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    The world’s largest social network continues to compete against itself as far as instant messaging services are concerned, with both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger constantly improved and boosting their popularity edge over Skype, Viber or Google Hangouts. After picking up its own digital assistant, ditching mandatory Facebook accounts, and expanding to the Apple Watch last year, FB Messenger is ready to bring back SMS functionality to Android devices, as well as let you seamlessly switch between users without ever signing out. The latter feature must have been in testing for a while ...

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    If AT&T, T-Mobile and Comcast pulled zero-rate schemes in India like they did in the US, they would have to stop today. Similarly, Facebook is actually going to have to stop in its tracks from promoting its Free Basics program in the country. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has banned "discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content." That means an internet service provider won't be able to charge end users differently for video data than it does for basic data. Access to emergency services or to information during public emergencies are eligible for a ...

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    Global iPhone sales set a new all-time record during the holiday season (ahead of a radical projected decline), while Samsung reported an unprecedented quarterly dip, so you’d probably expect the US mobile market to have gone with the worldwide flow. But surprise, surprise, the Galaxy actually increased its share of American smartphone subscribers, from 27.6 percent between July and September to 28.4 in the year’s final 90-day window. Meanwhile, Cupertino somehow lost almost a percentage point, though its local manufacturer domination is in no danger, the gap to second place sitting at ...

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    Based on Google’s more than healthy recent financial report, and generally gloomy iPhone sales predictions for at least the current quarter, we wouldn’t have been shocked to see Alphabet exceeding Apple’s market capitalization through summer or even fall. But the simultaneous iPhone 5se/Apple Watch S/iPad Air 3 announcement is drawing near, and Wall Street clearly trusts the three new iDevices will strike gold at the box-office, covering for the waning mainstream appeal of the first-gen “iWatch”, as well as the overly familiar iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Either that, or traders simply ...

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    Meerkat? Periscope? Nope, Facebook, as usual. While testing continues to go on for its new Profile Video feature, another feature you might have seen making the rounds on your feed is Live Video. It started out with a few notable people streaming their luncheons and stuff, but the "celebrity" beta circle has rapidly grown. Now, Facebook is expanding Live Video capability to everyone in the US toting an iPhone. We find that the feature's accessible from the status update screen and the interface of the feature recalls the Periscope UI. Also available is the capability to subscribe to ...

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    Facebook's on the cusp of a big transition, one that will give its users new ways to interact with shared content, expressing their feelings about what they're reading with a greatly expanded emotional vocabulary. Yup: we're talking about “likes.” The idea of Facebook expanding beyond simple “like” feedback is one that's been kicking around for the better part of ever, but without a clear vision of just how that might happen; maybe a “dislike” button is the most obvious option, but that just seems destined to invite a flood of negativity – this is the internet we're talking ...

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    Since the world’s largest online social networking service insists on its users declaring their real names upon opening an account, you’d think Facebook is generally opposed to privacy-protecting software like Tor. But anonymous browsing, communication and socialization has been permitted on desktops for close to two years now, and up next, FB intends to let Android enthusiasts do the same. For the time being, you’ll need to jump through a few hoops to get The Onion Router protocol up and running on your phone, and also keep your expectations low regarding the service’s stability ...

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    It looks like over the past few years, according to a report published by The Information, Facebook has opted to deliberately crash its Android application in order to test the loyalty of its social network users. The report claims that Facebook wanted to see how many of its users would continue using the platform despite the issues they ran into. It is not yet known how many users were targeted, or where exactly these tests took place, but, a person familiar with the matter acknowledged that "people never stopped coming back". Even more, those who ran into these "planned" errors ...

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    Facebook's always looking for new ways to engage with its users, and it feels like when we're not talking about the service picking up new features, it's changing its layout, or splitting features off into their own apps. Earlier this year we got a preview of some of the new directions Facebook was planning to head, learning about a dedicated “Shopping” feed and changes to how the app would present news, augmenting the main feed with several special-interest sub-feeds. While not everything is ready for prime-time just yet, new reports reveal that Facebook is publicly testing these ...

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    Instead of building another half-baked “Facebook Phone” with underwhelming hardware and an impractical UI, Mark Zuckerberg seems to now want to conquer your mobile screens one app at a time. The actual social network will soon load up faster for smartphone users in the most underprivileged markets as far as data speeds are concerned, also letting you do more stuff offline. But it’s external, interdependent services like Notify, Messenger, M, and Moments that should truly get you hooked on everything Facebook, covering all your complex news consumption, communication, and photo ...

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    Messenger-based digital assistance, a slew of “Reactions” to enrich the classic like-and-share user experience, added support for new Apple devices and technologies, searchable public posts, 360-degree video on iOS, security enhancements for Androids. It’s all part of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision to retain the first billion Facebook daily active users, sign on even more people to the world’s most popular social network, and ultimately, take over the Internet. Cue maniacal laugh? No need, because FB also continues to improve as far as emerging mobile markets and generally unstable ...

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    Are you doing everything you can to make sure your various accounts stay secure? From setting strong passwords, to keeping your apps up to date, or maybe even enabling two-factor authentication, there are a lot of steps users can take to help minimize the risk of an account breach – but they're only going to be any good if you actually take advantage of them. This past summer, Facebook introduced a Security Checkup tool for the social network's web interface, giving users a one-stop shop for hardening their security settings. Now it's time for Security Checkup to come to smartphones, as ...

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    How do you go about being the biggest messaging app out there? Delivering the features your users want the most? Having the most reliable service to be found? Solid business models, sure, and no one would fault your app for trying to rise to prominence on their backs. But sometimes apps appear to take some slightly underhanded measure to help secure their market position, and that's just what's happening today as reports come in of WhatsApp going out of its way to keep users from spreading the word about Telegram. Telegram, as you may already be familiar, is a cross-platform messaging app ...

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    In addition to being a delicate, polarizing issue that the world’s largest provider of online search services is still fighting in courts around the old continent, the right to be forgotten concept put into practice by the European Union last year apparently requires a lot of time and resources spent by Google. And we mean a lot, with a grand total of 348,508 claims filed since May 2014, concerning more than 1.2 million URLs, of which the now Alphabet-owned search giant only removed 42 percent. That’s a lofty 441,778 results nonetheless, and of course, Google had to properly evaluate ...

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    Life's never been too easy for Windows Phone users wanting access to mainstream apps, and that's especially true for Facebook users. Sure, they had access to some neat system-level integration, but that started going away this past summer, and the Microsoft-crafted Facebook app has never quite been able to meet feature parity with the official Facebook-developed Android and iOS versions. Still, Microsoft's been working hard to give its users the Facebook experience they deserve, most recently developing a new beta app for Windows 10 Mobile users. With the OS just about to go mainstream, ...

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    Facebook continues to be the most popular social network in the world by a long shot, and part of that has a lot to do with how it continues to evolve over time. Some of the changes we've seen the company bring to the table have been anything but popular, but others have proven to gain a market. One of those experiments that Facebook started back in September is 360-degree videos, and that expands as of today. Facebook has just announced that 360-degree video has just reached iOS in an update that was pushed today. The company is also launching a microsite deisgned to offer tips and tricks ...

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    Last month we first started hearing whispers about the next app to join Facebook's family of mobile software, with rumors talking about work towards the creation of a news-aggregating app dubbed Notify. Then last Wednesday those rumors started getting real specific about the company's launch plans, claiming that we'd see Notify debut sometime this week. Well, one week to the day from that report arriving Facebook is making things official, announcing Notify as an iOS exclusive. The easiest way to talk about Notify is as a “news” app, but there's really more to it than just top ...

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    We're not sure if you've noticed it by now, Facebook's business is to keep you on Facebook. With that in mind the company has enhanced its news feed with a ton of enticing services like automatic video playback, in addition to other ideas like reminding you what you did 5 years ago, all in the sake of keeping you within the app or website. The company's next move now is Music, and this time in sort of a big way. Facebook has just rolled a new feature called Music Stories, which at the moment is exclusive to iOS users. If you share music from Spotify, Apple Music or iTunes, Facebook then ...

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    Guess all you hipsters ready to proclaim this or that social network as the next big online community will have to wait a while longer for Facebook to plunge into irrelevance. Mark Zuckerberg’s juggernaut continues to grow at a staggering pace, both as far as its user base is concerned and strictly from a financial standpoint. Roughly three years ago, FB reached a major milestone when the monthly active user count first exceeded a billion. Of course, critics were quick to point the finger at duplicate and outright fake accounts for artificially inflating the number, which is why it’s ...

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    Facebook long-ago graduated from offering a single, monolithic mobile app, and these days, in addition to the main Facebook smartphone app, we have software like Messenger, Groups, and Moments. Earlier this year, rumors started closing in on another new addition to the Facebook app family, with word arriving that the company was developing a stand-alone news app, dubbed Notify. Now it may nearly be time for Notify to make its debut, as sources point to efforts ramping up for a launch next week. While Notify was first described as a hub for news, subsequent reports have painted a boarder ...

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    I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone. — Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer, Facebook Facebook, it seems, can't afford to miss out on the world that's using Android. The company is on the offensive to service its emerging markets and took to reporters to show that it was ready. Many developers, including ones employed by Facebook, prefer to code and open up betas to iPhone users first with the Android app being second-in-line or — for some — an afterthought and Windows ...

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    Samsung's sprawling ecosystem, Tizen, has had plenty of support from the company. How and why it continues to do so as its smartphone shipments are stagnating, we don't know. But the small platform has had a hero phone to coalesce around, the Samsung Z3. As it pushes into more markets, the hope is that the chaebol can corral all the money it can from mobile instead of a fair portion of the money it makes from Android. Part of the problem operating a mobile operating platform that few people are using? Little ecosystem. Sure, the web is all right there for people to use, but sometimes an ...

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    Facebook's been making some significant changes to its mobile app offerings in recent weeks, both in terms of new stuff like Notify, and changes to existing apps like the arrival of support for a new profile interface. There's plenty more where all that came from, and today Facebook announces its latest tweak to its mobile apps as it debuts a new look for notifications on both Android and iOS. Basically, you're about to start seeing a whole lot more content in Facebook notifications. Beyond the usual stuff like status updates, the app will now flesh out its notifications with news about ...

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    Nothing scary here if you already know how your privacy settings look like on Facebook right now. But in the midst of developments from Notify to new profile pages, it's important that when developments like these come up that vaguely have to do with your privacy that those things get clarified. After all, we already have enough to worry about in this world. Facebook's new "Search FYI" has beefed up algorithms that recognize what you're looking for and suggests tangential topics in your results. This will come through more timely results following current events around the world. Public ...

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    Surely iPhones aren't at all famous for battery life, but ever since the launch of iOS 9, complaints seem to be on a rise. At first many believed that this was just the normal thing with iPhones, but obviously you can't ignore the fact that the amount of third party apps in the background could take a toll. As it turns out it seems that a few iOS 9 updates ended up being more problematic than expected and today we learn of one of them. Facebook's iOS 9 update seems to be rather problematic with battery life, not just because there are bugs that drain the battery, but because it's really ...

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