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Facebook Birthday Cam wants you to interact more with your friends

Facebook Birthday Cam wants you to interact more with your friends

Facebook knows that you probably aren't interacting much with your friends when it comes to their birthdays. All most of us do is type "Happy Birthday" on their timeline when Facebook prompts us that it's time for their birthday. Facebook wants to change that impersonal birthday interaction and is giving friends a new tool to use called Birthday Cam.

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Zuckerberg at Samsung UNPACKED: VR is the next social

Zuckerberg at Samsung UNPACKED: VR is the next social

It isn't unusual for Samsung to summon experts and giant personalities on stage to help it market its newest smartphones. But when it comes to its VR products, it needed a stronger push. When it first unveiled the Gear VR, it had game development luminary John Carmack of DOOM fame make the tech spiel. This year, Carmack's boss is the one doing the talking. At Samsung's UNPACKED event at MWC 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on stage not only to "sell" the Gear VR, which was made together with Oculus, but to emphasize the connection between Facebook and this new VR hype.

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Facebook Messenger now supports multiple accounts (but only on Android)

Facebook Messenger now supports multiple accounts (but only on Android)

While the recent news about advertisements being introduced into Facebook Messenger is a bit disappointing, that's not the only new functionality coming to the chat platform. The Messenger app now officially supports multiple account sign-ins on Android. This comes shortly after Facebook introduced the same feature to Instagram, although that update also made it to iOS.

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Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Facebook Messenger will start sending you advertisements in the next few months, according to a new report. The feature won’t be a free-for-all for companies to spam out ads, but will instead allow businesses with whom users have chatted to then start dishing private advertisements, the logic seemingly being that if you chatted with the company you’re probably interested in its items. Facebook reportedly also has prepped a method to get more users into chats with businesses (opening the door to those ads).

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Facebook Live Video goes international (on iPhone)

Facebook Live Video goes international (on iPhone)

Facebook unveiled its Live Video feature in early December, and has more recently expanded it to all iPhones users in the U.S. While there's still no word about when Android users will be let in on the fun, iPhone users outside of the United States are also seeing the feature roll their way, with Facebook saying it is expanding the feature globally. Some users outside of the US are already reporting seeing the broadcasting option.

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Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook will be opening Instant Articles up to all publishers this upcoming April, the social network has announced. The service, which is already being used by a few hundred publishers, will be available to all regardless of the publication’s size and location. The change will take place at the Facebook F8 conference on April 12, with the social network pointing interested publishers toward its documentation to “prepare for open availability.”

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Facebook India MD to resign, but not over Free Basics failure

Facebook India MD to resign, but not over Free Basics failure

Facebook India’s managing director Kirthiga Reddy is resigning, it has been announced. After she steps down, Reddy will return to the US and seek “new opportunities,” apparently planning to remain with the social network at its Menlo Park headquarters. A successor is currently being sought, with Reddy reportedly working with Facebook’s Asia Pacific managing director William Easton and Asia Pacific VP Dan Neary.

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Facebook Messenger might get SMS back, multiple accounts soon

Facebook Messenger might get SMS back, multiple accounts soon

Of the myriad instant messaging services out there, Facebook Messenger is perhaps the most common and, therefore, most taken for granted. It doesn't usually make it to the headlines, except for the few times it manages to piss people off. Or gets an experimental and frighteningly smart feature. Or goes down, which is when people realize how embedded it has been in their digital lifestyles. Some changes, however, might be coming again to Facebook Messenger that could put it back in the spotlight, starting with the return of SMS.

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Zuckerberg responds on India internet, remains mum on Net Neutrality

Zuckerberg responds on India internet, remains mum on Net Neutrality

This afternoon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to comments about India's refusal to allow "Free Basics" in the country. While Facebook appeared to be bringing free internet to the world with this initiative last year - but as soon as it became apparent that not all was what it seemed, India responded. They responded by banning Free Basics altogether. Then earlier this month, they went a step further, issuing a Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016. Today Zuckerberg responded.

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France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

Slowly and bit by bit, Facebook is losing legal ground in Europe over what many member states are now calling illegal practices that violate the privacy of users and non-users alike. The case it faces in France, however, is significant because of its timing and its root cause. The French privacy regulator CNIL has ordered Facebook to stop tracking the web activities of non-Facebook users, among other things, or face hefty fines. But in addition, it has called out Facebook for transferring European data to the US, which has basically been declared illegal in the EU.

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Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

It's 2016, and my phone can't last more than a day or so on a full charge. For whatever reason, phone manufacturers still seem to care more about the size of the phone than how long the battery will last. And as it turns out, app developers aren't helping matters, either.

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India rejected Facebook’s free internet, and that’s a good thing

India rejected Facebook’s free internet, and that’s a good thing

Last year, Facebook launched their “Free Basics” program in India, which promised to bring free internet to all the citizens of the country. On the surface, that seems like a great and noble move. Unfortunately, not all was as it seemed, which is why in December, the country moved to ban the service. Facebook has been fighting hard ever since, but that battle appears to have come to a close.

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