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Facebook news articles could soon get their own paywall

Facebook news articles could soon get their own paywall

Facebook is set to launch a subscription service for publishers, allowing news organizations sharing their stories through the social network to charge for content. The move comes as Facebook tries to address both rising news media concerns that the site's algorithm has too much control over their long-term fate, and issues around the propagation of "fake news" in the timeline. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, moves are underway to address both of these things.

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Instagram makes sliding into DMs more graphic

Instagram makes sliding into DMs more graphic

Instagram's Direct messaging is getting an upgrade, with the ability to reply to posts with stickers or even split-screen selfies. The new feature is billed as a way to have "visual conversations" by the company, though without them taking place publicly. It should cut down on "what photo were you talking about?" confusion in chats, too.

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Reddit to embed videos on any topic under the sun or beyond

Reddit to embed videos on any topic under the sun or beyond

It’s a tad difficult to define Reddit in a simple sentence. Internet veterans will compare it with electronic bulletin board systems (BBS) or the younger Internet forums. Others might classify Reddit as a news aggregation site. While many will simply call Reddit a big mess. Soon, however, the site might have a new name under its belt: video sharing site. Yes, the Internet’s most famous or infamous discussion forum will soon let you natively embed videos of cats, dogs, haircuts, planets, and anything above, below, and in between.

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Snapchat Crowd Surf could make you care about Stories

Snapchat Crowd Surf could make you care about Stories

Snapchat Stories may finally serve a purpose beyond shameless self-promotion and giving advertisers another route into your wallet. A new Snapchat feature, previewed at Lorde's concert at Outside Lands this weekend, promises to turn the photo messaging app into a crowd-powered media tool. Dubbed Crowd Surf, it takes multiple snaps and then seamlessly combines them.

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Facebook Lifestage teen-only app doesn’t even reach 1st birthday

Facebook Lifestage teen-only app doesn’t even reach 1st birthday

In this fast-paced age of apps and social networks, it’s really no surprise to see apps and services come and go with the wind. Even if you have a heavyweight name like “Facebook” or “Google” behind it. Such is the case for Facebook’s own Lifestage, a Snapchat-like app aimed only and only for teens 21 years and below. The app was silently pulled from app stores, ironically just days before it marked its first year in the public.

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Instagram Live can soon become a two-person show

Instagram Live can soon become a two-person show

There is no shortage of live streaming services these days, from popular ones like YouTube and Facebook to sometimes more niche services that very few know about. Most of these services, however, are mostly geared towards mass broadcasters or mass participation. Instagram Live, in contrast was conceived with only one person as the star. That, however, may no longer be true in the near future, with Instagram Live now testing the ability to add a co-host to your stream.

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Apple Instagram makes #ShotoniPhone the star

Apple Instagram makes #ShotoniPhone the star

Fashionably late or just... late? Apple has finally joined Instagram, and just as the media-centric social network has become the go-to place for people to show off their glamorous lifestyles and myriad talents (even if that demands some very careful framing and a bucket-load of filters), so the Cupertino behemoth is using its account to pimp its own abilities. Namely, its iPhone cameras.

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Facebook neural network translates with an AI brain

Facebook neural network translates with an AI brain

Reading your Facebook friends' statuses might typically make your blood boil these days, but at least the translations of foreign language posts are getting better. The social network says that it has retired its old translation system and replaced it with a shiny new neural machine system, which is much better at accounting for things like local slang and context. The result, Facebook claims, is smarter translation for all.

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Facebook video chat tablet in the works, smart speaker too

Facebook video chat tablet in the works, smart speaker too

Everyone’s into smart assistant and smart speakers this days. Unsurprisingly, so is Facebook. Although Facebook hasn’t formally jumped on the AI-powered assistant train yet, the social network giant, and Zuckerberg himself, has made their interest known. But perhaps more interesting is the tip that Facebook is working on two smart home devices, including a laptop-sized video chat tablet, that will be its first formal step into becoming a hardware maker, putting it toe to toe with the likes of Amazon and Google.

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Facebook isn’t responsible for your privacy, judge rules

Facebook isn’t responsible for your privacy, judge rules

Facebook users can't expect the social network to protect their privacy when they're browsing online, a US judge has ruled, throwing out a lawsuit against the social networking behemoth. The case had seen Facebook accused of violating both US federal and Californian laws around privacy and wiretapping, in its use of tracking cookies. However the judge, in a decision made on Friday last week, disagreed.

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Facebook declares war on spammy link sharers

Facebook declares war on spammy link sharers

Facebook plans to fight fake news and spam sites by filtering out chronic over-sharers, who - so the social network's research suggest - routinely end up filling your wall with clickbait. It's the latest in the company's attempts to cut down on the sort of often-baseless sensationalism that was particularly highlighted as a problem in the run-up to the US election last year. Now, Facebook will shape its news feed algorithm to reduce the number of low-quality links you see.

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The arcane rules Facebook uses to censor its users

The arcane rules Facebook uses to censor its users

If you looked at your Facebook feed over the past election season and wondered "just what does it take for a post to get censored?" then prepare to be even more confused. A set of slides from the social network's moderation manuals have been published publicly, revealing the narrow line the site's managers tread between "credible statements" invoking violence or discrimination, hate speech, cruelty to animals, terrorism, sex, and free speech. Be warned, though, it might leave you frustrated.

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