Facebook says it deleted 1.3B fake accounts in six months; fake accounts are being created, probably for commercial purposes, faster than Facebook can delete

Facebook says it deleted 1.3B fake accounts in six months; fake accounts are being created, probably for commercial purposes, faster than Facebook can delete


Siva Vaidhyanathan / New York Times:

Facebook says it deleted 1.3B fake accounts in six months; fake accounts are being created, probably for commercial purposes, faster than Facebook can delete  —  Sheryl Sandberg’s testimony to Congress revealed that fraudulent pages are being created as fast as the social network can delete them.

Google debuts a new web app called Touring Bird from its internal incubator Area 120, which surfaces and helps book fun activities in 20 top travel destinations

Google debuts a new web app called Touring Bird from its internal incubator Area 120, which surfaces and helps book fun activities in 20 top travel destinations


Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:

Google debuts a new web app called Touring Bird from its internal incubator Area 120, which surfaces and helps book fun activities in 20 top travel destinations  —  Trip planning: love it or hate it, it’s a requisite part of the prep work that goes into every successful vacation.

The most popular “privacy” tool in Apple’s Mac App Store was stealing users’ browsing history and sending it to China

The most popular “privacy” tool in Apple’s Mac App Store was stealing users’ browsing history and sending it to China

Apple pioneered the idea of “app stores,” where operating system vendors got to decide who could distribute software that ran on their platforms, arguing that these “curated” stores would ensure high quality and protect users from malicious and inferior code.
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After Making Skype Convoluted and Difficult To Use, Microsoft is Now Rolling Out Features To Restore Simplicity

After Making Skype Convoluted and Difficult To Use, Microsoft is Now Rolling Out Features To Restore Simplicity

From a report: Microsoft just announced a number of changes the company is rolling out to restore Skype’s simplicity and familiarity. When the company introduced the modern Skype, it introduced radical changes that turned the app into an actual, modern app. But of course, that didn’t really work too well with some of Skype’s classic users. Although Microsoft has made numerous changes to the modern Skype to work better for all users, there were still a bunch of things in the app that no one really needed. And one of that was Highlights — it was a complete clone of Snapchat where you could post pictures/videos that last for a limited time. Unlike other Snapchat clones like Instagram Stories, no one actually used Skype Highlights. […] The navigation has been drastically improved, now only consisting of Chats, Calls, and Contacts — the three core parts of Skype. Along with Highlights, Microsoft’s also removed the Capture button which opened the Skype camera — another useless feature that was already accessible from within chats.

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