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Facebook’s Ray-Ban plan seems to be all about normalising surveillance technology

- September 14, 2021 3 MIN READ

In partnership with eyewear brand Ray-Ban, Facebook has released its first pair of smart glasses, offering wearers the ability to capture photos and videos without even needing to pull out their phone. The glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories, are now available for A$449 and are functionally similar to devices already on the market, such as SnapChat… Read more »

Global tech

Facebook clamps down on underage ad targeting after Australian research revealed children were shown gambling, smoking & alcohol ads

- July 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

Instagram’s parent company, Facebook will default set Instagram accounts for users under 16 to private, and restrict targeted advertising to them following an Australian expose that revealed how it was for marketers to show smoking, gambling, extreme weight loss, and alcohol advertising to underage users. The social media giant announced the changes in a blog… Read more »

Global tech

6 questions answered on the Facebook Oversight Board making calls on user bans

- May 7, 2021 5 MIN READ

Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board on May 5, 2021, upheld the company’s suspension of former President Donald Trump from the platform and Instagram. The decision came four months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg banned Trump “indefinitely” for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The board chastised Facebook for failing to… Read more »

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Signal cops Facebook ban for ads warning how the social media platform uses your personal data

- May 6, 2021 2 MIN READ

Privacy-focused messaging app Signal has invoked the ire of Facebook after it created a series of advertisements designed to show Instagram users how their data is being used for micro-targeting. In a blog post this week, Signal’s head of growth Jun Harada said the app – owned by the non-profit Signal Foundation – found its ad-buying account… Read more »

Data privacy

Apple’s latest iOS update has app tracking controls that threaten Facebook’s revenue. Here’s how it works and whether you should you use it

- April 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

Apple users across the globe are adopting the latest operating system update, called iOS 14.5, featuring the now-obligatory new batch of emojis. But there’s another change that’s arguably less fun but much more significant for many users: the introduction of “app tracking transparency”. This feature promises to usher in a new era of user-oriented privacy,… Read more »

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Facebook’s latest data breach: what happened and why it’s hard to know if your data was leaked

- April 7, 2021 4 MIN READ

Over the long weekend reports emerged of an alleged data breach, impacting half a billion Facebook users from 106 countries. And while this figure is staggering, there’s more to the story than 533 million sets of data. This breach once again highlights how many of the systems we use aren’t designed to adequately protect our… Read more »

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Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- March 11, 2021 3 MIN READ

Hello Thursday! Lots happening around the world today. Here’s some of what we spotted.  Don’t forget to tune in for the Startup Daily show on Ausbiz.com.au  every weekday, 2-2.45pm. Watch online, download the ausbiz app or via 7Plus.   OVH data centre burns Millions of websites, banks, retailers and government services in Europe are offline today after fire destroyed a… Read more »

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Facebook likes Australian media again after striking a deal with the Morrison government

- February 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

Facebook’s hostage standoff with Australian government and media will end in the next few days after the company struck a deal with the Morrison government over its controversial News Media Bargaining Code. Intense negotiations with the government in the wake of Facebook blocking hundreds of media sites on its platform last Thursday, saw the warring… Read more »

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Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- February 22, 2021 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Monday. Here’s the latest news from here and overseas. Don’t forget to tune in for the Startup Daily show on Ausbiz.com.au  every weekday, 2-2.45pm. Watch online, download the ausbiz app or via 7Plus. Government pulls Facebook ads Facebook may have blocked media and a bunch of other organisations from promoting themselves for free on the $1 trillion global… Read more »

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Here’s where to look for trusted information now that Facebook News is gone

- February 19, 2021 3 MIN READ

Information is everywhere, right? Well, here in Australia, we now have one less source of news information at our fingertips. Yesterday, Facebook banned Australian users from posting news links, and sharing or viewing Australian and international news content. This will have a far-reaching impact on many organisations and groups. For the public – people of… Read more »

Global tech

Had enough of Facebook? Here’s how to give your social media a Spring clean

- February 18, 2021 4 MIN READ

In denying news content to its Australian users, Facebook is arguably overplaying its hand, behaving as a big company that thinks it can intimidate governments. If it keeps doing this, it will ultimately lose customers, and that’s the last thing Facebook wants. Perhaps you’re already considering breaking up with Facebook, whether in reaction to the… Read more »