Facebook Shares Fall After It Discloses Apple Advertising Challenges

Facebook on Wednesday sought to assure advertisers who it said had complained that the iPhone ads they bought from the company appeared to be less effective lately. In a blog post, Facebook VP of Product Marketing Graham Mudd said that the ads Facebook sells are actually 15% more effective at driving sales than Facebook could show them to be. That gap is due to Apple’s new restrictions on how app...

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Game engine maker Unity is acquiring Ziva Dynamics, a company that uses machine learning to make more lifelike and efficient models of human characters. Its tech opens the door to creating hyper-detailed characters (and not just photorealistic ones) for games and AR/VR apps while also more easily letting those characters interact with users in believable ways.This acquisition slots into the...
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