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It’s been three years since Facebook first acquired Oculus, which at the time seemed like a rather curious purchase. Over the years, we’ve seen that Facebook is putting an increasing focus out virtual reality (VR) and devices like the Oculus Rift serve as the perfect hardware platform to take the plunge with early adopters/enthusiasts. That focus on Oculus Rift is expanding today with the announcement that Facebook Spaces is launching in beta form. Facebooks Spaces is a separate VR app that allows you to interact with your friends “in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the... Read more...
Silicon Valley is pushing back against Washington D.C., and for good reason. A lobbying group representing tech titans such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft recently released a document in favor of net neutrality. The Internet Association (IA) indicated that it supported the 2015 Open Internet Order. The IA’s report stated, “The internet industry is uniform in its belief that net neutrality preserves the consumer experience, competition, and innovation online. Consumers want and need their internet experience preserved and protected, regardless of the legal or regulatory mechanism.”... Read more...
It seems as though Facebook has been continually improving its Messenger platform over the past few months with little tweaks here and there. All of these feature additions are coming for a good reason — Facebook needs to feed the beast. Facebook’s David Marcus just announced that Messenger now has over 1.2 billion active users per month. “I keep on hearing powerful stories about how our product is becoming a more important part of your daily lives,” said Marcus. “So from all of us here at Messenger, a heartfelt thank you to all of you for giving us a chance to build something good and more meaningful... Read more...
Facebook’s “M” AI assistant is getting even more powerful, and will leverage that power to provide “suggestions” as you use the increasingly popular Messenger app (over 1 billion active users per month). Facebook has been testing M’s interactions with Messenger on a “small percentage” of its users, and we are now seeing the fruits of that labor. At its core, M is a machine learning AI assistant that scans your chat sessions with friends or family, and then provides relevant actions that you can either choose to interact with or completely ignore (you can also shut it off completely). Some of these... Read more...
Palmer Luckey is leaving Facebook. The Oculus co-founder came up with the Rift and is largely responsible for popularizing VR. Now he departs the world's largest social network three years after selling his company to Facebook. Today will be his last day on the job. Publicly, the parting of ways between Luckey and Facebook is amicable, with Facebook putting out a statement wishing him well. "Palmer will be dearly missed," Facebook said in a statement. "Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and build an industry. We’re thankful... Read more...
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A terrorist attack in the UK has sparked a debate over whether encrypted services should provide backdoor access to law enforcement. The terrorist, Khalid Masood, killed four people in Westminster. It is believed that Masood used the encrypted communication service WhatsApp just minutes before the attack. That prompted UK's house secretary Amber Rudd to pressure WhatsApp and other services to rethink their approach to encryption."It is completely unacceptable, there should be no place for terrorists to hide. We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like... Read more...
Facebook may be getting ready to divulge its innermost technology secrets. Building 8, the company’s famously tight-lipped skunkworks hardware development group, will likely unveil some of their projects at Facebook’s big spring developer event. This theory is thanks to roughly 60 job postings that recently appeared on the B8 website. B8’s job postings indicate that the group may be ready to bring their products to market sooner rather than later. Building 8 is currently hiring for positions in market development, product marketing, customer operations, customer support and localization, and global... Read more...
Apple may look to the field of augmented reality to help set its upcoming iPhone 8 device apart from the competition. Perhaps just as importantly, infusing AR into the iPhone 8 would set its next flagship phone apart from previous iPhone models, a not unimportant goal after Apple faced criticism for the lack of innovation that went into designing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. That is not to say the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are bad phones. Far from it—they're the best iPhones to date, and some would consider them the best smartphones available. But compared to previous models, Apple's latest... Read more...
The usefulness of social networks is undeniable, but the convenience of sharing our daily lives should also be met with some caution. If our data is so easy to find for a regular person, it's going to be an absolute cinch for a bot or nefarious parties. Worrying about having your data siphoned is fairly common and indeed it has happened in various recent report. We're sure it will continue to happen to some degree, regardless systems these networks put into place. Regardless, Facebook has made it known that it is doing all it can to protect the data of its users, resulting in an update to its policies.... Read more...
Are you Facebook fan or part of the #Snapfam? Facebook’s latest feature Messenger Day is essentially the clone of Snapchat Stories. Imitation is the best form of flattery, right? According to Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Messenger, “Millions of people around the world have already used Messenger Day to show what they’re doing, how they’re feeling and to invite friends to join them for activities — or just to chat.“ Users can add more than 5,000 Frames, Effects and Stickers to their Messenger Day photos and videos. Like Snapchat, everything a user posts will disappear within 24 hours and... Read more...
It takes some serious hardware to do the things that Facebook is able to do. In an effort to stay ahead of the technological curve, the social networking site announced today at the 2017 Open Compute Project (OCP) summit in Santa Clara a next-generation GPU server called Big Basin. It's the successor to the Big Sur GPU server announced in 2015 and it will help Facebook to continue leveraging artificial intelligence to power service like speech and text translations, photo classifiers, and real-time video classification. Big Basin was built in collaboration with Quanta Clout Technology (QCT), Facebook's... Read more...
One of the biggest problems plaguing Facebook is the proliferation of fake news. While some headlines are obviously fictitious, that is not always the case, and it's an issue for a site that draws in billions of eyeballs everyday. In an effort to combat the problem head on and stop the spread of fake news articles, Facebook is rolling out a new flagging system whereby hoax articles can be tagged as "disputed" in the U.S. This does not mean that fake news items will disappear from your News Feed. Instead, stories that are tagged as fake news will be accompanied by a warning label underneath indicating... Read more...
At long last, Facebook is getting a Dislike button, but not in the way many had hoped for. Rather than add a Dislike button News Feed posts, Facebook is currently testing the feature to a small number of users in Messenger, the company's separate instant messaging application. Those who have access to the new Dislike emoji will see a thumbs-down option next to the thumbs-up emoji.A Vietnamese blogger named Hoan Do noticed the inclusion of a Dislike emoji that appears when hovering over messages friends have sent in a chat thread. He sent the tip to TechCrunch, which followed up with Facebook and... Read more...
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