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YouTube subscribers aren’t happy about the new feed

YouTube subscribers aren’t happy about the new feed

YouTube is optimizing itself for views - more views, as many views as possible, at all costs. It begins with the changing of the chronology of the videos in YouTube subscriber feeds. This is real, it's happening, and for some users it's already happened. Instead of acting as a platform, as it should, YouTube is turning into Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It's becoming awful.

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Facebook two-factor authentication is finally safer

Facebook two-factor authentication is finally safer

Two-factor authentication or 2FA is often hailed as the safe compromise to humans' seemingly innate ability to be very bad at passwords. But not all 2FA methods are created equal and some, particularly SMS, are seen as liabilities more than assets. Especially when put in the hands of Facebook. Now the social network giant is cleaning up is mess by finally allowing the use of theoretically safer authenticator apps when logging into your precious Facebook account.

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Facebook’s AI now filters out those photos you trusted your ex with

Facebook’s AI now filters out those photos you trusted your ex with

Late last year, we learned of Facebook's plan to combat the spread of revenge porn through its services. The plan was admittedly a little weird, as it involved sending your own naked photos to yourself through Messenger and having a Facebook engineers create a unique hash for those images that would prevent them from being shared across the whole of Facebook. The company has fine-tuned its approach to revenge porn prevention in the months since we first heard about this initiative, and today it's launching this new program in a few regions around the world.

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Facebook Stories video ads arrive in the US and Mexico

Facebook Stories video ads arrive in the US and Mexico

Facebook Stories, the social network's version of Instagram Stories, have been available for a little over a year. During that time, Facebook slowly amassed users, ultimately hitting the 150 million active user milestone. Now that the user base is there in sufficient enough quantities, the company will begin testing advertisements in it, with the first batch of ads arriving for some users in the US and elsewhere.

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Leaked Instagram feature shows how much time you waste

Leaked Instagram feature shows how much time you waste

A leaked Instagram feature shows users how much time they spend on the service. Whether the feature, which is called Usage Insights, will be launched as a regular offering for all users isn't clear at this point. The new tool was discovered during an APK teardown, and shows the user the time spent on the app, though there aren't enough details to know the scope of the data provided.

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Facebook suspends around 200 apps in privacy audit

Facebook suspends around 200 apps in privacy audit

Facebook has suspended around 200 third-party apps, after its data misuse investigation found signs that they may have been acting improperly. The app audit was part of Facebook's grand mea-culpa earlier this year, after the part the social network played in the Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed.

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Instagram Music: not what you might think

Instagram Music: not what you might think

New code was discovered this week in the deep depths of Instagram - and it's interesting. The code mentions Music - but not music like we see rolling in Spotify and Tidal and such. Instead, this music in Instagram is closer to what we've seen with YouTube's Open Source Music feature brings. That means the Instagram Stories you're already making could be tricked out, and soon.

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Oculus Research faces reality, renamed to Facebook Reality Labs

Oculus Research faces reality, renamed to Facebook Reality Labs

What's in a name? If you ask the folks over at Facebook and Oculus, probably nothing much. It is, after all, just a formal name change and it's business as usual for the R&D group. But you don't make a big fuss about name changes like that unless it's really something big. In this case, it isn't just a simple realignment of branding but also a reminder that Facebook owns one of the two biggest VR platforms in the market and it isn't afraid to use it.

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Oculus Research becomes Facebook Reality Labs

Oculus Research becomes Facebook Reality Labs

Change is in the air over at Oculus today. Facebook and Oculus have announced that Oculus Research will be operate under the banner of Facebook Reality Labs moving forward. This name change doesn't really mean anything for the company's research and development operations, but it does show us that Facebook is beginning to take AR and VR more and more seriously.

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Instagram payment feature quietly appears for some users

Instagram payment feature quietly appears for some users

Some Instagram users have started seeing a payments feature that enables transactions directly on the platform. The addition hasn't been officially announced at this time, however a decision to add a payment feature wouldn't be surprising. Parent company Facebook previously launched a tool for sending users money on Messenger, and recent changes to Instagram hint the company may be bringing some of its features to Instagram.

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Oculus Half Dome details: 140-degree VR Prototype

Oculus Half Dome details: 140-degree VR Prototype

This afternoon Oculus revealed a new VR headset - a prototype called Half Dome. This new headset isn't necessarily a replacement for any previous headset - it's a testing ground for what's to come. This new headset project was revealed at F8, Facebook's developer conference, where other VR and social networking projects of all sorts were also revealed as they are each year.

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Cambridge Analytica shuts down after Facebook privacy saga

Cambridge Analytica shuts down after Facebook privacy saga

Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm at the heart of recent Facebook data scandals, is shutting down, blaming accusations that it misused personal data for frightening off the company's customers. In addition to beginning insolvency proceedings in the UK, Cambridge Analytica says it will be beginning bankruptcy proceedings for its US businesses, too.

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