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The artificial intelligence booth on the exhibition floor of Facebook's 2016 F8 developer conference.

Today a new nonprofit organization called the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society announced its establishment. Participants include Amazon, Google (and Google’s DeepMind) Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft.

Those companies will put up money and research resources (that could mean talent, open-source code, or data). Company representatives will sit on the organization’s board alongside people from academia, the nonprofit world, and policy and ethics experts, according to a statement. Plans call for discussions, studies, reports, best practices, and public outreach in general.

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The feature was announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt by Facebook’s Messenger chief David Marcus, who noted that the payments system will support most credit cards and payment services including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Stripe, PayPal and Braintree. From the consumer side, users will see "Buy Now" links popping up in relevant chats. Tapping the link will bring up a quick payment confirmation tab that automatically defaults to whichever credit card a user has tied to their Facebook or Messenger account. The feature is currently available for certain developers as a closed beta, but businesses and devs can still apply to be included in the test run before it rolls out to all developers.

In addition to the speedy new payment system, the latest version of the Messenger Platform also allows developers to pull in additional UI elements like quick responses, shipping notifications or flight updates, as well as the ability to make Newsfeed ads point directly to Messenger chats. Finally, there are some new share features that allow users to forward individual chat messages or invite friends to start their own thread with a particular bot.

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Facebook recently announced its ad network will now show users ads based on their interests all over the internet — not just on Facebook. Here’s how to disable them all and regain control of your privacy.

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Today, Facebook is releasing its Zstandard compression algorithm into the wild as open source. The lossless compression technology is aimed at replacing existing libraries like Zlib that are powered by the outdated Deflate compression algorithm. In addition to Zstandard, Facebook is also dropping its MyRocks storage engine as open source. MyRocks is currently being used by Facebook to improve the storage efficiency of its MySQL databases.

Both releases occurred in coordination with Facebook’s @Scale conference in San Jose. The conference supports engineers working to solve large scale engineering challenges by bringing them together, side-by-side,… Continue reading

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Facebook has released a bunch of code on code repository GitHub that developers can use to programme machines in a way that allows them to "see" what they’re looking at.

The Silicon Valley social media giant hopes that open sourcing its machine vision algorithms will help to accelerate developments in the field.

The code dump, announced in a Facebook blog on Thursday, includes three data sets: DeepMask, SharpMask, and MultiPathNet.

"Together, they have enabled FAIR’s (Facebook’s AI Research) machine vision systems to detect and precisely delineate every object in an image," wrote Piotr… Continue reading

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