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Amazon joins Facebook’s fight against deepfakes

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post via Getty Images Facebook will have some extra help in its quest to fight deepfakes. Amazon Web Services is joining the Deepfake Detection Challenge as both a technical partner and as a member of the committee overseeing the challenge. It’ll offer machine learning experts for “technical […]

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Facebook’s 2020 election ‘protections’ still allow for lying politicians

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links hermosawave via Getty Images Today, Facebook outlined new measures to stop abuse and interference in the 2020 election. They include safeguards meant to make Facebook more secure and transparent, but they make one glaring omission. The new policies don’t change Facebook’s rules that allow political candidates to lie in their […]

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Instagram test helps you choose people to unfollow

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP Photo/Amr Alfiky Use Instagram for long enough and you’ll probably rack up a few contacts that you don’t really care about — someone you followed on impulse and quickly forgot, perhaps. You might have a way to prune those unnecessary connections before long. App sleuther Jane Manchung Wong has […]

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WSJ: Facebook’s news tab could launch by the end of the month

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links scanrail via Getty Images While Mark Zuckerberg gives speeches about not wanting Facebook to be the arbiter of truth, the Wall Street Journal reports his company is setting up deals to launch its dedicated tab for news. In a post earlier this year, the CEO said “It’s important to me […]

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Lebanon plans to charge a fee for internet voice calls

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images If you’re planning a trip to Beirut, you might want to think carefully about starting an internet phone call. Lebanon’s cabinet has agreed to implement a 20-cent daily fee for VoIP calls across a range of services, including FaceTime Audio and WhatsApp. The government believes it needs […]

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Mark Zuckerberg defends free speech on Facebook

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at Georgetown today to defend freedom of expression. Most recently, Facebook has been criticized for allowing politicians to post misleading ads. But Zuckerberg is calling for more free speech and cautioned against “potentially cracking down too much” on social networks. […]

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HTC Vive Cosmos review: Too late, too expensive

Engadget RSS Feed The battle for at-home virtual reality started with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive — but these days things are getting complicated. The Oculus Quest proves solid standalone VR is possible, and Valve is pushing the limits of high-end VR with the Index. Now here comes the Vive Cosmos, HTC’s first true […]

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Senator Wyden pushes his ‘Mind Your Own Business’ privacy act forward

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is advancing his data privacy bill. Today, he shared his “Mind Your Own Business Act” an official version of the draft legislation we saw last year. Like the draft, the official version would give the Federal Trade Commission more power, like the ability to fine tech […]

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Mark Zuckerberg will stream a speech on ‘free expression’ Thursday

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Samuel Corum via Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to give a speech Thursday about his views on free expression and voice. Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post that it’s the “most comprehensive take I’ve written about my views, why I believe voice is important, how giving people […]

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The (Day)dream is over: Phone-based VR is well and truly dead

Engadget RSS Feed When Google introduced Cardboard at I/O 2014, a lot of people thought it was a joke. A cardboard-based contraption that turned your phone into a primitive VR headset seemed more like a kid’s science project than a serious endeavor. But Google’s Cardboard was just the first in a long line of phone-powered […]

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