News tagged: Facebook
GIFs are now being supported on the world's most popular social network, Facebook. The network is rolling out support for GIFs in the News Feed. Users can place a GIF on the site by copying its URL and sharing it just like they would any other link. You cannot upload GIFs.
Money transfers are now available in Facebook Messenger in New York City (NYC) and there are some new features included. The money transfers first became available a few months ago and were available in a few cities. Payments are initiated when a user taps on a dollar symbol.
A ban on major online services has been threatened by the Russian government. Google, Facebook, and Twitter could all be blocked in the country if they do not provide data on some Russian bloggers. Roskomnadzor, a Russian agency, made this latest threat.
Citing sources that are close to the matter, Re/code reports that Twitter is in talks with Flipboard to acquire the latter. The report suggests that Twitter is pushing for an all-stock deal, a deal that would put Flipboard's value at over $1 billion.
Video calling inside of Facebook Messenger is now available around the world. The new feature was introduced by Facebook in April and now there are just a "few countries" where video calling is not offered. A complete global release wasn't yet possible.
Facebook believes business-to-customer communication is a next step for WhatsApp. The social network announced on Monday that B2C communication was possible and, at least at some point, will probably be part of WhatsApp. Businesses could be charged for access to users.
Games could be the next addition to Facebook Messenger, according to a report in The Information. Facebook has confirmed it is talking with developers about games for Messenger that would be available inside of its app store. Games for Messenger could be months away.
Facebook is not operating in accordance with privacy laws in Belgium, according to the Belgian Privacy Commission. That commission has issued recommendations that Facebook must comply with if it is to avoid legal action from the country. Belgium has fought Facebook before.
Instant Articles is a new feature on Facebook that aims to quickly deliver your news. If you've ever had to wait for a link to load after clicking it on the site, this feature is for you. Facebook is promising faster load times and more interactive features with Instant Articles.
There are now a few virtual reality headsets but the first one to truly grab people's attention was the Oculus Rift. That headset is going to be available in the first quarter of 2016, Oculus has announced. The consumer version of Rift has better tracking and ergonomics.
Facebook will begin using Nokia's mapping services in some of its features. The social network has signed a deal with Nokia to use Here maps in its mobile web version and Facebook is testing Here in Instagram and Messenger. Facebook is one potential buyer of Nokia Here.
Internet.org, an initiative from Facebook, will bring some internet connectivity to as many as 4 billion people but it has faced criticism because it does not follow the principles behind net neutrality. Facebook denies Internet.org is anti-net neutrality.
Live streaming app Meerkat is having to compete against Periscope, a similar service from Twitter, and it is doing so by reaching more platforms. Meerkat made it to Android before Periscope and now it is going to work with Facebook instead of exclusively Twitter.
According to a new report by the WSJ, Facebook is all set to start hosting other sites' content from the month of May, i.e. this month onwards. The new feature is dubbed "Instant Articles" that will display complete articles from sites such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed.
Facebook does not like the way Europe's legal system works for digital companies. Instead of there being one set of laws across Europe, there are 28 sets of laws. Companies do indeed spend more money and time working on projects in Europe because of all the different regulations.
Donations made to relief efforts in Nepal will be matched by Facebook. People around the world are donating to help the country since it was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake over the weekend and Facebook is going to contribute by matching those donations up to $2 million.
Facebook Messenger has received a big update that includes free video calling for the United States and 17 other countries. This update will make Messenger a bigger competitor to Skype and Viber, two of the existing VoIP services. Users can begin a call with one tap.
The number of active monthly users on Facebook keeps growing and there are now 1.44 billion people using the social network each month. During the Facebook Q1 2015 earnings call it was revealed the network had grown since last quarter when it reported 1.39B active monthly users
Hello is the latest application from Facebook and it is an Android dialer. The dialer will connect to a user's Facebook contacts and it emphasizes advanced caller ID. Facebook's messenger team made the app and it is now available from the Google Play store.
WhatsApp, the world's most popular messaging app, has crossed 800 million monthly active users. 800 million MAUs isn't equal to 800 million users, or downloads. It's a bigger feat than either of those two metrics. What it means is that every month, 800 million people.