Facebook on Thursday is bringing AI-powered English-Spanish translations to Messenger users in the US and Mexico.The translation feature, called "M suggestions for translations," was initially rolled out in May to US buyers and sellers on Marketplace, Facebook's hyperlocal e-commerce portal. M is the AI-powered assistant in Messenger that Facebook rolled out with limited functionality last year. With this new capability, any time a Messenger user gets a message in a language different from their own default language, M will offer to translate it. If a user accepts the translation, M will ask if they'd like to enable auto-translation.For now, it will only offer translations from English to Spanish, and vice-versa, in conversations taking place in the United States or Mexico. Facebook plans to eventually launch M suggestions for translations in other languages and countries.Translation is one of the many "intelligent" features that companies like Facebook are using to make their … [Read more...] about Facebook enables AI-powered English-Spanish translations in Messenger
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Google At its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) Keynote earlier this week, Apple unveiled new anti-tracking features for its Safari browser. The Cupertino company named Facebook in the speech and it will likely be affected by the changes. However, as a major provider of targeted ads, Google will also probably be hit. The changes will see Safari block ‘like’ buttons, ‘share’ buttons, and comment sections on websites, preventing them from tracking what people do online. These buttons can track users even when they aren’t logged in to the service in question. In the new version of Safari, however, if a button tries to track web browsing, a popup will appear asking if the user wants to allow it.Safari will also protect users from ‘fingerprinting,’ a way of identifying them as they move across the web based on the individual aspects of their browser preferences. This can include things such as screen size, plugins in use, and fonts that … [Read more...] about Should Chrome copy Safari and help block Facebook?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Elizabeth Dwoskin by Elizabeth Dwoskin Email the author May 1 Email the author SAN JOSE — At Facebook's annual developer conference, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to the social networking platform, including a function that allows users to delete information Facebook has gathered on them - and a dating tool. Taking on a more somber and forceful tone than in previous years, Zuckerberg on Tuesday tried to bolster Facebook's commitment to privacy and building community. He said that users should have the ability to delete the browsing history Facebook collects, much in the way that … [Read more...] about Facebook’s mission to connect people now includes dating help
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- At Facebook's annual developer conference, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to the social networking platform, including a function that allows users to delete information Facebook has gathered on them -- and a dating tool. Taking on a more somber and forceful tone than in previous years, Zuckerberg on Tuesday tried to bolster Facebook's commitment to privacy and building community. He said that users should have the ability to delete the browsing history Facebook collects, much in the way that browsers such as Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome allow people to clear their tracking cookies. Zuckerberg's appearance at the conference, called F8, follows a month during which he has tried to rebuild public trust in Facebook after a data privacy scandal. In March, Facebook revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political marketing firm used by Donald Trump's presidential campaign, had improperly obtained the personal information of 87 million users. … [Read more...] about Facebook’s mission to connect people now includes helping them date
Back in 2012, I quit the internet for a year. Between May 2012 and May 2013, I didn’t use the internet or ask people to use the internet for me. To make it extra hard, I didn’t use text messaging either. In a nutshell, I wanted to discover how many of my problems in life (lack of productivity, constant distraction, a sense running as fast as I could just to keep up) were the internet’s fault, and how many of those problems were just my own inherent faults. Spoiler: it was mostly just me. But if you’ve been following all the recent Facebook drama or you can’t stand the culture of Twitter discourse or you feel like the Instagram algorithm is harmful to your well-being and you’ve decided that you need to make a statement by quitting something, I might be able to offer some advice. Boredom You’re standing in line. You’re sitting down to poop. You’re waiting for the train. You just woke up. You’re about to go to sleep. You’re … [Read more...] about Facebook quitting advice from a professional internet quitter