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Facebook has Star Trek emoji reactions for 50th anniversary

Facebook has Star Trek emoji reactions for 50th anniversary

In celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Facebook has rolled out new Star Trek reaction emoji for its users in the United States and Canada. The new reaction emoji will only be available for a limited (unspecified) time. In addition, those who have “expressed interest in Star Trek or science fiction” may see a personalized greeting from Facebook that includes the USS Enterprise and presents the option of adding a Star Trek frame to their profile picture.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook is looking to make video chatting a little easier its Messenger platform, today announcing that it's made starting a video message with friends a lot more seamless. The new feature is called Instant Video, and it essentially allows for two people to quickly begin a video chat without the need to first place a call.

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SpaceX rocket explosion destroys Facebook’s first satellite

SpaceX rocket explosion destroys Facebook’s first satellite

Today a SpaceX rocket has exploded during a static fire test at Cape Canaveral, destroying $200 million in payload alone. This explosion destroyed an Amos-6 satellite (which was its payload as it were) - this all having taken place at SLC40 Cape Canaveral specifically at 1307 UTC September 1st, 2016. The explosion happened to a SpaceX Falcon 9 No. F9-029 - that's according to Johnathan McDowell, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

While Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp in 2014 was met with concerns over individuals' privacy, the social network has done a good job since then of leaving the messaging as is and keeping it independent. That all changed last week when WhatsApp's new terms-of-service stated that user data would now be shared with Facebook. Unsurprisingly, this has caused outrage, and now a number of privacy advocates and watchdogs are filing complaints.

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Facebook launches Blizzard Streaming for live broadcasting of games like Overwatch

Facebook launches Blizzard Streaming for live broadcasting of games like Overwatch

If you're a frequent Overwatch player, you now have a new option for live broadcasting your gameplay. Thanks to the previously announced partnership between developer Blizzard and Facebook, gamers can now stream to Facebook Live with just one click. The feature is called Blizzard Streaming, and it's not just limited to the recent hit Overwatch, but works with any of the developer's games, including Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo 3.

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Facebook taps algorithm to improve Trending Topics feature

Facebook taps algorithm to improve Trending Topics feature

Facebook has detailed some changes with Trending Topics, the small feature that earned it a bunch of controversy earlier this year. Among the changes, says Facebook, is that from now on an algorithm will be dealing with Trending Topics as the social network eliminates human-written topic summaries. As a result, the topics will look more simplistic, and will show how many people are talking about the topic rather than a description of what the topic is about.

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Opt-out of WhatsApp web Facebook account info auto-share

Opt-out of WhatsApp web Facebook account info auto-share

This week the folks at WhatsApp have silently - yet excitedly - turned the switch which automatically shares users' private information with Facebook. Facebook owns WhatsApp, so some might argue that one company is completely within its rights to share information from one brand to the other. Others would disagree heartily. Users that wish to avoid sending account information with Facebook should follow the following steps to turn this auto-sharing off through WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp updates privacy policy, will begin sharing user info with Facebook

WhatsApp updates privacy policy, will begin sharing user info with Facebook

WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy, and this is one its more than one billion users will want to pay attention to. In the update, WhatsApp says that it will begin sharing some information on its users with Facebook, a first for the company despite the fact that it has been owned by the social media giant for more than two years now.

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Latest Facebook test brings autoplay audio to News Feed videos

Latest Facebook test brings autoplay audio to News Feed videos

It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook is continually trying to fine-tune the News Feed through various tweaks and tests, but the company has rolled out a new, small-scale test that leaves us scratching our heads. Some users in Australia might find that those autoplay videos that show up in News Feeds are now accompanied by, of all things, autoplay sound.

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Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook Messenger is testing a new feature that will make the app entirely more useable for some individuals: the ability to request adding a contact with another Messenger user rather than having to add that individual as a ‘friend.’ The new feature is aptly called ‘Add Contact,’ and would exist between Facebook friendship and messaging someone sans any formal affiliation with them; you can, for now, message someone who isn’t a friend by sending them a message request.

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Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

As the world's most popular social network, Facebook's biggest competition in recent years has been Snapchat, the messaging app that's hugely popular with teens. In order to prove that it's still hip and cool to the younger generations, Facebook has just released a new social media app for iOS called Lifestage, and to make sure it doesn't catch on among boring adults, it can only be used by those who are 21 or younger.

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Facebook AI Research makes fastText open-source

Facebook AI Research makes fastText open-source

Automatic text processing is something that is widely used across the web, whether it's used to understand what you type in a search bar or detect spam in email. Developing fast and efficient text classification, however, is something that has challenged AI researchers throughout the years, and that's why the Facebook AI Research team (FAIR) set out the develop fastText. FAIR has taken things one step further with the fastText, today announcing that it will become open-source.

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