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Facebook’s Express Wifi is Now Live in Nairobi

Facebook’s Express Wifi is Now Live in Nairobi

Internet, social media
Surf, an Internet Service Provider that allows users in Kenya to access and subscribe to affordable internet services has partnered with Facebook to launch Express Wi-Fi in Kenya. Surf is a product of Boelist Investments in partnership with Access Kenya to offer affordable, high-speed internet available for purchase where Surfspot hotspots have been installed. Express Wi-Fi by Facebook is now available majorly in Nairobi. "Express Wifi empowers local entrepreneurs to help provide quality internet access to their neighbors and make a steady income. Working with local internet service providers or mobile operators, they’re able to use software provided by Facebook to connect their communities," the Facebook website said. Express Wifi, also part of Facebook's Internet.org
Facebook turns to artificial intelligence to help prevent suicides

Facebook turns to artificial intelligence to help prevent suicides

Internet, social media
Facebook has developed algorithms that spot warning signs in users' posts and the comments their friends leave in response. is using a combination of pattern recognition, live chat support from crisis support organizations and other tools to prevent suicide, with a focus on its Live service. There is one death by suicide every 40 seconds and over 800,000 people kill themselves every year, according to the World Health Organization. “Facebook is in a unique position—through friendships on the site—to help connect a person in distress with people who can support them,” the company said Wednesday. The tool is being tested only in the US at present. It marks the first use of AI technology to review messages on the network since founder Mark Zuckerberg announced last month that he also hoped
Users Can Now Add Their National Flag to Facebook Profile

Users Can Now Add Their National Flag to Facebook Profile

social media, Technology
Facebook has added nearly 200 flags to its Profile Frames feature, which lets you overlay imagery filters atop your profile photo. Facebook first launched profile frames for sports teams in 2015, and started letting people submit their own frames last year. However, in December last year, they also begun letting people submit their own frames. It’s this “us versus them” ideology that Zuckerberg rails against in his 5,000-word manifesto, but that is somewhat propelled by these profile flags. According to Tech Crunch, While this might be a minor launch meant to just be fun and patriotic, it outlines the potential concerns with Facebook’s leader taking an outright stand on world issues. Rather than simply maximizing for user engagement, shareholder value and its basic mission to connect pe
UberPool eyes Facebook data to help you befriend riders

UberPool eyes Facebook data to help you befriend riders

social media, Technology
According to a patent unearthed by Business Insider, Uber is interested in using social media information to connect users with UberPool riders with similar interests & to show user's who you’re riding with. CNN reports. Uber riders would receive an alert through the Uber app that a fellow passenger attended the same school, grew up in the same town or was a friend of a friend on Facebook. Other commonalities, such as country of origin or birthplace, could also be shared. The feature would function as a social lubricant, making riders feel more comfortable sitting in a vehicle with a stranger. Many UberPool and LyftLine customers today sit in silence together in the backseat, not knowing that they have a meaningful connection to their other rider. The patent application des
Facebook to Develop App for Television Set-Top Boxes

Facebook to Develop App for Television Set-Top Boxes

social media, Technology
Facebook Inc is creating an app for television set-top boxes, including Apple Inc's Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The world's biggest online social network was in discussions with media companies to license long-form, TV-quality programming the Journal reported. An app for set-top boxes would bring online social network closer to live video and video advertisements. Getting advertisers to buy more video ads is key to online social network's continued revenue growth as such ads fetch higher rates from advertisers than text or photo-based ads reports The Fortune. Live video is also becoming a highly competitive feature on social platforms, with companies competing to stream major sports events and exclusive video components from