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Facebook might be reviving Google's failed modular smartphone

Facebook appears to be secretly working on a modular smartphone that could be akin to Google's failed Project Ara experiment. The company has filed a patent for a "modular electromechanical device" that would offer replaceable hardware.

Huge growth in mobile video to push ad market to $18bn in 2018

The continued trend towards mobile video is expected to increase spending on adverts for the format by 49 percent in 2018. It will push the total value of the market above $18 billion while causing a decline in the spending on desktop video ads.

Google launches a Facebook-style news feed for your interests

Google has announced a new mobile app feature that surfaces articles that may be relevant to you. Called Feed, the feature has drawn comparisons with Facebook's News Feed. It's part of Google's ongoing efforts to become a destination, rather than a tool.

Snap shares fall below $15 after underwriters downgrade stock

Snap's stock hit a new all-time low today as it fell to just $15 per share. Investors are increasingly anxious that Snapchat won't be able to sustain its meteoric growth as the competition from apps like Facebook and Instagram steps up.

Facebook reportedly planning a much cheaper VR headset for 2018

Facebook-owned Oculus VR plans to release a much cheaper virtual-reality headset priced at roughly $200 in 2018, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

Facebook adds livestreaming to its Spaces virtual reality app

Facebook has announced it's rolling out livestreaming video support to its Spaces VR app. The app lets you meet with friends in a virtual space, opening the door to collaborative VR. You can now share live video from VR to your Facebook friends.

Facebook to bombard 1.2 billion Messenger users with gigantic ads

Facebook has announced it is commencing the global rollout of Messenger adverts. Facebook has previously left Messenger out of its ad network but now the potential revenue to be made from its 1.2 billion users has proved irresistible.

Facebook building its own Houseparty clone to disrupt live video

Facebook is reportedly building its own live video chat app. It's an attempt to capture the attention of young audiences who often communicate in groups. The company is said to be planning a clone of popular group video app Houseparty called Bonfire.

Facebook successfully tests drone to improve Internet access

Phoenix - With the aim of bringing the Internet to remote parts of the world, Facebook has successfully tested out a solar powered drone called Aquila.

Study finds most people don't want to see friends' holiday photos

Aviva, an insurance company based in the United Kingdom, conducted survey about sharing vacation photos via Facebook. It turns out most users don't want to see their 'friends' vacation photos.

Facebook states its commitment to stamping out 'all' hate speech

Facebook has explained how it responds to and removes hate speech while moderating its network. The company outlined how it defines hate speech and treads the fine line between thwarting abuse and censoring the right to free speech.

Facebook hits two billion user mark

San Francisco - Facebook said Tuesday it now counts two billion active monthly users, as the social giant's founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted his new mission -- not just connecting people, but helping them find common ground.

Facebook reaches two billion users milestone

Facebook has announced it has passed the two billion user mark, affirming its status as the largest social network on the planet. The company said it's an "honour" to have reached the milestone and unveiled a personalised celebratory video for each user.

US tech giants join forces against terror content

San Francisco - Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.

Facebook Messenger video chats get animated masks and filters

Facebook has released a new update for Messenger that adds a slew of features around video chats. The company has brought its filters and masks for photos to video content too, drawing more parallels with rival Snapchat.

Facebook launches plan to combat online extremism

London - US social media giant Facebook launched a campaign in Britain on Friday to counter the spread of online extremism following warnings from Prime Minister Theresa May after four terror attacks in three months.

Facebook announces profile picture changes to help you stay safe

Facebook has announced a set of new safety features related to profile pictures that are designed to give users peace of mind over how their images are used. The options are based on feedback from Indian users and are currently limited to the country.

Spotify lets you build playlists with your Facebook friends

Spotify has announced a new integration with Facebook Messenger that lets you and your friends create music playlists with the bot. Designed for use on social occasions like parties, it lets anyone add to the playlist to create the perfect soundtrack.

Sex offenders cannot be barred from social media: top US court

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday unanimously struck down a North Carolina law that barred registered sex offenders from using social media.

Facebook explains how it uses AI to catch terrorists online

Facebook has publicly detailed its approach to combatting terrorism on its platform. The company addressed recent criticism it has received in the wake of terrorist attacks, stating "there's no place" on Facebook for terror and hate.

Facebook seeks to become 'hostile place' for extremists

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday said it is ramping up the use of artificial intelligence in a push to make the social network "a hostile place" for extremists to spread messages of hate.

Facebook close to building chat bots with true negotiation skills

Facebook is getting closer to building chatbots that are capable of planning conversations and negotiating with humans in a realistic way. By training the bots to mimic human responses, Facebook claims they can then make decisions on their own.

Facebook announces new Safety Check features after London fire

Facebook has announced several new features for its Safety Check crisis tool. They make it easier to stay connected and assist other members of the community when disaster strikes. The announcement came hours after Safety Check was activated in London.

How fake news is changing social media and search online

Fake news has been a stumbling point for internet companies since it came to the attention of the world last year. As the problem continues to spread, social networks and search providers are still devising ways of holding back and reversing the tide.

Philippine military asks Facebook to close jihadist accounts

Manila - The Philippine military on Friday asked Facebook to close dozens of accounts linked to Islamist militants who attacked a southern city, saying they were being used for propaganda.

Facebook's new disaster maps help recovery workers prioritise aid

Facebook has announced a project that will see it share user location data with aid agencies during times of disaster. By letting relief workers analyse social patterns on "disaster maps," it hopes to accelerate the delivery of aid to hard-hit areas.

Theresa May vs Facebook and the level of regulation

London - Conservative Party leader Theresa May has entered into a dispute with social media providers in the wake of the latest terror attack in London. May has used the situation to call for greater governmental regulation of social media.

German court denies parents access to dead teen's Facebook account

Berlin - A German court on Wednesday backed online giant Facebook in its battle to reject a demand by the parents of a dead teenage girl for access to her account.

Man guilty of libel over Facebook 'likes': Swiss court

Geneva - In a landmark ruling, a Swiss court has fined a man for "liking" comments on Facebook accusing an animal rights activist of being a "racist" and an "anti-Semite".

This startup CEO became a secret weapon for star Valley engineers

People who know Charity Majors describe her as a force of a nature, a combination of smarts, grit, hard work, attitude, wisecracks, and a genuine knack for fixing broken things.
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