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Facebook is one of those places where sometimes we feel bad for unfriending people, even if their posts annoy us. Maybe your friend isn’t always annoying, maybe they just had a baby and you are totally not in baby mode or perhaps its election season and political views are just too much. Facebook has announced some changes and the most important of them is probably the new "Snooze" button. With Snooze you can give yourself a break from your friend for up to 30 days at a time. Facebook's Shruthi Muraleedharan writes, "One of our core News Feed values is giving people more control. Today, we’re... Read more...
Snap Inc has debuted a new self-serve platform called Lens Studio that will allow people, marketers, and developers to create their own augmented reality objects. Snap has combined its forces with seven marketing partners including MediaMonks, Fishermen Labs, Haus, Avatar Labs, North Kingdom, Trigger Global, and VidMob who will work to make AR for brands and agencies. However, anyone can use Lens Studio. Lens Studio is a website that designers can login to that is tied to the Snapchat ad platform. With the website, user can create, publish, and share AR characters. Snapchat says that over 3,000... Read more...
A security flaw that was first discovered in 1998 by Daniel Bleichenbacher has resurfaced, putting at risk some of the most popular websites and services, including Facebook and PayPal. Called ROBOT, the 19-year-old vulnerability can be exploited to perform RSA decryption and signing operations with the private key of a TLS server, and can still be used against many HTTPS hosts in today's Internet landscape. "For hosts that are vulnerable and only support RSA encryption key exchanges it's pretty bad. It means an attacker can passively record traffic and later decrypt it," security researchers Hanno... Read more...
A former Facebook executive sparked a firestorm yesterday (and prodded some nods of approval) when he decried that he has “tremendous guilt” for being a part of a social media platform that is “ripping society apart” at the seams. The exec, Chamath Palihapitiya, was at Facebook from 2007 to 2011 and said the company manipulates its users and that he won’t even let his own kids use the platform (We guess that means no Messenger Kids in the Palihapitiya household). Well, it stands to reason that Facebook wasn’t going to allow such comments to spread into the blogosphere... Read more...
Social networks are great ways for friends and families who may not live close by to communicate with one another and share pictures, videos, and stories. At the same time, social networks are also viewed by some people as a detriment to users and society in general. A former Facebook exec named Chamath Palihapitiya has spoken out against the social network that he has been a part of cultivating, by saying that it is "ripping society apart." The former exec went so far as to say that he feels "tremendous guilt" for the influence that Facebook has had on people and its ability to manipulate users.... Read more...
Oh, the horror! A catastrophe of epic proportions occurred yesterday when *GULP* Facebook Messenger went offline for a short period of time, leaving millions of users around the globe unable to chat, send animated GIFs, or even share emojis with one another through the standalone messaging app. As you might imagine, this unfathomable event caused a panic on Twitter, where users vented their frustration. The moment of dread came earlier this morning when a Facebook employee acknowledged the outage, confirming widespread fears that the problem was on Facebook's end. "We can confirm there is currently... Read more...
Facebook is rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new standalone messaging app designed specifically for children who are under 13-years-old. The aim is to provide a safe way for children to video chat and message with family and friends, with parents having access to strict parental controls to ensure their kids are not being exposed to inappropriate content. The same can't be said for the vast majority of messaging apps out there, such as Snapchat and Facebook's full-fledged Messenger (both of which are not supposed to be used by children). "After talking to thousands of parents, associations... Read more...
Maybe you already knew this, or at least had a hunch, but Facebook and other social networks are intentionally designed to trigger an emotional response to keep users coming back, according to Sean Parker, who amassed a fortune helping launch the world's largest social playground with Mark Zuckerberg. Now a philanthropist, Parker is at a point of reflection in his life, and he is not necessarily proud of what he helped create at Facebook. In an interview with Axios, Parker waxed candid on social networks and the psychological element that is at play. The way he describes it, the design behind Facebook... Read more...
Perception can be more powerful than reality, and right now there is a strong perception that Facebook spies on its users, even going so far as to listen in on conversations using a device's microphone. But is that really the case? The answer is no, according to Facebook—Rob Goldman, the social network's vice president of advertising, felt compelled to announce on Twitter that Facebook does not, and never has, leveraged microphones for ads. Goldman's post was in reply to a tweet by PJ Vogt, who hosts a technology podcast called Reply All. Vogt put out a feeler on Twitter asking for people with... Read more...
Facebook and PayPal are strengthening their ties and have announced that users in the U.S. can now send and receive money person-to-person over Facebook Messenger. The integration also brings a PayPal customer service bot that can handle questions and requests for help right from within the Facebook Messenger window. Messenger has always had a payment system integrated that would allow friends to pay each other directly, but that service takes money directly from the payer's bank account via a debit card. That money is then sent directly to the person receiving the funds and places it into their... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors of a cheaper, standalone wireless VR headset on the way from Oculus for quite some time. Today, Facebook revealed to the world what it has been working on, and it is called the Oculus Go. As expected, Oculus Go is a self-contained headset that doesn't require a physical connection to a smartphone or PC. And more importantly, it's wireless, so you don't have to worry about tripping over cables when the action starts heating up in your VR games. Given its wireless nature, don't expect the Oculus Go to provide the same type of immersive experiences that you would get with... Read more...
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Facebook is always making tweaks and introducing new features to lure in the handful of people out there who aren't already on the social network, and to keep those who frequently use Facebook happily posting pictures of food, dogs and kids. The social giant recently announced that it was bringing a new streaming video service to the network with a new Watch tab set to debut with some shows that Facebook has paid for itself. Facebook is now back with an announcement that it has made the News Feed easier to navigate. Facebook's Shali Nguyen, Product Design Manager and Ryan Freitas, Design Director,... Read more...
Facebook users often find themselves cruising the news feed looking for videos to check out during downtime. The videos we all watch right now are, for the most part, created by our friends or amateur content producers, but that is changing. Facebook has announced "Watch", which is described as a "new platform for shows on Facebook." Watch will be accessible from mobile, desktop, and laptop platforms as well as via Facebook TV apps. Shows that fans can check out on Watch can be live or recorded, and will follow a theme or storyline according to Facebook. Watch will feature a Watchlist to help you... Read more...
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