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Facebook Notes gets custom styles, challenges Medium

Facebook Notes gets custom styles, challenges Medium

Facebook Notes — surprised the feature still exists? You’re not the only one. The social network hasn’t given Notes the same attention it has some of its other features, and many people ignore it altogether. Still, there’s a subset of users who like penning long narratives or using Facebook as their personal blog, and that’s where Notes comes in. Attention was drawn to the feature back in August when the social network began tweaking with it again, and today the company announced a full update.

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Facebook launches Signal curation tool for journalists

Facebook launches Signal curation tool for journalists

Facebook shows trending topics in the little ticker in the upper corner of one’s newsfeed, but it is capable of so much more. To better leverage its mass of data (and, likely, take on Twitter), the company has introduced a new curation tool for journalists called Signal, which offers up content from both Instagram and Facebook. The social network says it has received many requests from journalists for such a tool, and that Signal will make Facebook more central to their news-gathering efforts.

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Facebook is getting a Dislike button

Facebook is getting a Dislike button

For years, Facebook has steadfastly refused to give the Like button its negative counterpart, but according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg the Dislike button's time has come. While the social network has long argued that there's no place for negativity among its 1bn+ members, Zuckerberg conceded today that there are times when saying you "Like" something with a click is at odds with the message itself.

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Snapchat adds pay-for-Replay and selfie filters

Snapchat adds pay-for-Replay and selfie filters

Ephemerality has always been the Snapchat way, but now the self-destructing social network is offering snap replays for a price. In a new update today, users can opt to buy more Replay access at the price of three for $0.99, finally putting a cost on experiencing someone's evaporating moment again.

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Instagram Direct upgrades to corner messaging market

Instagram Direct upgrades to corner messaging market

Instagram has revamped its Direct feature, aiming to turn the photo messaging system into a real alternative to Twitter DMs and even dedicated IM apps. The new Instagram Direct - available in v7.5 of the app for both iOS and Android - supports threaded messages, a much-requested feature for common conversations, in addition to renaming support for group chat.

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Facebook details new effort to stop video piracy

Facebook details new effort to stop video piracy

Facebook is ramping up its video efforts, and part of any effort is adequate management — in the case of videos, it’s rights management. Today in a statement, the social network said that some of its content partners have complained of third-party users swiping their videos and uploading them without permission, among other things. This has prompted Facebook to take a look at its rights management for videos and ways it can be improved. That work has been ongoing, and leads to today’s statement: the social network says that it has established the foundation of that rights management, and it’ll be using audio fingerprinting to help put the squeeze on unauthorized video uploading, as well as video matching technology and more.

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Facebook M assistant helps shopping in Messenger

Facebook M assistant helps shopping in Messenger

Facebook is launching its own personal digital assistant, M, with a beta of the chat-based artificial intelligence rolling out today for select Messenger users. Unlike Apple's Siri, M delivers its assistance via text discussion rather than spoken interactions; it's also more focused on shopping, with Facebook positioning it as a way to buy products, have gifts ordered and delivered, and arrange travel.

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$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

The hackers behind the huge Ashley Madison leak now have a bounty on their heads, with the company behind the affairs dating site announcing a CA$500,000 reward for catching them. Avid Life Media announced the half-million fund - approximately $377k - this morning in Toronto, promising a big cash jackpot for anybody who can provide information that leads to a successful arrest and prosecution. The offer comes amid unconfirmed reports that two suicides have been linked to the embarrassing leak.

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Facebook Notes wants to marginalize Medium

Facebook Notes wants to marginalize Medium

Facebook is quietly testing new blogging features that could turn its little-known Notes system into a long-form platform, taking on Medium in the process. Notes has allowed for longer statuses to be posted to a Facebook user's profile, shared either publicly or with only certain groups of friends, but a recent upgrade has added greater image, tagging, and other abilities for some users.

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Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook is working on a breaking news project described as being similar to Twitter, according to sources. The project is said to have an app in place and to be at the "alpha" stage. With this, publishers could push out breaking news alerts to users who have downloaded the app (or a reciprocating app; it isn't clear), in effect making the new service a new way for Facebook users to get news through the social network. This follows reports showing that many individuals get their news primarily through Facebook.

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Facebook’s using frosted images for zippy mobile browsing

Facebook’s using frosted images for zippy mobile browsing

Facebook has put a lot of effort into ensuring that its users in developing nations and on slow networks are able to enjoy the service as fully as possible. One way it has done this is with apps that are specifically designed to run on low end handsets, and most recently it has detailed its effort to ensure photo previews load quickly, and with as little data use as possible. The social network did this by eliminating the blank photo preview users would see when waiting for an image to load and replacing it with a very small — and blurred — cover photo preview.

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Facebook adds new messaging options to Pages

Facebook adds new messaging options to Pages

Facebook Pages have become a common way for businesses to stay in contact with their customers, allowing them to post statuses with relevant information and allowing customers to reply to the statuses. In addition, customers are able to communicate with the businesses through private messaging on Pages. Today the social network updated its Pages' communication features, including new messaging options for users who want to talk with a company. This includes sending messages to companies through a dedicated message button on their Facebook advertisements.

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