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Tweaked Facebook Aquila drone aces latest test flight after crash lessons

Tweaked Facebook Aquila drone aces latest test flight after crash lessons

It's fair to say that Facebook's Aquila drone hasn't had an easy time in early trials to get the internet-broadcasting unmanned craft safely into the air and back down to the ground again. After a successful first flight in July 2016, which saw a full-sized version of the drone design take to the skies for the first time, the social network's ambitions were brought swiftly down to earth later in the year. A crash-landing in December suggested not all the issues had been successfully ironed out.

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Facebook breaks its own record, changes incoming

Facebook breaks its own record, changes incoming

This week the folks at Facebook have broken their own record for largest number of active users in a month. Per the CEO and founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, the big blue social network now has 2-billion people in it. "We're making progress connecting the world," said Zuckerberg, "and now let's bring the world closer together. It's an honor to be on this journey with you." To celebrate this milestone, the company is initiating some changes to Facebook.

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Facebook Messenger features want you to do more than just chat

Facebook Messenger features want you to do more than just chat

A little over five years ago, communicating with someone over the Internet meant lines of text and a few ASCII-based emoticons to express emotions that words can't easily say. These days, not only have we gone into audio-visual Internet communication, we have gone beyond them as well. Take, for example, Facebook's latest update to its Messenger chat app that brings all sorts of whimsical expressions, from animated emojis to masks. Because sometimes, a sticker just says its better.

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Facebook announces a new video creation app

Facebook announces a new video creation app

It's been clear for some time now that Facebook is betting heavily on video; everything from live streaming to hosting coverage of news and sporting events. But in an effort to really compete with YouTube, the social media behemoth is attempting to lure original video creators with the announcement of a new mobile app that focuses on, well, video creation.

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Facebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures

Facebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures

As part of an effort to focus on what people in individual countries expect of Facebook, today the company announced new controls for users in India. These controls almost entirely concern profile pictures, allowing users to control who can download them, tag themselves in them, or even screenshot them. The hope is that more people will feel comfortable uploading profile pictures, thus helping grow that aspect of community.

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Here’s how to add Instagram Live replays to your Story

Here’s how to add Instagram Live replays to your Story

Instagram announced today that the number of people who use Stories on a daily basis has grown significantly since the last time we checked in. Back in April, Instagram announced that Stories had hit 200 million users, but in the roughly two months since then, that number has grown by 50 million people. To celebrate a quarter of a billion users for Stories, Instagram is rolling out new features that allow you to preserve your Live broadcasts for a short time.

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Facebook marks GIF’s 30th birthday with comments GIFs, new GIFs

Facebook marks GIF’s 30th birthday with comments GIFs, new GIFs

Although GIF is technically just an image format not unlike JPG, PNG, and BMP, its built-in ability to support animations has made it synonymous with creative, ridiculous, and sometimes entertaining forms of expression. It has also become one of the biggest vehicles of such expression on social networks like Facebook. In gratitude and in celebration of the image format's 30th birthday this 15th of June, Facebook is giving out some GIFy treats while also contemplating one of the biggest mysteries of the universe: how to pronounce GIF.

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Facebook Safety Check update starts TODAY

Facebook Safety Check update starts TODAY

This week the folks at Facebook have released their newest Safety Check update that you and your family need to pay attention to. As Facebook is one of the most-used services on a smartphone in the world, they're pushing a lot of resources into their Safety Check system. This is the system that allows quick action for people in danger zones when terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or otherwise life-threatening events occur.

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Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

A man has been sentenced to death this week in a government court of law for committing "blasphemy" on Facebook and WhatsApp. Mr. T. Raza, age 30, was found guilty in a government-sanctioned "antiterrorism court" in a first for the country. This man will be put to death for his crimes against society unless he appeals the sentence, at which point it'll be taken to a higher court.

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Five cool things you can do with Facebook Messenger

Five cool things you can do with Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is no longer the mere secondary app you have to use to send your friends messages on mobile. The company has grown its messaging app into a standalone product, one that doesn't even require a Facebook account, and it is slowly expanding it with a wide array of features not limited to just chatting. You can do all sorts of neat things with Messenger, perhaps more than you realize, and we've selected five of the best.

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Facebook Live adds closed captioning: here’s how to use it

Facebook Live adds closed captioning: here’s how to use it

Facebook has announced better accessibility on its live streaming platform, adding closed captioning to Facebook Live. The move aims to make Facebook's video streaming option more inclusive for individuals who are deaf or otherwise have trouble hearing. The company says the new feature is 'a key part of building [a] global community,' though it will depend on publishers, too -- they have to take advantage of the feature for captioning to show up on their videos.

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Facebook messaging app ‘Talk’ for teens tipped in development

Facebook messaging app ‘Talk’ for teens tipped in development

Facebook has a new project underway, according to references in source code found inside the network's main app, and it involves an app designed specifically for teenagers. The app is said to be a bid on Facebook's part to lure back teenagers who have largely fled the service, one that will draw in parents to ensure they have control over their kid's messaging habits. The app, at least according to the discovered references, is called 'Talk.'

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