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Facebook testing voice chat transcription in Messenger

Facebook testing voice chat transcription in Messenger

Chat is a big feature for many Facebook users -- the only feature some of them use at this point -- and so it always nice to see when a new feature is on the horizon. In the past, the social network introduced a feature that allows users to send their friends voice clips through Messenger in much the same way one can in WhatsApp, and it is convenient to be able to speak a message quickly. Those on the receiving end, however, might find listening to that message terribly inconvenient when in public.

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Facebook hires new designers; is an overhaul coming?

Facebook hires new designers; is an overhaul coming?

Facebook has made another interesting move today, hiring away much of the design team from Teehan + Lax, who are responsible for the popular blogging platform Medium as well as Readability. The move is not an acquihire, as Teehan + Lux the firm isn’t rolling into Facebook. Some team members are, though, so it’s an odd hire-then-shutter scenario. It’s a great day for Facebook, who have hired in some talented designers. It could also be a banner day for you, and could signal a redesign is in-store for Facebook.

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Facebook At Work now rolling out to testers

Facebook At Work now rolling out to testers

Facebook At Work, the company’s social platform within a social network, is now rolling out. The purpose is to allow for companies to create a network within Facebook, self-contained to those within the company. Facebook At Work looks and acts just like Facebook proper, save for it being a microcosm of the service. It positions Facebook against the likes of other enterprise-focussed social layers like Slack, but offers a much richer experience thanks to it being, well, Facebook.

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AMBER alerts are coming to your Facebook timeline

AMBER alerts are coming to your Facebook timeline

You spend a lot of time staring at your phone or tablet — and that’s alright. We do, too. Sometimes, the more important details of life can get past you, though. To better serve the public interest, Facebook is announcing a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to bring AMBER alerts to your timeline. In bringing alerts to your news feed, Facebook promises not to overwhelm you. Rather than feed you blanket alerts, you’ll get ones specific to your area, and where a targeted search is being executed.

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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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Facebook offers apology for ‘Year in Review’

Facebook offers apology for ‘Year in Review’

Facebook has given an official apology for its annual 'Year in Review' automated recap feature. No, not for how pushy the social network gets in reminding you about it in your feed, or encouraging you to share it with others, but for how it caused some users to relive the pain of bad memories from 2014. The issue was brought to light by Eric Meyer, who wrote on his personal blog how his Year in Review automatically selected photos of his 6 year old daughter who died of brain cancer earlier this year.

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Facebook to face class action suit for scanning messages

Facebook to face class action suit for scanning messages

It probably doesn't come as a surprise anymore that Facebook is being sued yet again for invasions of privacy. But perhaps its even more frightening that we have started to expect this as ordinary. This time the social network giant is being sued for scanning private messages for the sake of, what else, eventually converting information into targeted ads for the user. And although Facebook has supposedly stopped doing so since 2012, the court says that Facebook still has a lot to answer for.

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Facebook Stickered app arrives on iOS

Facebook Stickered app arrives on iOS

On Friday, Facebook introduced its bizarre photo-defacing "Stickered" app, giving the social network's users a way to plaster their digital images with digital stickers before sharing them with friends. A short while after announcing the app, it arrived on Google Play for Android users to enjoy, but was no where to be seen for iOS users. That changed yesterday, with Facebook dropping the Apple version on iTunes; users will need to be running at least iOS 8 to use it.

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Facebook ‘Stickered’ app lets you overlay stickers onto your photos

Facebook ‘Stickered’ app lets you overlay stickers onto your photos

Int heir ongoing attempt to dominate your home screen, Facebook is announcing another app today. An accompaniment to Messenger, Stickered is a new app that lets you plaster stickers all over your photos before sending them along to friends via Messenger. Facebook Messenger is also getting some festive new tweaks in time for the holidays, with a “festive frame” for New Year’s Eve pics as well as snow-globe chat heads. Messenger will also get a holiday inspired sticker pack in addition to it’s new app.

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Facebook Groups testing ‘Sell Something’ button

Facebook Groups testing ‘Sell Something’ button

Facebook Groups is a strange (but cool) little app. You can exist within your own group, or join a new one blindly based on a common interest.. A new feature might hint at why Facebook created Groups, though, or at least something they had in mind when launching it. A “Sell Something” button has popped up next to the “Write Post” button for some users, which brings up a very Craigslist-like posting window. Users can add a picture of the item they’re trying to unload, along with pickup or delivery options.

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