A big challenger is about to change the way you use Facebook to log in on websites

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There are two ways to log in on websites: try to recall the email address and password you registered with —  or simply hit the “Facebook Login” button. 

The convenience of the latter underscores the popularity of social authentication options. You’ll see Facebook and Google login buttons on popular sites including Netflix, Uber, Spotify, Imgur and Linkedin, just to name some.

Facebook itself estimates that some 350 million people log into a new app or site with their Facebook credentials every month. 

Olga Kuznetsova, Engineering Manager at Facebook told us that the Facebook Login button ranks in the top three of consumer account creation and sign-in preferences worldwide. Read more…

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Attacking a referee’s small business on Facebook isn’t cool, sports fans

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The internet and college sports: Two things not exactly known for inspiring measured, reasonable debate.

We’ve just seen what happens when they mix in a strange and toxic new way. 

As background: People in Kentucky take college basketball very seriously. (Remember 2012? Remember #LexingtonPoliceScanner?) Thus, fans of the Kentucky Wildcats were not happy when their team lost to North Carolina just short of the Final Four last weekend. They directed much of their ire toward referee John Higgins.  Read more…

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Facebook will launch group chatbots at F8

 Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game’s progress, ecommerce deliveries, and more, according to three sources familiar with the development of the feature.
Facebook is already working with top chatbot makers to prepare for the launch. Read More

The new algorithms enabling Facebook’s data fixation

 A billion and a half photos find their way onto Facebook every single day and the company is racing to understand them and their moving counterparts with the hope of increasing engagement. And while machine learning is undoubtedly the map to the treasure, Facebook and it’s competitors are still trying to work out how to deal with the spoils once they find them. Facebook AI Similarity… Read More

Facebook tests a second News Feed headed by a rocket ship icon

 Facebook’s launch of Stories may be the social network’s big news of the week, but some Facebook users have spotted another addition, and are thoroughly confused. A “rocket ship” icon has popped up in the app of select users worldwide, adjacent to the News Feed button. Its appearance is prompting a lot of users to wonder, “what on earth is this thing?”… Read More

Facebook pivots into Stories

 In its biggest change in a decade, Facebook is evolving from text and link-focused sharing to the visual communication format its admits “Snapchat has really pioneered”. Starting today, all users will soon have access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them overlay special effects on photos and videos. They can then share this content to a Snapchat clone called… Read More

Dallas bookstore is selling the world on classic novels with clickbait headlines

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Not everyone will pick up a book, but everyone will click on an internet headline they find interesting.

“British guy dies after selfie gone wrong”? Of course we would click. We need to make sure to not repeat that poor guy’s mistake.

“German doctor becomes first to perform full body transplant”? What does full body transplant even mean? Click.

All of these headlines were written by The Wild Detectives, but they are not a fresh digital news source you should be bookmarking. They are, actually, a bookstore.

Last fall, the bookstore started an ingenious internet campaign to interest as many people as possible in classic literary novels by using “litbait.” They crafted intriguing clickbait headlines that, when clicked, would bring you to the entire text of the novel. Read more…

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