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Messenger Will Soon Be Able To Tell If You’re Talking To Fake Accounts

Facebook is testing a new feature on Messenger that’ll identify fake accounts when they send you messages. The feature tells you in what country the account originates, and whether it was created recently.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

Facebook Augmented Reality Ads Will Let You Try On Products From Your News Feed

Facebook is testing augmented reality advertisements on the News Feed, starting with Michael Kors sunglasses. The ads will allow user to try on the products using the smartphone's camera, similar to how filters work.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Is Now Third Richest Man In The World

Mark Zuckerberg jumped ahead of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett in the ranklings of the world's richest persons. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the Facebook co-founder now has a net worth of $81.6 billion.

Business Tech July 8, 2018

Facebook Is Shutting Down A Bunch Of Apps, Including One It Bought Just Months Ago

Facebook announced that three of its apps will cease to operate soon. The company cited that the lack of users is the ultimate reason for the shutdown.

Business Tech July 5, 2018

Facebook Bug Temporarily Unblocked People On The Social Network: 800,000 Users Affected

A Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people that users have previously blocked on the social network. Facebook has apologized for the error, which is the latest in a string of privacy issues that include the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

Facebook Owns 4 Of Top 5 Most Downloaded iOS Apps Of All Time

Facebook owns four of the top five most downloaded iOS apps of all time, according to App Annie. The report, which was released to celebrate the App Store's 10th birthday, also revealed the top games for the operating system.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

Instagram Lite Quietly Launches On Android Phones, Just Barely 1 MB: Here’s What You Can Do With It

There’s finally a lightweight version of Instagram called Instagram Lite, following similar versions for Facebook and Messenger. It does most of the functions available in the main app, including posting photos, stories, and adding filters.

Apps/Software June 30, 2018

How A Quiz App Exposed The Data Of 120 Million Users Without Facebook Knowing About It

A security researcher discovered that a quiz app likely exposed the data of 120 million Facebook users. It was part of Facebook's Data Abuse Program, and there was an $8,000 bounty.

Apps/Software June 29, 2018

That Facebook Patent About Microphones Secretly Listening To You Isn’t What You Think It Is

Facebook just filed a patent that’ll allow it to secretly turn on your mobile phones and listen to you as you’re watching ads. Except that’s not really the case.

Security June 29, 2018

Facebook Shuts Down Solar-Powered Internet Drone Project: So What Happens Now?

An official blog post made by Facebook confirmed the end of its solar-powered drone development. The company revealed that it will continue all research alongside experienced aerospace companies such as Airbus instead.

Internet June 28, 2018

Instagram Is Estimated To Be Worth More Than $100 Billion, Bloomberg Reports

Bloomberg recently revealed Instagram’s total value as a standalone company. The financial news organization believed that Instagram is worth over $100 billion since Facebook acquired it back in 2012.

Apps/Software June 27, 2018

California Teen Helps Blind And Deaf Man Using Sign Language During Flight

Passengers on a flight from Boston to California witnessed how a 15-year-old girl assisted a blind and deaf passenger. The teen from California, who knew American Sign language, helped the passenger communicate with the flight attendants and more.

Viral June 27, 2018

'Your Time On Facebook Feature' Found Hidden On Android App Code: Will It Roll Out Soon?

A new time-management feature called “Your Time on Facebook” is in development at Facebook. The feature allows users to see how much time they’re spending on the social media platform.

Internet June 27, 2018

Facebook Brings Kid-Friendly App Messenger Kids To Peru And Canada

Facebook is expanding its Messenger Kids app to Canada and Peru. The Messenger Kids app will come in two different languages and give kids a chance to connect with family members on social media.

Apps/Software June 22, 2018

Facebook Messenger Can Now Translate Messages Between English And Spanish

Facebook Messenger now automatically translates Spanish and English messages, and more languages will be added soon. It’s powered by M suggestions, the company’s artificial intelligence-powered assistant platform.

Apps/Software June 22, 2018

Facebook Groups Could Soon Start Charging Users For Exclusive Membership Access

Facebook has announced that it’s getting ready to monetize groups. Soon, paid memberships will be available as an option, letting users access exclusive content for a fee.

Apps/Software June 21, 2018

Facebook Broadcasts Game Shows Now Too: Here’s How It Works

Live videos on Facebook are about to get more interactive. The company just unveiled a bunch of new features such as polls, challenges, and other gamification elements as a way to let creators connect with audiences more meaningfully.

Internet June 20, 2018

Facebook Messenger Getting Autoplay Video Ads In Private Conversations

Facebook has reportedly started rolling out autoplay video ads in Messenger on Monday, June 18. The company will monitor user reactions to see whether the change is a turn-off.

Apps/Software June 20, 2018

Facebook Develops AI That Opens Your Eyes When You Blink In Selfies

Facebook engineers developed artificial intelligence with General Adversarial Networks that opens closed eyes in photos. It did not announce when it will be released to the public.

Apps/Software June 19, 2018

Gun Accessories Will No Longer Be Advertised To Minors, Says Facebook

Those 18 years of age will no longer see ads for gun accessories on Facebook, the company has confirmed. The new policy comes amid a more intense discussion on gun control following several recent school shootings in the country.

Internet June 18, 2018

Facebook's Android App Is Crashing And Users Are Complaining About It

On June 16, Android users were experiencing outages on the Facebook app. The previous day, the Facebook Messenger app crashed on iOS platforms due to a new update.

Apps/Software June 16, 2018

National Health Service Leader Blasts Social Media Companies For Not Helping Kids

National Institute of Health’s Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, revealed his frustrations with technology companies including Facebook and Google at the organization’s conference. He blamed them for not helping the NIH deal with UK children’s mental health.

Public Health June 14, 2018

Young Social Media Users Ignore Facebook, Embrace WhatsApp As Primary News Source

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released its annual Digital News Report. They found that younger social media users are turning to WhatsApp to talk about current events.

Apps/Software June 14, 2018

Facebook Launches New ‘Memories’ Section To Make You Feel Even More Nostalgic

The new Memories tab on Facebook gives users a trip down memory lane, much like the already existing On This Day feature. You can even find out when you became friends with someone and commemorate it with a friendversary video.

Apps/Software June 12, 2018

Facebook Bug Made Private Posts Go Public: 14 Million Users Affected

Facebook revealed that a software bug may have made supposedly private posts on the social network go public. The social network will reach out to the 14 million users affected by the bug to have them check their Facebook posts.

Security June 8, 2018

Facebook Finally Allows Licensed Music In Videos, Starts Testing Musical.ly Rival

Facebook videos are now allowed to include copyrighted music, after the social network entered music licensing deals with labels. Facebook is also testing a new Facebook Live feature that will rival apps such as Musical.ly.

Internet June 5, 2018

Apple Throws Epic Shade At Facebook With New Anti-Tracking Features On Safari

Though it has barely recovered from its data scandal, Facebook has now become the latest target of some serious shade-throwing. At the WWDC, it seemed as though Apple was criticizing Facebook as it demonstrated new anti-tracking features in Safari.

Apple June 5, 2018

At Least 60 Device Makers Got Deep Access To Facebook User Data

Facebook has reportedly been sharing loads of user data and friends' data with at least 60 device makers over the past decade. Phone and tablet makers often had deep access to that data without any kind of user consent.

Internet June 4, 2018

Sorry, Folks: Instagram Is Definitely Not Reverting To Chronological News Feed

Holding your breath until Instagram finally brings back its old chronological news feed algorithm? Don’t waste your time — the company just confirmed it’s not making a return.

Apps/Software June 4, 2018

Facebook Kills ‘Trending’ Section In News Feed Amid Search For Improved News Coverage

Facebook has unveiled three new approaches to fighting fake news on the site. These are meant to replace the Trending section on news feeds, which was first introduced in 2014.

Internet June 3, 2018

Personal Facebook Data Leaked Since 2016 Thanks To Chrome And Firefox Bug

Researchers revealed a bug in Chrome and Firefox that could have easily allowed hackers to steal information on Facebook. Both browsers eliminated the bug in 2018.

June 2, 2018

Only 50 Percent Of Teens Use Facebook: More Teens Use Snapchat, Instagram, And YouTube

New research shows that teens are spending more time online but not using Facebook. Teens prefer to use Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube.

Apps/Software May 31, 2018

Papua New Guinea Bans Facebook For 1 Month To Identify 'Fake Accounts'

Papua New Guinea revealed that Facebook would be temporarily banned for an entire month in the nation. Officials want to locate fake accounts in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Internet May 30, 2018

Google, Facebook Face Big GDPR Headache — $8.8 Billion In Lawsuits

Google and Facebook hit with $8.8 billion lawsuit within one day of GDPR enforcement. The new data protection and privacy law for individuals within the European Union came into effect on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Business Tech May 28, 2018

Facebook Wants Artificial Intelligence To Filter Live Videos And Take Down Offensive Content

On the heels of reports saying Facebook will begin making its own chips, it appears that part of those plans involve creating machine learning processors for Facebook Live. Such chips will filter offensive video content and promptly take them down.

Internet May 26, 2018

Leaked Training Manual: Facebook To Ban Pepe The Frog Images 'Used In The Context Of Hate'

A leaked training manual revealed that Facebook is banning images of Pepe the Frog when used in the context of hate. Normal images of the cartoon character are fine.

Internet May 25, 2018

Facebook Marketplace Allows Users To Connect With Electricians, Plumbers

Facebook announced that it would be helping its users connect with service professionals. The social media company would partner with Handy, HomeAdvisor, and Porch to give its users access to hundreds of thousands of professionals.

Internet May 23, 2018

Two-Factor Authentication For Facebook Will No Longer Require A Phone Number

Facebook revealed that it is improving the sign-up process for two-factor authentication. To sign up for the security feature, users will not be required to use a phone number.

Internet May 23, 2018

Facebook, Qualcomm Working Together To Bring High-Speed Internet To Cities Without Congestion

Wi-Fi in the cities is about to get super fast thanks to Facebook and Qualcomm’s new partnership. Facebook will leverage its 60 GHz Terragraph internet technology for the project, and field tests are already scheduled for next year.

Internet May 22, 2018

Instagram Will Tell You If You’ve Seen All New Posts Via ‘You’re All Caught Up’ Feature

Instagram will now tell you if you’ve seen all the new posts in the last 48 hours. It seems to be part of Facebook’s 'time well spent' initiative, which calls for more responsible social media usage.

Apps/Software May 22, 2018

Facebook Gets Archived Stories, Cloud Saving, And Voice Posts

Facebook is bringing three new features to its mobile app, one of which raises concerns about data privacy. Would you be willing to use Facebook as a photo storage in the cloud?

Apps/Software May 17, 2018

Facebook Reveals That It Eliminated 583 Million Fake Accounts, According To New Report

Facebook released its Community Standards Enforcement Report to showcase what the company did to protect its users. The report stated that it took down 837 million pieces of spam in the first quarter of 2018.

Internet May 15, 2018

Facebook Suspends Almost 200 Apps After Looking At Thousands Of 'Suspicious' Apps

Facebook announced their latest update regarding an investigation that is focusing on applications that might have misused users’ private data. After looking at thousands of items, around 200 apps were banned from the site.

Apps/Software May 14, 2018

Tim Cook To Duke University Graduates: 'Think Different, Be Fearless'

Tim Cook challenged graduates to 'think different' and 'be fearless' in his commencement speech at the Duke University. The Apple CEO, who graduated from the university in 1988, addressed students at his alma mater on Sunday, May 13.

Apple May 14, 2018

Facebook Avatars Could Soon Let Users Better Express Themselves, Like Snapchat Bitmoji

A new feature called Facebook Avatars is currently in the works, aiming to enable users to better express themselves on the social network. It's still in the early stages, but it looks like a Facebook version of Snapchat's Bitmoji.

Internet May 8, 2018

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