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Zuckerberg Says Breaking Up Facebook “Isn’t Going To Help”

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With the look of someone betrayed, Facebook’s CEO has fired back at co-founder Chris Hughes and his brutal NYT op-ed calling for regulators to split up Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. “When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he’s proposing that we do isn’t going to do anything to help solve those issues. So I think that if what you care about is democracy and elections, then you want a company like us to be able to invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference” Zuckerberg told France Info while in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Zuckerberg’s argument boils down to the idea that Facebook’s specific problems with privacy, safety, misinformation, and speech won’t be directly addressed by breaking up the company, and that would instead actually hinder its efforts to safeguard its social networks. The Facebook family of apps would theoretically have fewer economies of scale when investing in safety technology like artificial intelligence to spot bots spreading voter suppression content.

Hughes claims that “Mark’s power is unprecedented and un-American” and that Facebook’s rampant acquisitions and copying have made it so dominant that it deters competition. The call echoes other early execs like Facebook’s first president Sean Parker and growth chief Chamath Palihapitiya who’ve raised alarms about how the social network they built impacts society.

But Zuckerberg argues that Facebook’s size benefits the public. “Our budget for safety this year is bigger than the whole revenue of our company was when we went public earlier this decade. A lot of that is because we’ve been able to build a successful business that can now support that. You know, we invest more in safety than anyone in social media” Zuckerberg told journalist Laurent Delahousse.

The Facebook CEO’s comments were largely missed by the media, in part because the TV interview was heavily dubbed into French with no transcript. But written out here for the first time, his quotes offer a window into how deeply Zuckerberg dismisses Hughes’ claims. “Well [Hughes] was talking about a very specific idea of breaking up the company to solve some of the social issues that we face” Zuckerberg says before trying to decouple solutions from anti-trust regulation. “The way that I look at this is, there are real issues. There are real issues around harmful content and finding the right balance between expression and safety, for preventing election interference, on privacy.”

Claiming that a breakup “isn’t going to do anything to help” is a more unequivocal refutation of Hughes’ claim than that of Facebook VP of communications and former UK deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg . He wrote in his own NYT op-ed today that “what matters is not size but rather the rights and interests of consumers, and our accountability to the governments and legislators who oversee commerce and communications . . . Big in itself isn’t bad. Success should not be penalized.”

Something certainly must be done to protect consumers. Perhaps that’s a break up of Facebook. At the least, banning it from acquiring more social networks of sufficient scale so it couldn’t snatch another Instagram from its crib would be an expedient and attainable remedy.

But the sharpest point of Hughes’ op-ed was how he identified that users are trapped on Facebook. “Competition alone wouldn’t necessarily spur privacy protection — regulation is required to ensure accountability — but Facebook’s lock on the market guarantees that users can’t protest by moving to alternative platforms” he writes. After Cambridge Analytica “people did not leave the company’s platforms en masse. After all, where would they go?”

That’s why given critics’ call for competition and Zuckerberg’s own support for interoperability, a core tenet of regulation must be making it easier for users to switch from Facebook to another social network. As I explore in this follow-up piece, until users can easily bring their friend connections or ‘social graph’ somewhere else, there’s little to compel Facebook to treat them better.

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Watch Apple Throw Cake, And Many Other Things, At The iPhone 11 Pro In Its New Ads

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Apple has released two new commercials for the iPhone 11 Pro, both of which show the phone standing up to more abuse than any one phone should ever have to.

The first ad below focuses solely on how tough the iPhone 11 Pro supposedly is against everyday objects being flung at it in a high-speed wind tunnel. First, kids toys and food items pummel it (including an entire head of green leaf lettuce), none of which seem heavy enough to damage the phone.

https://youtu.be/K0VWwY6MR0k

Things get a little more intense later in the ad, with ice cubes and hair brushes bouncing off of the iPhone 11 Pro — all, of course, without leaving a scratch. To top it off, a wedding cake comes crashing down onto the phone, then a sprinkler washes it all off. Maybe it’s just me, but in that moment I think I’d be more worried about my expensive wedding cake than the state of my iPhone.

The second ad focuses on what the phone’s three-lens camera system is capable of, with an elegant, long-haired dog as the subject in a wind chamber.

https://youtu.be/Gb2xJ-GMKmo

This ad does a good job of educating viewers about the differences between the iPhone 11 Pro’s various lenses (telephoto, standard, ultra-wide angle). But the most notable thing shown is Night mode, and the results in the ad look much more impressive than the demo that Apple showed onstage at its hardware event earlier this week.

The iPhone 11 Pro is available to preorder now and will be in stores starting on September 20th.

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Adobe Premiere Pro Will Use AI To Reframe Videos For All Of Your Social Apps.

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Adobe is hoping to eliminate the tedious, time-consuming process that comes with editing videos for different social platforms with its new AI-powered Auto Reframe feature for Premiere Pro. For example, if you’ve got a video that you want to post to YouTube, the Instagram grid, and Instagram Stories, you’d currently have to manually edit that video for three different aspect ratios. Auto Reframe can automatically identify the main action happening in the video and crop and pan the frame around that footage to fit within ratios like square, vertical, or 16:9 videos. The feature, shown off today at the International Broadcasting Convention, makes use of Adobe Sensei, the company’s artificial intelligence platform.

Auto Reframe is an effect that can be applied to clips on Premiere’s timeline, and users can choose between three motion presets (Slower Motion, Default, and Faster Motion) to let the algorithm to know how much movement to expect in the video. The effect will produce motion keyframes that follow the action in your content, which can also be manually adjusted for fine-tuning. It also does the convenient work of resizing text for each aspect ratio, which will save video editors a lot of time.

Adobe has been adding more features to its Creative Cloud apps with social platforms in mind. Premiere Rush CC, the free mobile version of Premiere Pro, was made specifically with YouTube creators in mind, and it features exporting options that are optimized for different social networks, like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Auto Reframe will arrive on Premiere Pro later this year.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Revealed.

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Apple has revealed the first Pro twist on its best-selling iPhone range, the iPhone 11 Pro, which is available in two sizes – 5.8-inch, and 6.5-inch. Those are exactly the same screen sizes seen on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the iPhone 11 Pro on-stage, lavishing praise on its "all-new design," which seems like a stretch to us. From the outside, the iPhone 11 Pro looks almost identical to its predecessor – save for the new square-shape camera cut-out which houses three new cameras and a brighter LED flash.

Like the iPhone XS and XS Max before it, the iPhone 11 Pro uses surgical-grade stainless steel for the chassis – instead of aluminium seen on the more affordable Apple iPhone 11. As with its predecessor, the front and the back of the handset are glass to enable wireless charging. 

However, Apple has created a new textured matte finish for the glass on the rear panel to give the handset a new feel in the hand. It is the only iOS device available with this finish. When it comes to colours, Apple has shaken things up again. As well as the Silver, Space Grey and Gold finishes seen on previous flagship models, Apple has introduced a new Midnight Green option.

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iPhone 11 Pro has four more hours battery life than iPhone XS, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max lasts five more hours than the iPhone XS Max. That's for a total of 18-hour battery life for video playback, 11-hours streamed video and 65-hours for audio playback on the iPhone 11 Pro, and 20-hours, 80-hours and 12-hours on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, respectively. Both of these new flagships ship with a 18W fast-wired charging plug in the box to help top-up the handset faster than before.

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The new handset has improved dust and water resistance, too. So you shouldn't have to reach for a big bag of rice if you drop the iPhone 11 Pro into a swimming pool, pint, or – heaven forfend – toilet bowl.

Apple says the iPhone 11 Pro range has the first camera system that truly warrants the "Pro" title. The (slightly unsightly) new square-camera includes a 12MP wide-angle, a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 120° field of view, and a 12MP telephoto camera. These work together to enable iPhone 11 Pro users zoom in 2x and zoom-out 2x – for a total of 4x levels of optical zoom.

The iPhone 11 Pro will benefit from new Deep Fusion technology that takes nine different pictures, including four before you've even hit the Shutter button inside the default camera app to enable new levels of detail from the camera. The results should be much crisper images.

The Deep Fusion system, which won't be available at launch but will debut with a software update in the coming months, is very similar to what Google does with its Pixel smartphone range. In fact, the photo shown on-stage to advertise the system looks remarkably similar to something shot on a Google Pixel 3, with the same (until now) unmatched crispy level of detail.

Apple says the all-new wide camera boasts a new Night mode that delivers "huge improvements to photos shot in indoor and outdoor low-light environments", resulting in brighter images with natural colours and reduced noise.

The triple-camera also uses the same Smart HDR system introduced alongside the iPhone 11. According to Apple, the new system uses "advanced algorithms to finesse highlight and shadow detail in your image" including leveraging "machine learning to recognise faces in your shot and intelligently relight them".

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All three cameras in the triple-camera system can shoot 4K Ultra HD video. iOS 13 includes video editing features, so you can tweak exposure levels, brightness, crop the footage and more, directly within the Photos app.

Like the more affordable iPhone 11, the new Apple handset includes spacial audio sound with Dolby Atmos from the front-firing speakers.

It also benefits from stronger glass on the front and back of the handset, faster Face ID facial recognition, and new Haptic Touch system which replaces the previous pressure-sensitive 3D Touch system.

In the United States, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro starts from $999, while the larger iPhone 11 Pro Max starts from $1,099. That's exactly the same price the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max commanded last year. However, in the UK the prices have creeped-up, with the iPhone 11 Pro starting from £1,049 (up from £999) and iPhone 11 Pro Max starting from £1,149 (up from £1,099) for the entry-level 64GB model.

Pre-orders will go live on Friday September 13, 2019 with the first units appearing on store shelves, and dropping through letterboxes, on September 20, 2019.

Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have been ditched from the line-up, with the iPhone XR and iPhone 8 sticking around as the more affordable options, starting from $599 (roughly £629) and $449 (£479), respectively.

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Shatta Wale Secures Corporate Ambassadorial Deal With Infinix Mobile.

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Multiple awards winning Ghanaian born Reggae/Dancehall performing and recording artiste, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah, known with the entertainment circles as Shatta Wale, has secured another corporate ambassadorial deal after Infinix Mobile announced him as the latest addition to the mobile device family.

The Hong Kong-based smartphone manufacturing company, Infinix made a formal public statement on their Instagram handle about the fact, occurrence, or intention of employing the Shatta Wale who has excellent communication, networking skills, and a strong presence on social media to be the face of the fast selling mobile phone brand, after the latter agreed to sign a healthy deal the firm.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2REuBdpm6x/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

The "Melissa" hitmaker is to complete a variety of tasks ranging from proselytizing; supporting or actively encouraging the progress of the products or services in-store to implementing marketing campaigns, as he is widely also known as the influencer of corporate entity.

Shatta Wale who is hired as an enthusiastic brand ambassador of the firm will also be involved in increasing brand awareness and sales by promoting the products through various media channels. He will work closely with the sales and marketing division to achieve its marketing goals and objectives, such as communicating the value of our products to customers, tracking customer feedback, and representing the brand at launches and events.

The Africa Dancehall King will is also expected to educate customers, retailers, and distributors about their products. Creating website and social media content in order to drive brand awareness and attract new customers. Building rapport with customers and vendors. Pictured holding the recently announced Infinix Hot 8, this deal will be a landmark deal for Shatta Wale; who is set to hold the Wonderboy concert in October.

Accepting this corporate ambassadorial deal, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah (Shatta Wale) took to his verified Instagram page, with the handle (@shattawalenima), to express his pleasure in the board of directors of the mobile device company for believing and entrusting Infinix in his brand. He declared his unflinching solidarity to the firm, promising them of a fruitful and profitable end products.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2RByxUg4Pz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Shatta Wale is currently working on a piece with English Rapper, Stefflon Don and is expected to be out soon, but for now enjoy "Melissa" below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzxSNgs_0SM

Infinix Mobile is a Hong Kong-based smartphone manufacturer founded in 2013 by Transsion Holdings. The company has research and development centres sprawling between France and Korea and designs its phones in France.

Infinix mobile phones are manufactured in Hong Kong, France, Korea, China and India and are available in Asia and in about 30 countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Morocco, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan and Algeria. In 2017, Infinix gained market shares in Egypt, rising to third place after Samsung and Huawei. Infinix is the main sponsor of the Indian Super League Mumbai City FC.

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