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Palmer Luckey, Oculus co-founder, is leaving the company

Palmer Luckey, Oculus co-founder, is leaving the company

Although it now shares the limelight with rival HTC Vive, Oculus will most likely be forever remembered as the startup that started this new virtual reality wave. Now owned, by Facebook, the company has been involved in a few controversies lately, and most of them can perhaps be attributed to its co-founder, Palmer Luckey. The public face of the Oculus Rift, however, might be changing, as Facebook confirms that this will be Luckey's last week at Facebook, without exactly saying why.

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Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook has expanded the charity aspects of its platform, making it possible for users to launch personal fundraisers. These fundraisers are available across six different categories, including Education, Crisis Relief, Medical, Personal Emergency, and more. Those who use the platform to raise funds will pay about seven percent in a fee that goes toward Facebook's various costs including vetting and fraud protection.

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Facebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyone

Facebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyone

First launched on a restricted basis back in December, Facebook has now made its 360-degree livestreaming video available to anyone and everyone. The general availability of the product comes alongside support for several additional camera models, including Samsung's newly unveiled Gear 360 camera and some other well-known models. The product works the same as Facebook's ordinary livestreaming video service, only with the addition of 360-degrees.

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Facebook Stories update: app basically becomes Snapchat

Facebook Stories update: app basically becomes Snapchat

Slowly but surely, Facebook continues to become more like Snapchat. First it was the introduction of Instagram Stories, then My Day on Messenger, and now the company is introducing a new update for the main Facebook app that adds some Snapchat-like features. Those come in the form of new camera effects and new ways to share your photos and videos on Facebook.

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Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Live Location is now part of Facebook Messenger whether you want it or not - whether you’re all about seeing where your significant others are at all times, or never wanted to know that information in the first place. For those that do not yet have access to this feature, we’re running down the ways in which it can be accessed on both iOS for iPhone and iPad and on Android for a wide variety of devices. This update is live server-side, now all users need to do is update their apps to make it happen.

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Facebook will test comment GIFs next week

Facebook will test comment GIFs next week

Facebook is currently testing new designs for comments on the social network, and now it is preparing to test a new GIF feature for comments, too. The upcoming GIF feature is said to be similar to the one currently available in Messenger, enabling users to share a GIF from sources like Giphy directly in the comments — a feature users have been requesting for a long time.

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Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Live streaming is the in thing in social networking these days. In yesteryears, it was mostly a space dominated by gamers and the now Amazon-owned Twitch.tv. Nowadays, everyone with a smartphone and a good connection can start flooding the Interwebs with their personal streams. Almost coming full circle, live streaming is making a comeback to desktops and laptop. Facebook has just announced that its Live streaming function is now available on more traditional computing devices, giving streamers a bit more power and flexibility in exchange for the loss of mobility.

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Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Anyone who uses a messaging app like Messenger will be familiar with the bubble-like style used to encapsulate messages. Such a style may one day be the default design of comments found on Facebook, at least judging by screenshots of a new test that has surfaced. The social network is currently testing multiple new styles for comments on Facebook, indicating that some big changes are in users' futures.

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EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That's the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to take steps to protect consumers from scams.

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Facebook policy update forbids using platform for surveillance tools

Facebook policy update forbids using platform for surveillance tools

Facebook has announced a policy update that more clearly forbids developers from using the social network as a way to get data for surveillance tools. The policy update applies to both Facebook and Instagram, with the company saying its goal ‘is to make our policy explicit.’ That's not to say that such use of Facebook data was acceptable before; rather, Facebook is updating the language of its policies to make sure 'everyone understands.'

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Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook seems to be taking quite a few pages out of Snapchat's book lately, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Messenger's newest feature seems awfully familiar. Dubbed Messenger Day, this new feature allows you to take photos and videos you share within Messenger discussions and add them to collection that your friends can view. In other words, this is Facebook's version of Snapchat's Stories, right down to the 24 hour time limit.

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Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Those of you with VR headsets have a lot of new content to look forward to, as Facebook and Vimeo are both rolling out 360 content in some capacity today. For Facebook, that functionality is coming specifically to the Gear VR by way of a new app. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general.

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