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Adblock Plus claims early victory against Facebook’s new desktop ads

Adblock Plus claims early victory against Facebook’s new desktop ads

Just a couple of days ago, Facebook announced a revision to its ad controls that included increased efforts against the widespread use of ad-blockers. In the announcement, Facebook said that ad-block users would begin seeing ads anyway when they accessed the site through desktop. As you can probably guess, the folks behind Adblock Plus, one of the more popular pieces of ad-blocking browser software, took that as a challenge.

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Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Revealed back in April, Facebook Messenger's bots have taken off in a big way. Now numbering in the thousands, these chat bots do all sorts of things, from helping you find travel deals to bots that allow you to send whatever feedback you may have to brands and corporations. Messenger is adding another bot to the list today, but this one definitely stands out from the rest, as it lets you send a note to President Obama.

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Facebook updates ad controls, moves to make ad blockers less effective

Facebook updates ad controls, moves to make ad blockers less effective

Facebook is coming to terms with the fact that people generally dislike ads, and this means both good and bad things for its users. The good news first: Facebook has announced that it will update its ad preferences, allowing users to pick and choose what kind of ads they see alongside content on the site. Essentially, this update allows you to remove categories from the list of things Facebook has determined you might like, allowing the ads you see to fall more in line with your actual tastes.

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Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Don't look now, but Facebook is making another move to attempt to woo some users away from Snapchat. After Instagram introduced a Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, Facebook has rolled out a new Olympics-themed test in Brazil and Canada that features selfie filters from MSQRD, a company the social media giant acquired earlier this year.

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Facebook strengthens efforts against News Feed clickbait

Facebook strengthens efforts against News Feed clickbait

If you're anything like me, your Facebook News Feed is probably a mess of posts featuring Donald Trump, babies, and articles with clickbait titles. It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook has a clickbait problem, and a big one at that. Despite previous efforts to trim down the amount of clickbait that appears in any given user's News Feed, the problem persists, and it's led Facebook to implement a new - and hopefully improved - News Feed algorithm.

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Pokemon GO launches in Central and South America

Pokemon GO launches in Central and South America

Pokemon GO players are still as fervent as ever, and now more gamers can join their ranks — the company behind the game has announced an expansion into Central and South America, marking the latest regions where the game is (officially) available to download. The expansion comes just in time for the Rio Olympics, and is joined by a handful of other changes, namely fixes for two big bugs players have been vocal about.

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Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Facebook's hardware lab Area 404 has been revealed and profiled by Facebook this week, giving the public a glimpse at what happens when teams converge. This area is located in Facebook's Menlo Park office, and allows 22,000 square feet to be dedicated to modeling, prototyping, and failure analysis for hardware. Facebook's hardware teams from Connectivity Lab, Oculus, Building 8, and their Infrastructure team all work together collaboratively in this lab.

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Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Soccer, or football depending on where you live in the world, is a big deal for huge numbers of fans around the world. The catch is that fans of Premiere League soccer matches inside the US and some other countries have very little access to these games. That is changing with Facebook getting into the live streaming realm for Premiere League matches.

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Facebook begins testing ad breaks for Live broadcasts

Facebook begins testing ad breaks for Live broadcasts

It was bound to happen eventually, and now it looks like advertisements in Facebook Live videos may be around the corner. Facebook has announced that it's rolling out small-scale tests where it will insert ads into live streams broadcast on its platform, alerting agencies to the fact that their ads - usually pulled from promoted video campaigns on the social network - may begin appearing in Live videos around the site.

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Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook doesn’t make it easy to avoid having your birthday broadcast to all your friends; in fact, it has taken steps to boost birthday celebrations on the social network, including things like launching the Facebook Birthday Cam earlier this year. If you love the digital celebrations, then good news: Facebook has launched a new cheesy birthday recap video that takes at least three of your birthday well wishes and mashes them up into a cake-filled celebratory video.

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Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Way back in 2012, Facebook was hit with a lawsuit over real-world currency children had spent playing games on the social network. The issue revolved around Facebook Credits, which gamers could buy using a credit card; the currency, then, would be used to buy virtual goods of one sort or another in Facebook games. This quickly became an issue as kids charged huge bills on their parents' bank accounts without realizing what they were doing. The issue has dragged on in various legal matters since, and now a judge has ruled that Facebook must refund parents.

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Facebook unblocks Wikileaks DNC email links, says it was an accident

Facebook unblocks Wikileaks DNC email links, says it was an accident

A skirmish started this weekend when the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent out a tweet announcing that Facebook was blocking links to the DNC email links, and many were quick to jump on the issue, calling it censorship and pointing out that the block was happening mere days before the Democratic National Convention. At the time, Facebook users were advised to use archive.is to try and share the links, and now a couple days later, Facebook has unblocked the links, calling it an accident.

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