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Tens of thousands of suspicious Facebook apps suspended in privacy investigation

Tens of thousands of suspicious Facebook apps suspended in privacy investigation

Facebook released a statement this morning about a privacy investigation of Facebook app developers. This is what Facebook calls their "ongoing App Developer Investigation" in which they've begun taking a closer look at apps with access to "large amounts of information." This is part of the overarching privacy disaster going on at Facebook since March of 2018. Today Facebook said this investigation is "part of our response to the episode involving Cambridge Analytica."

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Portal TV heads up Facebook’s new smart screen lineup

Portal TV heads up Facebook’s new smart screen lineup

Facebook has announced a big refresh for its Portal lineup, today announcing three new devices for the family of devices. The first is a device with a 10-inch display that's taking up the standard "Portal" moniker. It's joined by the 8-inch Portal Mini and a new device called the Portal TV.

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Facebook Portal TV add-on rumors hint at a strategy shake-up

Facebook Portal TV add-on rumors hint at a strategy shake-up

Facebook isn't giving up on Portal, with the social network reportedly readying a Portal TV device for the holidays that would expand its controversial hardware into greater content consumption, potentially in the hope of bypassing skepticism around how trustworthy the company is. Launched last year, Facebook Portal is a pair of video calling smart displays, which was debuted right in the midst of a privacy crisis.

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NFL will bring video podcasts and game clips to Facebook Watch

NFL will bring video podcasts and game clips to Facebook Watch

The NFL is continuing its partnership with Facebook, bringing select content to the Facebook Watch platform. This isn't the first time the NFL has made football content available on Facebook Watch; the two began working together in 2017 with a deal that, at the time, offered recaps from all regular-season games. Looking forward, the latest deal between the two will result in a variety of original video content, game clips, and more.

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Facebook Dating: Things you should know before using it

Facebook Dating: Things you should know before using it

Facebook was always about friends. But now it’s also about love. The social media giants have launched Facebook Dating in the U.S., their answer to Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble and other dating apps. The new feature brings together Facebook’s networking infrastructure and data to help find matches that suit you.

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3 Stress-reducing Facebook habits I once feared

3 Stress-reducing Facebook habits I once feared

Over the past 3 years, my relationship with Facebook changed in several drastic ways. In the year 2015, I discovered the "Unfollow" button, and my journey away from Facebook reliance began. I was a Facebook addict for longer than I care to think about. I lived in fear of getting away from the social network, my former primary source of stress in life. I thought I'd never be able to stop - how could I?

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Facebook Dating wants to find you love without swiping

Facebook Dating wants to find you love without swiping

Facebook already knows plenty about you, and now it wants to help you find love, with Facebook Dating launching today. Available in the US among 20 countries initially, the new dating profile service takes on existing rivals like Match, Bumble, and Tinder, with the promise of easier profile creation so that you don't get stuck trying to think of hobbies outside of "reading" and "running gleefully along beaches."

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Facebook adds face recognition opt-out: Here’s how to disable it

Facebook adds face recognition opt-out: Here’s how to disable it

Today Facebook released an off switch for facial recognition in their social media system. Today, a Facebook representative by the name of Srinivas Narayanan, Applied Research Lead, Facebook AI said that Facebook has "only used face recognition technology to automatically suggest tags for your friends in photos."

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Facebook follows Instagram’s lead in testing hidden like counts

Facebook follows Instagram’s lead in testing hidden like counts

Back in May, Instagram began testing something of a controversial feature: it started hiding like counts on a public basis, meaning that content creators could still see their total number of likes on individual posts but those who were simply viewing them couldn't. Now, it seems that Instagram parent company Facebook is gearing up to test the same exact thing.

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Spotify brings automatic track previews to Facebook Stories

Spotify brings automatic track previews to Facebook Stories

Spotify has made it easier to share tracks on Facebook, the company announced this week. With the update, tracks from Spotify shared on Facebook Stories will offer 15-second previews of the audio before the user taps to listen to it. The feature is particularly useful for creators who share their music to an audience on Facebook, but viewers will need to tap through to Spotify to hear the entire track.

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Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

A potential new Snapchat alternative app "Threads" was tipped in-the-making at Facebook and Instagram. The app seems to be part of Mark Zuckerberg's vision for a private messaging tie between each of the company's main social ecosystems. That'd likely include account connections between Facebook and Instagram, but mention of WhatsApp integration was notably absent from report details.

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WhatsApp monetization is here

WhatsApp monetization is here

Evidence suggests WhatsApp is nearing an age in which advertisements and services with businesses will become a reality. Most WhatsApp users take advantage of the services offered by WhatsApp without paying any sort of dues whatsoever to its parent company Facebook. Income history and the impending launch of several WhatsApp brand-oriented services suggest that Facebook will change the way in which the chat app does business. Today we discuss why we're approaching some of the biggest changes in WhatsApp's decade of history.

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