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Facebook has officially announced its answer to Siri, Cortana and Google Now. The personal digital assistant for Facebook Messenger is called M and unlike other digital assistant, it's powered by artificial intelligence that is trained and supervised by people.
Facebook has released a donate button for all nonprofits active on the social network. Nonprofits can use the button on their Facebook Pages and on ads. The button was introduced in December 2013, but it was limited to a few partners, including UNICEF and the Red Cross.
Facebook Moments has been updated with a new feature that'll automatically create music videos out of photos. The Moments app, which is used to share photos, now lets people combine six or more photos into a montage that supports music. Moments collages can be shared on Facebook.
Facebook's recently introduced livestreaming feature is set to quickly expand beyond celebrities. Livestreaming was added to Facebook's Mentions app for VIP users and TechCrunch reports the entire Mentions app will be opened up to all verified users.
Facebook's video ads will soon show up outside of the social network. The social network says its autoplay ads will now be shown by third-parties who are using Facebook's mobile ad network. Carousel ads and product ads will also be available to publishers.
There are many ways people express laughter online and two of the most common are "lol" and "haha." Facebook has been monitoring the way people laugh online since the end of May and it says "lol" is pretty much dead, having been replaced by "haha" and emoji.
Facebook has launched its own livestreaming service, but it is limited to celebrities. Unlike Meerkat, Periscope, and similar services, Facebook's "Live" is only available for famous people. The network described Live as a way for "influencers" to "take fans behind the scenes."
Virtual reality will be a big part of Facebook's future, says CEO Mark Zuckerberg. While talking about the company's latest earnings report, Zuckerberg was asked about how the Oculus Rift will be used. He responded by saying social applications will be on devices like the Rift.
As Facebook continues pushing users to use their real names on the social network, there is one country where it cannot have a real name policy: Germany. The data protection authority in Hamburg has ruled Germans cannot be forced to use their real names.
All mobile networks around the world can now sign up to work with Internet.org, an initiative from Facebook. Internet.org launched last year and it offers free internet access to a selection of websites. Prior to today, Facebook was only working with a few mobile networks.
An appeals court in New York has ruled Facebook is not able to challenge search warrants on behalf of users. Facebook challenged 381 search warrants submitted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in 2013 and it has been fighting the case since then.
Big Silicon Valley tech companies have decided to stand behind Samsung as it defends itself against a large ongoing patent infringement lawsuit from Apple. The case has existed since 2011 and the tech companies oppose a decision that was made in favor of Apple.
Facebook has made Messenger available to everyone around the world, regardless of if they have a Facebook account. The social network updated Messenger to remove any Facebook requirement last month, but that change initially applied just to users in a few countries.
Some Americans are abandoning traditional news sources in favor of social media like Twitter and Facebook. Pew Research Center conducted a survey of 2,000 adults and found 63% of Americans are now using Twitter or Facebook to get their daily news. That's up from 50% in 2013.
Facebook is reportedly building a digital assistant that will be powered by humans. The assistant is called Moneypenny, according to The Information, and it shares very little with other digital assistants like Siri and Cortana. Moneypenny will connect users with real helpers.
Samsung Z1 is the first smartphone that features Tizen mobile operating system, which is made by Samsung. There were some details last month that suggested Facebook Messenger and Instagram were in final testing stages, and today, they are officially available for Samsung Z1.
Facebook has introduced a feature that lets users adjust their News Feed so that it displays posts from the most important people first. New adjustments can be made in the News Feed Preferences area--this feature only works on iOS right now. Users can prioritize accounts.
Facebook has killed reports about the social network releasing its own music streaming service. Reports about the streaming service had piled up recently but Facebook is denying the existence of any entrance into the music streaming industry. Facebook may be talking with labels.
Facebook has announced it will use renewable energy to power at least 50% of its data centers by 2018. The social network announced this plan at the same time as it was introducing a new data center in Fort Worth, Texas. That center will be powered entirely by wind energy.
Facebook is testing "floating" videos that will let users browse their news feed while still watching a video. Just like YouTube's mobile app, Facebook's videos will stay in place somewhere on a user's display as they scroll. There's now a button to detach a video.