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Facebook sends cease-and-desist letters to a pair of popular apps for Android

Facebook sends cease-and-desist letters to a pair of popular apps for Android

When it comes to using Facebook on Android devices, lots of people out there don't use the Facebook app. For many they prefer the interface offered by so-called wrapper apps such as Swipe and Simple Social. However, both of those apps recently disappeared from the Play Store.

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Facebook Clubhouse rivals to be announced next week

Facebook Clubhouse rivals to be announced next week

Clubhouse is the new kid on the social media block that everyone seems to want to be, acquire, or even kill. From Facebook to Twitter to even Telegram, social networking services are quickly jumping on the audio-only broadcast train, putting their own unique twists and features. There is perhaps no other social media company so intent in surpassing Clubhouse than Facebook, and the giant is set to announce not a single Clubhouse competitor but a handful of features that put audio front and center.

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Instagram likes could disappear again

Instagram likes could disappear again

Instagram plans to further test the ability to hide like counts among its users, to see whether removing the potential source of popularity anxiety makes social networking a happier place. The company began a test in which users could hide the number of likes posts had received back in 2019, but now is expanding that experiment even further.

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Clubhouse for Android teased, possibly coming next month

Clubhouse for Android teased, possibly coming next month

Clubhouse has become the new darling of the social media world. Naturally, that has made it the target of acquisition rumors, hacking attempts, and scandals. All of that while the audio-centric social network is still limited to an invite-only membership system and only on iPhones. Android users are still waiting for their chance to find out what the fuss is all about and, if recent tweets are any indication, that wait might soon be coming to an end.

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Exposed Clubhouse user data raises privacy questions

Exposed Clubhouse user data raises privacy questions

There seems to be a spate of incidents in the recent weeks where large social networks had their database simply scraped, not hacked, to expose user records that were then distributed in hacker forums. At first, it seemed that Clubhouse, the budding audio-centric network, was the victim of such activity but the company denied that was the case. Unfortunately, its explanation for what really happened raised more questions than it answered, causing concerns about the way it is handling the security and integrity of its own official access points.

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Hackers offer to sell information from 500 million LinkedIn user accounts

Hackers offer to sell information from 500 million LinkedIn user accounts

Unfortunately, data leaks from major technology companies are far from uncommon. Professional social networking site LinkedIn has allegedly been compromised with hackers claiming they have data from 500 million LinkedIn profiles for sale. So far, the hackers have released 2 million records as proof they have compromised the LinkedIn database.

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Facebook Hotline mixes Q&A, Clubhouse, Instagram Live

Facebook Hotline mixes Q&A, Clubhouse, Instagram Live

Clubhouse seems to be the new darling of the social networking world, which means everyone and anyone is trying to copy it if they can't buy it. Facebook, or at least its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has already been reported to have expressed intent to develop something to rival Clubhouse and has set its New Product Experimentation (NPE) team to work on a few options. One of those to come out of the woodworks is Hotline and, curiously enough, it may actually be able to stand on its own and not be labeled as a direct Clubhouse clone.

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WhatsApp might soon have chat history transfer between iOS, Android

WhatsApp might soon have chat history transfer between iOS, Android

Despite the many privacy concerns WhatsApp has recently been involved in courtesy of parent company Facebook, there are still many users that remain heavily invested in the messaging service. To be fair, WhatsApp does currently have strong privacy safeguards, at least for now, and it is expanding its features to support a multi-device world. Ironically, those two goals don't always align, as seen in the case of transferring between Android phones and iPhones, something that might finally become easier once this chat history migration feature becomes available.

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Facebook Pay QR Code to target contactless in-person payments

Facebook Pay QR Code to target contactless in-person payments

Facebook's ambition knows no bounds. Even while its core business is social networking, it isn't opposed to expanding what constitutes "social" to justify its other endeavors. It acquired Oculus, for example, in order to make virtual reality into a social space and it has set up its own Marketplace to put a social spin on e-commerce. One of its more recent tricks was to make paying a social activity and it's now expanding that for physical person-to-person money transfers.

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Clubhouse Payments just fired shots at its big rivals

Clubhouse Payments just fired shots at its big rivals

Budding social network Clubhouse is almost in danger of being displaced even before it could get a wider rollout. Its popularity has caught the attention of the likes of Facebook and Twitter who, rather than just gobble up the young network, have started to create their own audio-centric platforms. The competition is forcing Clubhouse to step up its act in return and its latest new feature makes it potentially more profitable, not to mention more enticing for anyone still interesting in buying the startup.

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Facebook massive leak exposes 500 million users to phishing

Facebook massive leak exposes 500 million users to phishing

Facebook has been repeatedly accused not just of anticompetitive business practices but also of strategies that violate users' privacy in order to make a profit. In that context, it's almost ironic that the latest drama that the social networking giant will be dragged into isn't something it actively or intentionally caused. Instead, the hundreds of millions of personal information that has just been leaked for free over the Internet may have been due to Facebook's negligence but, as always, it will be those users who will be paying the ultimate price.

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Periscope disappears tomorrow, legacy lives on in Twitter

Periscope disappears tomorrow, legacy lives on in Twitter

Social networking giants are known for copying or buying up what may appear to be trendy at that time. Some become almost household names but a good number also fade into obscurity. Twitter doesn't seem to have much luck in that area, with Vine and now Periscope's demise. The latter will officially vanish from the mobile and Internet world tomorrow but its functionality will survive within Twitter even if its name will no longer ring a bell a few years down the road.

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