‘Disappointed’ Mark Zuckerberg responds to India’s partial Facebook ban


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the news that India's telecom regulator has banned the company's Free Basics program.

Free Basics, which began as part of Facebook's Internet.org project, allowed subscribers to Reliance — the biggest telecom in India — free access to Internet services.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Zuckerberg wrote that "while we're disappointed with today's decision, I want to personally communicate that we are committed to keep working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world."

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LOL is so over: Facebook study reveals ‘haha’ is how we laugh online


If you laugh online, it's probably with a "haha" or an emoji — at least, that's according to some interesting data analysis from Facebook.

Intrigued by an article in The New Yorker, Facebook decided to post the results of an in-depth look into how we laugh online.

The four most commonly used online laughs — according to Facebook's data — are "haha," an emoji, a variation of "hehe," followed by the classic "lol." "Haha" was far and away the most common type of online laugh, with 51.4% of the people in Facebook's dataset using some variation of that e-laugh online. Read more...

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Meerkat’s new Cameo feature lets other users join your video stream


Live streaming app Meerkat on Wednesday released what might just be its biggest update yet with features that allow users to invite others into their stream, better Facebook integration and the ability to store your library of clips for the future.

The first big feature is called Cameo and it could be a game-changer in the world of live streaming apps.

The genesis behind Meerkat (and similar apps such as Twitter's Periscope) is to allow users to easily stream their video feed with a broader audience in real-time.

With Cameo, Meerkat is turning that idea on its head. Instead of just letting users stream what they see to others, Meerkat is also going to let users invite their viewers to "take over" their live streams for 60 seconds at a time. Read more...

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Rejoice: Facebook gets GIF support. Here’s everything you need to know.


Prepare yourselves — Facebook now has serviceable GIF support.

That's right children, you can now post GIFs to Facebook and have them display not only inline, but in the mobile app as well.

Longtime Facebook users (read: old people like me who have been using the service since it was for college students only), will recall that if offered GIF support in the very early days. The ability to embed or upload GIFs was removed a decade ago, probably because of the negative impacts a ton of GIFs in the Newsfeed had on the product. Read more...

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Uber snatches its first chief security officer away from Facebook


Uber on Thursday announced that it had hired Joe Sullivan as its first chief security officer.

Sullivan joins Uber from Facebook, where he worked at the social network's Chief Security Officer for more than five years. On a blog post announcing the new hire, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said Sullivan will join the transportation startup toward the end of April.

Before Facebook, Sullivan spent almost seven years at PayPal and eBay. He also worked for the Department of Justice for eight years prosecuting cybercrime.

In his own statement, Sullivan wrote that he firmly believes that "building world-class safety and security are critical" to furthering Uber's mission of "revolutionizing transportation." Read more...

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Twitter Confirms Changes to What Users See in Their Timelines


Twitter just took another step toward becoming more like Facebook.

Several days ago, we noticed that Twitter rolled out an experiment to some users that began showing actions — like favorited tweets — on the main Twitter timeline. (Earlier this month, it experimented with showing tweets from accounts users didn't follow.) At the time, it appeared this feature was just a test, since it hadn't been universally deployed to all users.

Now, Twitter has updated some key language on its help page that indicates a permanent change, as Quartz pointed out. Read more...

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Don’t Freak Out About the Facebook Messenger App


You might hate being forced to use Facebook Messenger — but that doesn't mean the app is invading your privacy or part of some vast conspiracy to track all of your actions.

In the days since Facebook started requiring iPhone and Android users to download the stand-alone Facebook Messenger app to continue chatting with friends and family members, the backlash has been swift.

As Facebook is well aware, its users do not like change (see News Feed, Beacon ads, Timeline, OpenGraph, the Instagram terms of service changes, and every design change in the company's 10-year history). So it's not surprising to see Facebook Messenger as the number one app in the App Store (because everyone is being prompted to download it), or that it has a 1-star rating (because everyone is being prompted to download it). Read more...

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Facebook’s Bolt Faces Challenges Over Its Name Before It’s Even Launched


Bolt — the rumored photo messaging app Facebook accidentally leaked — has't even been released, yet it's already facing potential legal threats over its name.

Last week, some Instagram users reported seeing in-app ads for a photo messaging app dubbed "Bolt." Rumor has it that Bolt will be Instagram's version of Snapchat and the app could drop as early as this week.

Bolt would join Instagram Messenger, Slingshot and WhatsApp as a Facebook-owned photo messaging solution. But beyond standing out in a crowded space (in the same company no less), Bolt's biggest problems might come down to its name. Read more...

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Oculus Fights Claims It Pilfered VR Tech


Talk about VR Wars! Oculus VR — the company Facebook is buying for $2 billion — has formally responded to claims that some of the technology in its Oculus Rift headset belongs to ZeniMax Media. Oculus says it is "disappointed but not surprised" by ZeniMax's actions and vows to prove that all of "[ZeniMax's] claims are false"

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that ZeniMax, the owner of game studios such as id Software and Bethesda Game Studios, sent letters to Oculus and Facebook, alleging ownership of some of the key technology in the Oculus Rift headset

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Another Security Flaw Gets the Heartbleed Treatment, But Don’t Believe the Hype


Breathless reports of a new security flaw affecting OpenID and OAuth — the technology that powers the identity logins for services such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google and LinkedIn — hit the news Friday. Dubbed "Covert Redirect," the flaw could enable malicious sites or links to grab a user's login information.

The announcement of Covert Redirect is straight out of Heartbleed's marketing manual, coming with both slick website and fancy logo. Coupled with the widespread usage of OAuth and the growing awareness of potential security threats, Covert Redirect certainly sounds bad

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