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At F8, Facebook makes ‘Messenger Platform’ official

At F8, Facebook makes ‘Messenger Platform’ official

Facebook Messenger is now a platform. At Facebook’s F8 conference today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Messenger Platform, but what exactly does it do? Zuck says we’ll have ‘more tools for expression’, and Facebook will let other apps piggyback onto Messenger to do that. Apps like Giphy can be used to create and share GIFs, but that’s not all. Calls “don’t feel like the future”, says Zuck, and he’s right. Messengers users can now communicate with a business inside the app, which really ties the service as an actual platform.

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Mark Zuckerberg teases 360 VR video in Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg teases 360 VR video in Facebook

"Soon we're going to start supporting spherical video in newsfeed," said Zuckerberg, "and soon we're going to be supporting spherical video in VR, in your VR headset." Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed interest in VR several years ago - well before the company purchased Oculus VR. Here in 2015, it's clear that the future of Facebook includes more than just sharing text, and more than just sharing photos. Facebook will soon be sharing spherical video - not just video, but video that allows you to look around in all directions.

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Facebook tipped to reveal Parse for Internet of Things at F8

Facebook tipped to reveal Parse for Internet of Things at F8

Facebook is gearing up for its F8 conference and it looks as if a text alert was accidentally sent out a bit early by someone running the event. The text message went out to multiple people according to reports and shines a bit of light on what Facebook plans to unveil during the conference. The text specifically talks about three new offerings.

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Facebook ‘On This Day’ brings nostalgia in fewer clicks

Facebook ‘On This Day’ brings nostalgia in fewer clicks

Many of us have photos in Facebook we keep there for safekeeping. The ability to upload pics and have them stored in the cloud is a nice feature for Facebook. Nostalgia is also one reason many keep those old photos lying around digitally, where a quick trip down memory lane is just a few clicks away. Today, Facebook is announcing less clicks to get you to memory lane, as a new feature named “On This Day” is being rolled out.

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Facebook wants to host the news, not just share it

Facebook wants to host the news, not just share it

Facebook may be a major source of eyeballs for online news, but the social site is reportedly hoping to not only direct readers to stories but host those articles too, as it tries to keep surfers on its site and happy. Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are said to be in negotiations with a number of high-profile publishers, including BuzzFeed and National Geographic, to host content on Facebook's own servers rather than direct shared links externally. The strategy would help cut loading times, which are said to be a key concern at Facebook as it tries to ensure its users stick around, particularly on mobile devices.

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Facebook Messenger may soon end up a platform

Facebook Messenger may soon end up a platform

Facebook Messenger, like many apps of its kind, does one thing well; it sends and receives messages. There have been rumors of an Uber add-on, and you can now send money within Messenger, but the overarching goal is to send messages to others who use the app. By working in some of those extra features, it seems Facebook was either testing the waters of platform or stumbled upon it. Either way, a new rumor that Facebook will be turning Messenger into its own platform is interesting.

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Facebook testing dialer, call-blocking app for Android

Facebook testing dialer, call-blocking app for Android

According to some leaked screenshots, it appears that Facebook is preparing another app to dominate your smartphone home screen, for Android at least. In what could be a spiritual successor to Facebook Home, a now-abandoned Android skin that placed the social network's key messaging and photo features on the home screen, this new app appears to be not only a dialer, but a caller ID and blocker as well. As of now, the app is creatively called Phone.

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Facebook user’s fake suicide threat lands him in psych ward

Facebook user’s fake suicide threat lands him in psych ward

In our modern world, people often take their woes online, leaving hints about private troubles or outright threatening suicide as a last-ditch cry for help. Facebook, being the most popular of social networks, is one of the places a person is likely to turn, and so it isn't surprising the company has implemented so-called suicide prevention tools. Those tools were recently updated, and one user -- making a fake threat -- has ended up demonstrating how well it works.

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Facebook and Flipboard are breaking up

Facebook and Flipboard are breaking up

If you’re using Flipboard as a social media aggregator, you might have to look elsewhere to accomplish that. According to Flipboard, Facebook is changing the game on social sharing outside of their walls, and will no longer allow posts form friends and family to be seen inside Flipboard’s apps for existing users. In addition to the feed change, Facebook is also breaking up with Flipboard. If you’re not already using Facebook on Flipboard, you have until next week to start. After then, you’ll never have the option again.

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Facebook Messenger adds money sending feature

Facebook Messenger adds money sending feature

If you're a Facebook user, there's a good chance you access the social network primarily through your mobile device -- and that you're likely friends with your real-life friends, making Facebook Messenger a convenient way to call or message someone. Facebook wants to extend the usefulness of its Messenger service, however, and it'll be doing so by adding a money-sending feature. Such functionality won't be arriving for every user today, but when it does arrive it'll be a simplistic way to send someone cash.

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