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Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook's decision to begin collecting data from WhatsApp users has already drawn a negative reaction in Germany, but now the entire European Union is getting in on the action. Today, the European Commission's Article 29 Working Party has told Facebook to stop collecting that data as it carries out an investigation into these new policies.

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Facebook Lifestage, the teen-only app, arrives on Android

Facebook Lifestage, the teen-only app, arrives on Android

Facebook Lifestage, the teen-only app released back in August, has now arrived on Android. The app is targeted primarily at high schoolers, and serves to address the decline in youth participation on Facebook, a service many kids now consider less-than-cool thanks in part to the mass influx of parents and grandparents. Lifestage first arrived on iOS, and now it is expanding onto Google’s mobile OS.

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Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

The scariest time of year has arrived, and I don't mean election season. To help users get in the Halloween spirits, Facebook Live has taken a page from Snapchat and rolled out some spooky new face filters that take the form of masks. Among the options to choose from are a witch, skull, jack o'lantern, and a handful of animals, including a panda.

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Facebook loosens grip on newsworthy graphic content

Facebook loosens grip on newsworthy graphic content

Facebook, following multiple instances of backlash related to its taking down of certain significant news items that include graphic content, is loosening its restrictions. In a recent statement, the social network’s VP of Global Operations & Media Partnerships Joel Kaplan said Facebook will start allowing certain content ‘even if they might otherwise violate our standards.' Doing so will be tricky for the company, though.

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Facebook Recommendations aim to enlist friends to assist

Facebook Recommendations aim to enlist friends to assist

The Facebook feature train keeps on rolling, with the company today introducing friend recommendations and revamping the Events page. On top of that, the number of options users have when interacting with local businesses is increasing. In short, there are a lot of changes being made with the intention of making Facebook the only place you ever have to visit on the internet.

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Facebook now lets verified users schedule Live broadcasts

Facebook now lets verified users schedule Live broadcasts

Facebook Live is starting to come into its own as a broadcasting platform, but it's still missing a few key features that its competitors have. Facebook is moving to fix at least one of those missing features by announcing today that streamers can schedule broadcasts using the Live API. At the moment, this feature is only available to verified accounts, but will be going live to all other accounts soon.

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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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