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Facebook and Instagram get redesigns for readability

Taking inspiration from line drawings, Reddit and Messenger, Facebook is overhauling the design of the News Feed to make it more legible, clickable and commentable. Specifically, Facebook now makes it much clearer where threads start and end in comments. Meanwhile, Instagram today got a little redesign itself with comment reels now being threaded so you can have sub-conversations in public. ... Read More »

Facebook finishes its move to neural machine translation

Facebook announced this morning that it had completed its move to neural machine translation — a complicated way of saying that Facebook is now using convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and recurrent neural networks (RNNs) to automatically translate content across Facebook. Google, Microsoft and Facebook have been making the move to neural machine translation for some time now, rapidly leaving old-school ... Read More »

Equity podcast: Facebook good, everyone else bad

Update from Executive Producer Henry Pickavet: “We’re aware that Alex inexplicably stopped talking mid-sentence towards the end of the episode. We’re working with him to improve his struggles in the art of conversation.” Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s running social science experiment concerning the memorization of esoteric numbers and venture capital-themed podcast. This week we had the full crew ... Read More »

Crunch Report | Facebook Helps You Find Wi-Fi

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Crunch Report | Facebook Helps You Find Wi-Fi

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Crunch Report | Facebook Helps You Find Wi-Fi

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Instagram should let users save and share their photo preferences

While the world waits for Instagram to launch a location-sharing feature à la Snapchat, it’s worth wondering about the potential arrival of something far more simple and obvious: user-preset filters. Instagram now allows you to prioritize your favorite filters at the beginning of the list and leave the ones that you don’t use often at the end. However, each user ... Read More »

Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I’ve been forced to work with. Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesn’t seem like a natural channel to me — and I’m old), but there’s real utility in Ticketmaster’s bot if you’re ... Read More »

Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

Update: It happened! Snap fell down to its IPO price (for a few seconds) of $17 per share after its continued steady march south over the past several weeks. The company is now barely holding just above its IPO price. Snap’s last earnings report resulted in a disaster, and while the company still managed to stay above $20 for an extended ... Read More »

Storyzy is a quote verifier that wants to skewer fake news

On the internet no-one knows you’re a dog. And no-one knows whether that “fact” you’re reading — say, about President Putin’s pet dog having been trained to cock its leg at the word “trump” — is bona fide truth or more nonsense FAKE NEWS doing the rounds on Facebook. All we can be really sure is that fake news has ... Read More »

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