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Inside Facebook (Jun 13th, 2017)

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Facebook was granted patents for detecting users' emotions by analyzing facial expressions when viewing content and how they type. The idea of using "available passive imaging data" from cameras on smartphones and computers has some security advocates concerned, but the idea is not new: In 2012, Facebook modulated news feeds for "emotional contagion" research, and in 2015 Microsoft used facial recognition apps to identify emotions. Facebook applies for thousands of patents every year, often for technology that is not implemented, and according to its spokesperson "patents should not be taken as an indication of future plans." — FORBES

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Facebook's first foray into scripted video content could be a former MTV comedy show.  The company has partnered with publishers including Buzzfeed, Vox, and Group Nine to create TV-style shows, both short videos (about 10 minutes) and longer episodes (20 minutes or more). Facebook pays up to $40,000 for short projects for which publishers retain the rights, and up to $250,000 for longer shows to which Facebook owns the rights. Publishers were concerned about the lackluster performance of short videos on Facebook Live, but other media companies — Google with YouTube, Amazon with Amazon Prime Videos, and Snap — have made similar moves to draw TV advertising money toward digital programs. — FORTUNE 

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A 30-year-old Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for posting "blasphemy" to Facebook. This is the latest crackdown on social media dissent by Pakistan's government.The man, Taimoor Raza, was found guilty of making disparaging comments about the prophet Muhammad and others. Earlier this year, five bloggers were abducted, detained, and later released, and according to human rights groups such "enforced disappearances" are common and under-reported. In April, a journalism student was lynched by an angry mob for his alleged blasphemy against Islam. — WASHINGTON POST

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Oculus is installing free Oculus Rift headsets and VR-ready computer systems in 90 California libraries. Oculus Education program manager Cindy Ball says "Both VR and AR will have a profound effect on education ... making difficult academic subjects more accessible.” Giving the gear to about half of the state's libraries should also raise brand awareness for the Rift. Oculus' system currently lags behind competitors, including the less expensive mobile Samsung Gear VR and the Sony Playstation VR, which also has a tethered headset. — MASHABLE

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Facebook has signed a letter of intent for a lease on office space in San Francisco. The company is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, but could soon have a satellite office in Silicon Valley like its counterparts Google and LinkedIn. Facebook has not yet signed the lease for 181 Fremont, a new skyscraper in the South of Market district, and is apparently looking at other spaces, including the fabled San Francisco Chronicle building offices which are currently occupied by Yahoo. — BLOOMBERG 

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A California woman faces up to two years in jail for selling ceviche on Facebook. Mariza Ruelas, a 37-year-old single mother of six, was given two misdemeanor citations for operating a food facility and engaging in business without a permit. Ruelas joined a Facebook food group where people in San Joaquin County share recipes, plan potlucks, and sometimes sell plates of food. Undercover investigators used a sting operation to cite about a dozen people using the social network to sell food, but Ruelas was the only seller who refused the plea deal; she is headed to court Thursday. — TIME

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