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Facebook AI ‘assistant’ could save you from embarrassment

Facebook AI ‘assistant’ could save you from embarrassment

For many users, Facebook holds a large amount of information about their life -- pictures of family and friends, habits and preferences, activities -- and that information is usually shuttled out to a large group of individuals. This is a good thing in many ways, but the ease with which it allows sharing has been many folks' undoing. Over-sharing is a big problem, of course, but also drunken sharing and its various subsets. It's no secret Facebook has been putting a lot of effort into developing deep learning artificial intelligence, and in the future that AI might save you from these common, and often embarrassing, problems.

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Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook has made a concerted effort of late to be your go-to source for more than just wedding announcements and passive-aggressive complaining. Their trending topics section, typically housed on the right side of your home screen, has been a staple on the desktop. This is an increasingly mobile landscape, though, and Facebook is trying to stay relevant there, too. Now, trending topics will make their way to mobile, with the conversation being aggregated in a way that will make it easier to cut through the nonsense and get right to the gritty details.

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Facebook Search Update: use it before it uses you

Facebook Search Update: use it before it uses you

This week the folks responsible for the search algorithms under the surface of Facebook have made a big update. They're rolling this Search Update out to desktop users throughout the week, and iPhone and iPad users will see it before the end of the week in an app update - Android has not yet been mentioned. What you need to know about this update depends on what kind of a Facebook user you are. Do I get embarrassed easily by old photos? This is the first question you must ask yourself.

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Facebook (finally) updates search, helps you find posts

Facebook (finally) updates search, helps you find posts

Searching for a post on Facebook has historically been terrible. Most connected people on the earth post to Facebook, but the service has largely been a terrible resource for, you know, finding the posts you want. Until now, you were better off scrolling through a timeline, but Facebook has changed all that. They’ve updated their graph search to better serve you when you’re looking for a particular post about a certain topic, and it will even show you those posts based on which of your friends posted it.

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YouTube creators being lured away by startup, Facebook

YouTube creators being lured away by startup, Facebook

YouTube has become a place where anyone can upload creative content in an attempt to be noticed. Though the service has given plenty of viral heroes their start, a new report suggests the video service is in a panic. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources inside Google, say YouTube is in a “fire drill”. The reason for all the concern is talent poaching, where startup Vessel is said to be leading a surge in competing platforms who are trying to lure YouTubers away.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg takes swipe at Apple, overpriced products

Facebook’s Zuckerberg takes swipe at Apple, overpriced products

In the wake of Apple’s iCloud security issues, CEO Tim Cook released a statement that said, in part, “when an online service is free, you're not the customer. You're the product.” In an interview with Time magazine, Facebook’s boss, Mark Zuckerberg, has a retort for that. With Facebook ramping up their own ad network, Zuck has taken offense to Cook’s comments, and challenges that Apple is who’s really out of touch with consumers. His proof? Your expensive iPhone.

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Slingshot v2.0 ditches clumsy ‘send-to-receive’ feature

Slingshot v2.0 ditches clumsy ‘send-to-receive’ feature

Remember Slingshot, Facebook’s answer to — well, nothing and everything, really. The messaging platform tried hard to provide a secure environment, but the "send-to-receive" thing fell flat. To see a message, you had to send one, and it was just clumsy and strange. In version 2.0, which Facebook announced today, they’ve stripped that functionality away, instead opting for a more grounded approach. Now, sent messages will appear in a timeline, and your recipient has the option to react privately.

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Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

“Adrift at sea”. “Facebook-lite”. According to former Googler Chris Medina, that’s exactly what Google+ is. Rather than serving as the “social backbone” it was designed to be, Media thinks Google+ is about as far from that missive as possible. In a recent post on blogging site Medium, Medina took aim at his former company’s “social” platform, calling them out for violating privacy and trust along the way. If you’re wondering what gives Medina pause to take on Plus, it’s easy: he used to work on it.

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Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

It's not unheard of these days for delivered packages to go missing, especially when so many people are buying potentially valuable gifts online. The delivery service drives up, leaves a box at your front door when no one answers, and someone nearby with ill intentions and a chance opportunity snatches the item and runs off. One man in Texas recently found himself in this situation, but through creative use of a surveillance camera and Facebook, he actually managed to track down and recover his package.

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Apple may automate iAds, which spells trouble for Facebook, Google

Apple may automate iAds, which spells trouble for Facebook, Google

You see them all the time, but probably don’t really know how they get to you. Companies like Facebook and Google have ad networks, just like Apple, but there’s one key difference: automation. Facebook and Google both do it, and it seems Apple is going to be getting involved as well. The currently-very-old-school iAd business may be going automated, as a now-pulled press release (still available via cache) from a self-proclaimed partner of Apple’s describes full automation for 250,000-plus iOS Developers.

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