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Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Today the folks at Facebook responsible for photo syncing within their system have announced that Moments will be taking over. What on earth is Moments, you might wonder. Moments is an app which organizes and "privately shares" your photos from your smartphone. What if you don't want Moments, but want to keep your synced photos? There's only one option - save and exit. The desktop viewing segment of Facebook's photo sync is about to go away forever.

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Blizzard and Facebook team up to take on Twitch

Blizzard and Facebook team up to take on Twitch

If you want to watch people playing video games, you have to primary options. If you're looking for pre-recorded videos such as Let's Plays, then you'll want to head to YouTube. If you want to watch the action as it's happening live, then Twitch is the place to go. Twitch is getting a new competitor in the live gaming scene though, and it's a big name.

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Mark Zuckerberg Pinterest and Twitter hacks blamed on LinkedIn leak

Mark Zuckerberg Pinterest and Twitter hacks blamed on LinkedIn leak

Late last month there was a major leak at LinkedIn that saw the passwords of 6.5 million users leaked online. It later became clear that the massive leak meant that 60% of the passwords used on the LinkedIn social network had been cracked. Among the users caught in that LinkedIn leak was none other than Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg wasn’t the most secure user on the networks using the same password for LinkedIn as he did for Twitter and Pinterest apparently.

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Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Internet giant Facebook has released an official statement refuting recent reports that it uses the microphones on users' smartphones to eavesdrop and record conversations, using the data to deliver targeted ads. The company wrote that it "does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed," noting that ads are only based on users' profiles and interests.

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Facebook is forcing Android users to download the Messenger app

Facebook is forcing Android users to download the Messenger app

It's been roughly two years since Facebook decided to strip the chat functionality from their smartphone app. Instead of letting users just download a single app for all of their Facebooking tasks, the company forced users to install a new app to chat, called Messenger. Of course, you could get around that by choosing to go to the mobile Facebook page and chatting there. But even that is coming to an end.

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Facebook Notify news app is being shutdown

Facebook Notify news app is being shutdown

Facebook’s Notify news app was introduced in November 2015, and now just a little over half a year since its launch, the company says it will be dropping support for the app. According to a message being sent to Notify users, Facebook is working on “transitioning parts of Notify into” some of its other products. The Notify app will be pulled from the App Store; speculation has it that very few people have been using the app (if they knew it existed at all).

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Facebook Messenger may get an encrypted mode this summer

Facebook Messenger may get an encrypted mode this summer

Facebook Messenger may offer users an encrypted messaging mode this summer, according to sources, following behind WhatsApp, Viber and some other services in offering users a more secure messaging option. This isn't the first time we've heard rumors of Messenger encryption plans, but is the first instance of some big details being offered. Among other things, the sources say this encryption feature will be opt-in.

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Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Internet mega-brands Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and YouTube agree on a "code of conduct" with the European Commission to remove "hate speech" from their networks in less than 24 hours. This update does not necessarily hold these companies accountable the same way a hard-and-fast written law would in any one individual country. Instead, this would be more of an agreement - a hand-shake - between the companies to combat hate speech. According to this code of conduct, they'll be "developing counter-narratives promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect, including through awareness-raising activities."

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Microsoft, Facebook to build Transatlantic subsea Internet cable

Microsoft, Facebook to build Transatlantic subsea Internet cable

The ubiquity of mobile devices has exponentially increased the number of people connecting to and using the Internet. That's not yet counting the exponentially increasing volume of data going through the Interwebs thanks to streaming services and cloud computing. All these boil to one thing: our Internet infrastructure needs an upgrade. Answering that call, Microsoft and Facebook, two of the biggest companies associated with high-speed Internet-based products and services, have joined forces to build MAREA, a new subsea cable that will cross the Atlantic in an attempt to provide quality Internet services to the world.

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Facebook publishes letter to Sen. Thune over Trending bias accusations

Facebook publishes letter to Sen. Thune over Trending bias accusations

Remember the hoopla around Facebook’s alleged ‘Trending’ section news bias, something that arose from a report citing anonymous sources? Facebook has since published its editorial process concerning the section, and even talked with conservatives including Glenn Beck, who recently stated that he felt the social network was being honest. Before all of this, though, Republican Senator John Thune fired off an upset letter demanding answers from Facebook; this week, the social network has responded.

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Facebook Live Video gets ‘continuous’ mode for non-stop broadcasting

Facebook Live Video gets ‘continuous’ mode for non-stop broadcasting

Facebook Live Video is great, but not if you want to give the world a 24/7 look at your hamster, backyard, or whatever you’ve got around that’s at least mildly interesting. That changes with Facebook’s new Continuous Live Video support launch, adding a non-stop broadcasting option to the social network’s live video platform. There is a downside, though — you won’t be able to save the videos for viewing later on.

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Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Two Big Ears has been acquired by Facebook, making the entire "Spacial Workstation" for Cinematic VR and 360 audio free for all users. Facebook has made this software suite part of their own, offering the public a download which includes tools for three audio apps as well as their Facebook 360 encoder app and stand-alone video player. While Facebook has yet to release a VR video editor, this gets them a whole lot closer.

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