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Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Another day, another Instagram Stories update. Instagram has been seemingly launching new features for Stories left and right, and just when you might think that it's running out of new things to implement, it comes right back and introduces polls. Beginning today, you can poll your friends in Instagram Stories and see the results of your poll in real time.

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Facebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the US

Facebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the US

Better late than never, right? Almost exactly a year after it was launched, Facebook is now making its standalone, data-saving Messenger Lite Android app available in the US, UK, and Canada. Not exactly markets you'd think are in dire need of data-saving features. That, of course, might be an unfair assumption so to keep things fair, Facebook is spreading the love to everyone. Well, except for iOS users who still won't have a Messenger Lite version.

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As Vegas shooting news shows, Google and Facebook are failing you

As Vegas shooting news shows, Google and Facebook are failing you

Google and Facebook have faced renewed criticism today, over their promotion of "fake news" in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. In Google's case, the search giant was found to be including misleading pages from the controversial 4chan message board among its "Top stories" for results for incorrect speculation around the shooter's name on Monday morning. The company has blamed its algorithm for the mistake.

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Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is sending teams to get Puerto Rico back online, a necessary step for helping emergency crews communicate and helping affected residents get in touch with loved ones. The move follows Hurricane Maria's devastating blow to the island; during its passage, the storm took out more than 90-percent of the cellular towers on the island.

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Zuckerberg replies to Trump’s tweet with a list of Facebook benefits

Zuckerberg replies to Trump’s tweet with a list of Facebook benefits

In case you missed it (and no one would blame you), Trump fired off a tweet this morning accusing Facebook of being "anti-Trump," also blaming "The Networks" of the same, presumably referring to major news networks. He specifically pointed fingers at the New York Times, at the Washington Post, making accusations of fake news.

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WhatsApp blocked in China

WhatsApp blocked in China

It would appear that WhatsApp has caused China enough trouble that the government has blocked the app's usage entirely. This comes after weeks of smaller blocks within the app, including voice chats, the sending of photographs and other files, and video chats. Now Nadim Kobeissi, an applied cryptographer at Symbolic Software, suggests that China's blocked all communication with WhatsApp entirely, starting this week.

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Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram's user base keeps on growing, and that growth seems to be accelerating. Today Instagram revealed that it now has 800 million monthly active users, a figure that has added an impressive 100 million since April of this year. That's impressive growth on its own, but the climb Instagram has experienced in daily active users is even more noteworthy.

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The ridiculously fast Marea transatlantic internet cable is complete

The ridiculously fast Marea transatlantic internet cable is complete

Microsoft and Facebook may not be as cool as SpongeBob, but they do now have a mighty cable under the sea which is almost as impressive as a pineapple. The two companies has completed its Marea subsea cable, a groundbreaking - or should that be seabreaking? - infrastructure project that will funnel vast quantities of high-speed data more than 17,000 feet under the Atlantic Ocean.

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Facebook will give Congress the ads bought by Russian agency

Facebook will give Congress the ads bought by Russian agency

Facebook has revealed that it will provide Congress with the advertisements that were purchase by the Russian entity Internet Research Agency throughout 2015 to 2017. The advertisements came to light a couple weeks ago when Facebook revealed that the Russian agency had bought in excess of 3,000 ads targeting both political and social issues in the United States.

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Facebook Snooze temporarily mutes your incredibly annoying friends

Facebook Snooze temporarily mutes your incredibly annoying friends

Depending on how many friends you have on Facebook, your News Feed might be a fairly crowded place, filled with stuff you may not necessarily want to see. In an effort to let us manage what we see and what we don't, Facebook is testing a new feature called "Snooze." This allows you to temporarily mute your friends for a pre-determined amount of time, giving you a little more flexibility when it comes to hiding posts you don't want to see.

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Facebook metrics questioned after census data reveals discrepancy

Facebook metrics questioned after census data reveals discrepancy

Facebook's user data is being called into question (again) after an analyst noticed that the social network's metrics don't add up with U.S. census data. Of note, Facebook claims to have more reach in particular age brackets than U.S. census data indicates is possible. In one case, the discrepancy between Facebook's metrics and U.S. census data is ten million people.

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WhatsApp turns to business accounts to make some cash

WhatsApp turns to business accounts to make some cash

WhatsApp is unquestionably one of the most popular apps in the world, but thus far, it hasn't been all that great at actually making money for parent company Facebook. Facebook, of course, has enough money in its coffers to let some apps and services mature a bit, but generally speaking, not making any significant money from a $19 billion purchase isn't really a winning strategy. Now it looks like WhatsApp and Facebook may have figured out a way to make money by offering new services to enterprise customers.

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