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The Oculus lawsuit just became a $4bn problem for Facebook

The Oculus lawsuit just became a $4bn problem for Facebook

Facebook faces a potential bill for $2bn in compensation and a further $2bn in damages, as its lawsuit with ZeniMax over Oculus goes to jury. The long-awaited lawsuit finally reached closing arguments today in Dallas, TX, with ZeniMax's lawyer suggesting a $4bn payout from Facebook was in order. According to the company, Oculus relied heavily on - but refuses to acknowledge or pay for - the input John Carmack.

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Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook has announced an excellent new security feature for those who are particularly concerned about their online privacy. Per a new announcement from Facebook Security, the social network now supports Security Key logins, allowing users to register Security Keys that connect to a device’s USB port. The hardware security option offers certain protections above what you get with two-factor authentication.

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Hugo Barra is now Facebook’s VP for VR

Hugo Barra is now Facebook’s VP for VR

When former Google exec, and now former Xiaomi exec, Hugo Barra made public his departure from the Chinese company, he didn’t talk much about where he’s heading to next. Usually those are kept under wraps until the new employer has given the green light. Consider that green light lit, as said new employer itself made the matter public. Straight from the horse’s, er, Mark Zuckerberg’s mouth, Huga Barra is joining Facebook as VP not of its mobile efforts but of its virtual reality thrust. And yes, that includes Oculus.

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Facebook Messenger ad tests begin in Australia and Thailand

Facebook Messenger ad tests begin in Australia and Thailand

Facebook is kicking off a small trial of advertisements in Messenger, the company has announced, with those tests taking place in Australia and Thailand. The ads will be placed on the Messenger homescreen below the user's recent chats, making them visible but not entirely intrusive. These ads won't appear within your Messenger chats, though, unless you do something specific to invite them in.

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Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax lawsuit in a suit

Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax lawsuit in a suit

There's always a first time for everything. For VR company Oculus, it's probably the first time it has been dragged in a high-profile public trial. For Mark Zuckerberg, it's his first time testifying in a courtroom and one of the extremely rare times you'd see the Facebook CEO out of his now iconic hoodie and jeans attire. Instead, he wears a suit that solemnly declares serious business, because that is exactly the position that game publisher ZeniMax has forced Oculus and Facebook into in its lawsuit over stolen VR technology and intellectual property.

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Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

We knew they were coming sooner or later, and now ads in Facebook videos seem to be right around the corner. A new report claims that Facebook will soon put mid-roll ads in News Feed videos, splitting the revenue with content creators. This is a big step in Facebook's effort to pull content publishers away from YouTube, though even with ad revenue streaming in for creators, Facebook still has its work cut out for it.

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How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

Facebook has an opt-out page which shows how they track users for Facebook ads across the entire planet. This page lists the ways in which Facebook works with data providers that "help businesses connect with people who might be interested in their products or services." These are the the groups that show an advertisement of a movie ticket sales site to people that've been searching for information about which movies are out in their area. For the Ron Swanson in you, this is your page, this is how you get out.

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Facebook copyright tracking system tipped as part of larger licensing plan

Facebook copyright tracking system tipped as part of larger licensing plan

Facebook is working on building its own copyright tracking technology, according to sources, and it'll use this technology as part of a larger licensing plan. Say the sources, big-name record labels have been pressuring the social network to remove user-uploaded copyrighted videos, and to license the music shared by its users. However, the sources caution that we likely won't see a deal struck between the record labels and Facebook until at least spring 2017.

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Facebook Live Audio unveiled for real-time audio broadcasting

Facebook Live Audio unveiled for real-time audio broadcasting

Facebook has announced Live Audio, something it describes as another way for its users to go live. As the name suggests, this is a way for users to go live with audio only rather than video, giving creators another option within the Facebook platform. Among other things, Facebook Live Audio is better suited for emerging markets and places where connectivity is low, as live audio is less demanding then live video.

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European Commission accuses Facebook of misleading WhatsApp merger probe

European Commission accuses Facebook of misleading WhatsApp merger probe

The European Commission has accused Facebook of having ‘provided incorrect or misleading’ info during its probe into the company’s merger with WhatsApp a couple years ago. The issue appears to stem from Facebook’s claim that it couldn’t ‘establish reliable automated matching between’ Facebook accounts and WhatsApp accounts, something at odds with WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy and TOS presented this past August.

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Facebook Messenger joins the group video chat, 3D masks game

Facebook Messenger joins the group video chat, 3D masks game

Remember the days when you’d juggle half a dozen communication services just to keep up with family and friends? Well, those good old days are back with even more messaging apps and services offering nearly the same set of features. Their only difference is that some of your friends may or may not be using the same service. Trying to keep pace with other players, Facebook has finally given its Messenger service group video chat capabilities, finally fulfilling its most requested feature ever.

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Mark Zuckerberg explains how he built his Jarvis AI system

Mark Zuckerberg explains how he built his Jarvis AI system

At the beginning of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg set out to build an AI system for his home, likening such a system to Jarvis from the Iron Man movies and comic books. Now that we're just two weeks out from the end of the year, Zuckerberg has delivered another update on his system, announcing that it's been almost fully realized. In a lengthy Facebook note, Zuckerberg walks us through everything he needed to do and what his AI system is capable of after a year of work.

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