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    Germany is Attempting to Make Fake News Illegal

    Facebook and Twitter might want to invest in some moderators soon — if a new bill passes through Germany’s legislative branch, the sites would be required to delete posts deemed to spread fake news or incite hate. Ideas for the bill have been under discussion since last year, with a finalized version arriving this week. What’s […]

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    Facebook Basically Just Added All of Snapchat’s Features

    The Snap IPO went pretty well, all things considered. Facebook wants things to be all downhill from there. The past year has seen a massive campaign against Snapchat on the part of Facebook, with copies of Snapchat’s Stories feature appearing in all of Facebook’s social properties — Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Today might represent the climax — […]

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    Facebook Fully Rolls Out Their Latest Snapchat Clone, Messenger Day

    Continuing their apparent corporate strategy of undermining Snapchat, Facebook is launching their new Messenger Day feature this week in an update to the Messenger app. Introduced as a limited beta in Poland and some other markets late last year, Messenger Day is, essentially, Snapchat Stories — a compilation of photos and short videos that you take […]

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    Facebook Cuts $200 Off Price of Oculus Rift Bundle Amid Slow Sales

    We don’t know exactly how many units of the Oculus Rift have been shipped or sold, but it’s safe to say Facebook didn’t like the number. This week, the company cut the price of the VR headset and controller bundle by $200 — great news for anyone on the fence about buying one, but it’s never […]

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    Facebook is Going to Start Autoplaying Audio Along With Videos Soon

    Some things never change. As it seems it’s always been, Facebook is making a big change and a whole lot of people think it’s bad. This time, Zuckerberg and company are trying to gin up more video engagement by turning sound on by default for the videos that appear in your news feed. Unfortunately, that works […]

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    Facebook Reportedly Working on a TV App to Compete with Netflix

    Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and Hulu might have some new competition soon. Facebook’s push into video has mostly been relegated to the news feed, but a Wall Street Journal report suggests that could be changing soon. Sources tell the paper that Facebook is working on an all-video app for set-top boxes and interfaces. The report also indicates […]

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    Chrome Extension Blocks Politics from Your Facebook News Feed

    Earlier this week, we took a look at Countable, an app you can use to look at pending legislation and get in touch with your Congressional representatives. Today, we have the opposite of that. If you’re ready to throw your hands up and be done with it all, a new browser extension for Chrome will […]

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    You Can Now Unlock Your Facebook Account With a USB Key

    Today, it’s good security practice to not simply rely on one password. If that password is compromised, be it someone figuring out your password or getting it by hacking the services you use, you can get spammers using your accounts to send out messages or, worse, having personal and financial information compromised. That’s why there’s […]

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    The Top 10 Apps of the Year Will Not Surprise You

    It’s been like this for a while, but the Wild West has been tamed. The world of apps has been whittled down to a few giants, and it’s those giants that dominate the top 10 apps of 2016. Nielsen has been getting into mobile analytics lately, and they’ve put together the list based on average […]

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    Facebook Just Added Group Video Chat to Desktop and Mobile Versions of Messenger

    Facebook dropped an early holiday present on us! As of yesterday, it’s possible to start group video chats using Messenger on smartphones and desktops alike — should make the holidays a little brighter for the groups of friends or family who can’t be together for the holidays. To initiate a group video chat, you’ll need to either […]

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    Facebook Developing Response to Proliferation of Fake News

    Fake news — shorthand for news content produced to go viral without regard for sourcing — has become a buzzword since the United States elections in early November. At the heart of the matter is Facebook — since its early days as a social network, Facebook has evolved into a content distribution platform governed by its users and, now, […]

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    7 Essential Pieces of Gear to Get Started With Facebook Live Streaming

    So, you’ve heard that there’s good money in this e-celebrity business, and you want to go a piece for yourself. Well, there are a lot of ways to do it — you can start a podcast, stream yourself playing Minecraft, or, if you really want a challenge, you can try to break into beauty vlogging (seriously, good […]

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    Booking a Contractor is Now as Easy as Talking to Alexa

    Booking a plumber or an electrician is never fun — mainly because if you have to call one, you’re already dealing with a pretty unpleasant problem. But, just the process of trying to find someone reliable and get an appointment ironed out can be a pain, and if there’s one thing we know about the tech […]

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    Facebook is Testing Another Snapchat Stories Competitor in Poland

    Not content to bite Snapchat stories once using Instagram, Facebook is going on the offensive once again using their Messenger app. Reports indicate that Facebook is testing a feature called Messenger Day in Poland. It’s identical to Snapchat and Instagram Stories — take some pictures, doodle on them, and put them into a slideshow that disappears […]

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    Facebook Has Star Trek Reaction Buttons to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary

    After a yearlong celebration, today’s finally the big day. 50 years ago today, the first episode of Star Trek aired on NBC. Here in 2016, Facebook is celebrating with their new reaction buttons, albeit in a disconcertingly illogical way. The whole lineup is getting a temporary Trek makeover. The Like button is a little uninspired, with […]

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    Ikea Australia Makes Kanye West Look Like a Fool on Facebook

    Today in obscure corporate Facebook accounts, we have Ikea Australia (there’s one for every country Ikea is in, best I can tell) coming at Kanye West, kind of. Calling it beef is too strong — it’s hard to classify it, actually, but I think that captures Kanye West, the man, the musician, and the social media user, pretty well. […]

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    Facebook Takes on Snapchat By Way of Instagram Stories

    It’s easy to forget sometimes, but Instagram belongs to Facebook thanks to a what now seems low $1 billion acquisition in 2012. To his credit, Mark Zuckerberg has stayed fairly hands-off, although Instagram’s changes to their feed this year suggests that may no longer be the case. Here’s the latest hint that Facebook might be taking […]

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    ModiFace Chatbot is a Conversational Beauty Advisor on Facebook Messenger

    ModiFace hasn’t been shy about jumping into the world of tech. They’ve been one of a handful of companies consistently creating apps that use augmented reality to help people virtually try on cosmetics, nail polish, or even new hairstyles. And, now that they’ve established themselves in the world of augmented reality, they have their sights […]

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    Facebook’s Life-Changing New Feature Helps the Blind Imagine Photos

    Now at well over 1 billion users, Facebook knows it’s serving many who are disabled in a number of ways. And, as the company’s shift turns more and more to photos and video, those losing out the most are the blind and visually impaired. Up until now, there’s been no good way for those users […]

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    Wow, Facebook’s New Reactions Are Finally Here

    In what sort of looks like an effort to synergize with BuzzFeed, Facebook has taken its new Reactions out of beta testing. They’re rolling out worldwide starting this week, and if you’re a United States user, you’ve probably already noticed those new Reactions and been disappointed that there’s still no thumbs down. Last October, Facebook […]