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EU court declares US Safe Harbor Decision invalid

EU court declares US Safe Harbor Decision invalid

A system has been in pace to assist companies who operate in Europe and the US called Safe Harbor. The framework for Safe Harbor was set up fifteen years ago and allows companies who have operations in both Europe and the US to easily transfer data between the two distant locations. A new decision by an EU court of Justice has now declared Safe Harbor invalid.

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Facebook to bring broadband internet access to Africa via satellite

Facebook to bring broadband internet access to Africa via satellite

Shortly after Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pledged to help the UN in bringing internet access to refugee camps, the social network has announced it will bring broadband internet to sub-Saharan Africa thanks to a partner ship with Eutelsat, a French satellite operator. As the latest effort under Facebook's Internet.org initiative, a satellite will bring internet access to over 14 nations in the most populated areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Facebook is testing animated profile pics on mobile

Facebook is testing animated profile pics on mobile

Facebook has introduced new profiles for mobile, adding features that amount to three main improvements. These changes are designed to improve one’s ability to demonstrate their own personality, and to make it easier to keep on top of the profile’s changes. This includes the ability to post a video as one’s profile picture, animating it like something out a Harry Potter novel.

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Facebook is down: third outage in one month

Facebook is down: third outage in one month

Few things will anger a loyal group of users for a website or service more than an outage. Even brief periods of time offline will anger people and Facebook has now had its third outage this month. At about noon PDT back on the 28th the social networking giant experienced its third outage in September with the outage before that one being only a handful of days past.

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Facebook to help UN bring internet access to refugee camps

Facebook to help UN bring internet access to refugee camps

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced over the weekend that he and Facebook plan to help the UN bring internet access to refugee camps. Zuckerberg says that internet access is an "enabler of human rights" and a "force for peace." Zuckerberg also pointed out that helping to bring internet access to more users isn’t altruism, that "we all" benefit when we are more connected.

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Facebook Notes gets custom styles, challenges Medium

Facebook Notes gets custom styles, challenges Medium

Facebook Notes — surprised the feature still exists? You’re not the only one. The social network hasn’t given Notes the same attention it has some of its other features, and many people ignore it altogether. Still, there’s a subset of users who like penning long narratives or using Facebook as their personal blog, and that’s where Notes comes in. Attention was drawn to the feature back in August when the social network began tweaking with it again, and today the company announced a full update.

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Facebook is down: tiny details

Facebook is down: tiny details

Today Facebook has gone down for thousands (if not millions) of users around the world. Blackout began at around 11:30 AM Central Time in the United States and appears to have affected areas in Europe and Asia as well. A live outage map suggests that most users reporting problems come from the United States, centering in around New York City, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. Twitter complaints are coming at an increasing speed at the time this article is published, with just a few tweets a minute at 11:40 AM Central Time up to over 80 tweets per minute closer to 11:50 AM Central Time.

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How Facebook plays 360-degree keep-away from YouTube

How Facebook plays 360-degree keep-away from YouTube

This afternoon Facebook launched its 360-degree video initiative, and with it a brand new security measure to keep content exclusive. Facebook's 360-degree video feature is much like YouTube's very similar 360-degree video feature. Once you're watching a video, you're inside a sphere of content, able to turn any direction to see a different angle on your environment. The big difference here between the two services is the way they execute and display a flat video file made spherical - in effect making both services mutually exclusive.

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Facebook 360 videos begin to roll out in news feed

Facebook 360 videos begin to roll out in news feed

Facebook has been teasing its plans to produce 360-degree video for users for a while now. The big thing we didn’t know about the 360 video plans was just when the videos would launch. As of today Facebook has announced that the 360-degree videos will begin rolling out in News Feed.

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Star Wars 360 video sends you speeding on Jakku

Star Wars 360 video sends you speeding on Jakku

This morning the first 360-degree immersive Star Wars: The Force Awakens experience was released - and what a doozie it is. This experience comes in the form of a 360-degree Facebook video, created with the technology described in our first ILMxLAB feature. Here you'll be jamming along the sands of Jakku on the speeder you saw in the first couple of teaser trailers for the new movie. You're driving as Rey would, and if you listen closely, you'll hear that the droid BB-8 is along for the ride as well. Watch out for desert marauders while you're out there.

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Facebook launches Signal curation tool for journalists

Facebook launches Signal curation tool for journalists

Facebook shows trending topics in the little ticker in the upper corner of one’s newsfeed, but it is capable of so much more. To better leverage its mass of data (and, likely, take on Twitter), the company has introduced a new curation tool for journalists called Signal, which offers up content from both Instagram and Facebook. The social network says it has received many requests from journalists for such a tool, and that Signal will make Facebook more central to their news-gathering efforts.

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Facebook is getting a Dislike button

Facebook is getting a Dislike button

For years, Facebook has steadfastly refused to give the Like button its negative counterpart, but according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg the Dislike button's time has come. While the social network has long argued that there's no place for negativity among its 1bn+ members, Zuckerberg conceded today that there are times when saying you "Like" something with a click is at odds with the message itself.

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