In the latest development, Facebook has announced that it is rolling out a notification screen that alerts people when they share news articles that more than 90 days old. With the context button, the new notification screen is meant to inform users to make informed decisions about what to share on Facebook. Continue reading “Facebook rolls out ‘notification screen’ to alert users before sharing old news”
Facebook launched the comparatively affordable Oculus Go, which functioned as a standalone VR headset with 3DOF (Degrees of Freedom). However, with community feedback, Oculus has decided to discontinue the product, and will focus on developing their Oculus Quest and Rift line of VR headsets.
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Google released its Android 11 Beta to the public on June 10th, and one among its major updates was a change where all conversations from messaging apps were grouped into a dedicated space in the Notifications screen. Google has now announced collaborations with Facebook and Twitter to help integrate Messenger and Twitter DMs respectively with Android 11’s Conversations API.
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Update – June 4, 2020: After rolling out in Ireland in December 2019, UK and EU in March and United States and Canada in April 2020, now Facebook has confirmed that the data transfer tool is available worldwide. Continue reading “Facebook data transfer tool to export photos and videos to Google Photos now available worldwide”
We all know how embarrassing some of our old Facebook posts can be. Especially for those who created their Facebook accounts during their teenage years. Facebook has announced a new tool called “Manage Activity” that lets users archive or trash old posts in bulk or individually.
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Facebook’s NPE has released yet another app that brings people together during this period of quarantine. This time it is a music creation focused app called ‘Collab’ that lets people create, watch, and mix and match original videos.
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Facebook has launched yet another service that helps bring people stay in touch during this quarantine. This time, it is an audio-only calling app called Catchup, developed by Facebook’s NPE Team, that has the unique feature of showing when a user is actually available to take calls.
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In light of the global pandemic, Facebook has announced new video features for their enterprise-focused Workplace. These include Workplace Rooms, Live Producer, Live Q&A, Live Captions, Translations & Caption Editing and Portal specific features.
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Samsung India has launched yet another initiative that is aimed at creating an online presence for their offline Samsung retail stores. They have partnered with Facebook this time, to train Samsung’s offline partners to become part of an online ecosystem. With this initiative, Samsung aims to have customers purchase Samsung smartphones online via Facebook’s many services like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.
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While Facebook Marketplace was a great place to sell and buy items sold by individuals, users could never shop for products from big brands or local stores. Today, with the launch of “Shops”, Facebook is creating a platform for any business, from a small business to a global international brand, to sell products directly with users.
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The social media giant Facebook today announced the acquisition of popular GIF platform GIPHY in a deal worth $400 million. Known for its visual expression and creation, GIPHY will be a part of the Instagram team from now on. However, Facebook said that it isn’t disclosing terms of the deal. Continue reading “Facebook buys popular GIF platform GIPHY for $400 million”
Facebook is finally rolling out its Zoom competitor, Messenger Rooms, to countries beyond US, Canada and Mexico. The video conferencing service will let Facebook users host video calls with up to 50 people for an unlimited amount of time and features many controls and options for the host itself.
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Update: April 24th, 2020 – A new report from “The Information” says that Zuckerberg had suspended the move to introduce ads in WhatsApp to avoid angering regulators and also avoid backlash from users. It also adds how it could implement targeted advertising on the app. Continue reading “Facebook decides not to introduce ads in WhatsApp Status for now [Update: More details]”
Facebook has announced that they are expanding their Messenger Kids app to 70 more countries, including India and adding more options for parents to control their kid’s online presence. Some of these features include Supervised Friending, more robust Group management and profile visibility for Friend suggestions.
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Facebook today announced that it will buy 9.99% equity stake in Jio Platforms Limited, part of Reliance Industries Limited on a fully diluted basis for $5.7 billion or INR 43,574 crore, making Facebook its largest minority shareholder, the largest investment for a minority stake by a technology company anywhere in the world and the largest FDI in the technology sector in India. Continue reading “Facebook buys 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio for Rs. 43,574 crore”