Facebook Marketplace, which lets people buy and sell things like furniture, cars and clothes on the platform, is used in 70 countries by 800 million people around the world each month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the company's F8 developer conference Tuesday. Additionally, one in three people in the US use Marketplace, he said.Facebook is a technology powerhouse, racking up ad sales and profit at a rapid pace. Last year, the company reported sales that rose 49 percent to nearly $40 billion. Profits, meanwhile, jumped by more than half. About 2.2 billion people -- or roughly two out of every seven people in the world, and more than half the world's online population -- use the service each day, making Facebook among the most powerful companies on the Web.Zuckerberg also announced that more than 450 million people use Whatsapp Status every day, which, similar to Instagram Stories, lets users share text, photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours.Facebook expects … [Read more...] about Facebook Marketplace is used in 70 countries, by 800 million people monthly
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In 2018, we saw the automotive industry charge headfirst into a future filled with electric and (maybe) autonomous vehicles, all while putting out the most innovative, powerful and efficient engines the world’s ever seen. Over the past 12 months, we at Jalopnik have experienced, and written about some of the best technology currently available in cars. Let’s have a look at the good stuff from this past year. Attending auto shows, reviewing press vehicles, and just prowling the internet give us Jalopnik writers lots of chances to ogle at some cool new gadgets and features that engineers throughout the auto industry have come up with. There’s a lot that we’ve covered this past year, and while I won’t pretend to be able to remember it all, here are my personal highlights. Aston Martin Valkyrie’s 11,100 RPM V12 Monster Motor None of us have driven the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie road car yet, but earlier this month, the British supercar brand … [Read more...] about The Best Car Tech We Saw in 2018
Tesla has built the world's largest battery storage system at Hornsdale Wind Farm, near Jamestown in South Australia. Mark Brake/Getty Images Tesla co-founder, chief executive and product architect Elon Musk apparently isn't one to turn down a Twitter challenge. Another company official said publicly in March that Tesla could solve the blackout-plagued Australian state of South Australia's energy woes by installing a massive battery storage system in under 100 days. In response, Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes tweeted back, asking Musk how serious he was about the offer, and whether he could guarantee that it could be accomplished in that time. Musk's reply was to promise that Tesla would get the system installed and working 100 days from the signing of a contract, or else provide it for free. "Is that serious enough for you?" he asked. Blowin' in the Wind After a competitive bidding process that ended in July, the Australians agreed to the deal, and in late September, … [Read more...] about Tesla Installs World’s Largest Battery in Australia
Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai delivers a keynote address in front of an image of a Sony Betamax at the 2014 International CES conference. Ethan Miller/Getty Images When Sony recently announced that it would retire the ill-fated Betamax line of video cassettes in March 2016, the general public response was something along the lines of "What's a Betamax?" And for those of us who remember the days when movie rental stores where divided into two sections – one for Betamax and the other for VHS — it was a moment of nostalgia and bewilderment. Most of us probably didn't realize that those clunky cassettes were even still being made. As it turns out, while Sony stopped producing Beta recorders in 2002, it's still made a number of cassettes every year since then. A circa-1978 advertisement for the Sony Betamax video cassette player. Tom Simpson/Flickr Creative Commons Betamax's official retirement comes 40 years after the Beta cassette format's introduction, and … [Read more...] about Sony Will Retire Betamax in 2016. Wait, That Hasn’t Happened Yet?
The Body Shop in London is decorated with a huge advertising display on Jan. 10, 2018, to protest against animal testing. NurPhoto/Getty Images On Jan. 26, 2018, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the agency, after an internal investigation, had permanently ended a nicotine addiction study in which four squirrel monkeys had died. "Based on this team's findings, it is clear the study was not consistent with the agency's high animal welfare standards," the commissioner said in a statement on the FDA website. In a September 2017 letter, famous primate researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall had denounced the research as cruel and unnecessary, saying that the harmful effects of smoking on humans already are known and could be studied directly. In addition to ending the study, Gottlieb said that the findings indicated that the FDA's protections for animal research subjects "may need to be strengthened in some important areas." For that … [Read more...] about Will Alternative Technologies Make Animal Testing Obsolete?