Facebook Messenger App Ads

Get ready for sponsors to start invading Facebook Messenger

By on April 6, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

Get ready for sponsors to start invading Facebook Messenger

If you thought that your Facebook Messenger chats would be free from monetization, think again. It looks like Facebook has begun to roll out an interesting new way to make money off of its wildly popular mobile chat application. While the new strategy doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as annoying as some of the advertising and sponsorship schemes we’ve seen in rival chat apps, feelings will undoubtedly be mixed if and when this new feature begins rolling out to users en masse. More →

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Facebook’s Safety Check feature fails after deadly bombing in Pakistan

By on March 28, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Facebook’s Safety Check feature fails after deadly bombing in Pakistan

Less than a week after the deadly bombings in Belgium, a new terror attack took the lives of at least 70 people, wounding 340 others in a suicide blast in Lahore, Pakistan. Social media, including Facebook, can be a powerful online tool in such cases, helping spread awareness but also allowing people to see whether friends and family are out of harm’s way.

However, Facebook’s Safety Check feature that was deployed after the mid-November Paris attacks malfunctioned on Sunday, after the explosion that shook Pakistan. More →

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Facebook swears it’s not racially profiling you… except it kind of is

By on March 23, 2016 at 5:45 PM.

Facebook swears it’s not racially profiling you… except it kind of is

Does Facebook racially profile you to serve you more relevant ads? The company tells Ars Technica that it doesn’t engage in racial profiling but it’s hard to see another way to describe its new advertising platform that groups users into “ethnic affinities.”

So here’s how it works: Facebook admits that it builds ethnic profiles for users but it doesn’t do so based on census data, your name, your photos, or your private information. That said, if it sees that you like NPR, craft beer and farmers markets, then you’ll get categorized in an affinity group for white urban liberals. Or if you like hip-hop and are part of groups online like BlackLivesMatter, Facebook will say you have an affinity for black American culture. More →

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As Apple bows out of NFL streaming negotiations, Facebook steps up

By on March 3, 2016 at 10:55 PM.

As Apple bows out of NFL streaming negotiations, Facebook steps up

Though Apple’s TV subscription plans are reportedly on the shelf for the time being, the company over the past few months has remained interested in exploring content that might be suitable for the company’s fourth-gen Apple TV. Not too long ago, for instance, there were a number of credible reports suggesting that Apple was planning to make a bid for the non-exclusive digital rights to stream Thursday night NFL games.

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ISIS reportedly threatens Facebook, Twitter founders in video

By on February 25, 2016 at 9:35 PM.

ISIS reportedly threatens Facebook, Twitter founders in video

ISIS has issued a threat to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey over the companies’ effort to take down terror-affiliated accounts, according to a published report.

Vocativ reported Wednesday it had uncovered a 25-minute video allegedly created by ISIS on the instant messaging app Telegram. The video shows a photo of Zuckerberg and Dorsey with bullet holes across their faces. More →

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Facebook plans to let businesses send ads to your Messenger app in 2016

By on February 19, 2016 at 11:48 AM.

Facebook plans to let businesses send ads to your Messenger app in 2016

Although countless chat applications have attempted to upend standard text messaging in the United States, only the Facebook Messenger app has a major impact on the way we interact we our friends and family members.

There have been a few visual overhauls and plenty of added features since the app launched in 2011, but the most significant change of all looks to be right around the corner: ads are coming to Messenger.
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Facebook Google Data Privacy

Why Facebook and Google mine your data, and why there’s nothing you can do to stop it

By on February 11, 2016 at 2:50 PM.

Why Facebook and Google mine your data, and why there’s nothing you can do to stop it

It’s no secret that Facebook and Google, and pretty much every company that sells connected devices or online services, tracks their customers to some extent. Internet companies have repeatedly been scrutinized and even taken to court for mismanaging users’ private data, and customers have become more interested in protecting their digital data in the past few years following Edward Snowden’s leaks.

So why do these companies mine your data? And is there a way to prevent it? More →

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Oculus Rift PC Requirements

The Oculus Rift PCs you were looking for are finally here

By on February 10, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

The Oculus Rift PCs you were looking for are finally here

Facebook’s Oculus Rift has been available for preorder for weeks, but you should know the virtual reality headset does have some hardware requirements when it comes to the PC that’s supposed to bring all that VR content to your eyes. And your computer might simply not be good enough for what the Oculus Rift needs.

Thankfully, you’ll soon be able to preorder Oculus Rift PC bundles. And if you have preordered your Oculus Rift headset, you’re going to receive a discount on the next PC purchase. More →

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The simplest way to improve your iPhone’s battery performance by 15%

By on February 8, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

The simplest way to improve your iPhone’s battery performance by 15%

It can’t be said enough: Uninstalling the Facebook app does some wonderful things for your phone. Last week we pointed to some tests that showed uninstalling Facebook from your Android phone could improve its battery life by as much as 20% and now there are new tests that show you can get a similar battery boost by uninstalling the app from your iPhone. Specifically, The Guardian’s Samuel Gibbs has found that “uninstalling Facebook’s iOS app and switching to Safari can save up to 15% of iPhone battery life.” More →

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