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Glitch sends Facebook Lahore Safety Check to the whole world

Glitch sends Facebook Lahore Safety Check to the whole world

Following catastrophic events like the 2011 tsunami that hit Tokyo, Facebook launched its new Safety Check feature to utilize the vast reach of the social network to connect affected people with their families and friends. It basically works by sending out a notification asking you if you're OK when Facebook detects you're within the affected area. This weekend, however, some Facebook users from different places around the world were being asked by Safety Check if they were alright, saying they were in Lahore, Pakistan where a suicide bomb killed dozens and injured hundreds.

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Facebook quietly developing impersonation security alerts

Facebook quietly developing impersonation security alerts

Most people have had to deal with an online bully at one point or another, but the harassment usually comes in the form of unwanted messages, whether they’re replies to tweets or comments on statues. Less common but no less problematic are online impersonations, a more involved form of online bullying in which one person creates an account pretending to be another person. Such actions can range from annoying to career-destroying, and now Facebook’s creating a tool to prevent it altogether.

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Facebook Messenger has a secret basketball game

Facebook Messenger has a secret basketball game

It's March Madness time, and as such Facebook has added a 'hidden' basketball game to Messenger. The game came with the app's latest update, and simply involves sending someone a basketball emoji, after which point you'll be tasked with flicking digital basketballs into a digital hoop, aiming to beat your own best score. Get the details on how to play after the jump!

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Facebook, WhatsApp pull support for BlackBerry

Facebook, WhatsApp pull support for BlackBerry

This week Facebook and WhatsApp have effectively pulled support from BlackBerry as a platform. Ironically many would not have gotten this news (outside of those that use the apps on the platform) would it not have been for an update from BlackBerry assuring developers that they continue to offer their support for the future. In response to the decisions made by Facebook and WhatsApp, BlackBerry is asking BlackBerry 10 users to Tweet the tag #ILoveBB10Apps to ask that the social networks stay.

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Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 wants to take up your whole screen

Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 wants to take up your whole screen

I've used a lot of different instant messaging services over the years to keep in contact with friends online. These days, most people tend to just chat on Facebook, which is why the Messenger app for mobile devices is so popular (if a bit detested, for being a separate app). And it looks like the company is bringing their widely-used app to Windows.

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Facebook Lite adds emoji, video, batch image uploads

Facebook Lite adds emoji, video, batch image uploads

Facebook’s ultra-lightweight app for slow connections and lower-tier phones, Facebook Lite, has been updated with some new features including support for emojis in messages and batch image uploading. The features are a welcomed addition, adding a bit more functionality to the barebones version of Facebook's mobile app without adding too much of a burden on applicable handsets.

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Oculus creates VR Social Network with Facebook and Gear VR

Oculus creates VR Social Network with Facebook and Gear VR

It would appear that Mark Zuckerberg's word on social networking in virtual reality are coming to fruition sooner than expected. Oculus and Samsung have announced that anyone with a Samsung Gear VR (powered by Oculus) will be able to create their own profile for a new social network within the virtual realm. This system will allow users to search for friends on the platform, play social games, and create rooms in Oculus Social. Oculus Video and Facebook Video Content will also be able to be shared via Facebook.

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Facebook acquires Masquerade, the face-swapping app

Facebook acquires Masquerade, the face-swapping app

Just days after Snapchat added a face-swapping lens, Facebook has made a similar announcement: it has acquired Masquerade, a popular face-swapping and live filter app that goes by 'MSQRD' in the App Store and Google Play. Masquerade’s CEO Eugene Nevgen talked about the acquisition today, saying, “Within Facebook, we’re going to be able to reach people at a scale like never before.” Don’t worry, non-Facebook users — the standalone app won’t be going anywhere.

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Ordering a Lyft car with Messenger — rolling out now

Ordering a Lyft car with Messenger — rolling out now

Facebook Messenger users can order a Lyft car directly through the messaging app, the ridesharing company has announced. The feature follows Uber's own Messenger integration, and means you'll never have to toggle apps to ensure you have a ride on its way. Lyft is no stranger to messaging app integrations, though -- in the recent past, Lyft integrated with Slack, making it possible to order a car with a simple "/lyft" command.

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Tech giants, including Microsoft, file brief supporting Apple

Tech giants, including Microsoft, file brief supporting Apple

Although Apple has recently scored a victory in an almost similar case, its battle with the FBI in the San Bernardino case is yet to come to a head in a formal hearing a few weeks from now. Like a giant army slowly building up from different corners, tech companies have now formally rallied behind Apple's cause, filing amicus brief on the company's behalf. Among those who put their name on paper are some of the who's who in the industry, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Airbnb, Reddit, and, yes, Microsoft as well.

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Catching up on Apple FBI case: an 8-point timeline

Catching up on Apple FBI case: an 8-point timeline

Today we're rounding up all the details regarding Apple's legal battle with the FBI over iPhone encryption. This includes the one-sentence filing made by attorneys representing Apple this week notifying the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that their clients "formally object" to an order to break in to an encrypted iPhone. Today we make it simple. Today we catch you up at the same time as we collect the data in one place for ourselves, as well.

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VR will be the most “anti-social” social platform

VR will be the most “anti-social” social platform

Thanks to the wonders of technology and the Internet, we are able to connect with friends and family, share with them our experiences and interests, wherever they are in the world. However, most of the time, we can only do so if they happen to be on the same service as we are. Sounds familiar? That's basically the structure behind every social network walled garden. And that is going to be the case with VR as well. At Samsung's UNPACKED event at MWC 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prophesied that VR will be the next platform, meaning the next social platform. Problem is, VR, as it is today, is inherently anti-social.

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