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Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook is testing a new major feature that pits it against Periscope, arguably the world’s most popular mobile live streaming platform. The feature, as you probably guessed, is live video streaming, allowing Facebook users to share real-time videos with their friends and the public. Joining live video is a new collage feature that groups photos and videos into "moments."

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Zuckerberg announces child, puts weight of world on shoulders

Zuckerberg announces child, puts weight of world on shoulders

Today Mark Zuckerberg announced a new daughter with his wife. His announcement, listed on Facebook, came with a message of hope and of worry. A message that described the future for this child, including such messages as "Consider disease. Today we spend about 50 times more as a society treating people who are sick than we invest in research so you won't get sick in the first place." It's a strange letter to his child, but not entirely un-Zuckerberg in its content and delivery.

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Facebook login simplifies Apple TV app sign-in process

Facebook login simplifies Apple TV app sign-in process

Facebook announced this week that it was making its SDK available for developers working with the new Apple TV's tvOS. While the company highlights that the SDK will allow developers to incorporate social experiences into their Apple TV apps, the greatest benefit could be the ability to make use of Facebook Login, which lets users sign in to apps with their social network account.

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Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked in Bangladesh

Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked in Bangladesh

Facebook, Viber, and WhatsApp have been banned in Bangladesh, something that reportedly lead to a brief loss of total Internet access across the country. Though some users are getting past the ban, most in Bangladesh can no longer use Messenger or the two other messaging services. The nation's government had ordered ISPs to block access to the services in an effort to stop "criminals" from messaging each other through them.

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Facebook’s new birthday banner nixes forgetfulness excuses

Facebook’s new birthday banner nixes forgetfulness excuses

We’ve all got them — those acquaintances you know well enough that you shouldn't ignore their birthdays, but that you don't know well enough to make a phone call or send a card. Facebook presents the perfect medium for well wishes in that case, allowing you to peck out a quick happy message and then go on with your day. The one catch is that you have to notice when it is someone's birthday, and Facebook’s current design doesn’t make that easy.

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Facebook back in hot water after Safety Check ignores Mali

Facebook back in hot water after Safety Check ignores Mali

Facebook activated its Safety Check feature immediately following the attacks in Paris, representing the first time the social network's tool was used for something other than a natural disaster. The company was heavily criticized for doing so, not because the tool isn't useful, but because Facebook didn't activate it for previous similar attacks elsewhere, such as Lebanon. This highlighted a bias in the company, according to critics, which Facebook dismissed. However, as a harrowing attack took place in Mali, Safety Check remained inactive.

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Let Friends guide you through Facebook’s new “take a break” feature

Let Friends guide you through Facebook’s new “take a break” feature

The social network Facebook is testing a feature which would assist users in the present to see less of their significant others from the past. The feature is called "Take a Break", and, like taking a break in real life, it lists a number of "changes" you can make to the features on your Facebook account. One example of this is seeing less of the person who you've ended a relationship with. As Facebook Product Manager and someone we must assume is a Friends fan Kelly Winters suggests, "When people change their relationship status to indicate they are no longer in a relationship, they will be prompted to try these tools."

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Facebook is testing a fundraising tool for nonprofits

Facebook is testing a fundraising tool for nonprofits

Facebook has introduced a new fundraising tool for nonprofits, and it is working to improve its “donate” button, the combination of which will make the social network a little more attractive to charities. Says Facebook, “We hope these features help nonprofits reach new supports, engage their community and get the valuable funding they need to continue their good work." Facebook started testing tools for nonprofits back in 2013.

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Facebook’s dishing up public info in Google mobile searches

Facebook’s dishing up public info in Google mobile searches

On Friday, Facebook opened the doors for Google to crawl and index its mobile apps, making it possible for Google searches to present some publicly available information from Facebook mobile. The information comes from Google, which announced the news. Counted among the data indexed will be profile info available to the public (one’s age and name, for example), as well as data from Events, Pages, and Groups.

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Facebook on why Safety Check activated for Paris, but not others

Facebook on why Safety Check activated for Paris, but not others

In 2014, Facebook introduced a tool called Safety Check that makes it easier for those within a disaster region to notify others about their safety status. Safety Check was spawned from lessons Facebook learned during 2011's tragic tsunami in Japan, and it has continued to exist since then, but has been limited to natural disaster situations…that is, until the recent and tragic attacks that took place in Paris. Immediately after the attacks, Facebook made the quick decision to activate Safety Check for those in France, as well, generating ample controversy in doing so.

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Facebook activates Safety Check for human disasters

Facebook activates Safety Check for human disasters

The recent events that transpired in Paris left many, both in France and around the world, stunned and worried about the safety of their family and friends in affected areas. As before, when traditional media and governments are unable to provide information fast enough, people have taken to social media not just to air their condemnation of the inhumane actions and support for victims and their kin, they also use it to tell others that they are safe. That is why Facebook made an unprecedented, and unsurprisingly controversial, move to activate its Safety Check for Paris.

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Report: Facebook AI could alert parents when sharing kid pics

Report: Facebook AI could alert parents when sharing kid pics

Facebook could be working on a feature that would alert parents when they share a photo of their children on the social network. The feature seems to be geared toward safety, making parents aware, when applicable, that anyone can see the shared images of their children. This is part of Facebook’s larger work with deep learning and artificial intelligence, something that has been used to create other photo-centric features.

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