Facebook’s version of television is coming online in mid-August after several false starts, according to people familiar with the matter. The company has been asking its partners to turn in the first episodes of their spotlight shows, the people said.
Looks like tech billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have bad blood going on, around one controversial topic. The reason: Artificial intelligence and what dangers it could pose to humanity, and the two billionaires don’t agree on this topic.
Facebook may be working on a smartphone that could be modular in nature. A patent, filed last year and awarded earlier this week, reveals a mysterious “modular electromechanical device” with interchangeable parts. It’s unknown if Facebook is really willing to make a modular smartphone in the future.
A security researcher claims to have spotted a flaw in Facebook’s account recovery feature that can let anyone easily break into your account – that too, without you ever noticing, media reported. There’s no need of password and scammers can also lock you out of your own account.
Facebook Inc. plans to test a tool to drive more subscriptions from directly within its app, a potential boost to publishers like the New York Times and Washington Post. “Our partners consistently identified support for subscription business models as a top priority,” Facebook said Thursday.
A week after nearly 2,000 publishers in the US formed the News Media Alliance to get an anti-trust exemption from the Congress to negotiate over advertising revenue with digital platforms, a top Facebook executive has confirmed the company would soon launch a news subscription product.
Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp messaging service has been partially blocked in China, following a censorship crackdown by the government. Multiple WhatsApp users in China reported experiencing intermittent outages from Monday night Beijing time.
Facebook termed Pakistan’s request to link all accounts to individual phone numbers as “improbable” but reacted positively to Pakistan’s request to block blasphemous content and other hate material posted by users.
Facebook Inc. is taking another stab at turning its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into a mass-market phenomenon. Code-named “Pacific,” the device resembles a more compact version of the Rift and will be lighter than Samsung’s Gear VR headset, one of the people said.
A Facebook note said Messenger Lite offers almost all the basic functions as the full Messenger from texts, photos and links to emojis and stickers. Still the Messenger Lite app is just under 10MB, making it fast to install and quick to start up.
Google, Facebook, Uber, WhatsApp and Amazon are in touch with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to enable Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on their respective platforms. Facebook’s WhatsApp is also keen to introduce peer-to-peer payments in India.
Oculus, the virtual reality company owned by Facebook Inc, is temporarily cutting the price of its hardware, as the industry tries to figure out why the technology for immersive games and stories has not taken off among consumers.
Researchers have found that Facebook’s nearly two billion monthly users can be categorised into four types ranging from people who use the social media network to build on real-world relationships, to those focussed on “likes” and attention.
After moving into a 430,000 sq.ft sprawling facility in Menlo Park, California, two years ago, Facebook is ready to expand its office space with building “an integrated, mixed-use village”. To be called “Willow Campus”, the new facility will provide 125,000 sq.ft of new retail space.