Facebook Inc. is going to experiment video advertisements with a handful of advertisers on its website that would play automatically in news feeds of users, according to The Wall Street Journal citing people, who know the subject.
Don’t worry the ads would not annoy you as they will play without sounds. Users can view and listen to the video by clicking on the advertisement. Moreover, the company has reported that the new ads will not consume mobile data plans as the videos will only download upon connection to WiFi.
According to the reports, this type of advertising would capture a share of about $66.35 billion TV advertising market annually in the United States. This move could significantly increase the company’s advertising revenue.
Facebook and New York University (NYU) planned to work on a new center for artificial intelligence in collaboration. This project would try to get control and utilize large amount of data by social network.
Professor Yann LeCun, French-born mathematician and computer scientist, of NYU’s Center for Data Science will lead the project.
“As one of the most respected thinkers in this field, Yann has done groundbreaking research in deep learning and computer vision,” said Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to Facebook.”
Facebook would think of adding a “Sympathize” button as reported by Bianca Bosker at the Huffington Post. This button would help users to tell their friends and other users on Facebook that they have seen the post but it is not specifically in the “like” manner as for example to tell someone who have had a bad day, or on breakup.
Facebook engineer Dan Muriello noted at the company’s annual Compassion Research Day that another engineer supported strong feelings for the button at a previous compassion-themed hackathon.
A Facebook spokesman called the hackathons “the foundation for great innovation and thinking about how we can better serve people around the world.”
“Some of our best ideas come from hackathons, and the many ideas that don’t get pursued often help us think differently about how we can improve our service,” the spokesman wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
Support of “Sympathize” button by Muriello has still not gone to the site but has been appreciated by fellow Facebookers.
“It would be, ‘five people sympathize with this,’ instead of ‘five people ‘like’ this,'” said Muriello. “Which of course a lot of people were — and still are — very excited about. But we made a decision that it was not exactly the right time to launch that product. Yet.” Continue reading Facebook got suggestion of “Sympathize” button→