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Facebook's new state-sponsored attack warning system was reportedly capable of alerting US officials about a hacking campaign from Iran. That warning system alerted some users who Facebook believed were victims of "state-sponsored actors," thereby alerting the government.
The right of Europeans to be forgotten online has resulted in Google pulling 440,000 links from its local search engines. Google began receiving link takedown requests following an EU court ruling in May 2014. That ruling lets people request links be removed.
Free Basics, a project from Facebook, is now available to everyone in India. Those who are on the Reliance Communications network can access many internet services for free using the Free Basics app. With 110 million subscribers, Reliance is the fourth largest carrier in India.
With an agreement, Facebook content will now be displayed in Google searches on Android. Google search will begin showing public Facebook profiles, pages, and posts since the social network has handed over access to its data. Content links to the Facebook app.
iOS and Samsung Gear VR users can now view the 360-degree videos that are available on Facebook. This same functionality reached Android and the web in September and it lets users move their phone through the air to change their position in a given video.
Facebook is testing Snapchat-like messages in its Messenger app. The company had tried to compete with Snapchat before with its Slingshot app, but now it is trying to integrate self-destructing messages in Messenger. These messages will immediately disappear after an hour.
Facebook has begun testing suggested notifications with some of its mobile users. The suggested notifications are meant to point out what you may care about, just as Facebook tries to optimize and curate your news feed. Facebook has confirmed it is testing the feature.
Using facial recognition technology, Facebook Messenger will begin examining your photos to find out who you may want to share them with. This technology is the same as what Facebook uses to tell people who they should tag in a photo. Facebook wants to encourage interaction.
A Belgian court has ordered Facebook to stop its tracking of non-users through the share buttons used by many websites. The country's privacy watchdog brought a case against Facebook earlier this year and a judge has now ruled the network must stop its tracking soon.
There are now more than 1.5 billion people logging into Facebook and using the network each month. Facebook reached a billion users in September 2012 and it has taken the company a little over three years to increase its user base by another 500 million.
Facebook still isn't a real competitor to YouTube, but its video views are growing quickly. The social network reports it is now up to 8 billion views each day, double the number of daily views from April. Granted, those numbers are bound to be a bit inaccurate.
Notify, a standalone breaking news application from Facebook, will reportedly launch next week. Facebook already has a lot of partners for the app that will act as sources for Notify's content. Among those are news providers like CNN, Vogue, and The Washington Post.
Facebook is going to build a teleporter, but not the kind you are thinking of. The company has plans, according to Mike Schroepfer, to create a device that will effectively transport you anywhere in the world using a virtual reality experience that includes physical feedback.
Facebook is working on a piece of artificial intelligence (AI) that it can use to examine and understand photos. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's CTO, says the AI will determine what's happening in a photo and turn it into a readable natural language output.
Google Fiber ran into some trouble recently when it went down in Kansas City during the first game of the World Series. Comcast attempted to capitalize on that hiccup by bashing Google Fiber on Facebook, but Comcast failed horribly. Most responses were anti-Comcast.
Some employees at Facebook will no longer be allowed to use iPhones. Chris Cox, the company's chief product officer, is forcing some members of his team to make the switch because he recognizes they would otherwise use iOS. Cox wants employees to use what most FB users are on.
Facebook has admitted its app has been a cause of battery drain on iPhones and it has addressed that problem with the app's latest update. The company says the battery drain was caused by the app having "CPU spin" and by not managing audio sessions correctly.
When you search on Facebook, you now have access to the majority of the network's content. Facebook has updated its search function to look through 2 trillion posts, meaning that every public post on the network can be found. Searches previously displayed posts from your friends.
Facebook has made its Instant Articles feature available to all iPhone users, allowing them to gain access to "thousands of new articles" every day. A public beta is already underway for the feature on Android, but a full release isn't here. Instant Articles was revealed in May.
If it determines a state-sponsored entity has targeted your account, Facebook will now let you know with a warning. The social network has improved its account monitoring to see if a government has attempted to spy on someone's account or take it over.