Facebook expands ‘ambitious’ AI research into Europe

Facebook is taking its artificial intelligence research to Europe, opening its first lab in Paris. The company said its team will work on "ambitious" long-term projects, taking in areas such as natural-language processing, and speech and image recognition.


Protesters demonstrate outside Facebook HQ against ‘fake name’ policy

A group of demonstrators recently protested outside Facebook's office against the social network's "real name" policy. The group of drag performers, LGBTQ members, and domestic violence victims argue that it's being used unfairly against them.

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Facebook is the main political news source for 61 percent of millennials

According to a new Pew Research study, Facebook is the main political news source for young Americans, with 61 percent of those surveyed reported getting most of their political and governmental information from the social media platform.

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Threats via Facebook not criminal, Supreme Court rules

Threats via social media are to be taken very seriously, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are not criminal until context is established and the intent to carry out the act is there.

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It’s official! Starting today, Facebook supports animated GIFs

Facebook has finally added support for GIFs on their desktop platform. This comes after their work around two years ago and GIF support added for their messenger in March.

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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good: Marauder’s Map Chrome extension helps you stalk friends

A new Chrome extension uses Messenger to display a map of your Facebook friends' recorded locations, based on their Messenger usage. It's pretty much as scary and creepy as it sounds.


FCC Chairman proposes cheaper Internet for low-income households to improve upward mobility

The FCC is proposing changes to their Lifeline program that would provide broadband connections to all qualifying low-income Americans. The proposal comes from FCC chairman Tom Wheeler.


If Narcissus had been on Facebook – Study examines personality as revealed by Facebook updates

If you wanted to know a bit more about your Facebook friends, a recent study done by Brunel University shows that what you post on Facebook could define who you are.

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Facebook Messenger payments go live in NYC, so you can hit your friends up for money

Facebook has announced that its mobile payment system will go live today in New York City. Adding to the existing markets of Austin, Seattle, and Portland. The feature will compete head to head with mobile payment options such as Venmo.


Facebook is in hot water again with the European Union for its privacy settings

Internet.org is the least of Facebook's concerns, as the social media giant faces the wrath of the European Union, which is currently investigating whether Facebook's seedy privacy settings are in violation of code.


Facebook users prone to financial risk taking, study says

Financial geniuses be warned -- browsing or posting on Facebook could cause you to make fiscally irresponsible decisions, according to a study done by Eugene Chan at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.

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Does your grandma print out Facebook photos? She’s not alone

The first thing many people do when they take photos is share them on social media. However, some users go an extra step and print them off of social media and get them processed the old-fashioned way.


Facebook challenges Yelp and Foursquare with its very own restaurant reviews

Facebook's adding critics' reviews to select restaurant pages. Much like Yelp or FourSquare, Facebook will show you the restaurant's ratings. It's the latest editorial addition to its farm of content -- a play ultimately aimed at retaining eyeballs.


International bans coming for Google, Facebook, and Twitter?

Social media gives everyone a voice. However, the Russian government seeks to take away that voice from its own citizens by threatening to ban Google, Facebook and Twitter from operating in the country.

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Snapchat hogs 75 percent of all social messaging data traffic in the U.K.

During a recent earnings call, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao explained how Snapchat now takes up 75 percent of all mobile traffic in the United Kingdom.