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We can’t say that we didn’t seen this one coming. Facebook for years has been begging users to hand over their phone numbers for account security purposes, but those that value at least some semblance of privacy have refused to do so. So the social media giant has found a new avenue to gain that information — through WhatsApp. The company, which just two years ago said that it “built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible,” will soon be sharing more user information with Facebook. The company claims that this move will allow it to provide better friend suggestions based... Read more...
Are you a diehard Donald Trump fan? Perhaps you lean more towards Hillary Clinton, or perhaps even Bernie Sanders during the primaries. Given the vast amount of time that Americans spend browsing Facebook, linking stories and liking posts, the social network giant thinks that it has a pretty firm grip on your political affiliation. Earlier this month, Facebook launched a new ad preference tool which allows you to tailor how and what ads are directed towards you in your news feed. However, buried within those settings is a tab called US Politics. Here is where you’ll see which category Facebook... Read more...
As the world's most popular social media platform, Facebook is heavily invested in technologies that amp the experience, one of which is video. You've probably noticed an abundance of notifications for live videos, after which point they become pre-recorded posts. Videos are becoming a central part of Facebook, though Facebook must be careful not to make them intrusive, which it's at risk of doing by expanding its autoplay function.As your scroll through your news feed on Facebook, videos automatically play if you linger long enough for them to load. That's a nifty function—it saves you a click—but... Read more...
It looks like Steam is about to get a little bit more competition. Facebook and Unity Technologies have teamed up to create their own PC-gaming platform. The collaboration builds a new functionality in Unity that helps it to easily export and publish games on Facebook.Elliot Solomon, Unity’s Vice President of Business Development, remarked, “Integrating tools that provide effortless access to Facebook’s network is a key part of helping developers find the success they deserve.” Unity Engine - Image from Iwan GabovitchUnity will now be able to reach the 650 million people who play Facebook-connected... Read more...
Facebook set off a firestorm in the ad blocking community earlier this week when it announced that it would introduce new code for its ads that would make them impervious to software blockers. To accomplish this, the social media giant altered the HTML code for its ads to make them indistinguishable from other content on the site. Facebook at the time acknowledged that some ads can be annoying, but that it was doing its best to present ads that are relevant to its users. It also fought back against what it feels is bribery in the ad blocking business. “Rather than paying ad blocking companies to... Read more...
Do you have something that you need to say to Mr. President? Is your preferred method of communications social media? Well, now you can message President Obama via Facebook. Reading letters from the public has been a tradition since the days of Thomas Jefferson. Abraham Lincoln actually held regular office hours in order to meet with people one-on-one. The White House began receiving phone calls in 1880 and emails in 1994. President Obama launched his own Twitter account, while the First Lady is on Snapchat. President Obama still reads ten letters a day, or “LAD's”. He responds with a handwritten... Read more...
It’s on now. The battle between websites and users that block online advertising is about to come to a head, and we’ll have Facebook to thank for it. Browser users that surf with ad blockers enabled often see polite messages on certain websites asking them to turn off the functionality, as it robs content providers of their lifeblood: advertising revenue. However, Facebook is working on a way to mask advertising on its site so that today’s popular ad blockers can’t reliably disable ads. Facebook acknowledges that many of us have been soured by online ads in general due to past experiences.... Read more...
It might seem counterintuitive, but new research hailing from Australia is suggesting that teenagers who play video gamers actually score higher on academic tests than their non-gamer counterparts. The data was compiled from over 12,000 Australian high schoolers that took the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is an internationally-recognized test that is used in over 70 countries worldwide, and assesses the academic competency of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science. Alberto Posso, an Associate Professor from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology,... Read more...
When Facebook said this about clickbait....I WAS SHOCKED! But for real; Facebook recently announced that is attempting to cut down on the amount of clickbait that appears in user’s News Feeds. Facebook users complained about clickbait….AND YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! The website states that “our goal with News Feed is to show people the stories most relevant to them- ranking stories so that what’s most important to each person shows up highest in their News Feeds.” Facebook notes that users mentioned that they like seeing authentic posts the most, and are incredibly put-off by clickbait... Read more...
Engineers working on different projects at Facebook now have a common meeting ground where they can share and exchange ideas, offer each other input, and learn from one another. It's called Area 404, a 22,000-square foot lab located in Facebook's Menlo Park office. It's outfitted with state-of-the-art machine tools and test equipment and has more than 50 workbenches in the main area. To understand the need for such an area, you first have to recognize that Facebook is much more than just a social networking service where people post political rants and humorous cat videos. Facebook is involved... Read more...
For a number of great reasons, WhatsApp is an instant message client worth using. It can be used on your mobile device, or on the desktop (through the mobile device). It's reliable, fast, and best of all, secure. A couple of months ago, we learned that Facebook deployed always-on encryption in the app, making an already great chat client even better and more secure. Well, let's back things up just a tad. While WhatsApp does in fact use end-to-end encryption, and there's no fault there, an iOS researcher discovered a gaping flaw: deleted chats are not actually deleted (hmmm, that sounds familiar).... Read more...
Although the world is increasingly connected through the internet, there are still four billion people or 60% of the world’s population who do not have such access. 1.6 billion of those people live in remote locations and do not have  access to mobile broadband networks. Facebook Connectivity Lab just announced the first full-scale test flight of Aquila, a solar-powered airplane that can be used to bring affordable internet to isolated areas. Aquila is a high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned solar-powered airplane. It has a wingspan bigger than a Boeing 737 airplane but weighs hundreds of... Read more...
If you’ve been waiting patiently for your Rift VR headset preorder to arrive or have been hesitant to place an order due to the production delays, Oculus has some good news for you. The company announced today that all preorders for the Rift have finally been fulfilled and that all new orders will ship within 2 to 4 business days. That last point puts the Oculus Rift on equal footing with the competing HTC Vive, which began boasting a shipping window of 2 to 3 days back in early June. “We want to apologize for the delays in getting Rifts to doorsteps,” wrote the Oculus team in a blog posting. “We... Read more...
“This tape/message will self-destruct in five seconds.” That was a refrain we heard on the 1960s TV show Mission Impossible (and later in the Tom Cruise-helmed movies). Facebook is taking a page from this self-destructing message trope with the addition of end-to-end encryption for its hugely popular Messenger platform. “We’ve heard from you that there are times when you want additional safeguards,” said Facebook in a blog posting. “Perhaps when discussing private information like an illness or a health issue with trusted friends and family, or sending financial information to an accountant.” End-to-end... Read more...
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