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Facebook allegedly wins legal battle over Messenger wiretapping

Facebook allegedly wins legal battle over Messenger wiretapping

The US government recently failed to get wiretap access to Facebook Messenger, according to a new report. The legal spat allegedly took place in the US District Court in Fresno, California, and was sealed from the public. Sources claim the case involved suspected gang members and law enforcement's desire to monitor their communications.

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Will we ever trust a Facebook smart display?

Will we ever trust a Facebook smart display?

Facebook wants to put a camera in your home, and I can't decide if the company is tone-deaf, supremely confident, or some odd combination of the two. The delayed Facebook "Portal" smart speaker will take on Amazon's Echo Show and Google Smart Displays, so the rumor mill would have it, delivering video calls and more as the latest incarnation of the social network's attempt to encourage communication.

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Facebook Portal video chat device launching next week

Facebook Portal video chat device launching next week

Facebook’s smart speaker may still be MIA but if this latest insider leak is true, it will skip that product entirely. Instead, it will jump directly into the smart display market with a product that, according to sources, will be called “Portal”. The company delayed the product’s debut and incorporated one unplanned privacy feature due to recent scandals, but it remains to be seen whether a device dedicated mostly to video chat will actually sell despite or in spite of Facebook’s brand.

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Facebook Messenger Kids update lets kids add their own friends

Facebook Messenger Kids update lets kids add their own friends

Facebook is updating its Messenger Kids apps with a new feature that enables kids to add their own friends...with permission, that is. The app is a variation of Facebook Messenger designed for children, enabling parents to control every aspect of the experience. Until now, only parents could add friends for kids, but now there's a second option.

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Apple delays iOS 12’s Group FaceTime video calls

Apple delays iOS 12’s Group FaceTime video calls

One of iOS 12's headline features, Group FaceTime, will now no longer ship in the initial release of the iPhone update, Apple has confirmed. Announced at WWDC 2018, the feature allows FaceTime video calls to include up to 32 people simultaneously.

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DISH lights up iMessage support chat to save you from calling

DISH lights up iMessage support chat to save you from calling

If you're a DISh customer who happens to own an iPhone, your days of calling into customer service might be over. Today, Apple and DISH announced that DISH customer service can be reached using Messages on iOS through Apple Business Chat. CISH is the first pay-TV company to join Apple Business Chat, so it's getting in on the action early.

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Facebook Messenger could soon shine a light on unknown contacts

Facebook Messenger could soon shine a light on unknown contacts

Misinformation seems to be everywhere these days, and Facebook is a hotbed for it. Not only does Facebook act as a platform for fake news to spread quickly and widely, but there's plenty of other opportunities for deception as well, particularly within Messenger. Facebook could be looking to curb that with a new feature it's rolling into testing today.

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Google Duo now on Android tablets, Chromebooks, multiple devices

Google Duo now on Android tablets, Chromebooks, multiple devices

Google may have a confusing assortment of communication services but one thing it’s good at is making those services and apps available on almost all platforms and devices. On the heels of making Android Messages available on web browsers, Google is now very silently rolling out wider support for its Duo video-calling service. Now whether you’re on a tablet, a Chromebook, or a different Android smartphone, you can easily make a video call, no sweat at all.

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Facebook continues to push Messenger Kids, releasing app in Canada and Peru

Facebook continues to push Messenger Kids, releasing app in Canada and Peru

Back in December, Facebook released a new kids-focused chat app, prompting widespread criticism from child health advocates, including calls to pull the service altogether. Despite this controversy, Facebook has continued to make Messenger Kids available on iOS and Android, and has now announced the app's rollout to Canada and Peru.

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Facebook Messenger Spanish translations arrive: how to use this feature

Facebook Messenger Spanish translations arrive: how to use this feature

Facebook's previously announced language translation AI has finally brought direct Spanish translations to the company's Messenger app. With this, users can see direct translations to and from Spanish/English without using a secondary translation tool. This is the latest step in AI-powered translations helping remove the language barrier.

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Facebook is exploiting your fear of change

Facebook is exploiting your fear of change

It's difficult to imagine a world without Facebook - as such, Facebook is releasing video ads to Messenger. Inside Messenger, a service which already has non-video ads, users will soon be a testing ground for video advertisements of all sorts. In creeps the most eye-drawing element on the internet, and there goes our sense of privacy even further down the garbage chute.

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Now Facebook Messenger is getting autoplay video ads

Now Facebook Messenger is getting autoplay video ads

Facebook is about to get even more annoying, with the promise of autoplaying video adverts inserted into Facebook Messenger. The commercials are the latest attempt by the social network to squeeze ad dollars out of the eyeballs of its users, having run short on space in the regular app.

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