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An Egyptian man’s ‘tabla’ remix of Camila Cabillo’s hit song goes viral

Thursday, 22 February 2018

In true Egyptian fashion, an Egyptian man remixed Camila Cabello’s famous song ‘Havana’ using an Egyptian drum, known as the tabla. The video went viral reaching almost 900,000 views on Facebook. In a radio interview, Shady el-Agar said that his passion for drumming began at a young age where he used to flip over water containers to drum on them. El-Agar works in business and studied politics and economics at the American University in Cairo, but he also joined ...

How a Yemeni man’s love for science got him 16 million followers on Facebook

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Hashem al-Ghaili, a Yemeni man based in Berlin, had a mission when he started his science page on Facebook in 2009: to make science accessible to everyone regardless of their age or background. Al-Ghaili told BBC that his father wanted him to be a farmer when he grew up, but he always had a passion for science, which started when he was young and began to read children’s science magazines. A molecular biologist by trade, al-Ghaili expanded his skills to include video production and began ...

Turkey rolls out domestic rival to WhatsApp, raising surveillance concerns

Friday, 9 February 2018

Turkey has launched a domestic messaging app to rival Facebook’s popular WhatsApp Messenger service, raising concerns among government critics that Ankara could use the new platform to tighten surveillance and bolster an 18-month-old crackdown. The app, called PttMessenger after Turkey’s Post and Telegraph General Directorate (PTT), was introduced in a limited roll-out to state institutions and some private companies this week. It is expected to be publicly available in six months. ...

Twitter reports first-ever profit, boosting shares

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Twitter on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly profit, delivering a boost to shares of the social network which has been lagging for years against fast-growing rivals. The San Francisco-based messaging service said it earned $91 million in the fourth quarter, the first positive net income since going public in 2013. Revenue was up two percent from a year ago to a better-than-expected $732 million, while the number of monthly active users rose modestly to 330 million. Twitter shares surged ...

Here’s why Jim Carrey is deleting his Facebook account

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Delete your account. That’s what Jim Carrey says Facebook users should do, as the actor looks to pull the mask off fake news. The star of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask said on Twitter on Tuesday that he’s dumping his Facebook stock and deleting his page because the social media giant profited from Russian interference in the US presidential election via spreading false news with Russian origins, and says the company is still not doing enough to stop it. The 56-year-old ...

Zuckerberg acknowledges ‘mistakes’ as Facebook turns 14

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Mark Zuckerberg offered fresh self-criticism Monday, acknowledging making numerous mistakes in building the world’s biggest social network as Facebook marked its 14th birthday.“Over the years, I’ve made almost every mistake you can imagine,” the Facebook co-founder said on his personal page.“I’ve made dozens of technical errors and bad deals. I’ve trusted the wrong people and I’ve put talented people in the wrong roles. I’ve missed important ...

Facebook forecasts rising ad sales despite dip in usage

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Facebook Inc offered reassurances to investors on Wednesday that its digital ad business would remain highly profitable, despite a dip in usage on the social media network and an overhaul of its flagship News Feed.The company said in an earnings report that quarterly revenue jumped 47 percent from a year earlier, and executives said on a conference call that they saw more chances to make money even if people spend less time on Facebook.Analysts had wondered about the resilience of the ...

Robot Sophia debates with Facebook top AI expert after he criticized her skills

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, Sophia is one of the most media-covered robots of the recent years, speaking before the United Nations and even gaining Saudi citizenship resulting in a controversy in the Kingdom. Sophia also appears on TV shows like the Jimmy Fallon tonight show in April 2017 and even the recent top Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held every year in Las Vegas. Like many “chatbots” (AI programs which are supposed to communicate with humans), she responds ...

Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. The change to the Facebook news feed comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed -- along with Google and Twitter -- to prevent the spread of bogus news, most strikingly ahead of the 2016 US election. In a Facebook post, co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the network would ...

Facebook selfie nails murder probe of 21-year-old in Canada

Thursday, 18 January 2018

In March 2015, Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty to killing her best friend Brittney Gargol, 18, who was found in Saskatoon, Canada with Antoine’s belt near her body. The best friend was sentenced seven years for murder. It has now emerged that a Facebook selfie post showing both girls indicated the belt found near Gargol’s body and that was what made Antoine a suspect as she was wearing the exact same belt. That post was on Facebook only a few hours before Gargol’s ...

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