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Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Following his guilty plea almost a year ago, Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "Spam King," was given a two-and-a-half year prison sentence this week. The hacker is known for plaguing Facebook users with over 27 million spam messages, in addition to collecting the log-in credentials of more than 500,000 people. While that punishment might seem a bit light considering the depth of Wallace's operation, he has also been ordered to pay some $310,000 in fines.

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Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Remember that 'secret' basketball game Facebook added to Messenger during March Madness? The game ended up being quite popular, even though most people who played it weren't very good. Perhaps due to that popularity, Facebook has added another game to its messaging app, this one revolving around soccer. Send your friends a soccer ball and you'll be taken to a game of "keep it in the air."

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Facebook Messenger for Android gets SMS support

Facebook Messenger for Android gets SMS support

Facebook has announced that Messenger for Android now allows users to send and receive SMS messages directly within the app, eliminating the need to toggle away from it whenever a new text message comes in. Some users have already seen this feature as part of Facebook's testing -- rumor had it in February that we'd see SMS return to Messenger soon, in fact -- and for everyone else, it arrives today.

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Facebook now allows videos posted in comments

Facebook now allows videos posted in comments

Facebook fans have a new way that they can add comments to posts from friends. As of yesterday, Facebook activated a feature that started at the 50th Hackathon held by the social network. With the new feature in place, users can upload videos into comments and replies on posts. Facebook says that this makes it more engaging and immersive for conversations that folks have.

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Facebook flips the switch on 360-degree photos

Facebook flips the switch on 360-degree photos

Facebook’s previously announced 360-degree photos support has gone live. Starting today, users can upload 360-degree panoramas to their Facebook account for their friends to see on desktop or mobile. When browsing Facebook, you’ll know if you’ve come across a 360-degree photo due to a small compass icon that’ll be placed on its right side. That aside, uploading 360-degree photos isn't any harder than uploading an ordinary photo.

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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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