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Kremlin says not involved in Russia-linked Facebook ads

Moscow - The Kremlin on Friday distanced itself from the controversy over Russia-linked Facebook ads which may have influenced last year's US election, saying Moscow had nothing to do with them.

Facebook opens AI research lab in Montreal

Montr - Facebook has announced it's expanding its artificial intelligence research group with a new lab in Montreal. The location currently employs 10 researchers but the company aims to triple the number of positions in the next few months.

Instagram Stories becomes Facebook's next step in ads

Facebook has detailed changes coming to Instagram ads that will make it easier for businesses to share content in Stories. The company is looking to monetise Stories to help advertisers reach new people. It's also rolling out more options to users.

Facebook testing video preloads over Wi-Fi connections

Facebook's testing a feature that'll make it easier to watch videos while you're away from home. The experimental addition allows videos to preload while you're connected to Wi-Fi. Next time you open the News Feed, the videos will be ready to play.

Facebook fined 1.2 mln euros by Spanish data watchdog

Madrid - Spain's data protection watchdog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of 1.2 million euros ($1.44 million) for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.

Facebook staffs up in China despite being blocked

Facebook has hired a Chinese government-relations point man and is seeking other staff in signs that it harbours ambitions for a China presence despite its main social media platform being blocked.

Facebook reveals suspected $100k Russian misinformation campaign

Facebook says it has found evidence that Russian-funded groups spent over $100,000 on ads over the past two years. The ads posted views on controversial issues, such as immigration and equality. The activity continued into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Facebook to monetize WhatsApp by charging businesses

Facebook is planning to start monetising WhatsApp, the messaging app used by over one billion people every day. The company intends to expand its service to include communication with businesses, echoing Facebook's own Messenger product.

Facebook expands 'On This Day' to let you revisit more memories

Facebook has announced it's expanding its "On This Day" feature to include more notable memories. The company will show you highlights from your past popular posts, friendship milestones and seasonal events. Everything will be private until you share it.

Facebook discusses what happens to your account after death

Facebook has explained how it treats people's online identities after they die. The company acknowledged that different individuals and families can have differing opinions on what happens to their digital memories. It said it tries to "respect wishes."

Op-Ed: What if Amazon, Google and Facebook enter financial services?

Sydney - It’s not as weird an idea as it might look at first glance. These are high capital, high cashflow companies. They can muscle their way in to the financial services sector with ease. The question is, what would it do to the market?

Facebook expanding its Craigslist-rival to include businesses

Facebook is planning a large expansion of its Marketplace feature that will see more kinds of product added to the tab. The company is positioning Marketplace as a rival to Craigslist. The changes will also bring it into closer rivalry with eBay.

Van Gogh goes virtual as 'Sunflowers' unite via livestream

Den Haag - Five versions of Vincent van Gogh's masterpiece painting "Sunflowers" will be united across three continents for the first time on Monday via a consecutive livestream feed, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has said."On Monday...

Facebook discretely fields China photo-sharing app

San Francisco - Facebook's interest in China has led it to discretely create a photo-sharing application released there without the social network's brand being attached.

Facebook bans 'cloaking' as it cracks down on scams

Facebook has announced it's taking steps to combat the rise of "cloaking" on its platform. The practice refers to a popular deception technique where scammers disguise a link to their website as a genuine News Feed post, fooling Facebook's moderators.

How CEO Evan Spiegel could copy Mark Zuckerberg

To save Snap's stock from falling further, CEO Evan Spiegel could turn the tables and copy Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. About five years ago, Facebook was in a similar position as Snap is in now.

Facebook Stories are forcing their way to your desktop

Facebook has begun testing its ephemeral Stories feature on its main desktop website. The company is including Stories as a box to the right of the central page content. However, it faces an uphill challenge as resistance to the feature remains very high.

Facebook's News Feed to penalise slow-loading websites

Facebook has announced it's tweaking its News Feed algorithms so faster loading webpages rank above slower alternatives. The company said it's based on research that users want content to appear quickly but the change could unduly penalise some sites.

Facebook acquires AI startup Ozlo to boost Messenger bots

Facebook has acquired Ozlo, a conversational AI service launched in October 2016. The company's platform offers rich intelligence capabilities that can interpret the meaning of textual conversations, making it a clear fit for Facebook's Messenger.

Facebook embarks on aggressive strategy to monetise Messenger

Facebook is planning to use its Messenger mobile chat service to attract advertisers away from purchasing banner ads on websites. The company wants to monetise conversations, showing you ads between messages that it believes will increase engagement.

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.
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