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Facebook in dispute with Germany over data requests as part of criminal inquiries

Facebook is in hot water in Germany after politicians and security officials accused the company of withholding critical data during criminal investigations. The company denies the allegations, but could face tougher measures in the future.
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Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi service for developing markets debuts in India

Facebook Wi-Fi is now available in India thanks to the company’s new paid internet service, launched in collaboration with local telecoms providers. A pilot version of the Express Wi-Fi program is currently live in the country.
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Facebook taps team behind Eyegroove app to make your videos more musical

Facebook has hired the team behind Eyegroove, a video app that offered SoundCloud integration, allowing users to create their very own music videos. The app itself has now been shut down as a result of the buyout.
Social Media

Snapchat-style selfie filters being tested during Olympics may be coming to Facebook

Facebook users in Brazil and Canada will see a new option when they open the app starting Friday. The social media giant is testing a Snapchat-like selfie camera that automatically turns on when a user begins a status update from…
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Spotify unleashes Release Radar weekly playlist sporting all-new music 2:19

The new playlist is a riff on Discover Weekly and uses a new audio-based system for matching it to listener preferences.
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10 comedians you should be watching live-stream on Facebook

Facebook Live is a global live-streaming phenomenon, and no one is using it to interact with fans quite like comedians. This list brings together the most frequent (and funniest) live-streamers on Facebook that are sure to make you laugh.
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Trends with Benefits: Rio fever, retro gaming, and that bizarro Chinese bus 28:56

The 2016 Rio Olympics are going to fill your DVR to the brim, Facebook has an insane new lab, the next-gen console race is underway, everyone loves old games, and that straddling Chinese bus seems really problematic, but we all…
Social Media

Facebook steps up its fight to eradicate clickbait from your feed

Facebook is escalating its war on clickbait links by implementing an update to its News Feed algorithm. The social network will use the new system to relegate clickbait to the bottom of your feed.
Cool Tech

Welcome to Area 404, the hardware lab where Facebook is building the future

Facebook is offering the first extensive look inside its huge new hardware lab, and the state-of-the-art machinery it houses. Inside, Facebook's engineers will build everything from internet-delivering drones to VR tech.
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Facebook’s new shopping features could boost sales for small businesses

Facebook has launched two new e-retail sections for business pages in emerging markets, and worldwide, that are tied into its Messenger app. For the first time ever, the new features allow businesses to sell items on Facebook at no extra…
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No escape: Facebook Live broadcasts will have commercials

Facebook Live streams from the platform’s biggest publishers are about to be invaded by mid-roll video ad breaks that could last up to 15 seconds. The social network has confirmed that it is currently testing the feature.
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Instagram CEO Systrom joins the billionaires club, thanks to Facebook

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom is profiting from his app's popularity, and from its parent company. The 32-year-old is now estimated to be worth $1.1 billion dollars. Reaching that stage, however, hasn't been the easiest of rides.