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Google Tags Black People As Gorillas, Facebook Adds Ads to Video, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 02-07-2015

Google makes an embarrassing error, Facebook battles YouTube, PayPal buys Xoom, visit an exclusive website, a Beats 1 Spotify playlist, and Steve Jobs.


Google Confuses Humans With Gorillas

Google’s automatic tagging of photos has been found wanting, after it labeled a black couple “Gorillas”. The embarrassing issue was discovered by New York-based software developer Jacky Alciné, who caught Google’s artificial intelligence software incorrectly tagging his friends.

Alciné reached out to Google via Twitter, as can be seen in the tweet embedded above. The company was quick to respond, with Google executive Yonatan Zunger stating, “This is 100% not OK”. He added, “[It was] high on my list of bugs you ‘never’ want to see happen.”

A Google spokesperson later told BBC News, “We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened. We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing. There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labeling, and we’re looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future”.

This is clearly an embarrassing and controversial mistake to make, and Google should do everything in its power to stop it happening again in the future. However, algorithms are constantly learning Can Google Use an Algorithm to Determine Truth? Google is researching whether its algorithm could include truth as a ranking factor. What does that mean for the web? Read More , and it’s still early days for automatic photo tagging software.

Facebook Splits Video Ad Revenue


Facebook has YouTube fixed firmly in its sights, with a commitment to sharing revenues with video producers posting content to the social networking site. Facebook will start showing ads alongside video content in the fall, with content owners getting a slice of the profits.

According to Re/code, the first partners being offered the deal include the NBA, Fox Sports, and Funny or Die. YouTube has offered content creators such as these a share of ad revenues for many years, but the world has changed since the Google-owned site burst onto the scene in 2005 The Apple Watch Has Landed, YouTube Celebrates Turning 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Watch arrives, YouTube turns 10, Twitter launches Highlights, Snapchat suffers bug, Telltale loves Marvel, and Downton Abbey is better with lightsabers. Read More .

Social networks are now THE place to find video content Social Media In 2015, Predictions And Potential Today we chose to place our necks on the line and make four future predictions for social media in 2015, along with a few more ideas about what might happen before this time next year. Read More , and Facebook would be dumb not to take advantage of this fact. This is bound to lead to more content creators actively posting their videos on Facebook, but it remains to be seen whether they abandon YouTube in the process.

PayPal Transfers Money to Xoom

PayPal has acquired Xoom for around $900 million (or $25 per share). The two companies are a natural fit, with money transfer service Xoom allowing people to send money to themselves or others The 6 Best Apps to Send Money to Friends Next time you need to send money to friends, check out these great mobile apps to send money to anyone in minutes. Read More online or on mobile devices.


This acquisition augments PayPal’s payments service. However, the real reason PayPal is buying Xoom is to gain a foothold in countries such as Mexico, India, the Philippines, China, and Brazil, where Xoom has a significant presence.

The Most Exclusive Website in the World

Welcome to the Most Exclusive Website. I say welcome, but you’re not really all that welcome owing to the aforementioned exclusivity of it all. In fact, only one user is allowed access to the site at any time, and then only for a period of 60 seconds. The rest are forced to wait in line holding their virtual ticket.

There are likely to be thousands of people ahead of you in the queue, that is until the publicity dies down and everyone gives up. Unfortunately, this also means I haven’t a clue what’s actually on the website. The Washington Post suggests it’s pictures of animals Where to Live Stream Wild and Cute Animals in Real-Time Stuck indoors and need a pick-me-up? Here are the best live streams that offer real-time footage of adorable animals. Read More , because you can’t find those on any other website, obviously.


How to Listen to Beats 1 on Spotify

Apple Music is now available Try Apple Music for Free, Indiegogo Attempts Greece Bailout, & More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Music arrives, help bail out Greece, Gmail adds emoji, play Tiny Twitch, Oliver Stone teases Edward Snowden, and Siri divides zero by zero. Read More to users all around the world, and one of the key ingredients of the service is Beats 1. This is a radio station with proper DJs playing music designed to appeal to the widest demographic possible. Which is a mixed blessing, to say the least.

However, it does give Apple Music an advantage over the competition, which might leave Spotify users feeling a little left out. Not to worry though, as one bright spark by the name of Peter Bowles has created a Spotify playlist containing (almost) every song played on Beats 1.

This is obviously an ongoing effort, and it remains to be seen how long Bowles and his collaborators can keep adding songs as they’re played on Beats 1. Still, it shows just how little there is separating these music streaming services. So, it doesn’t really matter which one you use.

The First Full Steve Jobs Biopic Trailer

And finally, we have the first full trailer for Steve Jobs, a movie biopic of the late, great Apple founder and CEO. Written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Michael Fassbender as the man himself, this looks to be the definitive film based on Jobs’ life.


The trailer suggests this film doesn’t shy away from revealing both sides of Steve Jobs. As while he was clearly a marketing genius with an eye for good design, he was far from perfect as a human being. Steve Jobs is set to be released in the U.S. on October 9th, 2015.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Should Google be ashamed of tagging black people as “gorillas”? Could Facebook be the new king of online video? Will you be queuing to enter the most exclusive website? What do you think of the Steve Jobs movie trailer?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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