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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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Google and Facebook launch CrossCheck in France to combat hoaxes

Google and Facebook launch CrossCheck in France to combat hoaxes

Regardless of the political lens you're looking through, it's clear that we have a problem with fake news. Google News Lab and Facebook want to do something about it, launching a new service called CrossCheck, but for the moment, CrossCheck won't be implemented in the US. Instead, it'll get its debut in France, where it will help voters tell fantasy from reality in the lead up to the French elections.

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Domino’s Messenger chatbot updated with full ordering powers

Domino’s Messenger chatbot updated with full ordering powers

Not too long ago, Domino's introduced its own chatbot for Facebook Messenger, giving its customers an easy way to order a pizza. While great for those who prefer chatting over ordering, it was very limited in its functionality, and therefore not terribly useful. That has changed, with Domino's announcing an update to the chatbot that bestows it with full ordering powers, bringing the company's full menu to Messenger.

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Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook has been criticized by some for failing to address the issue of fake news in any significant way, and such criticism has spurred the social network into action. According to the company, it has pushed out a pair of News Feed updates that ‘incorporate new signals’ for spotting and ranking so-called authentic content, as well as adding a new way to determine in real time whether a post is relevant to an individual user.

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Oculus lawsuit ends with hundreds of millions going to ZeniMax

Oculus lawsuit ends with hundreds of millions going to ZeniMax

The two-year long court battle between Oculus VR and ZeniMax Media has come to an end today. It's been a heated battle throughout, with many high-profile executives taking the stand during testimony. This includes Facebook founder (and now Oculus owner) Mark Zuckerberg, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and id Software founder John Carmack.

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Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook is actively developing an app for set-top-boxes, according to sources, with the aim of bringing video content from its platform to the average living room. This video content would include, assuming reports are correct, long-form video with the same quality as what you currently get on television. The move will enable Facebook to pursue television advertisement revenue.

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