In a surprise move, RT (formerly known as Russia Today) was temporarily banned from posting articles, photos and videos to Facebook. The ban was instituted yesterday after RT allegedly ran a pirated stream of Obama's last press conference. The ban was scheduled to be lifted at 6:35AM AEDT on Sunday, the day after Trump's inauguration. Facebook lifted the ban at around 6:35AM this morning, after around 20 hours.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is once again going after his neighbours in his latest effort to ensure his 700-acre Hawaiian compound remains impenetrable. This time, rather than erect another massive wall, Zuck has filed a series of lawsuits against several hundred people — some of whom are dead — who inherited or have claims to land Zuck purchased on the island of Kauai.
DALLAS — After being basically in hiding for 117 days, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey spent his first full day back in the spotlight getting grilled by a feisty lawyer who tried to "make fun" of the fact Luckey had no university degrees.
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After 117 days basically in hiding, Oculus VR founder and former Facebook golden child Palmer Luckey has been spotted in the wild — specifically in a federal courtroom in Dallas where Facebook is the subject of a $US2 billion ($6 billion) intellectual property lawsuit.
In December, German lawmakers announced plans to introduce a bill that would fine Facebook 500,000 euros (or about $713,449) for not removing fake news posts within 24 hours. On Sunday, the Financial Times reported that the company will be testing its fake news filtering system in — you guessed it — Germany!
Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, is still nowhere to be seen. That may be all over soon. This week marked the start of a trial over the $US2 billion ($2.6 billion) lawsuit brought by video game company Zenimax against Oculus VR owner Facebook. The suit alleges Oculus stole core intellectual property when it poached current Chief Technical Officer, John Carmack, and there's a possibility Luckey may be called to testify.
Opinion: A recent report has indicated that Facebook intends to begin monetising videos via 'mid-roll' — short video ads that will cut in after 20 seconds of a video. The revenue from these ads will be split with the creator through a system similar to YouTube's — which is hugely problematic when so many popular videos on Facebook don't actually belong to the people who uploaded them.
This year, Zuck's New Year's resolution is more noble, more selfless. He wants to get offline and immerse himself in the nitty-gritty land of IRL. The Facebook CEO plans to step outside his Silicon tower, Forrest Gump-ing around America, meeting with common folks like you and me. In a post Tuesday evening, the tech god wrote he wants to understand how we live, work and think about the future.
Dov Katz, a senior Oculus employee who was arrested in December after allegedly trying to solicit sex from an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a 15-year-old girl, pleaded not guilty today at his arraignment in the King County Superior Court. Katz is formally charged with "attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor".
Tinder can be great for a quick hook-up, but more often than not it's a never-ending trawl through photos that make you wonder what exactly they were thinking. Swipe for long enough and you'll start to notice a distinct theme — so what better way to celebrate the demise of modern dating culture than with a drinking game?
It's been almost a week since one of Facebook's employees was arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit sex from a 15 year-old girl, and the company has yet to say anything. Dov Katz, the head of computer vision at Oculus VR, was arrested at a hotel near Seattle on December 21, where he allegedly thought he was meeting a 15 year-old girl.
By some metrics, Mark Zuckerberg had an excellent year. Facebook, his supreme breadwinner, made enough money to keep a small country afloat. The platform's user base kept growing. It became a top destination for news, and its influence over every aspect of our lives further metastasized. He even gave the Pope a model drone!