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Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook has been criticized by some for failing to address the issue of fake news in any significant way, and such criticism has spurred the social network into action. According to the company, it has pushed out a pair of News Feed updates that ‘incorporate new signals’ for spotting and ranking so-called authentic content, as well as adding a new way to determine in real time whether a post is relevant to an individual user.

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Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook is actively developing an app for set-top-boxes, according to sources, with the aim of bringing video content from its platform to the average living room. This video content would include, assuming reports are correct, long-form video with the same quality as what you currently get on television. The move will enable Facebook to pursue television advertisement revenue.

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Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

This morning the official Snapchat app was updated for both Android and iOS. Seemingly spurred into action by the oncoming waves of update movement from services like Instagram, developers are Snapchat have delivered a quality update of their own. As a number of our readers using the Android version of Snapchat have attested, this update makes all the difference.

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Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook has announced an excellent new security feature for those who are particularly concerned about their online privacy. Per a new announcement from Facebook Security, the social network now supports Security Key logins, allowing users to register Security Keys that connect to a device’s USB port. The hardware security option offers certain protections above what you get with two-factor authentication.

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LINE 7.0.0 update brings much-needed feature upgrade

LINE 7.0.0 update brings much-needed feature upgrade

This week the folks behind LINE chat app have given the app an update it's needed for quite a while. With this update, users are finally able to send photos and videos at the same time. Where before, separate windows were needed to send photos and video, now they'll be able to be selected all from the same screen. It'll feel unnatural for users are first, but after a few tries, it'll feel like it's always been this way.

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Trump Tweets as The Joker by Mark Hamill: all in one place [UPDATED]

Trump Tweets as The Joker by Mark Hamill: all in one place [UPDATED]

On the 7th of January, 2017, Matt Oswalt suggested that Mark Hamill's Joker voice should speak every Tweet made by Donald Trump. Patton Oswalt forwarded this idea to Mark Hamill, and Mark Hamill set to work. In the article you're about to see, we've collected the entire set of audio bytes from Hamill in this series. UPDATE: Also we've got Brannigan - Zapp Brannigan, as voiced by Billy West - doing the same thing!

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WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks, a website that once stood for the disclosure of private and secretive government documents but has since gone a bit crazy, has come up with the bizarre idea of creating an "online database" of verified Twitter users and their financial, occupational, and even personal information. The idea was proposed on Twitter, of course, by the WikiLeaks Task Force, an official account of the organization, and was subsequently met with concern.

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Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to offer original content on its platform soon, the social network has revealed, the variety of which may include many genres and types, including sports-related video, game shows, and scripted shows. Details are still slight at this time, so we don’t have any ideas about what kind of shows may be in the pipeline, nor when we’ll see them arrive on the platform. However, it is suggested that Facebook is talking with others about licensing various videos.

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Now you can save you favorite Instagram thirst-traps

Now you can save you favorite Instagram thirst-traps

Instagram has always encouraged profligate "liking" of photos, but what if you want to come back to something you see in your timeline? That's being addressed today, with the new ability to save posts on Instagram to a private log. A new bookmark icon has been added to all public photos in the app; tap that, and the image is added to a special tab that only you can see.

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Facebook Parents Portal taps parents to help stop online bullying

Facebook Parents Portal taps parents to help stop online bullying

Facebook has announced the launch of a new Parents Portal aimed at informing parents and enabling them to keep their kids safe online. The portal includes primers on the social network itself, such as how sharing and posting works, as well as tips on discussing Internet safety with kids, advice from experts and resources for parents, and easy access to the help center’s privacy and security checkups, as well as a link to suicide hotlines.

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Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook seems to be once again digging up the past for its users, but not quite in an intended way like the Year In Review video feature. A large number of users on Friday began noting how random photos and updates from months prior began reappearing on their timelines, but with new timestamps making them look like they were just shared. Turns out the cause is an annoying bug on the social network, and while it's not known how widespread it is, Facebook says it's looking into the issue.

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The Snapchat Spectacles NYC pop-up is sticking around

The Snapchat Spectacles NYC pop-up is sticking around

Snapchat may have put its Spectacles sunglasses-cum-camera on sale on the West Coast first, but it's New York City where the first Spectacles store has sprung up. The social app surprised would-be buyers of its coveted wearables by not only bringing the Minion-esque Spectacles Bot to NYC this morning, but giving it a whole store to sit in. Better news still, the pop-up is going to stick around, at least for a while.

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