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Oculus Project Cambria VR AR headset is the key to a Meta future

Oculus Project Cambria VR AR headset is the key to a Meta future

Today Oculus and Facebook (now Meta) teased a new VR headset called Project Cambria. This device was described as an advanced and high-end VR product that'll bring the wearer "a step closer to the metaverse." A single video was released about the device, giving precious little information about the way it'll work, or what it'll actually be capable of doing.

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Facebook rebrands to Meta as Zuckerberg makes metaverse promise

Facebook rebrands to Meta as Zuckerberg makes metaverse promise

Facebook is rebranding, taking on the new name Meta as it tries to lead the metaverse push - and add some distance with ongoing controversy about the social network. "Right now, our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can't possibly represent everything that we're doing today, let alone in the future," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the Facebook Connect 2021 conference.

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Analysis uncovers the Twitter accounts behind Harry and Meghan hate

Analysis uncovers the Twitter accounts behind Harry and Meghan hate

Following their exit from the royal life in early 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan experienced a considerable amount of hate on social media, among other places, including substantial abuse targeted specifically at the duchess. Bot Sentinel Inc. analyzed the phenomenon to determine what, exactly, was fueling this negativity and whether it was simply the result of organic activity or something more coordinated.

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Facebook’s plan to bring back teens may have an impact on older users

Facebook’s plan to bring back teens may have an impact on older users

It's no secret that many teens have abandoned Facebook over recent years in favor of newer social media platforms. The issues have been growing since the social network became more popular with older users, resulting in an influx of parents, grandparents, and the sort of content teenagers aren't interested in. Facebook has taken steps to increase the appeal of its platform among teens, including things like AR effects in Messenger and Stories on the main platform, but now it is planning to take things up a notch.

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Twitter rolls out Revue newsletter subscription button for tweets

Twitter rolls out Revue newsletter subscription button for tweets

Months after revealing its plans regarding its Revue acquisition and the future of newsletters on its platform, Twitter has introduced Revue subscription buttons on tweets, enabling users to monetize the content they already publish. The new option joins the previously released Tip Jar feature, which allows users to put links to cash apps and platforms in their bio.

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Twitter says its algorithms favor tweets with right-leaning political content

Twitter says its algorithms favor tweets with right-leaning political content

Twitter has published the results from a study that analyzed its algorithms to explore potential political bias. The company notes that users who have an algorithmically sorted home timeline will see a combination of tweets from people they follow and recommended tweets based on their Twitter activity. This initial study compared the political content users see in their timeline when it is sorted by an algorithm rather than chronologically.

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Pinterest rolls out new Watch tab amid PayPal acquisition rumors

Pinterest rolls out new Watch tab amid PayPal acquisition rumors

Pin-based social media platform Pinterest has introduced multiple new features, including a new Watch feed offering quick access to swipeable video content. The feed pulls content from Idea Pins, offering a full-screen experience so that users can rapidly view and engage with content they're likely to enjoy based on how they use the service.

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Instagram desktop is finally getting photo uploads

Instagram desktop is finally getting photo uploads

Instagram desktop is finally getting the ability to add new photos and videos, a long-overdue update that's part of a set of new features the Facebook-owned social network is launching this week. Currently, while you can log into Instagram from a desktop browser and look through your timeline, actually creating posts requires the mobile apps.

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Reddit teams with Adobe to launch its first live competition show

Reddit teams with Adobe to launch its first live competition show

Social media platform Reddit has teamed up with Adobe to launch its first live series, a comedy and competition show that revolves around the popular subreddit /r/photoshopbattles. The streaming series tasks participants with using Photoshop to compete in "Photoshop battles" in hour-long episodes, which will also feature celebrities and comedians for commentary.

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Facebook claims it has drastically reduced hate speech prevalence

Facebook claims it has drastically reduced hate speech prevalence

Facebook is back with a response to the latest criticism of its platform, stating in a lengthy new statement that it has drastically reduced the amount of hate speech its users have seen over the past three quarters. The company focuses on the prevalence of hate speech, which it describes as content that users actually see, not the sum total of problematic content found on its platform.

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Tinder’s latest feature helps users find dates for in-person weddings

Tinder’s latest feature helps users find dates for in-person weddings

If taking a total stranger as your plus one to a wedding doesn't sound like a bad idea to you, Tinder is back with a new feature that'll make the entire process easier. The company has announced a feature called Plus One that, as you'd expect, lets users alert others that they're looking for a date to take to a wedding.

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WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted chat cloud backups

WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted chat cloud backups

WhatsApp is now rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat cloud backups, enabling users to keep a copy of their messaging history without compromising their privacy. The feature is rolling out to users gradually while the company monitors the experience, ensuring any potential issues can be addressed before everyone has access to the backup option.

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