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Facebook downranks video clickbait & fake play buttons

Facebook downranks video clickbait & fake play buttons

Facebook, the world’s most-popular social-networking platform, has confirmed that it is downranking video clickbait and fake play buttons. Many websites and publishers engage in clickbait to drive traffic to their websites.

The notorious clickbait and fake play buttons are News Feed links displayed in the preview image and videos that are essentially merely static images uploaded as a video file to trick viewers to give clicks.

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Intel will unveil 9th-generation Core family member on August 21

Intel will unveil 9th-generation Core family member on August 21

In addition to the planned unveiling of its 8th-generation Core processors on coming Monday, August 21; Intel Corp. may introduce the world to one member of its 9th-generation Core family, called Ice Lake.

In a newly-released abrupt note on its website, Intel described the new technology, confirming that the 8th-generation Intel Core processor family would be succeeded by Ice Lake processor family.

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Nvidia shares fall on lower-than-expected quarterly revenue

Nvidia shares fall on lower-than-expected quarterly revenue

Stock price of Nvidia Corporation slipped on Thursday after the chip maker, its data center and automotive businesses missed quarterly revenue estimates of market analysts.

Revenue from the company’s data center business more than doubled to settle $416 million but it missed estimates analysts’ forecast of $423.3 million.

Automotive business revenue jumped 19.3 per cent to $142 million, but it also missed analysts’ average expectation of $146.2 million.

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Activist Investor Ackman wants five ADP board seats

Activist Investor Ackman wants five ADP board seats

After acquiring an 8 per cent stake in Automatic Data Processing (ADP), billionaire investor William Ackman-led hedge fund is planning to ask for board seats at the U.S. human resources outsourcing firm.

The leader of Pershing Square Capital Management is seeking board seats at ADP as he is pushing the U.S. human resources outsourcing firm to slash costs and enhance its returns.

The 51-year-old activist investor told investors that he wanted five board seats, including one for himself, on ADP’s ten-member board.

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Facebook preparing to demote slow-loading stories on News Feed

Facebook preparing to demote slow-loading stories on News Feed

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is preparing to update its News Feed ranking algorithm to promote fast-loading stories and demote slow-loading stories. Jiayi Wen and Shengbo Guo, senior engineers with the social network, announced that the update to its News Feed ranking algorithm aimed at showing people more stories that will load rapidly on mobile and fewer stories that take longer to load.

Wen and Guo added that the change would allow users to spend more time loading and reading stories relevant to them.

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Facebook reportedly working on dedicated video chat device

Facebook reportedly working on dedicated video chat device

Social-networking giant Facebook is reportedly working on a new device that will be dedicated to increasingly popular video chat.

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported that the dedicated video chat hardware will be the inaugural major product from the company’s Building 8 product development lab.

The device will reportedly include a notebook-sized screen, and it will try to make geographically separated video participants feel like they are together in the same space.

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YouTube Red to be merged with Google Play Music

YouTube Red to be merged with Google Play Music

Internet search giant Google has confirmed that it is working on a plan to merge its YouTube Red service with Google Play Music in order to create a new sleek and streamlined service.

Speaking at a recently-held panel session for the New Music Seminar conference in New York, Google Music chief Lyor Cohen said that the company needed to merge the two services to attract new subscribers.

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Niantic CEO responds to allegations over Pokemon Go Fest mess

Niantic CEO responds to allegations over Pokemon Go Fest mess

Responding to issues related to the failure of the “Pokémon Go” event in Chicago, Niantic CEO John Hanke said his company was committed to listening to even harsh feedback to improve what it does.

Hanke was responding to allegations that the game developer hadn’t effectively prepared for last Saturday’s Pokémon Go event, which was attended by more than 20,000 people but was plagued by technical issues.

The technical issues made the popular video game unplayable for many of the attendees, leading to boos and shouts from the large crowd.

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Apple already preparing for the iPhone 9: Report

Apple already preparing for the iPhone 9: Report

Technology major Apple is weeks away from announcing its “iPhone 8” smartphone but rumors have already started swirling about its successor – the potential iPhone 9.

Citing anonymous sources, the Korea Economic Daily recently reported that LG Chem has been selected by Apple as an exclusive supplier for batteries for its next-next-generation iPhone.

The deal is for batteries for the device which is due for release sometime in 2018. The anonymous sources also suggested that the “iPhone 9” would likely debut in the 2nd half of 2018.

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Microsoft’s quarterly earnings beat Wall Street expectations

Microsoft’s quarterly earnings beat Wall Street expectations

Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft Corporation on Thursday posted better than expected earnings for the last three months, thanks to strong performance of its cloud business. Microsoft announced non-GAAP revenue and GAAP earnings per share of $24.7 billion and $0.83, respectively. Non-GAAP earnings per share were reported $0.98. Non-GAAP operating income was reported at $7.0 billion.

Strong performance of cloud business particularly helped the company in beating Wall Street analysts’ predictions.

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