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Understanding Facebook’s data lasers

Understanding Facebook’s data lasers

This week Mark Zuckerberg showed off several photographs of lasers he suggested would be sending internet signals all around the world. These lasers will be used with Facebook's Internet.org project, beaming information "from a plane flying overhead or a satellite flying way overhead," according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "They'll communicate down to earth using very accurate lasers to transfer data." This isn't the first experiment in the world to use lasers to send data. In fact several organizations - like the ESA and NASA - have already begun real-world testing for data transfer between craft in space and labs on our planet's surface. Data transfer with lasers is super reliable and fast, too!

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Facebook to beam the Internet from the sky using lasers

Facebook to beam the Internet from the sky using lasers

When your core business is essentially dependent on the Internet, it makes sense that you'd want everyone to have access to the Internet as well. Google has its Project Loon and Facebook has Internet.org. Of course, those are lofty goals, but the question is always "how". Unlike Google's balloons, Facebook will be using satellites, drones, and lasers. Yes, lasers. Mark Zuckerberg has just posted online, on his Facebook account no less, a teaser of what's to come, with lasers being shot from the sky to deliver the Internet, and Facebook, to everyone.

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Facebook starts sharing video ad revenue, but there’s a catch

Facebook starts sharing video ad revenue, but there’s a catch

For the first time ever, Facebook has decided that it will share as much as 55 percent of ad revenue to video creators whose content will have some video ads attached to it. While this seems like a move to encourage more video makers to upload to the social networking site instead of, say, YouTube, the arrangement isn't as clear cut as it seems. In particular, Facebook's revenue sharing setup might actually be less favorable to the advertisers that will be the source of that monetary incentive.

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Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat has updated its mobile app, and with the update comes a change to a commonly used feature: opening snaps and stories. In the past you had to press and hold the screen to view these things — with the update, though, you can just tap to view instead. It might not seem like much, but all that holding was taking up precious milliseconds, and if you’re a frequent Snapchat user the difference will add up. That’s not the biggest feature among the changes, though.

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Facebook has subtly redesigned its logo

Facebook has subtly redesigned its logo

Companies update their logos on occasion -- sometimes drastically, sometimes subtly. Facebook has quietly updated its own, and it has gone with the latter of the two extremes. The changes are subtle, and if you aren't the type to pay much attention to such things you might not have even noticed. Those who are familiar with the old Facebook logo will notice a couple slight differences, though, with the letter “a” being the biggest difference: it has been changed to reflect how most people write it rather than the traditional typist style. Other letters like the “k” hardly changed at all.

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Zuckerberg says “real name does not mean your legal name”

Zuckerberg says “real name does not mean your legal name”

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers the question of what the company really wants out of a "real" name for users. Facebook's naming policy has been under fire recently by the LGBTQ community, and Zuckerberg's answer to a direct question on the matter aimed this morning to take care of the situation in one swoop. At the same time, Zuckerberg suggested that Facebook is always looking for better ways to support everyone on Facebook, and that includes keeping their "real name" policy at the same time as they keep it safe for all users.

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Facebook Messenger’s money feature arrives for all US users

Facebook Messenger’s money feature arrives for all US users

We've previously detailed Facebook Messenger's new feature for sending money to friends, but in case you missed it, the feature works as such: you fire up Messenger and find the friend you want to send money to. Tap the "$" icon, enter an amount, and send it away. The person on the receiving end can then accept it and the money will be sent to their bank account. It's a convenient feature, one that is now available to all US users.

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Facebook eyeing next billion users with upcoming Africa office

Facebook eyeing next billion users with upcoming Africa office

Facebook is eyeing the future and as such will be launching its first office in Africa, it has been announced. The office will be in a Johannesburg suburb and will be run by Nunu Ntshingila. So far Facebook has about 120 million users in Africa, a small number compared to the more than a billion people who call it home. The social network's Internet.org and Facebook Lite will play a part in getting users on board.

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Facebook couldn’t buy Snapchat, so it’s “borrowing” its features

Facebook couldn’t buy Snapchat, so it’s “borrowing” its features

If at first you don't acquire, emulate. Having been spurned by Snapchat, Facebook has instead borrowed the photo editing features from the short-lived picture messaging service. The new photo uploader, complete with various text overlays, stickers, and filters, was revealed earlier today and spawned instant comparisons with how Snapchat offers simple graphical tweaks to its self-destructing pictures. If Facebook's track record tells us anything, however, it's that a positive reception to its changes is anything but guaranteed.

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Facebook tries to outdo Snapchat with new photo uploader

Facebook tries to outdo Snapchat with new photo uploader

You know what they say when in Rome. In this case, though, it's "when in photo sharing land, do as Snapchat does." Facebook has silently started to roll out a new version of its photo uploader and with it came a batch of new features that puts it on par with Snapchat. That means swipeable filters, text overlays, and, of course, stickers, making it possible to produce almost every form of whimsy and hilarity using nothing but some regular-looking photos and a sense of humor.

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