Facebook roundup: VP departs, AI project, new iOS apps

Engineering and products VP Greg Badros is the latest Facebook (FB) exec to depart. The WSJ reported of two other departures earlier this week.

A former Google exec, Badros held a number of positions during his 4 years at Facebook; most recently, he was in charge of the company's search product efforts. His departure comes shortly after Facebook launched Graph Search.

A new Facebook research team is using an artificial intelligence technique known as deep learning to better decipher the meaning and importance (or lack thereof) of news feed content, and in doing so predict user actions and determine what content should go to the top of a news feed.

A Facebook researcher suggests deep learning could also be used to help users organize content and making sharing/upload decisions. Google, aided by Ray Kurzweil, is looking to apply deep learning to search.

Facebook's news feed algorithm (depends on human judgment rather than AI) already takes into account nearly 100K factors to decide where content is placed within a news feed.

Facebook's iOS apps have been given an iOS 7-friendly overhaul (video). The biggest changes: the traditional sidebar has been replaced by buttons at the bottom of the display, and (for iOS 7 users) a bar at the top of the app changes as a user scrolls. Facebook says it did plenty of secret user testing with its older apps before making the changes.

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  • SoldHigh
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    "Facebook's news feed algorithm (depends on human judgment rather than AI) already takes into account nearly 100K factors to decide where content is placed within a news feed."


    Wow - seems like for nearly all companies, the metadata mining is the future.
    20 Sep 2013, 07:22 PM Reply Like
  • Manitobatex
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    3 departures this week and the response by the market was exceptional.....FB seems to be caught in the same upward draft as TESLA. Don't think that these people found better places to grow their resumes......everybody is replaceable.....whether we like to admit or not...Main result is that FB will keep it's upward trend....remember the IPO put the value near 100 Billion & we are not that much further ahead especially if you consider what has transpired since April Fool's. Lots more to come....TESLA & FB leading the way.........ZOOM>&g... in 5 & smoothly.
    20 Sep 2013, 07:49 PM Reply Like
  • Buckland
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    "Mine" away, FB...just so long as nobody gets hurt (well, badly hurt).


    Me, I'm just skipping along, whistling "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," while mining YOU!


    --Daddy Sawbuck$
    21 Sep 2013, 02:45 AM Reply Like
  • sam9661
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    Bill gates, Steve Jobs, a few others,and here comes ZUCK !!!
    23 Sep 2013, 12:48 AM Reply Like
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