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Messenger Day nixed as Facebook pushes Stories feature

Messenger Day nixed as Facebook pushes Stories feature

Facebook has eliminated its Messenger Day feature, a Snapchat clone that isn't even a year old yet. Why get rid of such a fresh feature? Because the company now has a Stories feature -- another Snapchat feature clone -- and it wants users to gravitate to it. Messenger Day was essentially the same thing, but contained to the Messenger app itself.

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Facebook Local app launches to replace Events

Facebook Local app launches to replace Events

Facebook has made a notable update to one of its many standalone apps: the app known as Events, which first launched last year as a way to bring users' calendar and event listings together, has been renamed to Facebook Local. Available now on both iOS and Android, Local combines the previous features with things like local business listings and user reviews. In other words, it's Facebook's take on the Yelp formula.

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Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

A couple of days back, Facebook launched a limited-scale pilot program in Australia to combat the particularly troubling problem of revenge porn. Revenge porn has become a major issue on a lot of social media sites, and this new pilot is meant to put an end to it. In reality, though, the way Facebook is going about combating revenge porn left a lot of people scratching their heads.

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Facebook anti-revenge porn system: send yourself nude photos

Facebook anti-revenge porn system: send yourself nude photos

The fake news problem that has plagued social networking services like Facebook and Twitter definitely has severe impact on a global scale. But the social media problem christened “revenge porn” is perhaps even more devastating as it happens on a deeply personal level. Tech companies, as well as authorities, have been thinking of ways to curb the problem, because simply telling teens, or even grownups, not to do something is totally ineffective. Facebook has come up with perhaps the most curious technology-based solution of all, which involves sending yourself your own nude photos on Facebook Messenger.

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Facebook, Google and Twitter given furious ad ultimatum

Facebook, Google and Twitter given furious ad ultimatum

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been given a stark ultimatum by US lawmakers, as the role each played in Russian gaming of the US election goes under the microscope. The three firms have faced challenging questioning at this week's Senate and House Intel Committee meetings, though arguably nothing so blunt as the deadline laid down by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein this morning. Speaking as part of the Senate Intel Committee, Sen. Feinstein told legal representatives of the trio that if they wouldn't fix things, the government would be forced to step in and do it for them.

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Facebook Marketplace car shopping features expand, plus new auto partners

Facebook Marketplace car shopping features expand, plus new auto partners

Facebook is making it easier to find and buy used cars with Facebook Marketplace via some new features and new automotive partnerships. The new partnerships are with some notable companies including Edmunds, while the new features include what Facebook describes as an 'enhanced vehicle section,' plus additional filtering options. The new features will only be available to US users, though.

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Facebook tests split News Feed in six small countries

Facebook tests split News Feed in six small countries

Facebook is testing a feature that some users aren't happy about, but that others welcome for its enhanced decluttering effect: a split news feed. This split feed breaks the Facebook News Feed into two separate components, one that is dedicated for family and friends, the other that is dedicated to Pages the user follows. However, the move could spell bad news for some publishers who depend on Facebook for traffic.

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PayPal Facebook Messenger feature settles the group check

PayPal Facebook Messenger feature settles the group check

The number of ways to pressure your friends to cough up the cash they owe you for lunch is increasing, with PayPal and Facebook Messenger hooking up. A new update to Messenger allows for PayPal peer-to-peer payments directly within the popular Facebook IM service. It's built atop PayPal's existing Facebook Messenger integration for shopping.

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Facebook Live starts rolling out own screen-sharing feature

Facebook Live starts rolling out own screen-sharing feature

Video live streaming is often thought of these days as a way to broadcast events, gathers, and whatnot on social media. The idea, however, stems back to the days when streamers showed off their desktop screens, either to broadcast games or content creation. Somewhat giving a nod to its roots, Facebook Live is now reported to be rolling out a feature that will let users share their screen without the need for a third-party software, taking it one step closer to becoming an all-in-one live streaming solution.

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Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Regina Dugan just announced that she'll be leaving Facebook's Building 8. She is now officially ex-Facebook, Google, and DARPA. Today we're having a quick peek at what she's done over the past couple of decades - and have a guess at what she might be doing next. How long does it take to prepare for a run for State Representative in 2018? How about the Senate?

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Facebook acquires tbh, a teen messaging app for compliments

Facebook acquires tbh, a teen messaging app for compliments

The teen-centric app 'tbh' has been acquired by Facebook, the company announced in a statement today. The acquisition marks a big success for the tbh team, and highlights Facebook's own attempts at targeting the youngest tech users. While the core Facebook social platform has been losing teenage users for years, others like tbh have been flourishing.

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Facebook adds food ordering to fuel your social addiction

Facebook adds food ordering to fuel your social addiction

Hungry and have a Facebook addiction? Mark Zuckerberg can help, with the addition of take out ordering directly within the social network. It's part of Facebook's attempt to get you to stay within the clutches of its app empire, rather than allowing you loose to do something as mundane as feed yourself.

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