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Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook’s London-based ‘friend-sharing’ team is secretly working on a standalone camera app that would encourage users to share photos and videos on the social network, according to a pair of sources. The app will open directly to a camera, sort of like Snapchat, the sources say, and will involve Facebook’s Live Video by enabling direct video livestreaming. However, the sources caution that the standalone app may never be released.

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Facebook now sees 1 million users login via Tor each month

Facebook now sees 1 million users login via Tor each month

Tor (The Onion Router) is a popular technology used when people want to preserve their anonymity online. While it's sometimes blamed as a tool that enables illegal activity on the internet, it's also helpful to protect people from hackers, or from government surveillance in countries with strict online regulation. But in the last year or so, it turns out many people have been using it just for logging in to Facebook.

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook’s making another change to your News Feed, and this one involves which articles you will see. The social network is adjusting the way it ranks articles, taking into account how often you and others spend reading/viewing them. This tweak is necessary because of how many people consume content they enjoy — by reading it, but not liking or commenting on the article on Facebook. As well, Facebook is also going to show a greater diversity of articles sources.

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Facebook Messenger group voice calling starts global rollout

Facebook Messenger group voice calling starts global rollout

Facebook is rolling out group calling in Messenger across the globe, the company has announced. The feature allows a group of individuals, whether friends, colleagues, or others, to all participate in the same call, expanding the app’s usefulness for individuals and businesses alike. Those with the latest version of Messenger should see the feature rolling their way within the next day or so.

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Facebook Terragraph and Project Aries aim to deliver fast internet everywhere

Facebook Terragraph and Project Aries aim to deliver fast internet everywhere

Facebook wants people everywhere to have fast internet access. While that is a great thing for being able to access information of all sorts, fast internet everywhere also means more users for Facebook as one of the most visited destinations online. The issue with rolling out faster and faster internet service around the world is the cost associated with laying fiber optic cables. The Facebook Connectivity Lab is working on projects called Terragraph and Project Aries to address these issues.

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Facebook just poached Google’s ATAP chief for its own moonshots

Facebook just poached Google’s ATAP chief for its own moonshots

Facebook has poached Regina Dugan from Google, with the former DARPA chief heading up a new moonshot team dubbed "Building 8" for the social network. Dugan had, until recently, been working on some of Google's more unusual or ambitious projects as part of the ATAP, or Advanced Technology and Products, group, including the Ara modular smartphone.

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Facebook launches quote-sharing feature and button

Facebook launches quote-sharing feature and button

Facebook wants you to share quotes in text form, not screenshot form, and to encourage that comes a new quote-sharing button that makes it easy to copy text from a website into a Facebook status. The feature was recently detailed for developers, enabling them to add the share-quote button to their app or website. When a user highlights text to copy, a Facebook button will appear encouraging them to share the quote on Facebook.

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Livestream’s clever Mevo camera adds Facebook Live support

Livestream’s clever Mevo camera adds Facebook Live support

Livestream's Mevo camera has become the first to throw its metaphorical hat into the streaming ring, announcing it'll support Facebook Live. The new Facebook Live API was announced this morning at F8 2016, the social network's annual developer event, as a way for third-party devices to beam content directly to viewers.

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Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Today at Facebook's F8 conference, there was a lot of talk about the Messenger app. Lots of praise for it, and its future were given by the presenters. One went so far as to say that thanks to the advancements in Messenger, that this may now be the beginning of a new era.

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Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Another day, another massively expensive 360 (spherical) camera rig you'll never be able to afford as a common citizen. Facebook suggests that this system can be built from camera parts you can buy yourselves, the total cost for the rig reaching somewhere around $30,000. If that's something you're going to be able to toss cash at, you'll be in luck - once you've got the whole system together, you'll be able to use the company's own software to stitch the resulting media you capture together into a single, seamless 3D-360 video. That video will - of course - be easily upload friendly for Facebook immediately after processing.

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Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Today you stare at your smartphone screen and stab the "Like" button on your Facebook friends' news with a fingertip; tomorrow, you might high-five them in VR. Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision of the future of social networking in virtual reality and augmented reality today at the F8 2016 developer conference, and it's a mixture of high-tech and farce.

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Facebook wants your cellphone number to be your app identity

Facebook wants your cellphone number to be your app identity

Facebook wants to be the key to logging in to all your online services, and it's so keen it'll even let you do so without a Facebook profile. Announced today at F8, the social network's annual developer event, Facebook Account Kit is essentially an identity management system for third-party developers to use, saving them from having to deal with user-accounts and passwords themselves.

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