Facebook secretly launched photo-sharing app Colorful Balloons in China

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Facebook has secretly launched a new photo-sharing app dubbed as Colorful Balloons in China. The largest social network with over 2 billion monthly active users has been blocked in China since 2009. According to a report from the New York Times, the app was published by a company named “Youge Internet Technology” in China’s App Store and early users are not able to easily share the app with outsiders.
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Facebook takes on YouTube with Watch video platform

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been stressing on the importance of videos for a long time. Now, the social network has introduced Watch video platform to take on YouTube. Facebook will start rolling out an array of original shows along videos from other creators to a small group of U.S. users on mobile, desktop and Facebook’s TV apps. Continue reading “Facebook takes on YouTube with Watch video platform”

Facebook launches Messenger Platform 2.1 with natural language processing and new tools

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Facebook announced Messenger Platform 2.0 in April this year and now the social network has rolled out a new update which includes new and improved features that allow businesses to develop ways to connect with their customers.
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Facebook records $9.32 billion in revenue, 2.01 billion MAUs in Q2 2017

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Facebook has revealed financial earnings for Q2 2017. The social network has recorded $9.32 billion in revenue, up 45% year-over-year (YoY). Net profit in the second quarter leapt 71 percent from a year ago to $3.9 billion.

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Facebook acquires Source3 startup to curb content piracy

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Facebook has acquired a startup dubbed as Source3 that uses technology to identify videos and other content that has been shared on the internet without permission. The news was first reported by Recode and later confirmed by Source3.

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Facebook’s new patents suggests a modular smartphone is in the works

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It looks like Facebook is exploring modular smartphones. The social network has filed a patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a “modular electromechanical device” that would allow users to easily swap existing components. This development was first spotted by Business Insider. Continue reading “Facebook’s new patents suggests a modular smartphone is in the works”

Oculus is tipped to announce $200 standalone VR headset for 2018

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Facebook-owned Oculus is planning to release a cheaper VR headset that in 2018, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The standalone VR headset that will not require a dedicated PC to function is expected to cost $200. Continue reading “Oculus is tipped to announce $200 standalone VR headset for 2018”

Facebook Messenger Lite for Android now available in India

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Facebook launched Messenger Lite app for Android for emerging markets such as Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela back in October last year. In April this year it was launched in 132 more countries including Germany, Colombia, Italy, Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands, but India was not in the list. Today Facebook has finally launched the app in India. Continue reading “Facebook Messenger Lite for Android now available in India”

Facebook starts rolling out ads in Messenger globally

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Facebook has started rolling out ads for Messenger globally after testing ads for Australia and Thailand. The social network is now expanding beta test of home screen Messenger ads worldwide. Messenger ads will be targeted to specific users similar to those we see on Instagram and Facebook.

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Facebook is said to be working on a group video chat app called Bonfire

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Facebook is working on a standalone app for group video chat, according to a report from The Verge. Dubbed as Bonfire, the app is said to be similar to the Houseparty app that was launched last year. Continue reading “Facebook is said to be working on a group video chat app called Bonfire”

Facebook’s Aquila drone successfully completes its second test flight

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Facebook has successfully completed second full-scale test flight of the internet drone Aquila. The aircraft flew for 1 hour and 46 minutes, and landed perfectly on our prepared landing site. Continue reading “Facebook’s Aquila drone successfully completes its second test flight”