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Facebook debuts Notify, an app that brings news headlines to notifications

Facebook debuts Notify, an app that brings news headlines to notifications

Just in case you weren't already getting enough notifications on your phone, Facebook is here to bring you more. The company has launched Notify, an iOS app that delivers the latest news headlines based on user preferences. Turns out the early peek at the app a few weeks ago was mostly accurate, with Notify clearly aimed at competing with Twitter when it comes to delivering news in real-time.

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Facebook updates Live to notify fans when their favorite celebs go live

Facebook updates Live to notify fans when their favorite celebs go live

Facebook launched a new service for celebrities and public figures called Live back in August of this year. The idea behind the service was to allow celebrities and public figures to live stream to Facebook users. The social network says that since it launched thousands of public figures have shared live videos. Live has now been updated to make it easier to notify fans of Live streaming.

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Facebook Photo Magic makes it easy to share photos of friends

Facebook Photo Magic makes it easy to share photos of friends

It may not be surprising that 9.5 billion images were shared via Facebook Messenger last month. Photos seem to be the number one way that people communicate with each other via Facebook. The social network is making moves to make it easier to share images with your friends via facial recognition tech called Photo Magic. That tech is being applied directly to your camera roll.

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Belgium: Facebook must stop tracking Internet users

Belgium: Facebook must stop tracking Internet users

In less than 48 hours, if Facebook fails to comply with the orders of a Belgian court, it will be fined as much as $269,000 every day until it does. This is the verdict that the court has imposed on the social networking giant on behalf of the country's privacy watchdog, the Belgian Privacy Commission. The crime? The widespread tracking of any Internet user who, willingly or otherwise, ventures into any Facebook page, regardless of whether said user is registered on Facebook or, which is the contention of this case, not.

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Facebook iOS app will play Spotify, Apple Music clips in News Feed

Facebook iOS app will play Spotify, Apple Music clips in News Feed

Facebook is rolling out a new update for its iOS app that introduces a feature allowing users to hear clips of music right from the social network's News Feed. Anytime a link to a song or album from Spotify, Apple Music, or iTunes is shared, it will automatically formatted into a post that plays a 30-second preview of the music. The feature is actually part of a new post format, called Music Stories, that is being introduced solely on the iOS Facebook app.

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Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook has detailed an ongoing effort with its artificial intelligence that enables its software to describe photographs to blind users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a link to the video describing the technology on his own Facebook account yesterday, briefly discussing the feature and Facebook’s work. He said the video inspired him, and that, “Our AI can now look at a photo, figure out what’s in it and help explain it to you.”

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Facebook ditches ‘maybe’ invite button, adds ‘interested’

Facebook ditches ‘maybe’ invite button, adds ‘interested’

Facebook is a convenient way to plan get togethers, assuming most of the people you plan to invite are on the social network. Simply create an event, send out the invites, and then sit back and wait to see how people respond. Up until now, this has involved three options: yay, nay, and the frustratingly ambiguous "maybe". Facebook has decided to do away with that "maybe" and replace it with something that shows a little more interest.

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Facebook tweaks ‘real name’ policy over continued criticism

Facebook tweaks ‘real name’ policy over continued criticism

Facebook has long been criticized for its 'real name' policy, a policy in which users are required to use their 'real' names and, in cases of doubt, provide multiple forms of proof to confirm their authentic identity. While many users don't have a problem with that, many others do, and for a variety of valid reasons. Some are simply wanting an extra layer of privacy, while other cite dangers in using their real name and more.

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Facebook’s Local Market is a marketplace in testing

Facebook’s Local Market is a marketplace in testing

Facebook is known to test different features and services that may never see the light of day, so take the appearance of a new local marketplace feature with a grain of salt. Recently, Facebook iPhone users have reported seeing a new feature called "Local Market" which, in some cases, briefly showed up where the Messenger button is typically located. Some screenshots have been taken, and though the feature is limited in functionality, it does show a marketplace split up into individual categories.

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Facebook Slideshow is video ads for slow connections

Facebook Slideshow is video ads for slow connections

In an ideal world, we would all be connected to the Internet through high-speed networks that make buffering a thing of the past. In an ideal world like this, content creators and advertisers would be able to reach us, their audience, almost instantaneously. But we don't live in an ideal world. We live in a world where some are lucky to have a 2G Internet connections at all. Such a situation is, of course, bad news for advertisers, especially those with video ads. Luckily for them, Facebook is coming to the rescue with Slideshow.

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Facebook Message Requests aim to eliminate phone numbers

Facebook Message Requests aim to eliminate phone numbers

Facebook has announced something new that may make some folks a bit uncomfortable at first, the other folder is going away and a new feature is replacing it. The new feature is called Message Requests and is intended to make it easy to contact anyone without needing a phone number.

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Facebook teaches employees empathy with throttled Internet

Facebook teaches employees empathy with throttled Internet

When consistently using high-speed Internet services, it can be easy to forget just how terrible truly slow Internet speeds are. Facebook has been targeting emerging markets, and has released apps for those markets that use very little data. Still, to help its employees properly sympathize with the Internet experience had in rural India, the social network has introduced "2G Tuesdays", which is exactly what it sounds like.

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