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WhatsApp updates privacy policy, will begin sharing user info with Facebook

WhatsApp updates privacy policy, will begin sharing user info with Facebook

WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy, and this is one its more than one billion users will want to pay attention to. In the update, WhatsApp says that it will begin sharing some information on its users with Facebook, a first for the company despite the fact that it has been owned by the social media giant for more than two years now.

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Latest Facebook test brings autoplay audio to News Feed videos

Latest Facebook test brings autoplay audio to News Feed videos

It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook is continually trying to fine-tune the News Feed through various tweaks and tests, but the company has rolled out a new, small-scale test that leaves us scratching our heads. Some users in Australia might find that those autoplay videos that show up in News Feeds are now accompanied by, of all things, autoplay sound.

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Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook Messenger is testing a new feature that will make the app entirely more useable for some individuals: the ability to request adding a contact with another Messenger user rather than having to add that individual as a ‘friend.’ The new feature is aptly called ‘Add Contact,’ and would exist between Facebook friendship and messaging someone sans any formal affiliation with them; you can, for now, message someone who isn’t a friend by sending them a message request.

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Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

As the world's most popular social network, Facebook's biggest competition in recent years has been Snapchat, the messaging app that's hugely popular with teens. In order to prove that it's still hip and cool to the younger generations, Facebook has just released a new social media app for iOS called Lifestage, and to make sure it doesn't catch on among boring adults, it can only be used by those who are 21 or younger.

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Facebook AI Research makes fastText open-source

Facebook AI Research makes fastText open-source

Automatic text processing is something that is widely used across the web, whether it's used to understand what you type in a search bar or detect spam in email. Developing fast and efficient text classification, however, is something that has challenged AI researchers throughout the years, and that's why the Facebook AI Research team (FAIR) set out the develop fastText. FAIR has taken things one step further with the fastText, today announcing that it will become open-source.

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Facebook and Unity partner to develop new PC gaming platform

Facebook and Unity partner to develop new PC gaming platform

Facebook has long been a major player in the gaming space - one only needs to mention Farmville or Mafia Wars to give people horrible flashback of endless notifications from friends - but the company is facing a lot of competition these days. Facebook has to compete with mobile gaming and the quickly expanding array of PC gaming storefronts for the attention of social and casual gamers, and the company is hoping its latest team up with Unity will give it the edge it needs.

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Amazon Prime pilot episodes make their way to Facebook and YouTube

Amazon Prime pilot episodes make their way to Facebook and YouTube

Amazon is looking to give its original series greater reach among viewers, today announcing that it will place episodes for those series on Facebook and YouTube. Obviously viewers won't be able to watch the whole series on these sites, but they will get to watch pilot episodes in their entirety, potentially getting them hooked on the series and more willing to shell out for an Amazon Prime subscription.

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Facebook desktop ads return after Adblock Plus rolls out workaround

Facebook desktop ads return after Adblock Plus rolls out workaround

Well that was quick: yesterday we told you that Adblock Plus had rolled out new filters intending to stop Facebook's new desktop ads, but now just a few hours later, Facebook has hit back. Facebook has apparently implemented code to combat Adblock's workaround, striking back with a speed that even puts the Adblock Plus community's original answer to these desktop ads to shame.

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more informative stories to users

Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more informative stories to users

Facebook's News Feed is an interesting beast, and it's been receiving a lot of tweaking recently. From offering up personally relevant advertisements to limiting the number of clickbait articles that make it through, the News Feed has been changing quite a bit this summer. Facebook isn't done with its adjustments, today announcing a new update that will hopefully show more relevant and informative stories to its users.

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Adblock Plus claims early victory against Facebook’s new desktop ads

Adblock Plus claims early victory against Facebook’s new desktop ads

Just a couple of days ago, Facebook announced a revision to its ad controls that included increased efforts against the widespread use of ad-blockers. In the announcement, Facebook said that ad-block users would begin seeing ads anyway when they accessed the site through desktop. As you can probably guess, the folks behind Adblock Plus, one of the more popular pieces of ad-blocking browser software, took that as a challenge.

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Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Revealed back in April, Facebook Messenger's bots have taken off in a big way. Now numbering in the thousands, these chat bots do all sorts of things, from helping you find travel deals to bots that allow you to send whatever feedback you may have to brands and corporations. Messenger is adding another bot to the list today, but this one definitely stands out from the rest, as it lets you send a note to President Obama.

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Facebook updates ad controls, moves to make ad blockers less effective

Facebook updates ad controls, moves to make ad blockers less effective

Facebook is coming to terms with the fact that people generally dislike ads, and this means both good and bad things for its users. The good news first: Facebook has announced that it will update its ad preferences, allowing users to pick and choose what kind of ads they see alongside content on the site. Essentially, this update allows you to remove categories from the list of things Facebook has determined you might like, allowing the ads you see to fall more in line with your actual tastes.

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