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The Journey Home

Wednesday 1 April at seaWe were off the coast of Cuba so I changed my Facebook profile to reflect that I was in Havana. April Fools Day joke.We were back to being served nonvegetarian regular meals which means variety and ve
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Cuba, Havana, Journey Home

The best LGBTQ online entertainment

Before social distancing became the new normal, April was chock-full of major LGBTQ events, and while the coronavirus has caused massive cancellations (RIP Black Party 2020!), queer community leaders aren’t letting COVID-19 get in the way of their spring flings. LGBTQ outlets around the world have created virtual community centers, concert halls, and dance clubs to combat the isolation caused by the pandemic, and the options for connecting seem endless. The only problem? With a wealth of no...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Hbo, Instagram, Toronto, Harvard, United States, Dolly Parton, Manhattan, Andy Warhol, World Health Organization, Lady Gaga, Bob, Solidarity, All, Moma

Facebook ad review system unable to spot COVID-19 misinformation: Report

In a test conducted by American not-for-profit consumer rights organisation Consumer Reports, Facebook approved ads that deliberately spread misinformation about COVID-19, including one that said “Coronavirus is a HOAX”. These ads were never published by the organisation, but demonstrated the failure of Facebook’s automated ad screening process. Consumer Reports created a fake name and page […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Facebook Ads, Misinformation, Coronavirus, Online Content Moderation, Consumer Reports Facebook

Facebook to remove posts linking 5G to COVID-19 that cause ‘physical harm’: Report

Facebook said it has started removing content linking coronavirus to 5G — provided the posts are likely to cause physical harm, The Information reported. Facebook said it is taking “aggressive steps” to remove such misinformation as part of its response to coronavirus hoaxes. According to the report, “physical harm” will include posts making false claims about cures, treatments […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Social Media, Fake News, Coronavirus

Facebook begins sharing ‘aggregated’, ‘anonymised’ mobility data for COVID-19 response

On April 7, Facebook launched new tools that use “aggregated” and “anonymised” data on population movement, collected from users, that can show whether social distancing measures are working or when outbreaks are most likely to occur next. The tools, developed under the Facebook Data for Good program, offer Disease Prevention Maps, which show movement patterns […] ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Facebook, News, Facebook Data, Non-personal Data, Coronavirus

Mike Posner on walking across the US

Mike Posner never thought he would traverse a continent on foot, summit mountain peaks, or complete an arduous Wim Hof retreat. “I’m just a singer who already blew his shot,” Posner lamented in his 2016 hit, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” Singing about the possibility of disappearing into obscurity, ironically, helped him climb the ladder of musical fame. It would later win him the 2017 Grammy award for “Song of the Year,” a milestone achievement after writing hits for other artists like Justin Bi...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, US, America, Los Angeles, Justin Bieber, Amanda Palmer, Pacific Ocean, Ibiza, All, Rocky Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, Venice Beach, Matador Network, Avicii, Posner

Facebook Messenger launches Mac & Windows apps

Facebook Messenger is finally getting desktop apps almost 9 years after its debut. After seeing over a 100% increase in desktop browser audio and video calling, Messenger today releases its Mac and Windows desktop apps. They bring the same features as the browser version, but make it easier to keep your chat threads handy than having Messenger buried in one of many tabs. “We’re all looking for more ways to be together even while we’re physically apart” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes. Fa...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Facebook Messenger, Video Chat, Zoom, Group Video Chat, Screensharing

Free Digital Marketing Courses and Certifications 2020

Digital Marketing Courses and Certifications Here’s an extensive list of digital marketing courses and certifications. Most of them are available for free – however, few of them have some paid content. They can be very helpful for good self-learners either they are new into digital marketing or they are already experienced. These digital marketing courses and certifications cover all major areas including SEO, SEM, PPC, Marketing Analysis, Content Marketing, Video Marketing, Social Media Mar...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Seo, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Google Analytics, Bing, HubSpot, Digital Marketing, Google Adwords, Guy Kawasaki, Mayo, University of California Davis, Neil Patel

Going White

  Whew, I am glad I started to let my hair go white back in August I feel I had a head start. One less thing I do not need to think about.   Artwork found on Facebook            [Author: French la Vie]
Tags: Travel, Facebook, French la Vie

Zoom updates iOS app to stop sharing user data with Facebook

Video conferencing app Zoom updated its iOS app last week after a Motherboard investigation of the app showed that it was sending user data — such as user’s device, time zone, city and an “unique advertiser identity” — to Facebook. This happened even if Zoom users didn’t have a Facebook account. Zoom’s privacy policy did not […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Privacy, Zoom

Thoughts from Amalfi during Coronavirus

Over the past 13 years, I’ve written a lot about the Amalfi Coast. About beautiful beaches, about my favorite hikes through quiet villages, about food, about the people, and really most everything in between. Plot twist. So here I sit at my tiny desk inside our small house right in the historic center of Amalfi. Thankfully, I can see a few lemon trees and the bright bursts of purple as the bougainvillea in the neighbor’s garden starts to bloom. We have a little balcony off the bedroom that overl...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Usa, Instagram, Lifestyle, America, Rome, Paris, Italy, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Amalfi, Positano, Nicki, Coronavirus

Angry Italian mayors

If the public health of your community wasn’t enough of an incentive to stay indoors during this pandemic, maybe mayors yelling at you and threatening you will do the trick. In Italy, Europe’s epicenter of the outbreak, where the lockdown has been in place the longest, mayors and governors around Italy went on TV to discourage people from breaking quarantine and socializing unnecessarily. And by “discourage people,” we mean “scare the living daylights out of people.” Vincenzo De Luca, Gove...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Italy, All, Campania, De Luca, Italy Europe, Lockdown, Walton Kentucky, State County, Gabe Brown, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Lockdown In Italy, Vincenzo De Luca Governor, Massimiliano Presciutti Mayor of Gualdo Tadino

Yaguara nabs $7.2M seed to help e-commerce companies understand customers better

Yaguara, a Denver-based startup that wants to help e-commerce companies understand their customers better to deliver more meaningful experiences, announced a $7.2 million seed investment today. The round was led by Foundation Capital with participation from Gradient Ventures, Rainfall Ventures and Zelkova. It also had help from some e-commerce heavy hitters including Warby Parker, Harry’s and Allbirds. Yaguara CEO Jonathan Smalley was working at an agency building specialized cloud tools for onl...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Facebook, Enterprise, Customer Experience, Denver, Foundation Capital, Zelkova, Smalley, Customer Data Platforms, Warby Parker Harry, Yaguara, Gradient Ventures Rainfall Ventures, Jonathan Smalley

Cowboy museum security on social

Museums around the world may be closing to promote social distancing, and for some museum staff, that means assuming new roles in this unprecedented situation. At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Tim is the head of security. Now that the museum is closed, however, Tim was given the added responsibility of managing the museum’s social media account — and the result is hilarious. View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Cowboy, Social Media, Cnn, Mallorca, Duke, All, Tim, National Cowboy Western Heritage Museum, National Cowboy Museum, John Wayne Lucas, John Wayne Enterprises, Oklahoma City Tim

Americans Trapped in Peru Are Out of Meds, Money, and Time

When many think of Peru, Machu Picchu usually comes to mind, with its emerald slopes, stone walls, and astronomically aligned Temple of the Sun. It’s a place where travelers seek enlightenment and an escape from the chaos of life. When a pandemic like COVID-19 breaks out and borders close, however, lives are suddenly turned upside down. In conversation after conversation with The Daily Beast, Americans remaining in Peru tell stories of being stranded with no definite way home, struggling to find...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, News, Time, America, Atlanta, United States, Italy, Marco Rubio, Peru, Miami, Ohio, State Department, Abc News, Lima, AAA

Facebook, Hotstar, Netflix, TikTok to reduce video quality amid COVID-19 pandemic

Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, SonyLIV, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Zee5, ALT Balaji, Voot, and MX Player decided to collectively limit their utilisation of Indian telcos’ bandwidth after a video call yesterday. This comes after the Cellular Operators Association of India wrote a letter to the government and streaming services urging that their traffic on Indian […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Net Neutrality, Netflix, Telecom, Cellular Operators Association of India, Hotstar, Tiktok, Facebook Hotstar Netflix, Netflix YouTube Facebook TikTok SonyLIV Amazon

Facebook reduces bit rates for videos as use of messaging services surges; ad business suffers as pandemic worsens

Facebook is reducing bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram to avoid potential network congestion as the company sees massive spikes in usage across its apps, the company announced. Facebook warned that while it is normally prepared to withstand expected spikes in usage, such as around New Year’s Eve, “the usage growth from COVID-19 […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Coronavirus

COVID-19: Facebook reduces bit rates for videos as use of messaging services surges; ad business suffers

Facebook is reducing bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram to avoid potential network congestion as the company sees massive spikes in usage across its apps, the company announced. Facebook warned that while it is normally prepared to withstand expected spikes in usage, such as around New Year’s Eve, “the usage growth from COVID-19 […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Coronavirus

Asian grocery stores during COVID-19

In the United States , we’re used to being able to get pretty much whatever we want, whenever we want it. Think about the last time your WiFi went out when you were trying to cue up Netflix, and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Which is why this past week, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, was especially unnerving for a lot of people, who went to the store to pick up a few items they can usually find on-demand and found literally none of what they were looking for. Not just toilet paper...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, US, Netflix, United States, Miami, Seattle, Everglades, All, South Florida, Publix, Little Havana, Laura Grier, Asian Markets, Laura Reilly, Coronavirus

social distancing is awesome but the world has become surreal

Removed from all context, I am loving social distancing.I was very disappointed to cancel our planned vacation to visit west-coast family and friends. But other than that, I am having a great time.Reading.Writing.Practicing piano.Doing jigsaw puzzles.Watching movies and series.Walking outside.Stretching and meditating inside.Playing with our dogs. They are loving have me around all the time.Cooking. The Instant Pot is working overtime!Getting things done around the house.Poor Allan, because he w...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Personal, Donald Trump, Allan, Laura K, COVID-19

MEITY asks social media platforms to curb misinformation about COVID-19

As misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic becomes abundant on social media platforms, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has urged social media platforms to “take immediate action to disable /remove such content hosted on their platforms on [a] priority basis”.  390 people in India have tested positive for the virus, which has so […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Instagram, India, Whatsapp, Misinformation, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Coronavirus

Stranded in Dubai?

These are testing times. Never have we been tested as a community like we are being test today. The Covid-19 situation will bring out the best and the worst from within us. We need to try and be the ones that support our communities. This too shall pass. One of the most vulnerable among us are the ones who may have entered UAE on a visit visa in the hope of landing a job but could not exit quickly. Lot of the countries have placed all international arrivals on hold and some of the vi...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Post, Dubai, Uae

Yelp commits $25M in waived fees and free services to local restaurants and nightlife

Yelp announced this morning that it’s making a number of changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. First, it says it will be providing $25 million to local restaurants and nightlife businesses that are seeing a massive drop in business as a result of the crisis. This will take the form “waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services,” including free page upgrades for access to advanced promotional features. This might not seem quite as helpful as cash grants that all...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Advertising Tech, Yelp, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Instagram, Facebook will not have new AR filters ‘until further notice’

Instagram and Facebook will not have any new augmented reality filters and effects in the near future. Filters submitted by creators will not be approved or published “until further notice” since the company is sending its Spark AR reviewers home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Spark AR is a software developed by Facebook which is used […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Augmented Reality, Instagram Facebook, Coronavirus

Queer events you can attend online

As the coronavirus pandemic alters daily life, queer events around the world are getting canceled, but there’s one event COVID-19 can’t touch: Couchella. That’s right — the hottest ticket in town is the house-party-of-one you’re hosting from your living room. Proximity doesn’t preclude us from gathering in the digital age. While it’s necessary to practice social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a social recession doesn’t need to be the byproduct of staying safe. Whether you ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, New York, London, Instagram, Australia, Mexico, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Sydney, Broadway, Lady Gaga, Coachella

Reliance on automated content takedowns needs to be reconsidered: MediaNama’s take

A day after Facebook finally announced that it would send home all its contract workers who moderate content and will rely on automated content removals, people around the world, including in India, reported that Facebook was marking legitimate news articles, including those about COVID-19, as spam. One such article that Facebook marked as spam was […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Views, Medianama, Content Moderation, Coronavirus

Coronavirus Crisis: Online Ad Giants Should Help Tourism in its Hour of Need

Due to coronavirus, Google and Facebook should carry forward advertising credit to help tour, activity and attraction operators, said Arival, the voice and global research authority of the sector.
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Arival

Facebook, Google, Reddit and others say they are jointly combating fraud and misinformation about COVID-19

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube, in a joint statement yesterday, said they are jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the COVID-19 coronavirus and “elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world”. “We invite other companies to join us as we work to […] ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, Microsoft, Youtube, Linkedin, Reddit, Fake News, Coronavirus, Facebook Google Reddit, Facebook Google Microsoft LinkedIn Reddit Twitter

Venice canals clear amid coronavirus

There aren’t too many silver linings to the coronavirus pandemic, but in Venice, a lack of tourists and boat traffic along the canals is actually having some positive effects. All of Italy is under lockdown due to the coronavirus, meaning Venice, one of the country’s largest tourist attractions, is seeing far less foot and boat traffic. Locals have noticed a change in the city’s water quality. No longer murky, the city’s canal water is now much clearer, and you can even see small fish swimmin...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Italy, Venice, All, Pandemic, Venice Canals, Venice Tourism, Coronavirus, Venezia Pulita, Martina Bettoni

Betty Catroux/Yves Saint Laurent- Feminine Singular

Before I get to my post today, I want to thank everyone who sent messages by email and on Facebook about how the Coronavirus is affecting me and the city. I am feeling fine and healthy for the moment, and staying at home as much as possible. As far as Paris, all non-essential stores are closed except food shops (luckily the foie gras shop is open next door), pharmacies, banks, and for some bizarre reason, tabacs. As soon as tomorrow, there could possibly more drastic restrictions much like It...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Fashion, Paris, Italy, Alan Cumming, Chanel, Rio, Vincent, Louie, Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent, N Y Times, Museums/Galleries/Exhibits, Richard Nahem

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