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All Of The Creepy Things Facebook Knows About You

Facebook knows more about your personal life than you probably realise. As part of the company’s increasingly aggressive advertising operation, Facebook goes to great lengths to track you across the web. The company compiles a list of personal details about every user that includes major life events and general interests. For years, details have been murky about how exactly the social network targets ads — but the company has finally given us a glimpse into how the secret sauce is made.


Facebook Can't Figure Out How To Diversify Its Staff

A new report from Wall Street Journal reveals that the system Facebook created two years ago to diversify its staff has been largely unsuccessful. The system awards each recruiter one point for any new hires in engineering who are white or Asian men. Initially, the company awarded each recruiter one-and-a-half points if they hired outside that demographic. When that wasn’t working, it was upped it to two points. Facebook employees told the Wall Street Journal that more points were supposed to lead to stronger performance reviews and possibly larger bonuses for recruiters.


The Best Erotic Fan-Fiction Involving Our Tech Overlord Billionaires (Very NSFW)

Rule 34 is a fundamental principle of the internet. The idea is simple: if something exists, porn of that something must also exist.


How Witchcraft On Facebook Is Helping People Grieve

One of the first things I asked of Nick Detloff was that he cast a spell on me. The 36-year-old Michigan resident says that he’s the only person offering real-time spellcasting on Facebook Live, and based on my own research, that’s true. (Many Wiccan-centred groups on the platform are closed or hidden, including the one Detloff broadcasts his videos in.) Detloff invited me to participate in one of his rituals. It ended up becoming one of the strangest experiences of my life.


The Five Biggest Companies In The US Are Now All Technology-Based

ExxonMobil, America’s largest oil company, was in strange territory this morning: Number 6. As in, the sixth largest company in the United States. The company has been in the top five annually since 1980. The companies that squeezed ExxonMobil out? Amazon and Facebook. That means that the five largest companies in the US are now all technology-based.


Mark Zuckerberg Made $4.5 Billion Yesterday, What Did You Do?

Yesterday, I got off at the wrong train station two separate times, ate a bowl of cereal for lunch and fell asleep reading the entirety of OJ Simpson’s Wikipedia page. Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, made $US3.4 billion ($4.5 billion) in an hour. You win this round, Mark.


10 Facebook Bots Actually Worth Chatting With

If you haven’t yet heard, the chatbots are coming — ready to take your pizza order, answer your technical support questions, and even help you respond to your friends’ pictures in the most predictable way. We’re still in the very early days of the bot revolution on Facebook Messenger, but we’ve found a handful that are actually worth shooting the breeze with.


Facebook Is Building Apartments Anyone Can Rent, But There's A Huge Catch

Facebook could be your next landlord. In an effort to drum up support for the controversial expansion of its headquarters, the social media giant is trying to give back to the community by building at least 1500 housing units that can be rented by the general public — not just Facebook employees.


Facebook Admits It Blocked Links To Wikileaks DNC Emails

Facebook has admitted that it briefly blocked links to Wikileaks files containing internal Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. The block seems to be the result of another algorithm accident that may have incorrectly determined the links to be malicious or spam.


How To Check If Someone Else Is Using Your Social Media Accounts

If you’ve got a suspicion someone else has gained access to your social media accounts, it’s not difficult to check — and it could mean you’re able to apply a password change before any real damage happens. In fact, it’s worth checking these options regularly just to be sure your Facebook and Twitter accounts are completely yours.


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