patent Technology 

Facebook won’t use tech in patent that turns phone mics on

In an attempt to assuage concerns raised by Facebook’s filing for a patent for software that could turn the mics of smartphones on in order to record secret messages in TV ads, the social networking giant has ruled out using the technology in any of its products. The patent had been filed “to prevent aggression from other companies,” Facebook Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Allen Lo told Engadget in a statement this week. The technology in this patent has not been included in any of Facebook’s products, “and never…

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keyword snooze Technology 

Facebook introduces ‘Keyword Snooze’ in News Feed

Facebook on Thursday introduced a new feature called ‘Keyword Snooze’ in News Feed that will allow users to hide certain keywords that they don’t want to see for 30 days. The feature is a variant of another option to “snooze” people and pages you do not want to see which was introduced 2017. Located in a post’s upper right-hand menu in News Feed, the “Keyword Snooze” feature gives people the option to temporarily hide posts by keywords, which are pulled directly from text in that post. “If you choose to…

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hezbollah Technology 

Facebook, Twitter shut accounts without notice: Hezbollah

Islamist political party and militant group Hezbollah said its Facebook and Twitter accounts have been terminated without any notice. Hezbollah said on Telegram — an encrypted messaging app — that the closures came without warning and were “part of the propaganda campaign against the resistance due to the important role of the organisation’s information apparatus in various arenas”, The Times of Israel reported on Saturday. There was no immediate explanation from either Facebook or Twitter on the decision to block the accounts. According to Ynet news, despite the closures, Internet…

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Huawei Technology 

Facebook confirms data sharing with Huawei, 3 other Chinese firms

Facebook has admitted sharing users’ data with Chinese company Huawei — facing the heat in the US over data privacy concerns — along with three other China-based smartphone makers Lenovo, OPPO and TCL. According to a report in Financial Times on Tuesday, Francisco Varela, vice president of Mobile Partnerships at Facebook, said that many technology companies have worked with Huawei. “Facebook’s integrations with Huawei, Lenovo, OPPO and TCL were controlled from the get-go — and we approved the Facebook experiences these companies built,” Varela said in a statement. “Given the…

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zuckerberg Technology 

Now Facebook shareholders slam Zuckerberg over voting shares

After facing the flak from different quarters including governments around the world over the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has now faced angry shareholders for unequal voting shares, the media reported. At the company’s annual meeting on Thursday, activist investors had forced votes on six proposals to change the company’s governance or institute other reforms, the Guardian reported. But thanks to the company’s unequal voting structure, Zuckerberg and his board of directors escaped the election unscathed. The event, however, provided a platform for crticising the leadership…

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ios Technology 

Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook! This is the world’s most popular app on Apple iOS – Find out

WhatsApp and Facebook are probably the two apps that the world heavily relies upon in today’s time. Shockingly, they are not the most popular app in the world on iOS platform. According to a report from US research firm Sensor Tower, the Chinese mini-music-video social network Douyin was the most downloaded iOS app in the first quarter of 2018. The app, developed by Beijing-based tech unicorn Bytendance, took over the top spot from Facebook’s WhatsApp. Douyin has seen 45 million downloads worldwide during the three-month period. What does Douyin mean?…

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democrats Technology 

US House Democrats release over 3,500 Russian Facebook ads

Democrats from the US House Intelligence Committee have released thousands of advertisements that were run on Facebook by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) to influence the 2016 US Presidential election. The Democrats on Thursday released 3,519 such ads purchased by the IRA during the 2014-2016 period. “More than 11.4 million American users were exposed to those advertisements. The data made available today does not include the 80,000 pieces of organic content shared on Facebook by the IRA. We expect to make this content public in the future,” the House…

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Blockchain Technology 

Facebook shuffles top management, eyes Blockchain: Report

Mired in a massive data breach controversy, Facebook has reportedly rolled out biggest-ever shuffle at the senior management level since its inception — across platforms, including WhatsApp and Messenger. According to tech news website Recode, Facebook has made long-time executive Chris Cox in-charge of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger — now called a “family of apps”.  “Facebook is also building a new team dedicated to Blockchain technology. David Marcus, the executive in-charge of Facebook’s standalone messaging app, Messenger, is leaving that post to run the Blockchain group,” the report said…

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Stories Technology 

Instagram updates ‘Stories’, other features

Instagram has rolled out new ways to share moments by allowing the users to post to “Stories” directly from other apps. Apart from “Spotify” and “GoPro,” more apps will be added to the “sharing to Stories” feature soon, Instagram said in a statement on Tuesday.   Also, the photo-messaging app has unlocked the ability for third parties to design unique, interactive camera experiences for users, allowing them to experiment with new effects in “Stories” with the “Try it on” feature. To control the growing “hate culture”, the Facebook-owned firm has…

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Sleep Mode Technology 

Facebook introduces ‘Sleep Mode’ for parents in Messenger Kids

In an effort to give more control to parents, Facebook has launched a Sleep Mode in its Messenger Kids that will allow parents to set predetermined “off times” for the app on a child’s device. When the app is in Sleep Mode, kids cannot send or receive messages or video calls, play with the creative camera or receive notifications. If they try to open the app, they’ll see a message telling them that it’s in sleep mode and to come back later. “Parents told us they would like controls that…

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