Facebook hires Google’s head of chip development Shahriar Rabii

Shahriar Rabii

Facebook announced that it has hired Google’s head of chip development Shahriar Rabii to be the vice president and its head of silicon. With this announcement, the company once again hinted that it is serious about building its own semiconductors, joining Apple Inc.  Continue reading “Facebook hires Google’s head of chip development Shahriar Rabii”

UK privacy Watchdog fines Facebook £500,000 over Cambridge Analytica data breach

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Facebook has been fined a £500,000 ($665,000) by the UK’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, for failing to protect users data and take consent on how their data would be harvested by apps. This penalty also relates to Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal where the personal information of around 87 million users was shared with Cambridge Analytica. Continue reading “UK privacy Watchdog fines Facebook £500,000 over Cambridge Analytica data breach”

Facebook starts testing AR ads in News Feed

Facebok AR Ads

Facebook today has announced that it has started testing AR based ads in News Feed and will only be accessible for users in the USA. The company said that it is adding new ways to help businesses to engage with users on mobile, encourage product discovery and drive sales online and in stores. Continue reading “Facebook starts testing AR ads in News Feed”

Facebook confirms the acquisition of Bloomsbury AI

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Facebook today has announced that the London-based team at Bloomsbury AI will be joining the company. Facebook says that the Bloomsbury team’s leading expertise in machine reading and understanding unstructured documents in natural language will strengthen Facebook’s efforts in natural language processing research. Continue reading “Facebook confirms the acquisition of Bloomsbury AI”

Instagram testing the ability to ask questions in Stories

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Instagram- the Facebook-owned company now has added the ability to ask questions in its Stories after rolling out the option to add soundtracks to your Stories. The feature is dubbed “ask a question,” and has started rolling out at least for Android users, but not for all though.

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Facebook starts testing ‘Keyword Snooze’ in News Feed to fight spoilers, triggers

Facebook Snooze

Being a movie/TV buff myself I often find it annoying when someone out of excitement or curiosity posts something on social media before I watch it. To prevent this from happening, Facebook is beginning a brand new News Feed control called Keyword Snooze. Continue reading “Facebook starts testing ‘Keyword Snooze’ in News Feed to fight spoilers, triggers”

Facebook reverses its ban on cryptocurrency ads, will allow ads from pre-approved advertisers

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Facebook back in January had announced that it is introducing a new policy to “prohibit ads that promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with binary options, initial coin offerings and cryptocurrency. Continue reading “Facebook reverses its ban on cryptocurrency ads, will allow ads from pre-approved advertisers”

Facebook said to be working on ‘Your Time’ tool to manage time spent on app

Facebook Your Time

After Instagram, Facebook is now said to be working on ‘Your Time’ tool to manage the time spent on the Facebook app. The code is found lying underneath the Facebook Android app and it shows the total amount of time you spent on the Facebook app on your phone in the last seven days, and your average time spent per day. Continue reading “Facebook said to be working on ‘Your Time’ tool to manage time spent on app”

Facebook Messenger will now automatically translate Spanish messages to English

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Facebook Messenger can now translate Spanish messages to English (and vice versa). Facebook debuted the feature called M’s translation suggestions at F8 in May, but that was Facebook’s new tools for businesses and used to only work for chats between buyers and sellers in Marketplace. Starting today, you will see “Translate to English/Spanish” module pop up when someone messages you in either language.  Continue reading “Facebook Messenger will now automatically translate Spanish messages to English”

Facebook pilots Subscription Groups for admins with exclusive content on private groups

Facebook Group Subscriptions

Facebook today announced that it testing subscriptions with a small number of groups to continue to support group admins who lead these communities. The company says that this is to help group admins who invest their time and efforts in balancing and maintaining the groups.  Continue reading “Facebook pilots Subscription Groups for admins with exclusive content on private groups”

Facebook starts rolling out autoplay video ads inside Messenger

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Facebook has confirmed that it is starting to roll out autoplay video ads inside Messenger. This makes things way more annoying to have messages and ads sit right next to each other. To remind you, Messenger first started showing ads almost a year ago, but they were static ads, not video. Continue reading “Facebook starts rolling out autoplay video ads inside Messenger”

Facebook launches new standalone ‘Memories’ page

Facebook Memories

Facebook today announced that it is launching new standalone ‘Memories’ page to easily access the moments you’ve shared with family and friends, including posts and photos, friends you’ve made, and major life events. The company says that more than 90 million users use On This Day. Continue reading “Facebook launches new standalone ‘Memories’ page”

Facebook alerts 14 million users about privacy bug that changed status of composer to public

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Facebook today has announced that it recently had found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts. The company also mentioned that it is letting the 14 million people affected know about the bug and is asking them to review any posts they made during that time. Continue reading “Facebook alerts 14 million users about privacy bug that changed status of composer to public”

Facebook confirms data-sharing partnerships with Chinese firms

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Facebook has confirmed a data-sharing partnership with Chinese firms, according to a report from WSJ. The company said to have struck deals with at least four Chinese electronics firms, including Huawei Technologies Co which according to the US intelligence authorities poses a potential national security threat. Continue reading “Facebook confirms data-sharing partnerships with Chinese firms”

Facebook now lets you share videos with copyrighted music; introduces new Lip Sync Live feature

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Facebook for a while has been partnering with music companies around the world with an aim to bring more music experiences to Facebook. It is also introducing a new way for people to express themselves with music in their posts, including a new feature called Lip Sync Live. Continue reading “Facebook now lets you share videos with copyrighted music; introduces new Lip Sync Live feature”