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To help deploy high-speed Internet access to rural areas, Facebook Engineering has been developing a robot which can ride along on existing power lines to install fiber optic cables, saving time and money compared to conventional methods such as digging. The system uses with special cables which resist weather damage.
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(PG-13: Language) “When I’m conquering MySpace… It’s actual SPACE, man. Two giants of technology face off in a battle for the modern age, as the innovative, yet controversial duo brag about their achievements, in this satirical rap about their two very different styles.
“So when I have The Facebook, do I also have the Internet?” Bad Lip Reading pokes fun at the congressional hearings of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, replacing the often uncomfortable and uninformed interrogation with an similarly awkward series of questions and answers.
Screen Junkies smacks down Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher’s film about the world’s largest social network, which apparently was started by some of the most antisocial people on the planet. Er wait, is this entire movie Fake News? Time to rework the algorithm.
(PG-13: Language) CollegeHumor roasts the trend of Facebook pages who freeboot videos, then wrap them in text which attempts to explain what’s going on. We understand that Facebook gives bonus points to anything that nabs video views, but damn, it’s annoying.
Adam Ruins Everything digs a little deeper into the obvious – that free online services sell our data to advertisers. On one hand, targeted ads sustain the free stuff we enjoy (like this website). On the other hand, we don’t know just how much of our data is kept and by whom.
To celebrate its 12th year, Facebook rolled out Friends Day Video, which automatically puts up to 16 photos of you and your friends into one video. The site warns that you may not get one if you “don’t have enough content.” Tell that to Redditor Hey_Mike’s friend Tyler.
The folks behind the fantastic YouTube channel Kurzgesagt present yet another argument about how Facebook encourages a culture of content theft against original creators, where pirates duplicate videos, and get huge traffic from Facebook’s skewed video sharing algorithm.