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WhatsApp breaks its promise, starts sharing data with Facebook

WhatsApp is facing a huge backlash after breaking a promise it made two years ago. When it was bought by Facebook, it pledged not to share user data with its new parent. Now, it's reversed that policy and will soon share data to power ads.

Instagram 19th service to pass one billion Android app installs

This week Instagram became the fourth online service app owned by Facebook to pass the one billion mark in Android app installs. Relatively speaking, it did not take Instagram all that long to get their, either.

Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app

San Francisco - Facebook took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates.

Advertising bots can now talk to you on Facebook Messenger

Facebook has updated its chatbot policies to allow AI-controlled ad bots onto Facebook Messenger. Messenger bots are now allowed to canvas products to you, send you promotions and engage in subscription-based conversations in a rethinking of the rules.

Facebook to make your News Feed more interesting and informative

Facebook has announced it is tweaking its News Feed to show you more "personally informative" stories. The company is aiming to make the News Feed more interesting for each user, increasing engagement by only showing content relevant to each individual.

Google and Facebook put their fierce rivalry aside to save money

Back in March, Google finally joined up with the Open Compute Project — the Facebook-led effort to build better computer hardware that's shaking up a $140 million industry.

Facebook to banish clickbait and spam from your News Feed

Facebook has announced it is updating its News Feed to hide more clickbait stories with deliberately misleading headlines. It said it realises the benefits of authentic communication and is making the change based on extensive user feedback.

Hulk Hogan verdict forces Gawker founder Denton into bankruptcy

New York - Gawker founder Nick Denton declared bankruptcy on Monday after a federal judge allowed collection efforts to begin on $140 million in damages the news website was found liable for in a lawsuit filed by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Facebook to challenge US bill for back taxes

Washington - The US government is expected to hit Facebook with a bill for between $3 billion and $5 billion in back taxes, the social network has disclosed.

Brazil fines Facebook $11.6 mn over WhatsApp standoff

Rio De Janeiro - A judge in Brazil slapped an $11.6 million fine on the local Facebook branch over the company's refusal to surrender data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation.

Facebook Internet drone Aquila completes first test flight

Facebook’s goal to deliver Internet service to far-flung places took another step closer to reality following the successful test flight of its solar-powered Aquila drone.

San Francisco prepares for Pokemon Go invasion

San Francisco - Even San Francisco, the home of the hippie movement in the 1960s and a long list of oddities after that, has never seen anything like this.

Facebook Messenger reaches one billion monthly active users

Facebook Messenger has crossed the one billion user mark, becoming one of few online services to gain such a following. The standalone messaging app is rapidly expanding to include new features that are proving to be popular and attractive to new users.

U.K. man jailed after bragging about high-speed chase on Facebook

Cambridge - A man who led police on a dangerous high-speed pursuit through the streets of Cambridge was jailed. After the chase, he bragged about the pursuit on Facebook and even drew a map of the route he took.

Twitter, Facebook took stronger action to block pro-attack posts

San Francisco - Social media giants Twitter and Facebook took unprecedented steps last week to stop some users from celebrating carnage from the suspected terror attack in Nice, France.

Internet gets first look inside Fukushima 'exclusion zone'

Fukushima - Malaysian freelance photographer Keow Wee Loong sneaked into the Fukushima exclusion zone on June 4. His sometimes eerie photography gives us insight into the panic that followed the disaster on March 11, 2011.

Facebook has a data centre full of five-year-old smartphones

Facebook's data centres mostly contain racks of servers to store user data. Though one of them holds something a little different. Inside a facility in Oregon, the company is testing its apps on hundreds of ancient smartphones, measuring performance.

Order pizza from Facebook Messenger with Pizza Hut's new chatbot

Pizza chain Pizza Hut has announced it has created a chatbot utility for Facebook Messenger and Twitter. Pizza Hut customers can now order food by "talking" to the firm's digital assistant in messaging threads as the company moves to "social ordering."

Police in Germany raid homes over social media hate speech

On Wednesday, police in Germany conducted a number of house raids across the country. The raids targeted people accused of posting hate speech on social media.

Facebook announces encryption is coming to Messenger

Facebook has begun a trial of protecting Messenger conversations with end-to-end encryption, preventing them from being intercepted by third parties before they reach their intended recipient. It will allow it to rival other encrypted apps.

Facebook expands video with trial of offline playback

Facebook is testing a new feature with some users that could reduce your phone bill by allowing you to save videos offline for later viewing. Facebook views video as integral to the future of its platform and has moved to emphasise video content.

Facebook Paper is closing down

Facebook has announced it is closing down its news-reading app Paper. The app failed to emulate the success of news aggregators like Flipboard and will be closed down next month two years after its launch. The app has already been pulled from iOS.

Facebook to bring in new 'Like' button

After carrying out research with representative users of its service, Facebook will change the design of its "like" button.

Facebook to emphasise friends above pages, harming publishers

Facebook has announced it is changing the algorithm used for News Feed posts once again, this time to place your friends' status updates above those of publishers and groups. It said it wants to make Facebook a more personal place, emphasising closeness.

U.S. President Obama backs entrepreneurs at global tech summit

Palo Alto - U.S. President Barack Obama told the best and brightest in the technology industry on Friday that the government would partner with private industry to keep the Internet free and open to innovation.

Facebook adds political bias training following news controversy

Facebook has added political scenarios to its bias training program in the wake of the controversy that the social network was suppressing conservative news, Sheryl Sandberg announced during an interview with the American Enterprise Institute.

Op-Ed: Anti-online terrorism software ready, but will it prevent terror?

Washington - Since extremists started recruiting online, people have been looking for ways of stopping them. The new solution for online recruiting, appropriately enough, is closely related to the software used to combat child pornography.

Florida prosecutor suspended after anti-Orlando Facebook rants

Orlando - An assistant state attorney in Florida has been suspended after he posted nasty remarks about Orlando shortly after the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. This is not the first time he has been in trouble over social media posts.

Man livestreaming on Facebook shot to death in Chicago

Chicago - A Chicago man was outside with his children and some friends, broadcasting live on Facebook. The video shows the 28-year-old being gunned down by an unknown assailant and the panic that ensued.

Facebook thinks its site will be 'all video' within five years

A Facebook executive has made some bold predictions for the future of the social network. The site expects to be "all video" within the next five years as people reduce their reliance on text and move towards more visual ways of expressing themselves.
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