Facebook is making its own deepfake videos to help fight them

San Francisco (CNN Business)There are widespread concerns about whether social media companies are ready to fight a new wave of videos doctored with artificial intelligence, often called deepfakes. Facebook’s current solution: make even more deepfakes itself. The videos will be made with paid actors who understand that they’ll be part of a manipulated-video data set, Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer told reporters on Wednesday. Facebook plans to release the data set in December. The goal of the competition, Schroepfer said, is to spur the construction of an AI system that can look at a video and determine whether it has been altered. Researchers and a couple of startups are working on this problem. There are a number of methods …

Instagram launched long-form video last year. Is anyone watching?

Anaheim, California (CNN Business)Instagram just wanted to be a little more like YouTube. But despite two splashy launch events a year ago and the promise of a Kardashian, its long-form video feature IGTV has had trouble taking off. The feature is a hub for longer videos on Instagram, found by tapping the tiny icon of a TV at the top of the app. While anyone can use the feature, it’s primarily aimed at celebrities and people who make a living from social media. You must have 10,000 followers or more to post videos up to an hour long on IGTV, while regular users can only post videos that are up to 10 minutes. “It’s very early [for IGTV], and in …

Worried about YouTube policies, creators look for new ways to bring in money

Anaheim, California (CNN Business)Samery Moras is a 27-year-old six-time Taekwondo US National Champion. Moras is not alone. While many YouTube stars with big audiences can make a living just from the ads running on their videos and other YouTube offerings, in recent years online content creators have been increasingly looking to other ways to make money and build a brand around their personality outside of YouTube. That includes creating their own fashion lines, working with companies on sponsored content, going on tour to meet fans, launching a podcast and using virtual “tip jars” from startup Patreon, where their followers can give them money in exchange for perks, like early access to videos and merchandise. Many creators are worried that an …

Apple’s Jony Ive is leaving the company

San Francisco (CNN Business)Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, is leaving the company after nearly 30 years, the company announced Thursday. In recent years, Ive, age 52, had stepped back from his day-to-day management responsibilities at Apple and taken on a number of side projects, including helping to design a high-end Leica camera, a Christmas tree, and a diamond ring that sold for more than $256,000. Ive told the Financial Times that he was starting a company based in California called LoveFrom that will focus on design as well as other creative projects for clients. The company will officially launch in 2020. In a testament to his influence at the company, Apple described him as responsible for the “look and …

Baby Elon Musk, rapping Kim Kardashian: Welcome to the world of silly deepfakes

San Francisco (CNN Business)By day, Paul Shales is a computer programmer who works in advertising operations for a bank. By night, he’s creating videos that show Elon Musk as a creepy looking, giggly baby; President Donald Trump as a temperamental pageant contestant on “Toddlers & Tiaras;” and Kim Kardashian freestyle rapping. Learning to fake with AI Deepfakes have only been around for a few years; the first known videos, posted to Reddit in 2017, featured celebrities’ faces swapped with those of porn stars. Shales got interested in making them himself early this year, and in February released his first deepfake: in it, he plastered the face of actor Nicolas Cage onto Elon Musk’s body to make it appear as if …

Grumpy Cat is dead, but will live on through AI

San Francisco (CNN Business)Grumpy Cat the angry-looking celebrity feline who launched countless internet memes died on Tuesday. The beloved cat leaves behind her owner Tabatha Bundesen, a small empire of books and merchandise bearing her unique face, movie and TV appearances, and millions of Google hits. Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, had feline dwarfism; she became Internet famous in September 2012, when her owner’s brother posted images of her on Reddit. People on the platform immediately reacted by posting countless Photoshopped variations of the original. The photo’s Imgur page reached 1,030,000 views in its first 48 hours, and a video of the cat posted on YouTube quickly snagged millions of views. These days, searching Google for “Grumpy …

Pinterest files to go public. Its not-so-secret weapon: Moms

New York (CNN Business)For years, Pinterest received less media attention and less scrutiny than rivals like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Now the company may finally have a moment in the spotlight. In 2018, Pinterest posted revenue of $756 million, up from $473 million in the year prior. Like many tech companies going public, however, Pinterest is not yet profitable. The company lost $63 million in 2018, down from a net loss of $130 million in 2017. The company was founded in 2010 by Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra, the last of whom parted ways with the company early in its history. Over the years, Pinterest has tried to evolve from being a digital scrapbooking service to a visual …

Influencers react to Instagram’s big outage: ‘It was a pain’

New York (CNN Business)Wednesdays are usually the best day to post on Instagram for Chelsie Petras, a 27-year-old social media influencer based in New York City. “It was a pain,” said Petras. “I had to shift my schedule and figure out how to still incorporate this post.” She wasn’t alone in having to delay paid posts. Influencer marketing agencies such as Village Marketing, which connects social media stars to brands for deals, said it had to move hundreds of posts to Thursday. A similar platform called Activate said brands had to delay campaigns or have influencers re-post content. It was a wake-up call for some users about how much power Instagram has. “[It’s] a reminder of the importance of cultivating …

She invests in tech founders others overlook

Arlan Hamilton stands out in Silicon Valley not just because she’s a black investor in a white male-dominated field, but because she’s focused on investing in female, minority and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Judith McKenna: Walmart spent $16 billion to break into India. She has to make it work Gwynne Shotwell: She turns Elon Musk’s bold space ideas into a real business Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles That curiosity led her down an information-seeking spiral that included years of research into startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. One revelation: “Everybody’s saying ‘no’ to even talking to the black [founders], like, no matter what they’re working on,” Hamilton said. “And in some cases, they were working on stuff that was so much more …

She invests in tech founders others ignore. And it’s working

Arlan Hamilton stands out in Silicon Valley not just because she’s a black investor in a white male-dominated field, but because she’s laser-focused on investing in female, minority and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Judith McKenna: Walmart spent $16 billion to break into India. She has to make it work Gwynne Shotwell: She turns Elon Musk’s bold space ideas into a real business Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles That curiosity led her down an information-seeking spiral that included years of research into startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. One revelation: “Everybody’s saying ‘no’ to even talking to the black [founders], like, no matter what they’re working on,” Hamilton said. “And in some cases, they were working on stuff that was so much more …

Snapchat always proved critics wrong. Then Evan Spiegel pushed for a redesign

Most CEOs would probably prefer not to overhaul their core businesses less than a year after an initial public offering. It’s a pivotal period when executives look to play up their company’s stability and growth to a world of potential new investors on Wall Street. Arlan Hamilton: She invests in tech founders others ignore. And it’s working Mary Barra: Her impatience could save GM. ‘Time is not our friend’ Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles The plan: separate content from friends and publishers — and celebrity users — while attracting new users by making the app easier to use. Spiegel said at the time that the move could be “disruptive” to Snap’s business. That proved to be an understatement. A …