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Facebook Safety Check adds Community Help to make it easier to give aid

Facebook Safety Check adds Community Help to make it easier to give aid

Like it or not, and some definitely do not, social media has become a potent tool for ill or for good. It can be used to spread lies but it can also be used to connect with friends and family in times of crisis as well as to give help to those in need. Facebook has long been harnessing that power with its sometimes fallible Safety Check feature. Now it is expanding that feature’s capabilities to help Facebook users find help during those times or, alternatively, give aid to others.

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Google and Facebook launch CrossCheck in France to combat hoaxes

Google and Facebook launch CrossCheck in France to combat hoaxes

Regardless of the political lens you're looking through, it's clear that we have a problem with fake news. Google News Lab and Facebook want to do something about it, launching a new service called CrossCheck, but for the moment, CrossCheck won't be implemented in the US. Instead, it'll get its debut in France, where it will help voters tell fantasy from reality in the lead up to the French elections.

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Domino’s Messenger chatbot updated with full ordering powers

Domino’s Messenger chatbot updated with full ordering powers

Not too long ago, Domino's introduced its own chatbot for Facebook Messenger, giving its customers an easy way to order a pizza. While great for those who prefer chatting over ordering, it was very limited in its functionality, and therefore not terribly useful. That has changed, with Domino's announcing an update to the chatbot that bestows it with full ordering powers, bringing the company's full menu to Messenger.

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Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook has been criticized by some for failing to address the issue of fake news in any significant way, and such criticism has spurred the social network into action. According to the company, it has pushed out a pair of News Feed updates that ‘incorporate new signals’ for spotting and ranking so-called authentic content, as well as adding a new way to determine in real time whether a post is relevant to an individual user.

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Oculus lawsuit ends with hundreds of millions going to ZeniMax

Oculus lawsuit ends with hundreds of millions going to ZeniMax

The two-year long court battle between Oculus VR and ZeniMax Media has come to an end today. It's been a heated battle throughout, with many high-profile executives taking the stand during testimony. This includes Facebook founder (and now Oculus owner) Mark Zuckerberg, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and id Software founder John Carmack.

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Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook is actively developing an app for set-top-boxes, according to sources, with the aim of bringing video content from its platform to the average living room. This video content would include, assuming reports are correct, long-form video with the same quality as what you currently get on television. The move will enable Facebook to pursue television advertisement revenue.

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The Oculus lawsuit just became a $4bn problem for Facebook

The Oculus lawsuit just became a $4bn problem for Facebook

Facebook faces a potential bill for $2bn in compensation and a further $2bn in damages, as its lawsuit with ZeniMax over Oculus goes to jury. The long-awaited lawsuit finally reached closing arguments today in Dallas, TX, with ZeniMax's lawyer suggesting a $4bn payout from Facebook was in order. According to the company, Oculus relied heavily on - but refuses to acknowledge or pay for - the input John Carmack.

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Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook has announced an excellent new security feature for those who are particularly concerned about their online privacy. Per a new announcement from Facebook Security, the social network now supports Security Key logins, allowing users to register Security Keys that connect to a device’s USB port. The hardware security option offers certain protections above what you get with two-factor authentication.

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Hugo Barra is now Facebook’s VP for VR

Hugo Barra is now Facebook’s VP for VR

When former Google exec, and now former Xiaomi exec, Hugo Barra made public his departure from the Chinese company, he didn’t talk much about where he’s heading to next. Usually those are kept under wraps until the new employer has given the green light. Consider that green light lit, as said new employer itself made the matter public. Straight from the horse’s, er, Mark Zuckerberg’s mouth, Huga Barra is joining Facebook as VP not of its mobile efforts but of its virtual reality thrust. And yes, that includes Oculus.

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Facebook Messenger ad tests begin in Australia and Thailand

Facebook Messenger ad tests begin in Australia and Thailand

Facebook is kicking off a small trial of advertisements in Messenger, the company has announced, with those tests taking place in Australia and Thailand. The ads will be placed on the Messenger homescreen below the user's recent chats, making them visible but not entirely intrusive. These ads won't appear within your Messenger chats, though, unless you do something specific to invite them in.

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Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax lawsuit in a suit

Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax lawsuit in a suit

There's always a first time for everything. For VR company Oculus, it's probably the first time it has been dragged in a high-profile public trial. For Mark Zuckerberg, it's his first time testifying in a courtroom and one of the extremely rare times you'd see the Facebook CEO out of his now iconic hoodie and jeans attire. Instead, he wears a suit that solemnly declares serious business, because that is exactly the position that game publisher ZeniMax has forced Oculus and Facebook into in its lawsuit over stolen VR technology and intellectual property.

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Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

We knew they were coming sooner or later, and now ads in Facebook videos seem to be right around the corner. A new report claims that Facebook will soon put mid-roll ads in News Feed videos, splitting the revenue with content creators. This is a big step in Facebook's effort to pull content publishers away from YouTube, though even with ad revenue streaming in for creators, Facebook still has its work cut out for it.

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