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Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Soccer, or football depending on where you live in the world, is a big deal for huge numbers of fans around the world. The catch is that fans of Premiere League soccer matches inside the US and some other countries have very little access to these games. That is changing with Facebook getting into the live streaming realm for Premiere League matches.

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Facebook begins testing ad breaks for Live broadcasts

Facebook begins testing ad breaks for Live broadcasts

It was bound to happen eventually, and now it looks like advertisements in Facebook Live videos may be around the corner. Facebook has announced that it's rolling out small-scale tests where it will insert ads into live streams broadcast on its platform, alerting agencies to the fact that their ads - usually pulled from promoted video campaigns on the social network - may begin appearing in Live videos around the site.

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Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook doesn’t make it easy to avoid having your birthday broadcast to all your friends; in fact, it has taken steps to boost birthday celebrations on the social network, including things like launching the Facebook Birthday Cam earlier this year. If you love the digital celebrations, then good news: Facebook has launched a new cheesy birthday recap video that takes at least three of your birthday well wishes and mashes them up into a cake-filled celebratory video.

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Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Way back in 2012, Facebook was hit with a lawsuit over real-world currency children had spent playing games on the social network. The issue revolved around Facebook Credits, which gamers could buy using a credit card; the currency, then, would be used to buy virtual goods of one sort or another in Facebook games. This quickly became an issue as kids charged huge bills on their parents' bank accounts without realizing what they were doing. The issue has dragged on in various legal matters since, and now a judge has ruled that Facebook must refund parents.

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Facebook unblocks Wikileaks DNC email links, says it was an accident

Facebook unblocks Wikileaks DNC email links, says it was an accident

A skirmish started this weekend when the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent out a tweet announcing that Facebook was blocking links to the DNC email links, and many were quick to jump on the issue, calling it censorship and pointing out that the block was happening mere days before the Democratic National Convention. At the time, Facebook users were advised to use archive.is to try and share the links, and now a couple days later, Facebook has unblocked the links, calling it an accident.

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Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

At dawn on June 28, Facebook’s Aquila drone took its first flight; it was a success and marked a new major milestone in Facebook’s effort to bring Internet access to remote parts of the world. Much like Google’s Project Loon — though distinctly different in many ways — Facebook’s eyeing the sky as a way to beam Internet to villages and rural communities below. Rather than using balloons, though, the social network has elected to use very wide but relatively light drones that sip solar power and can spend long periods of time in the sky.

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Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion user milestone

Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion user milestone

Facebook's Messenger service has hit a rather impressive milestone today, revealing that it has crossed the one billion user threshold. This means that Messenger has added another 100 million users to its ranks in just a couple of months, with the announcement that it had hit 900 million active users coming back in April. In order to celebrate its one billion user achievement, Facebook says that using the balloon emoji in open conversations will summon floating balloons, much like Messenger's Valentine's Day hearts.

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Facebook may have cracked the big laser-drone internet problem

Facebook may have cracked the big laser-drone internet problem

Facebook is exploring ways of delivering internet connectivity via lasers, developing a new receiver technology that promises to be less complex and more affordable than current systems. Dubbed free-space laser communication, Facebook's break-through is in an all-new optical detector that - unlike existing examples - would neither require mechanical stabilization, nor expensive micro-motors, sensing, or processing.

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WhatsApp comes back online in Brazil shortly after being banned

WhatsApp comes back online in Brazil shortly after being banned

As predicted, it didn't take very long for WhatsApp to be restored in Brazil after being banned by a judge in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. The judge's order to mobile phone carriers in Brazil was overturned by Brazil's Federal Supreme Court a few hours later, bringing WhatsApp back to the masses nearly as fast as it was restored the last two times something like this happened.

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WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

One of the wonderful things about end-to-end encryption in messaging apps is, as long as it's implemented correctly, nobody but you or the person you're chatting with should be able to see those messages. Unfortunately for WhatsApp, judges in Brazil don't seem to understand how that works. Yes, Brazil's at it again, as the office of Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza in Rio De Janerio has ordered five carriers to block WhatsApp until it turns over data associated with a criminal case.

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Twitter, Facebook and YouTube blocked in Turkey

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube blocked in Turkey

Turkey has (once again) blocked access to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, this time due to the reported military coup that is underway. This isn’t the first time Turkey has tried to block social networks, and per the tweets and videos still making their way out today, it appears it hasn’t been entirely successful. The nation often attempts to censor access to Internet sites like these during times of social or politic unrest.

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Messenger on Android gets Instant Articles

Messenger on Android gets Instant Articles

Facebook Instant Articles, the articles from participating publications that load instantly when clicked, have made their way to Messenger. The social network opened up Instant Articles to all publishers a few months back; it only makes sense that they’d expand them to cover Messenger, too, as they've done today. Kicking them off are Instant Articles on Android, but they'll be coming to iOS in future weeks, too.

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