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Facebook brings mobile games to Messenger

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  Facebook on Tuesday unveiled “Instant Games” allowing users of the world’s biggest social network to play from its Messenger application or directly on their news feeds. The new games effort could be a step toward eventually monetizing Messenger, which now has more than …

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Facebook authorizes $6 bn share buyback

San Francisco, United States | AFP | Facebook’s board of directors on Friday authorized spending as much as $6 billion to buy back shares in the leading social network. The stock repurchase program would go into effect at the start of next year, potentially allowing Facebook to take advantage of …

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Facebook buys facial recognition tech startup

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  Facebook on Wednesday said that it has bought facial recognition startup FacioMetrics, potentially using the technology for photo or video effects to better challenge rival Snapchat. “How people share and communicate is changing and things like masks and other effects allow people to …

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Google, Facebook cut ad revenue to ‘fake’ news sites

Washington, United States | AFP | Google and Facebook moved Tuesday to cut off advertising revenue to bogus news sites, acting after criticism of the role fake news played in the US presidential election. “We’ve been working on an update to our publisher policies and will start prohibiting Google ads …

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Facebook in spotlight over tool to weed out fake news

Washington, United States | AFP | Facebook had a tool to weed out fake news circulating on the social network this year but declined to deploy it for fear of offending conservatives, a report said Monday. The report by the online news site Gizmodo comes with Facebook under fire for …

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Facebook-owned Instagram getting into shopping

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  Instagram on Tuesday said it will start testing features that let smartphone or tablet users easily buy items they find on the popular photo and video sharing service. The test slated to begin next week in the US will be tailored for Instagram …

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Facebook launches intra-office ‘Workplace’ network

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Social network giant Facebook on Monday launched new global product Workplace, a platform that it hopes will replace intranet, mailbox and other internal communication tools used by businesses worldwide. It is intended to compete with similar office communication products including Microsoft’s Yammer, Salesforce’s Chatter …

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Facebook’s Oculus pushes virtual reality with new gear

San José, United States | AFP | Facebook on Thursday worked to ramp up enthusiasm for its virtual reality line, unveiling new gear including a lower-end wireless headset prototype. The company’s Oculus virtual reality division is set to release in coming months a new “Touch” controller and a more affordable …

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Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns. Facebook and WhatsApp promised in the wake of the Silicon Valley giant’s 2014 acquisition of the messaging app that they would not share …

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