

Facebook just found a new way to nab younger users. The social network announced Monday that it's launching a new app, Messenger Kids, which allows children to use Facebook's messaging software — the first time the company has allowed...Show More Summary

WeWork Buys Social Gathering Site Meetup

As a company, Meetup has long embraced its position as a small, mission-driven operation. While other social software companies from the Web 2.0 era, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, focused on keeping their users on their sites for as long as possible, Meetup's purpose was always to get people off the internet. Show More Summary

Facebook is expanding its suicide prevention AI

The social media giant will expand the reach of its software to detect whether a user might be suicidal, reports Reuters. The software originally rolled out in the U.S. in March and works by identifying phrases and other clues a user posts on the site that could suggest they are suicidal. Show More Summary

Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

2 weeks agoHealth : Reuters: Health

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the U.S. to detect users with suicidal intent, the world's largest social media network said on Monday.

New tool verifies leads by checking on buyers via social media

A new software tool claims to be able to verify leads by checking on buyers via social media.  Using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the tool from OneDome generates a file of publicly available information on the customer. Continue reading New tool verifies leads by checking on buyers via social media at Property Portal Watch.

VaynerMedia Is Equipping Brands With Ad-Tech Software That Pulls Together Social Stats

Two years ago, VaynerMedia built a dashboard to track clients' social spend and pull together campaign analytics. Since then, the shop's media team has grown from nine to 200 people, and the tool has been used to measure $300 million in ad spending. The tool, which is called Greenman, has only been used internally by...

Facebook's Workplace is turning into a serious Slack competitor

Facebook may be the last company you'd ever expect to make software for serious businesses, but the social network is quickly proving the haters wrong. A year after officially launching Workplace, the business-focused version of Facebook,...Show More Summary

Instagram’s ‘Shoppable Posts’ Pilot Expanded in Social Commerce Monetisation Push

2 months agoTechnology : sCommerce

A pilot social commerce partnership between Instagram and BigCommerce, an ecommerce software solutions company, has been expanded. The tie-up between the social media giants and software company was first launched almost a year ago, in November 2016 and now all of BigCommerce’s U.S.-based clients will be able to publish ‘shoppable posts’ on Instagram. At present […]

Microsoft resuscitates AltspaceVR for social mixed reality

2 months agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired the AltspaceVR team as it announced its big initiative to created a hardware and software ecosystem around Windows mixed reality headsets. Microsoft didn’t explain the terms of the deal, saying only that AltspaceVR is joining Microsoft. Microsoft calls the emerging technology “mixed reality” to encompass both augmented reality […]

Salesforce Just Launched A $50 Million Impact Investing Fund

It will focus on investing on companies doing innovative impact work using Salesforce’s software in the fields of workplace development, equality, sustainability, and the social sector. Over the last decade and a half, the cloud computing giant Salesforce has rewritten the rulebook for how corporate philanthropy is supposed to work. Show More Summary

Adapt or dissolve: Why local businesses need to pay attention to AI

2 months agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

It’s safe to say that technology has forever changed the way we work and do business – whether it be our obsession with email, social media, software and apps, or our ability to work from just about anywhere and collaborate with others an office or an ocean away. Business owners in Canberra have been reaping […]

NBCU will start selling ads in top shows like 'This is Us' using the same kind of self-serve software as Facebook

NBCUniversal will start selling ads in the majority of its top shows using 'programmatic' software. The media company sees this adoption as a way to directly take on Facebook and other social nets. Target has signed on as the first advertiser...Show More Summary

The Equifax breach may have exposed 143 million people's Social Security numbers — but here's why you shouldn't freak out

Earlier this year, the personal data of 143 million Americans was compromised by a software breach of credit agency Equifax. With many scrambling to set up fraud alerts and freeze their credit, Your Money editor Lauren Lyons Cole explains why you shouldn't freak out about the Equifax breach and what you can do to protect your credit information. Show More Summary

Google Glass app helps autistic children with social interactions

A prototype software application, to be used with the optical head-mounted display Google Glass, has been designed as a social-skills coach for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Once a Running Joke, LinkedIn Is Suddenly a Hot Social Network. Here’s What Changed

When Microsoft announced it was acquiring LinkedIn for $26 billion last December, the tech world responded with a collective "Huh?" Why did the enterprise software giant want LinkedIn so badly, and why was it willing to pay so much? Did Microsoft have a secret plan to turn the social network for business professionals, which lost...

How to get a computer science education without the massive student loans

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Ever since The Social Network made programming sexy, software developers have been in high demand. (Okay fine, before that, too.) And...Show More Summary

Networked gaming is the new social media, and it's a boys' club

The Entertainment Software Association has been documenting how women now comprise almost half of the gaming population in U.S., but the Pew survey highlights persistent differences in how they are gaming. Not only do boys play more, they tend to be networked gamers; 55% of boys play with friends online at least once a week, compared to 25% of girls. Show More Summary

Blocking the ad blocker with smarter digital, social marketing

The mountain of software tools and social platforms available to marketers haven’t budged conversion rates for most. E-Commerce conversion rates in the current year are 2.5 percent, according to Statista Inc. Not terrific, considering 70 percent of marketers say converting leads is their top priority, according to Hubspot Inc. Show More Summary

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