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Nearly Half Of Meta Job Cuts Were In Technology, Reorganisation Underway, Say Executives
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Nearly Half Of Meta Job Cuts Were In Technology, Reorganisation Underway, Say Executives

By Reuters Nov 12, 2022, 10:34 AM IST (Published)The executives said that the first mass layoff in the social media company's 18-year history affected staffers at every level and on every team, including those with high-performance ratings.Facebook owner Meta Platforms told employees on Friday that it would stop developing smart displays and smartwatches and that nearly half of the 11,000 jobs it eliminated this week in an unprecedented cost-cutting move were technology roles.Speaking during an employee townhall meeting heard by Reuters, Meta executives also said they were reorganizing parts of the company, combining a voice and video calling unit with other messaging teams.The executives said that the first mass layoff in the social media company's 18-year history affected staffers at eve...
Meta unveils $1,500 headset that seeks to make virtual reality seem more real
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Meta unveils $1,500 headset that seeks to make virtual reality seem more real

A year after it rebranded itself in the name of building a metaverse, Meta on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its virtual reality headset that's tailored for working professionals. The $1,500 Meta Quest Pro features a number of new features that are meant to improve users' perception of truly being in the presence of other people. The headset makes it possible to view not only virtual worlds but also the real environment of the user, thanks to high-resolution outward-facing cameras. "The moment that they begin to break into a smile or when they raise their eyebrow ... your avatar should be able to express all of that and more," Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg said at Meta Connect, the company's giant's annual conference focused on virtual reality. ...
U.K. coroner finds “negative effect” of Instagram, Pinterest content contributed to teen Molly Russell’s suicide death
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U.K. coroner finds “negative effect” of Instagram, Pinterest content contributed to teen Molly Russell’s suicide death

Molly Russell is shown in this photo shared by the Molly Rose Foundation. The Molly Rose Foundation London — A coroner in London concluded Friday that social media was a factor in the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life in November 2017 after viewing large amounts of online content about self-harm and suicide on platforms including Instagram and Pinterest. "It's likely the material viewed by Molly… affected her mental health in a negative way and contributed to her death in a more than minimal way," senior coroner Andrew Walker said Friday according to British media outlets. "It would not be safe to leave suicide as a conclusion. She died from an act of s...
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Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Bad Metaverse Graphics Backlash

Image: Meta / KotakuEarlier this week was supposed to be a celebratory time for the folks at Meta, as its reality-devouring project Horizon Worlds was now available in more countries. The occasion was marked by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself posting a “selfie” of his in-game avatar in front of a digital Eiffel tower. Sounds cute, right? Problem was, the graphics were comparable to what you’d expect from a children’s game like Roblox, not from a multi-billion dollar company’s efforts to shape our collective virtual future. The internet immediately roasted Mark Zuckerberg’s selfie to hell and back. And now, Zuck is here to do some damage control. Posting over on Instagram, for those of you who scrolled through enough recommended posts to see it, is an entirely new virtual rendition of ...
Instagram says new safety features will give parents more control over how long teens spend on site
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Instagram says new safety features will give parents more control over how long teens spend on site

Instagram's parent company Meta is giving parents new tools to watch over teens. The company announced that starting on Tuesday, parents will have more power to supervise and limit their teens' time on both Instagram and its Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets. They will be able to monitor what they're doing, and who they are interacting with. Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri told "CBS Mornings" that as a father himself, he wants Instagram to lead on teen safety online. "As a dad and as someone who's talked to a lot of experts around the world, we believe that parents know what's best for their children. What I'm most excited about is providing more tools for parents to shape their children's experience on Instagram and on Quest VR into what's best for...
Sheryl Sandberg leaving Facebook parent company Meta after 14 years
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Sheryl Sandberg leaving Facebook parent company Meta after 14 years

Meta's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is leaving the company after 14 years, she announced Wednesday in a Facebook post.Sandberg will be replaced by Javier Olivan, the company's current chief growth officer, after a transition period this summer. She will continue to serve on the Board of Directors."I am not entirely sure what the future will bring," Sandberg wrote on Facebook. "But I know it will include focusing more on my foundation and philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever given how critical this moment is for women." Sandberg has been with the company since 2008, and has often been credited with helping shephard it from the business Mark Zuckerberg started in his dorm room to a $100 billion publicly traded company. S...