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Facebook Messenger data saver feature appears in testing

Facebook Messenger data saver feature appears in testing

High-speed data is expensive and many mobile users have adopted a waste not, want not attitude toward it. You can use apps like Opera Max to save on data usage in general, and some apps come with their own data-limiting feature. Per some screenshots that have surfaced, its appears Facebook Messenger may soon be one of those apps offering a data saver option to trim usage.

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Message the White House with its new Facebook chat bot

Message the White House with its new Facebook chat bot

The White House has launched the first ever government chat bot for Facebook Messenger, the administration has announced. You can message the Obama administration through Facebook Messenger with this bot, and there's a (very small) chance President Obama himself will read it. This follows President Obama's public response to a Facebook message as a first-ever for any president.

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Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Facebook has been doubling-down on streaming lately, pushing election debates and more to its addicted audience, and now the social network is adding casting support to your TV. The update allows Facebook to hook up wirelessly to one of a number of set-top boxes or dongles - including Apple TV and Chromecast - and it works both from the mobile app and the browser. The goal, Facebook says, is to broaden the number of ways you can watch video content shared by your friends on the service.

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Google, Facebook trans-Pacific cable to be faster than FASTER

Google, Facebook trans-Pacific cable to be faster than FASTER

Just last month, the Internet cable that stretched across the Pacific from the US to Japan went online. Google was already part of that FASTER cable, so called because of its 60 Tbps speed, but soon it will try to outdo itself. This time with different partners. Together with Facebook and China- based Pacific Light Data Communication, a new trans-Pacific cable will be laid between the two continents. And this time, it will be even faster, perhaps the fastest undersea Internet cable crossing the Pacific.

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Facebook Workplace is out to get Slack

Facebook Workplace is out to get Slack

In almost all versions of this universe, “Facebook” and “work” are like oil and water, unless you happen to actually work at Facebook. But in Zuckerberg’s singularity, Facebook will be the driving force behind office productivity, smooth flowing operations, and cordial employee relationships. That is practically the spirit behind Facebook Workplace, formerly Facebook for Work, that the social networking giant is formally launching. Although it will never admit it, it clearly attempts to nibble at the pie largely held by Slack, even before Microsoft had a chance to do something similar with Skype.

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Facebook Events gets its own standalone mobile app

Facebook Events gets its own standalone mobile app

It’s like Facebook Messenger all over again. Whether it ends to be just as controversial remains to be seen. Perhaps not, as Facebook Events is perhaps proportionally less used than Messenger, despite Facebook claiming about 100 million users. Regardless of actual numbers, Facebook has now opted to spin the events tab into an app of its own. Simply called Events for Facebook, the mobile app now offers a single place to discover and managed Facebook events, without having to launch the Facebook app itself.

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How to turn on the Facebook app’s HD photos and video switch

How to turn on the Facebook app’s HD photos and video switch

Photos and videos uploaded to Facebook with mobile devices tend to lose some quality between the phone and the web. This is a default action put in place by Facebook. Lucky us, Facebook has included a few switches that can be flipped to allow far higher quality media to be uploaded from the iPhone and Android devices. This can be done with just a few taps, just so long as we know where the taps are.

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Facebook Messenger now offers end-to-end encryption to all users

Facebook Messenger now offers end-to-end encryption to all users

Earlier this year, Facebook began testing end-to-end encryption in Messenger through a new feature called Secret Conversations. Initially the feature was only available to a select number of users, but that's been changing over the past few weeks, with Facebook rolling Secret Conversations out to every Messenger user - all 900 million of them.

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Facebook Marketplace takes aim at Craigslist for peer-to-peer selling

Facebook Marketplace takes aim at Craigslist for peer-to-peer selling

Citing the fact that 450 million Facebook users are participating in buy and sell groups each month, Facebook has decided to roll out a new feature called Marketplace. This new feature seems to be taking aim at Craigslist, offering location-based discovery instead of a general online storefront where people can sell to anyone anywhere in the world.

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Facebook Messenger Lite aims at Android users with slow connections

Facebook Messenger Lite aims at Android users with slow connections

Facebook wants everyone to use its social network and to use its apps. The problem for users on Android in some countries is that their connections are slow and it makes using the full-blown version of Facebook messenger a bit tedious. To help fix that issue Facebook has announced that it has a new Messenger Lite stand-alone app that will be for Android devices.

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Facebook Messenger testing feature akin to Snapchat Stories

Facebook Messenger testing feature akin to Snapchat Stories

Mostly everyone is familiar with Snapchat Stories at this point, and Instagram recently rolled out its own Stories feature that is similar in many ways. Now Facebook is apparently looking into getting into the mix, and is testing a somewhat similar feature for Messenger apparently called "Messenger Day." The feature cropped up via a user in Poland who is apparently one of the people with access to the test.

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Facebook shares rare photos of Arctic data center

Facebook shares rare photos of Arctic data center

When your business involves connecting millions of people around the world, not to mentions their photos and cat videos, you’re going to need small amount of server for processing, which generates no small amount of heat, which requires no small amount of cooling. Keeping servers from overheating is one of the biggest recurring costs of data centers and companies like Facebook. In order to be smart about that cooling system and also reduce its carbon footprint, Facebook has instead put to use Mother Nature’s biggest air conditioning unit: the Arctic Circle.

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