Facebook gives Messenger users more reasons to use Rooms

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When Facebook introduced Messenger Rooms in April, you didn’t need to have Messenger installed on your phone to start video calling your friends and family. The company made it so that you could join a group call through a link on your News Feed or i…

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Instagram starts merging chats with Facebook Messenger

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Facebook seems to be acting on its plan to unify messaging across its apps, however slowly. People at The Verge (and likely elsewhere) have received notice through Instagram’s Android and iOS apps that they’ll have the ability to “chat with fr…

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After Math: We’re dreaming of escape and DJI drones

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As we face down the prospect of a second month in quarantine it’s perfectly understandable that people are feeling cooped up and stressed out with just a touch of cabin fever. But now is not the time to waver so stay home and let this week’s t…

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Facebook debuts standalone Messenger app on Mac and PC

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Today, Facebook is bringing its Messenger app to desktop. You can now access Messenger — including unlimited and free group video calls — on MacOS and Windows. The desktop app will sync across mobile, offer notifications for new messages and…

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Facebook will pay for user recordings to improve speech recognition

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Facebook may have stopped listening to and transcribing Messenger voice chats, but it still needs voice recordings to improve its speech recognition technology. So the company is going to pay select users to record snippets of audio through a …

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Facebook tells US, UK and Australia it won’t weaken chat encryption

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If officials were hoping that Facebook would stop end-to-end encryption in its messaging apps just because they sent a strongly-worded letter, they had another thing coming. Facebook has sent its own letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr, ac…

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DOJ asks Facebook to halt end-to-end encryption plans (updated)

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The Department of Justice is set to ask Facebook to pause plans for end-to-end encryption across all of its messaging services. It will urge the company not to move forward "without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety.&quot…

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Apple might force Facebook to change how its apps handle voice calls

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A change coming in iOS 13 could force Facebook to change Messenger and WhatsApp. As The Information reports, Apple will no longer allow these apps to run Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) in the background when it’s not in use. At the moment, apps…

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A closer look at the redesigned Facebook app

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Out of all the announcements Facebook made at its F8 2019 developers conference, one of the most important was the redesign of its core smartphone app. The new application, which has been updated with what Facebook is calling the "FB5&quo…

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Facebook is still growing at a slow but steady pace

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It feels like for the better part of the past two years, every few months we talk about how Facebook hasn’t been having an easy time. In 2018 alone, the company’s faced several problems, such as the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal and, of co…

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Facebook’s next big augmented reality push is multiplayer games

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Even as Facebook faces extreme pressure from Congress on issues like foreign interference and fake news, the company has to remain focused on keeping users tied to its many products. After all, that’s how it makes its money. One of the ways Facebook…

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Facebook’s Messenger Kids app lets children start friend requests

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Facebook’s Messenger Kids app has so far been strict about adding friends. Early on, it even required that children count their parents as friends. The social network is ready to loosen things up, however… if only a bit. It’s giving its Android…

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