Facebook will shut down FBX, its desktop ad exchange

facebook mobile Facebook plans to shut down FBX, the ad exchange that allows advertisers to buy retargeted desktop ads using third-party tools like Criteo and AppNexus. The news was first reported in The Wall Street Journal and we’ve confirmed it with Facebook. In an emailed statement, Vice President of Monetization Product Marketing Matt Idema suggested that this is part of Facebook’s shift to… Read More

800M Facebook users see automatic language translations each month

fb-wit Machine learning is accomplishing Facebook’s mission of connecting the world across language barriers. Facebook is now serving 2 billion text translations per day. Facebook can translate across 40 different languages in 1800 directions like French to English. And 800 million users, almost half of all Facebook users, see translations each month. Alan Packer, Facebook’s Director… Read More

Senate committee asks Facebook to answer questions about its Trending Topics

The Senate Commerce Committee sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to answer questions about Facebook’s Trending Topics feature. Trending Topics displays trending news headlines and story summaries in a sidebar next to the main news feed, and a former contractor who worked on Trending Topics has alleged that conservative news topics and outlets were often blocked from appearing.… Read More

Apple’s new site lets you create a custom “Shot on iPhone” ad for Mother’s Day

IMG_2766 Last week Apple released the latest iteration of its “Shot on iPhone” campaign. The new ad was developed for Mother’s Day, and features a slideshow of pictures and videos of moms and their kids. Now, a week later, Apple launched the aptly-named website momsshotoniphone.com, which lets you create a custom version of the ad that has a photo of you and your own mom. The… Read More

Apple’s new site lets you create a custom “Shot on iPhone” ad for Mother’s Day

IMG_2766 Last week Apple released the latest iteration of its “Shot on iPhone” campaign. The new ad was developed for Mother’s Day, and features a slideshow of pictures and videos of moms and their kids. Now, a week later, Apple launched the aptly-named website momsshotoniphone.com, which lets you create a custom version of the ad that has a photo of you and your own mom. The… Read More

Oculus snags Fitbit exec Hans Hartmann as new COO

Oculus Rift consumer edition headset with positional tracker and controller Oculus is bringing a new COO aboard as it perhaps looks to double down on tightening things up logistics-wise. Fitbit COO Hans Hartmann will be jumping ship and joining the virtual reality company owned by Facebook, according to a tweet from Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. Hartmann, who was with Fitbit since 2011, will be replacing founding COO Laird Malamed, who Iribe says will be “taking… Read More