A new report highlights Facebook’s problem with young users
The report by market research firm eMarketer says the use of Facebook by 12-17-year-olds in the U.S. declined by 9.9 percent last year. In total, Facebook lost about 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 in 2017.
While Facebook is still overall the most popular social network, the numbers from eMarketer show Facebook’s increasing vulnerability as it loses young users to other social networks such as Snapchat. Facebook is predicted to lose about 2.1 million U.S. users under 25 this year, according to eMarketer.
Oracle is planning to quadruple the number of data centers it has
The cloud giant is trying to take cloud infrastructure market share away from Amazon, which dominates the market. Oracle says it will build 12 new data centers where businesses can rent online computing and storage.
Oracle’s expansion will be costly, but the payoff could be worth it because cloud services are increasingly in demand. Besides Amazon, Oracle is trying to catch up to other cloud infrastructure leaders that include Microsoft, Alibaba and Google.
Uber has launched a new feature that limits the amount of hours its drivers can work
The new rules force drivers to take a six-hour break if they have driven for 12 hours. The feature, which had been rolled out in several cities but is now working across the country, is aimed at curtailing driver fatigue. Driver’s phone apps won’t work for six hours if they’ve driven 12 hours that day, Uber said.
Facial recognition technology is less accurate for dark-skinned people
A researcher at M.I.T. found varying results when examining facial recognition tech for different people.
When the person being recognized is a white man, the tech is accurate 99 percent of the time, the research found. But as the skin gets darker, the accuracy diminishes, with errors occurring up to about 35 percent of the time for dark-skinned women.
The research highlights a real-world bias seeping into the tech world and the challenge companies such as Apple have in improving the technology.
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