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Observations from OC6

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The team I am a part of is focused on supporting developers, startups and technology businesses all around the world. Looking for opportunities to support innovation drives a lot my ambition and that of our team. One of our annual conferences is F8. This moment has a special place in my heart as it presents an opportunity for us to connect with developers on our platforms and get a closer view into all the innovative work.

In parallel, I have been closely following and developing a growing interest in the technologies and platforms of the future. Oculus Connect (OC) is a great opportunity to get inspired and connect with the developers who are embracing these future technologies in an effort to build amazing experiences for people.

I was privileged to attend OC6 this year and participate in a “speed mentoring session” where I got to interact with a number of innovators who are going beyond games and building experiences on the Oculus platform that have impactful use cases. It was very apparent to me that the time for Virtual Reality (VR) for everyone is now. I couldn’t be more excited about the future of this platform.

There is an interplay between community and education that helps drive innovation, all of these being equally important to drive advancement and adoption of technology. Let me share more on what these mean and how they are related to my two main takeaways from OC6:

  1. Community. From desktops to mobile phones, most computing platforms have historically been appealing to game developers. Eventually, as these platforms matured, they proved invaluable for more utility and social based experiences. And I see this same trend with VR. While VR can be considered as an emerging platform, it already plays a prominent role in enabling a sense of community for both the developers and the consumers of this technology. I am extremely bullish that we will see beautifully designed and financially viable consumer applications on VR that go beyond games sooner than any other computing platform. The community of architects, 3D graphic designers, medical and meditation professionals I met during OC6 was small but mighty in their commitment towards building experiences that leverage VR. I have deep gratitude towards them for taking the plunge and making an investment in this space.
  2. Fostering Innovation. In speaking with several innovators at the conference — those who are still in the very early days and can’t raise money from traditional venture capital — I came to realize the importance of angel investors. By that I mean, parents, wives, husbands, those we call significant others and other supporters – the real angel investors that we hardly ever talk about. As a new parent myself, I aspire to get to a place where my daughter will have access to adequate resources to explore her dreams and experiment with the yet-to-be created technologies of the future. Investing in education and creating sources of capital are important – but in order to truly foster innovation, you have to create a rich talent pool of an indispensable asset: people. So this is my shoutout to the parents, wives, husbands, partners and other cheerleaders that are committed to all the innovators in their family. I would not be overstating if I said that they are supporting all these explorations out of pure love and purpose and from that basis springs greatness.

I have high hopes for what this community of innovators will create in the next 12 months. My hope is to see more of them on stage at OC7 talking about their amazing experience building on this platform. In the meantime, we hope to see you at one of our local events and look forward to connecting with you at a developer circle.

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Helping Prevent Discrimination in Ads that Offer Housing, Employment or Credit Opportunities.

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iscrimination has no place on Facebook, and our advertising policies have long prohibited unlawful discrimination. Over the last year, our auditors have released two progress updates on Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit and we reached a historic settlement with leading civil rights organizations. As part of the settlement, we introduced a new process for how advertisers based in the US, or trying to reach audiences in the US, can buy ads that offer housing, employment or credit opportunities. These ads are known as Special Ad Categories and are restricted from using the following targeting criteria: age, gender, ZIP code, multicultural affinity or any detailed options describing or appearing to relate to protected characteristics.The Latest News from Facebook for Business

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Facebook Brings WhatsApp Integration to Its Revamped Crisis Response Tool

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Social network giant Facebook is adding a WhatsApp button to crisis response tool, its disaster-reporting and communications feature where a user requests or offers help during a time of emergency. The tool is being used in 300 crises in more than 80 countries presently.

The new feature will allow people in affected areas to provide real-time information related to any disaster, TechCrunch.com reported on Tuesday.

Formerly, replies to requests on Facebook’s crisis response pages could only be sent with Facebook Messenger.

The update allow the social network to provide this information to state and local officials, as well as federal relief agencies such as Direct Relief and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation.

Facebook is also expanding its Data for Good tools, using its data to provide relief organisations with information on where to distribute supplies, based on aggregated, anonymised data.

Additionally, Facebook is also updating its disaster maps to be more accurate in collaboration with agencies such as the International Displacement Monitoring Centre.

The new features will allow for photo and video sharing within the Crisis Response centre on Facebook.

Crisis Response originally developed out of a handful of features that help family, friends and communities support one another in the wake of a disaster.

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Facebook to Allow Transfer of Photos, Videos to Google, Other Rivals

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Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data. The social network’s new tool will allow people to transfer their photos and videos directly to competing platforms, starting with Google Photos. The company said it will first be available to people in Ireland and will be refined based on user feedback.

The tool will then be rolled out worldwide in the first half of 2020.

US and European regulators have been examining Facebook’s control of personal data such as images as they look into whether the tech giant’s dominance is stifling competition and limiting choice for consumers. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reacted by calling for new rules to address “data portability” and other issues.

Facebook said that as it worked on a new set of data portability tools, it had discussions with policymakers, regulators, and academics in the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Singapore to learn about which data should be portable and how to protect privacy.

The company is developing products that “take into account the feedback we’ve received and will help drive data portability policies forward by giving people and experts a tool to assess,” Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policy, said in a blog post.

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