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Facebook smart speakers with M assistant may launch overseas first

Facebook smart speakers with M assistant may launch overseas first

Facebook may launch a pair of smart speakers featuring its M assistant internationally first, only later offering them in the US. The contemplation, according to sources, is due to the Facebook's current privacy debacle in the US and worries that it may harm the speakers' performance in the market. The sources also tipped some of the features these smart speakers will allegedly offer.

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Facebook Messenger adds English and Spanish translation feature

Facebook Messenger adds English and Spanish translation feature

Facebook Messenger will soon automatically suggest translations between Spanish and English, though the feature will initially be limited to Marketplace, the company has announced. The feature is a convenient and rapid way to translate between the two popular languages, enabling users who would otherwise face a language barrier to engage on Facebook's platform.

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Facebook Dating is “not just hook-ups” says Zuckerberg

Facebook Dating is “not just hook-ups” says Zuckerberg

Facebook Dating was a subject of Mark Zuckerberg's keynote this morning at F8 2018. There, the CEO and co-founder of Facebook suggested Facebook would be doing more to get people together. He quoted a figure: 200m people on Facebook are listed as single. Zuckerberg made clear he wants to be the cupid that puts all people together, forever.

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Oculus Go is shipping today [Updated]

Oculus Go is shipping today [Updated]

Oculus Go, Facebook's standalone virtual reality headset, is shipping today. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone today as part of his opening keynote at the F8 2018 developer conference. The news comes a year after Facebook first revealed the VR wearable.

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Facebook’s Clear History promises to flush your digital footprints

Facebook’s Clear History promises to flush your digital footprints

Facebook is making it easier to delete your digital footprint, with a new "Clear History" feature making the apps and websites it shares your data with more transparent. The latest in the social network's ongoing mea-culpa tour amid allegations that it does too little to protect user data, the new feature comes just ahead of F8 2018, its annual developer conference.

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Oculus Go preorders open – and sell out – ahead of F8 kick-off

Oculus Go preorders open – and sell out – ahead of F8 kick-off

Oculus Go, the standalone virtual reality headset expected to be a key element of Facebook's F8 2018 conference today, quietly arrived for preorder online this morning. The headset cuts the cord versus the original Oculus Rift, with a fully self-contained VR system and wireless controller.

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WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quits following alleged Facebook tiff

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quits following alleged Facebook tiff

WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum has announced plans to leave the company, saying he will take time off to focus on personal non-tech things. The announcement comes one day ahead of the F8 developers conference and follows a string of privacy-related controversies growing at parent company Facebook.

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Facebook’s new dislike button (upvote and downvote)

Facebook’s new dislike button (upvote and downvote)

So Facebook has a dislike button now - only it's shaped like an arrow. There's one up arrow and one down arrow, and both arrows sit below comments in several areas of Facebook. Much like Reddit, comments are upvoted or downvoted, and rise or fall in large threads as such. Basically Facebook copied Reddit.

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Facebook Messenger Kids sleep mode: Here’s how to use it

Facebook Messenger Kids sleep mode: Here’s how to use it

Facebook is adding a sleep mode for Facebook Messenger Kids, allowing parents to control when young users get access to the app. The new feature follows the launch of the child-friendly version of the instant messaging app last December, intended to quiet concerns that younger users of the social network could be talking with predators.

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Instagram data download tool arrives, but only on desktop for now

Instagram data download tool arrives, but only on desktop for now

As previously promised, Instagram has launched a tool that enables users to download their account data. The feature was revealed as in-progress a few weeks ago, that revelation made following criticism over the platform's lack of a data download tool. Facebook already offers a similar tool for downloading account data, the same data that had some unwelcome surprises for some users.

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Revealed: Facebook’s secret rules for policing your content

Revealed: Facebook’s secret rules for policing your content

Facebook has pulled back the curtain on its Internal Enforcement Guidelines, the long-mysterious rules by which its community standards team decides what's appropriate for the social network. Controversy around those rules has circulated for many years, with Facebook accused of giving little insight into the ways it decides which photos, videos, and posts should be removed, and which are "safe" to stay online.

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New Switch to iPhone ads play up app safety, portrait prowess

New Switch to iPhone ads play up app safety, portrait prowess

At the height of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that the company would have never been put in that situation because of it manually curated its apps. That remark, however, also applied to other app markets, particularly Android. Apple has lost not time to use that as the theme of one of its latest ads designed to convince comsumers to switch to an iPhone for peace of mind and clean faces.

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