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Facebook inflated video stats for two years

Facebook has been overestimating the average time it told advertisers that users were spending watching videos on its platform for two years, possibly affecting marketer spending on Facebook ads. The metric was artificially inflated because it only counted videos as viewed if they had been seen for three or more seconds, not taking into account shorter views, the company revealed several weeks ago in...

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Goodblock reports 77% of users feel guilty for blocking ads

A new survey has found that 77% of ad blocking users feel “some guilt” about blocking ads. This goes against common stereotypes that ad blocking users don’t care about digital content publishers losing revenue, and suggests that if publishers took steps to make their ads less intrusive and less annoying, users might be more tolerant of their advertising. Gladly, an adtech startup, surveyed 243...

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Microsoft not involved in Lenovo blocking Linux

There’s a story going round that Lenovo have signed an agreement with Microsoft that prevents installing free operating systems. This is sensationalist, untrue and distracts from a genuine problem. The background is straightforward. Intel platforms allow the storage to be configured in two different ways – “standard” (normal AHCI on SATA systems, normal NVMe on NVMe systems) or “RAID”. “RAID” mode is typically just...

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Twitter’s first NFL livestream was a hit with two million viewers

The verdict is in: Twitter’s first NFL livestream was a hit. According to the NFL numbers, Twitter grabbed the overwhelming majority of the game’s digital audience of 2.4 million viewers. In total, Twitter reached 2.3 million global viewers during both the pregame show and the main attraction, which saw rivals the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills battle it out. The game alone...

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Gmail’s responsive design is coming soon

Google has this week announced that a new responsive design will be rolling out to their Gmail service with an aim of providing a more optimised layout for every screen. The new support is expected to roll out in the coming weeks, and will remove the different formatting is that can sometimes be a hindrance when you start reading an email on your desktop...

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WhatsApp may nudge you into sharing data with Facebook

When WhatsApp, the messaging app, launched in 2009, it struck me as one of the most interesting innovations I’d seen in ages – for two reasons. The first was that it seemed beautifully designed from the outset: it was clean, minimalist and efficient; and, secondly, it had a business model that did not depend on advertising. Instead, users got a year free, after which...

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HP pre-programmed failure dates for unofficial cartridges

Investigation of an online printer ink retailer shows that HP has programmed a date in its printer firmware on which unofficial non-HP cartridges would fail. Thousands of HP printers around the world started to show error messages on the same day, the 13th of September 2016. On that date HP printers with non-HP cartridges started to show the error message, “One or more cartridges appear...

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Mozilla will fix weakness in certificates that also affected Tor

Mozilla officials say they’ll release a Firefox update on Tuesday that fixes the same cross-platform, malicious code-execution vulnerability patched Friday in the Tor browser. The vulnerability allows an attacker who has a man-in-the-middle position and is able to obtain a forged certificate to impersonate Mozilla servers, Tor officials warned in an advisory. From there, the attacker could deliver a malicious update for NoScript or...

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When it comes to Github contributions Microsoft loves Linux

What a difference 15 years makes. Back in 2001, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was busy branding Linux “a cancer” during the height of the software giant’s domination of desktop computing. Fast forward to 2016 and you’ll find Microsoft confessing its love for everything open source and Linux. It’s a stunning turnaround that’s now backed up by Microsoft’s serious attention to the open source...

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Apple may kill the MacBook Pro headphone jack next

Is the Macbook Pro headphone jack next? First Apple killed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Now Apple has their eyes set on the MacBook Pro. Currently a survey is circulating asking if users are making use of the headphone jack on their MacBook Pro. This comes less than two weeks after the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus made it’s debut to...