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Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

As the rumors foretold, Facebook is getting ready to launch mid-roll video ads. Though we heard last month that it was considering letting publishers play ads during on demand videos, this roll out includes Live videos as well. In other words, there's no escape from the Facebook ad invasion.

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WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

We're dealing with a bit of déjà vu today, as WhatsApp has decided to roll out a massive update to its years-old Status feature. Early adopters will remember that WhatsApp launched as an application for sharing your status with friends and family, which means this feature was in place before even messaging - now the main draw of WhatsApp - was introduced. Today's update to the Status feature is a revamp in every sense of the word, but you'd be forgiven if you find it instantly familiar.

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Facebook’s next focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community’

Facebook’s next focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community’

Facebook has detailed its next focus, one building upon the foundation of the company’s original focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community.’ This isn’t a one-company job, Facebook acknowledges, saying the task is bigger than any single organization. Still, the social network aims to do its part by providing a social infrastructure designed for community, for a global community, that’ll serve as a base station of sorts for civic engagement, information, and more.

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Facebook takes aim at LinkedIn with new job posting feature

Facebook takes aim at LinkedIn with new job posting feature

Most, though not all, of those born within the last 20 years or so probably have a Facebook account. That many young, and even old, people have put parts of their lives on the social network. Many have also put their businesses up there. So why not just mix the two together even further. That's exactly what Facebook is now doing by creating a more formal and official way for employers and prospective employees to connect. Which pretty much puts it at odds with LinkedIn.

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Facebook Video app released for Apple TV, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV

Facebook Video app released for Apple TV, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV

Facebook Video was announced for release today for several major TV platforms: Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Apple TV. What's missing from that list is Google's Android TV - which is surprising. Especially given the staying power of the Android TV platform and the fact that Amazon Fire TV is so extremely similar at its base. It's also strange given the attention Facebook has paid to Google's video products before - like Facebook's ability to stream from a smartphone to a Chromecast of Android TV device (which has Chromecast ability within).

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Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook's update this week turns Facebook News Feed video sound on by default - so we've got to turn it back off again. While Facebook assures users that they've done testing with sound on by default with the social network's News Feed. They say their testing suggests that feedback for sound on by default was received positively. But JUST in case there's anyone out there who'd rather not hear videos without tapping, we've laid out here how to turn it off.

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Facebook details tougher advert policies to pacify businesses

Facebook details tougher advert policies to pacify businesses

Haunted by Snapchat's Millennial-targeted adverts, and hounded by advertisers reluctant to pay for skipped or silent commercials, Facebook is hoping new transparency will keep the promo cash flowing. The social network's billion-plus audience is still overshadowed by its confession last year that it had been over-counting advertising views. Now, it's getting more granular and promising more to businesses who want to know exactly what they're getting for their money.

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WhatsApp two-step verification arriving now for all users

WhatsApp two-step verification arriving now for all users

Your WhatsApp account is about to get a lot more secure, thanks to the roll out of two-step verfication. The security feature has been going through a testing phase with select users on iOS and Android, but now the folks behind WhatsApp have decided to roll it out to all users. It's arriving as part of the latest update, but there are a few steps you need to follow in order to make sure it's activated on your account.

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Facebook now has its own Weather mini-app

Facebook now has its own Weather mini-app

Facebook really wants you never to leave its network, whatever the occasion. Whether you’re trying to check (real) news or looking for help in a disaster, Facebook is making it possible for you to do all those while staying within the comfy confines of its social network. Now even the simple act of checking the weather is something you can do within Facebook itself, as the social network giant rolls out its own Weather app. Though given the sometimes capricious nature of the Facebook feed, you might not always find the information when you need it.

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Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a series of photos from Oculus this afternoon, showing off a next-generation innovations well before release. This place goes by the name of Oculus Research and can be found in Redmond, Washington. This department is led by former Valve gaming head Michael Abrash and is responsible for handling such oddities as the VR-friendly gloves in the photo here with Zuckerberg slinging VR webs like Spider-Man.

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Facebook is shutting down Oculus VR demo stations at 200 Best Buy stores

Facebook is shutting down Oculus VR demo stations at 200 Best Buy stores

It looks like Facebook is paring back its retail push for the Oculus VR. With demo stations currently set up in 500 Best Buy stores, Facebook was in a pretty good position to get customers sampling the VR headset for themselves. Now we're hearing that Facebook will be shutting down around 200 of those booths because they're underperforming.

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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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