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Facebook plans standalone VR app for Android and iOS

Facebook plans standalone VR app for Android and iOS

Facebook has made no secret that it wants to bring virtual reality to your smartphone. In March, the company was talking up its VR plans and it actually allowed a bunch of journalists to try out its VR system by virtually transporting them to Facebook HD using Oculus Rift. It left our man Chris Davies underwhelmed. Underwhelming or not, Facebook is moving ahead with its VR plans.

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Facebook tipped in 360-degree video app project

Facebook tipped in 360-degree video app project

Facebook is developing its own standalone video app that will bring so-called “spherical” videos to one’s mobile device, according to sources. The project is said to be in the early stages at this point, and the goal is an end product that works across multiple platforms, including Android and iOS. The sources stated that it isn’t guaranteed the mobile app will be launched at this point. What the project is named was not revealed.

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WhatsApp tops 900 million monthly active users

WhatsApp tops 900 million monthly active users

While other mobile messaging apps continue to grow in popularity, it seems none can push the Facebook-owned WhatsApp from its throne. Founder Jan Koum revealed that the app now has an incredible 900 million monthly active users. The news was shared by Koum in a Facebook post, and means that WhatsApp has gained an additional 100 million new users in just under five months, and achieved a 50% growth rate over the last year.

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Facebook education project brings free student progress tracking to schools

Facebook education project brings free student progress tracking to schools

Facebook has just revealed a new project its been working on with an education app for teachers that helps track students' progress and makes it easier to create custom learning plans. The software is a result of partnering with Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit organization with some of the best ranked schools California. A Facebook stepped in to help the organization rebuild its Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) software, which wasn't proving very useful.

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Facebook details new effort to stop video piracy

Facebook details new effort to stop video piracy

Facebook is ramping up its video efforts, and part of any effort is adequate management — in the case of videos, it’s rights management. Today in a statement, the social network said that some of its content partners have complained of third-party users swiping their videos and uploading them without permission, among other things. This has prompted Facebook to take a look at its rights management for videos and ways it can be improved. That work has been ongoing, and leads to today’s statement: the social network says that it has established the foundation of that rights management, and it’ll be using audio fingerprinting to help put the squeeze on unauthorized video uploading, as well as video matching technology and more.

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Facebook reaches 1-billion users milestone

Facebook reaches 1-billion users milestone

This week Facebook reached a milestone, one that includes 1-billion people having used the social network in a single day. This isn't an average number - as Mark Zuckerberg said in an announcement today - but it is rather important. Facebook has millions of users log in every day, and billions of people using the social network every month, but here for the first time in the website's history 1-billion people used Facebook in a single day.

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Facebook M assistant helps shopping in Messenger

Facebook M assistant helps shopping in Messenger

Facebook is launching its own personal digital assistant, M, with a beta of the chat-based artificial intelligence rolling out today for select Messenger users. Unlike Apple's Siri, M delivers its assistance via text discussion rather than spoken interactions; it's also more focused on shopping, with Facebook positioning it as a way to buy products, have gifts ordered and delivered, and arrange travel.

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Facebook Moments update makes videos from photos

Facebook Moments update makes videos from photos

Following its June launch, Facebook Moments has received its first big update, which has been pushed out to both the iOS and the Android version. The service is available in many more languages and countries, but the big feature revolves around videos -- namely, the app will select half a dozen or more pictures from Moments and transform them into a video that users can edit and, after finalizing it, share with friends and family on the service.

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Facebook ‘Spam King’ pleads guilty, faces 3 years in jail

Facebook ‘Spam King’ pleads guilty, faces 3 years in jail

Sanford Wallace, the so-called ‘Spam King’ of Facebook, has plead guilty to sending in excess of 27 million spam messages using the social network. This is a legal matter that stretches back years, and involves approximately 500,000 Facebook accounts that were compromised. Wallace, now 47, plead guilty yesterday to using Facebook for mass spamming in 2008 and 2009. Wallace plead guilty to both fraud and criminal contempt — he is said to have violated a court order that had barred him from accessing Facebook. Sentencing will not take place until this upcoming December.

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Facebook Notes wants to marginalize Medium

Facebook Notes wants to marginalize Medium

Facebook is quietly testing new blogging features that could turn its little-known Notes system into a long-form platform, taking on Medium in the process. Notes has allowed for longer statuses to be posted to a Facebook user's profile, shared either publicly or with only certain groups of friends, but a recent upgrade has added greater image, tagging, and other abilities for some users.

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Facebook auto-play video ads pop-up on mobile ad network

Facebook auto-play video ads pop-up on mobile ad network

The last thing that Facebook users want to hear is that more ads are coming their way. That is exactly what Facebook has announced, it is bringing auto-playing video ads to apps that are in its mobile ad network. These auto playing ads are some of the most profitable that Facebook has to offer and it has traditionally used those ads for its own purposes.

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Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook is working on a breaking news project described as being similar to Twitter, according to sources. The project is said to have an app in place and to be at the "alpha" stage. With this, publishers could push out breaking news alerts to users who have downloaded the app (or a reciprocating app; it isn't clear), in effect making the new service a new way for Facebook users to get news through the social network. This follows reports showing that many individuals get their news primarily through Facebook.

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