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Michael Hillman has been hired by Facebook to become the leader of VR hardware at Oculus. He worked at Apple for 15 years and now he'll work alongside Oculus COO Hans Hartman on a variety of virtual reality products. He worked on engineering at Apple.
Shortly after Microsoft dropped Skype support for 85% of Windows-powered devices and the Facebook-owned chat messenger WhatsApp announced it would drop support for older Windows devices, but will release a major app update for Windows 8.1 and 10, the social giant itself has
Facebook has begun trying out a GIF button for comments and it'll function similarly to the equivalent feature found in Messenger. Users will begin gaining access to the feature next week, enabling them to post animated images from Giphy and other providers.
Facebook is updating Messenger with a couple new features: Mentions and Reactions. They're available in group chats and they let people respond to messages with emoji and reach out to individual people with an "@" symbol. Mentions is useful for getting people back into chats.
Facebook is testing out some changes to its local search capabilities, including a discovery feature that'll help people find local businesses. Users can now browse the network's feature for things like "dinner nearby" and "bars nearby." This is currently just a test.
Facebook Live has made a big step forward with it now allowing users to stream from desktop computers and to use the service for PC game streaming. The feature is open to all users and all you need to get started is a webcam. It was previously limited to Pages.
Offline functionality may be added to parts of Instagram in the coming months. Based on the agenda for Facebook's F8 event, one of the sessions at F8 deals with "building offline experiences for Instagram." The app is "testing offline experiences" already.
Facebook is working on a redesign of its comments section that'll see that part of the social network look a lot more like Messenger. BuzzFeed News has confirmed the company is now testing a new mobile layout that looks quite a bit different. This is only a test for right now.
It's now possible to save your live videos on Instagram. An update to the app on iOS and Android has introduced the ability to save broadcasts once they're over. That ability has been one of the key limitations of the service's livestreaming feature, which was introduced in 2016.
Facebook's News Feed has received a seasonal greeting message for the first time. The social network added an animation to celebrate the first day of spring/fall. If you're in the northern hemisphere, you may see a message with birds. The animations are only on mobile.
A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook in Israel due to the network blocking links to a site that's been critical of the company. The site, Mizbala, is a marketing and creative agency based in Israel. Mizbala made multiple posts critical of Facebook.
Hardware projects from Facebook's Building 8 may be revealed to the public in April. Business Insider reports teams within Building 8 are working on four advanced tech projects that may be discussed during Facebook's F8 conference. The division launched last year.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter may face legal action from the European Commission for two reasons: unfair terms and conditions as well as not tackling scams. The Commission began speaking with the companies about these problems in November of last year.
Town Hall is a new addition to Facebook that'll help people in the United States find and contact their local government representatives. It serves as a directory for local, state, and federal officials who are connected to your region. You can find it in the Apps section.
Facebook's Snapchat-like Stories feature is rolling out to users around the world. Testing of the feature began only a couple months ago. Stories is very similar to what's available from Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, all of which are owned by Facebook.
Companies like Facebook and Twitter could face a fine as large as €50 million in Germany if they fail to remove hate speech in 24 hours. The country's Justice Ministry has introduced a draft law that outlines the fine. The fine would appear when there's not a quick response.
Virtual reality gameplay can now be streamed directly to Facebook Live with the Gear VR. Oculus has released an update for the platform that includes a "Livestream to Facebook" option. You'll find that feature in the Universal Menu. Users outside the US are getting it first.
Facebook is going to start livestreaming Major League Soccer (MLS) matches beginning this season. Through a deal with Univision, the social network has gained streams for at least 22 live matches in 2017. There will also be an exclusive talk show during the season.
Facebook is fully rolling out Messenger Day, an Instagram Stories and Snapchat-like feature. It first appeared in Poland last year and now it's begun going out to users around the world on iOS and Android. Content posted with the feature will remain for 24 hours.