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YouTube launches a suite of fundraising tools

Posted on: August 31, 2018, in Blog

YouTube today announced a suite of new features designed to offer creators and their fans new ways to contribute to charitable causes. This includes beta versions of new fundraising and campaign matching tools, as well as a variation of YouTube’s Super Chat service, called “Super Chat for Good.” Explains the company, YouTube creators have already […]

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Will big brands disrupt higher education?

Posted on: August 31, 2018, in Blog

Daniel Pianko is co-founder and managing director of University Ventures, a fund focused on innovation from within higher education. More posts by this contributor Rethinking return on education investment Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education Carol D’Amico Contributor Carol D’Amico is executive vice president of Strada Education Network, a national nonprofit […]

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Facebook has removed all cross-posted tweets

Posted on: August 30, 2018, in Blog

Facebook users are complaining the company has removed the cross-posted tweets they had published to their profiles as Facebook updates. The posts’ removal took place following the recent API change that prevented Twitter users from continuing to automatically publish their tweets to Facebook. According to the affected parties, both the Facebook posts themselves, as well as […]

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6 million users had installed third-party Twitter clients

Posted on: August 29, 2018, in Blog

Twitter tried to downplay the impact deactivating its legacy APIs would have on its community and the third-party Twitter clients preferred by many power users by saying that “less than 1%” of Twitter developers were using these old APIs. Twitter is correct in its characterization of the size of this developer base, but it’s overlooking […]

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Facebook is going back to college

Posted on: August 28, 2018, in Blog

Kids these days take a greater interest in practical things than we give them credit for. For example, this summer my 12-year-old son Leo was at sleepaway camp in Canada. When we received his first letter home, among camp platitudes, the two notable items reported were that one of his counselors was discharged from the […]

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Openbook is the latest dream of a digital life beyond Facebook

Posted on: August 27, 2018, in Blog

As tech’s social giants wrestle with antisocial demons that appear to be both an emergent property of their platform power, and a consequence of specific leadership and values failures (evident as they publicly fail to enforce even the standards they claim to have), there are still people dreaming of a better way. Of social networking beyond outrage-fuelled […]

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Why unskippable Stories ads could revive Facebook

Posted on: August 27, 2018, in Blog

Prepare for the invasion of the unskippables. If the Stories social media slideshow format is the future of mobile TV, it’s going to end up with commercials. Users won’t love them. And done wrong they could pester people away from spending so much time watching what friends do day-to-day. But there’s no way Facebook and […]

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Facebook launches a digital literacy library aimed at educators

Posted on: August 26, 2018, in Blog

Facebook this morning announced the launch of a new set of educational resources focused on helping young people think critically and behave thoughtfully online. The Digital Literacy Library, as the new site is being called, is aimed at educators of children aged 11 to 18, and address topics like privacy, reputation, identity exploration, security, safety, […]

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Facebook and Instagram now show how many minutes you use them

Posted on: August 26, 2018, in Blog

It’s passive zombie-feed scrolling, not active communication with friends, that hurts our health, according to studies Facebook has been pointing to for the last seven months. Yet it’s treating all our social networking the same with today’s launch of its digital well-being screen-time management dashboards for Facebook and Instagram in the U.S. before rolling them […]

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Google pushes back at study alleging overly broad data collection

Posted on: August 26, 2018, in Blog

Your Android smartphone is collecting a lot of data on you. Specifically, almost 10 times more than Apple’s iOS, claims a study by Vanderbilt University professor Douglas C. Schmidt. The report, published August 15, isn’t a great look for the company, which was recently shown to be gathering location data on its users even after […]

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