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Zuckerberg responds on India internet, remains mum on Net Neutrality

Zuckerberg responds on India internet, remains mum on Net Neutrality

This afternoon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to comments about India's refusal to allow "Free Basics" in the country. While Facebook appeared to be bringing free internet to the world with this initiative last year - but as soon as it became apparent that not all was what it seemed, India responded. They responded by banning Free Basics altogether. Then earlier this month, they went a step further, issuing a Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016. Today Zuckerberg responded.

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France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

Slowly and bit by bit, Facebook is losing legal ground in Europe over what many member states are now calling illegal practices that violate the privacy of users and non-users alike. The case it faces in France, however, is significant because of its timing and its root cause. The French privacy regulator CNIL has ordered Facebook to stop tracking the web activities of non-Facebook users, among other things, or face hefty fines. But in addition, it has called out Facebook for transferring European data to the US, which has basically been declared illegal in the EU.

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India rejected Facebook’s free internet, and that’s a good thing

India rejected Facebook’s free internet, and that’s a good thing

Last year, Facebook launched their “Free Basics” program in India, which promised to bring free internet to all the citizens of the country. On the surface, that seems like a great and noble move. Unfortunately, not all was as it seemed, which is why in December, the country moved to ban the service. Facebook has been fighting hard ever since, but that battle appears to have come to a close.

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Facebook usage increases with sleep deprivation, says study

Facebook usage increases with sleep deprivation, says study

Is your amount of Facebook usage going up recently? It might be because you're not getting enough sleep. Researchers at the University of California Irvine have conducted a study recently that shows a direct connection between sleep deprivation and spending more time on Facebook. Now, this isn't the same as frequently being on Facebook leading to poor sleep patterns, but rather the opposite.

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Facbook busts “six degrees of separation” myth

Facbook busts “six degrees of separation” myth

Everyone knows about the 6 degrees of separation (or of Kevin Bacon). The idea is that you can take any two people in the world, and connect them through no more than six total acquaintances. Well, the website that knows more about your friends than you do seems to think we're all a lot closer that we previously thought.

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Facebook update tosses a new wrench in to your newsfeed

Facebook update tosses a new wrench in to your newsfeed

The already massive amount of code dedicated to deciding what you see on Facebook and what's skipped has just been given a kick in the pants. Facebook is now working with an element of humanity - another element, that is to say - this time relying on survey information delivered by the everyday user. Questionnaires were completed by Facebook users on which stories they'd rather seen, and the results of these tests are now informing what you end up seeing in your own personal Facebook feed every day.

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Facebook updates News Feed to weed out clickbait

Facebook updates News Feed to weed out clickbait

If there's one type of story in my Facebook feed that will get me to unfollow a page, or use the “hide post” feature, it's a clickbait title. Basically anything with “one trick” or “you'll never believe number 4!” in the title gets removed from my feed. Well as it turns out, I might not need to keep doing that much longer.

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Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Peer to peer sales that are coordinated — and maybe even paid for through — Facebook are nothing new. The social network makes it easy to get in contact with someone, share pictures, and thanks to that money sending feature added to Messenger not too long ago, even pay for an item. Among the things being sold privately through Facebook were firearms, something the social network has now explicitly banned.

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Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

The folks behind Facebook's image upload software are revealed to have been translating images into ASCII art automatically. While we're not certain how web standards enthusiast Mathias Bynens happened upon this bit of code sorcery, we are sure that he's discovered something magical. To find the ASCII magic in a Facebook image or an Instagram image, the user has only to append ".html" after that image's ".jpg" marker. It's that easy, really.

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