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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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Facebook’s latest diversity report shows little change

Facebook’s latest diversity report shows little change

Facebook has introduced its latest diversity report, which details information on its own workforce. There has been little change over last year, unfortunately, showing mostly the same numbers we saw in summer 2014 -- something that doesn't fit well with the social network's diversity goals. Facebook reported its initial diversity numbers in 2014, as did many other big name businesses in the industry. Said the social network’s Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams, “Having a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do for our business.”

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Messenger drops Facebook account requirement

Messenger drops Facebook account requirement

Facebook Messenger offers more features than chatting, and some use it even if they don't bother with their Facebook account. For those who fall into the latter group, there's good news: the recent Messenger update has brought a handful of changes, the most notable of which is that you no longer require a Facebook account to use the chatting app. Instead, users can just provide their phone number and go from there. The change has arrived with both the Android and the iOS apps.

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Facebook doesn’t need your face to recognize you

Facebook doesn’t need your face to recognize you

Facebook has developed the next level of facial recognition software that is so clever, it can identify you even if your face is obscured. If you were paranoid about being auto-tagged in pictures before, Facebook's new recognition capabilities won't do anything to allay those fears. This new algorithm removes any residual layers of privacy a user would have from photographing themselves from the neck down, or covering their face. The AI behind the development seems human-like its ability to identify a friend from the back of their head.

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