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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.
Facebook is reportedly in the process of meeting with music labels because it wants to release its own music streaming service. According to The Verge, Facebook has sat down with labels but details of their discussions aren't available. The service will be "unique."
Don't like the Facebook app? We don't blame you. It's a heavy app, and it takes up a lot of space. For people residing in developing nations with access to slow 2G internet, using the Facebook app is a no-go. Which is why Facebook came up with Facebook Lite.
Facebook has partnered with Kaspersky to fight malware on the social network. Kaspersky is one of a number of companies helping Facebook rid the network of malicious content. Facebook has already been working with ESET, Trend Micro, and F-Secure for the past year.
It is no longer necessary to have a Facebook account when using Facebook Messenger. The social network has dropped that requirement, opening up Facebook Messenger to a wider array of potential users. Facebook has removed the requirement in the US, Canada, and Venezuela.
Facebook has developed an algorithm that can recognize people without even seeing their face. The AI lab at the social network created an algorithm that can figure out who someone is just by looking at clothing, pose, hair style, and body type, among other things.
Facebook has built an artificial intelligence (AI) robot capable of creating images that can often fool humans. A study from the Facebook research team shows its AI-generated photos appear real to humans 40% of the time. The robot generates images after looking at real pictures.
Facebook Moments is a new app from the social network that uses facial recognition to detect your Facebook friends in photos. That app cannot launch in Europe due to the fact that its core use relies on facial recognition and that would potentially anger European regulators.
Facebook has introduced yet another application, Moments. The new app uses facial recognition to look through a user's camera roll in order to locate individuals with the goal of making sharing easier. Facebook finds people by scanning a user's photo library.
Facebook personalizes news feeds for all of its users and one way it'll now do so is by monitoring how long users look at different types of content. The social network is currently changing its algorithms to account for how long a user is stuck on one piece of content.