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Facebook is making it impossible to avoid VR

Facebook is making it impossible to avoid VR

Bad news if you're a Facebook user who hasn't been swayed by the magic that is virtual reality yet. The social network may not have had its name on above of the door of the fourth annual Oculus Connect conference, but ways to squirt increasing amounts of VR into your Facebook experience were a frequent topic during the opening keynote. Indeed, Mark Zuckerberg himself made the intention clear.

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Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

This week the folks at Oculus cut the price of bundle packages for the Oculus Rift. The headset's price point is a permanent change, coming because the company suggests they want to "get VR into more people's hands." This comes a few months after Oculus Rift's main opposition - the HTC VIVE - got its own price drop to $599 - that's below the whopping $799 the device cost in the first place.

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Oculus Santa Cruz: Untethered VR in 2018 with these great controllers

Oculus Santa Cruz: Untethered VR in 2018 with these great controllers

Oculus may have a more affordable Oculus Go in the pipeline, but true virtual reality fans know what they really want: a full VR headset with desktop PC power. That's the idea behind Oculus Santa Cruz, an untethered VR experience that promises the potency and graphical intensity of an Oculus Rift, but without the wires. The company showed off the latest iteration at Oculus Connect 4 today, its annual developer conference.

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This is Oculus Go: Standalone VR for just $199

This is Oculus Go: Standalone VR for just $199

Oculus has revealed its newest headset, Oculus Go, aiming to bridge the gap between mobile-based virtual reality headsets and PC-tethered versions. Unveiled today at Oculus Connect 4, the company's annual developer conference, Oculus Go promises the pricing we're used to from phone-based VR headsets, but the quality and performance of a PC-powered system.

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Facebook is down for users around the world

Facebook is down for users around the world

If you're currently having troubles using Facebook, you can take solace in the fact that it isn't just you. Facebook seems to be dealing with an outage on a worldwide scale at the moment, leaving many people without access to the social media service. For now, there's no word on when service might return to the website.

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Google Russia ads buys found in 2016 Election Interference

Google Russia ads buys found in 2016 Election Interference

It's Google's turn to face the idea that Russia may have exploited their advertisement business to spread disinformation over the past year. Facebook was the subject of scrutiny in recent weeks over revelations of similar significant Russian exploits of the social network during the 2016 US Presidential election in the USA. Word comes from sources familiar with Google's investigation who've spoken on condition of anonymity with The Independent.

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Instagram Stories can now be cross-posted on Facebook

Instagram Stories can now be cross-posted on Facebook

Facebook is rolling out a new feature that allows Instagram Stories to be cross-posted on Facebook, where they appear as Facebook Stories. Signs of this cross-posting feature appeared in recent days, and now the company has confirmed that the feature is rolling out to everyone with the exception of businesses. The functionality should speed things up for users who frequently post on both platforms.

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Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Another day, another Instagram Stories update. Instagram has been seemingly launching new features for Stories left and right, and just when you might think that it's running out of new things to implement, it comes right back and introduces polls. Beginning today, you can poll your friends in Instagram Stories and see the results of your poll in real time.

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Facebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the US

Facebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the US

Better late than never, right? Almost exactly a year after it was launched, Facebook is now making its standalone, data-saving Messenger Lite Android app available in the US, UK, and Canada. Not exactly markets you'd think are in dire need of data-saving features. That, of course, might be an unfair assumption so to keep things fair, Facebook is spreading the love to everyone. Well, except for iOS users who still won't have a Messenger Lite version.

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As Vegas shooting news shows, Google and Facebook are failing you

As Vegas shooting news shows, Google and Facebook are failing you

Google and Facebook have faced renewed criticism today, over their promotion of "fake news" in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. In Google's case, the search giant was found to be including misleading pages from the controversial 4chan message board among its "Top stories" for results for incorrect speculation around the shooter's name on Monday morning. The company has blamed its algorithm for the mistake.

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Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is sending teams to get Puerto Rico back online, a necessary step for helping emergency crews communicate and helping affected residents get in touch with loved ones. The move follows Hurricane Maria's devastating blow to the island; during its passage, the storm took out more than 90-percent of the cellular towers on the island.

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Zuckerberg replies to Trump’s tweet with a list of Facebook benefits

Zuckerberg replies to Trump’s tweet with a list of Facebook benefits

In case you missed it (and no one would blame you), Trump fired off a tweet this morning accusing Facebook of being "anti-Trump," also blaming "The Networks" of the same, presumably referring to major news networks. He specifically pointed fingers at the New York Times, at the Washington Post, making accusations of fake news.

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