Why is Facebook doing robotics research?

It’s a bit strange to hear that the world’s leading social network is pursuing research in robotics rather than, say, making search useful, but Facebook is a big organization with many competing priorities. And while these robots aren’t directly going to affect your Facebook experience, what the company learns from them could be impactful in…

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Instagram’s IGTV copies TikTok’s AI, Snapchat’s design

Instagram conquered Stories, but it’s losing the battle for the next video formats. TikTok is blowing up with an algorithmically suggested vertical one-at-a-time feed featuring videos of users remixing each other’s clips. Snapchat Discover’s 2 x infinity grid has grown into a canvas for multi-media magazines, themed video collections, and premium mobile TV shows. Instagram’s…

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Daily News: SMB-Customer Communications, Voice Search Usage, AI Adoption & Implementation

Here is today’s roundup of news related to local marketing and advertising, local media, technology, local commerce, consumer behavior and more. The Increasingly Confused World of SMB-Customer Communications (May 18, 2019) LSA Insider: “A recent survey from SaaS company Broadly, conducted by Harris, found that 60% of SMBs “say customer loyalty is their most valuable…

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Collective #517

Folding the DOM Josh Comeau explains CSS 3D in a fabulous, interactive way. Read it Introducing Tornis Tornis is a minimal JavaScript library that watches the state of your browser’s viewport, allowing you to respond whenever something changes. Check it out Our Sponsor Divi: The Powerful Visual Page Builder Divi is a revolutionary WordPress theme…

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On the Internet of Women with Moira Weigel

“Feminism,” the writer and editor Marie Shear famously said in an often-misattributed quote, “is the radical notion that women are people.” The genius of this line, of course, is that it appears to be entirely non-controversial, which reminds us all the more effectively of the past century of fierce debates surrounding women’s equality. And what…

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