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Facebook introduces new video service

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Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Users will soon see a new Watch tab that will offer a range of shows, some of which have been funded by the social network Watch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are ...

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Facebook’s app for under-21s Lifestage flops

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Facebook has killed off a video-focused app targeted at under-21s less than a year after it was launched. Lifestage was designed to connect students going to the same school or university, making all of their posts available to each other. But it faced criticism for having limited privacy controls and a “confusing” user interface. The firm told Business Insider it had “learned ...

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Facebook’s app for under-21s Lifestage flops

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Facebook has killed off a video-focused app targeted at under-21s less than a year after it was launched. Lifestage was designed to connect students going to the same school or university, making all of their posts available to each other. But it faced criticism for having limited privacy controls and a “confusing” user interface. The firm told Business Insider it ...

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Facebook promises new fake news measures

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Facebook is to step up its efforts to fight fake news by sending more suspected hoax stories to fact-checkers and publishing their findings online. It follows mounting criticism of the social media firm for not doing enough to root out fake news on its platform. It has also just launched a new feature in four countries that will publish alternative ...

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The ‘creepy Facebook AI’ story that captivated the media

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The newspapers have a scoop today – it seems that artificial intelligence (AI) could be out to get us. “‘Robot intelligence is dangerous’: Expert’s warning after Facebook AI ‘develop their own language'”, says the Mirror. Similar stories have appeared in the Sun, the Independent, the Telegraph and in other online publications. It sounds like something from a science fiction film – ...

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg advocates better payment for women

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Fairer pay for women must be backed up by stronger policies at work, according to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. But the firm’s chief operating officer, in an interview for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, said the first step is to “start paying women well”. She chose Beyonce’s empowering Run The World (Girls) as her first song. She said: “We start ...

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Is Free Basics Really Bringing More Africans Online? [Article]

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Across the world, efforts to increase internet access are wide-ranging — there is everything from public-private infrastructure development, to community-built mesh networks from Oaxaca to Cape Verde, to WiFi-emitting balloons flown by Google. Another effort is Facebook’s Internet.org project, which the Silicon Valley company describes as an initiative to bring internet access and the benefits of connectivity to the portion of the world that doesn‘t have them. The flagship product ...

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Facebook to start showing everyone ads in Messenger

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Ads are coming to Facebook Messenger. After testing Messenger ads in Australia and Thailand, Facebook announced on Tuesday that any advertiser will be able to buy ads in the app, which boasts 1.2 billion users. The ads won’t be shown in conversations. They will instead exist in the main inbox tab between chat threads. Facebook said it will start rolling ...

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Facebook’s ‘Find Wi-Fi’ tool is now available to everyone

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Last year, Facebook began testing a feature that made it easy to find public Wi-Fi networks around you. It was only available in iOS, and only in select locations. Now Facebook is rolling out the feature to everyone on its mobile apps. Just tap on the ‘More’ tab, and then select ‘Find Wi-Fi’. You’ll see nearby Wi-Fi locations on a ...

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Facebook drone in successful test flight

The drone flew at an altitude of 3,000ft, much lower than Facebook eventually wants its fleet to fly

Facebook has completed a second test of a solar-powered drone designed to bring internet access to remote parts of the world. The drone – dubbed Aquila – flew for one hour and 46 minutes in Arizona. On Aquila’s maiden voyage last summer, the autopilot system was confused by heavy wind and crash-landed. This time, the drone flew at an altitude ...

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