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What Facebook designers think about ‘copying’ Snapchat’s features

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It's no secret that Facebook wants to dominate mobile and, in turn, views any mobile app that enjoys a sizable user base as a strategic threat. It's why Mark Zuckerberg unilaterally decided to acquire Instagram for $1 billion in 2012 and why Facebook didn't think twice about spending $19 billion for WhatsApp just two years later.

But one company that famously decided against joining the Facebook umbrella is Snapchat. In fact, even before Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the social network laid out a $3 billion offer for Snapchat, an offer that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel seemingly didn't even consider.

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Yoni Heisler

March 21st

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Creepy iPhone app can help users find Facebook profiles of strangers on the street

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In a development that might read like something straight out of a Black Mirror episode, an upcoming iOS app called Facezam will allow users to take photos of strangers on the street and subsequently discover said stranger's Facebook profile.

Dubbed the "Shazam for faces," the company boasts that its technology can take a given photo and compare it across a database of billions of profiles in no time at all.

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Yoni Heisler

March 15th

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Crunch Report | Intel Acquires Mobileye

Today’s Stories Intel buys Mobileye in $15.3B deal, moves its automotive unit to Israel Pandora’s on-demand music service finally arrives Facebook tells developers to not use data for surveillance YouTube launches Uptime, an experimental app for watching videos with friends New iPad models being tested around Cupertino, logs show Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha Filmed… Read More

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Anthony Ha

March 14th

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Facebook just totally ripped off Snapchat Stories, but that’s hardly a surprise

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Another day, anther Facebook feature that looks like a complete and total clone of something Snapchat has been doing for ages. This time Snapchat's Stories feature is the target, and Facebook's version is built right into Facebook Messenger. It's called simply "Messenger Day," and it's going to look very, very familiar if you've been using the Snapchat app for any length of time.

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Mike Wehner

March 9th

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Facebook reports journalists to the cops for reporting child porn to Facebook

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The BBC has published a long-running report into Facebook and child abuse today. The report details how secret Facebook groups have been used to share images and information among pedophiles, some of whom were registered sex offenders.

The report details all manner of illegal behavior that's also contrary to Facebook's terms of use. But when the BBC sent the offending material to Facebook -- as the company requested before talking to BBC journalists -- Facebook turned around and reported the BBC to the cops.

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Chris Mills

March 7th

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The most-downloaded Android apps of all time are exactly what you’d expect

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Google has released some data on the most-downloaded things from its app and content store, in celebration of the Play Store's fifth birthday. Although I'd like to say that it's an interesting peek behind the curtain, the truth is the most-downloaded apps are 100% what you'd expect.

 

The most-downloaded movie, on the other hand, is something that I'd honestly forgotten existed.

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Chris Mills

March 7th

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Facebook Finally Rolls Out ‘Disputed News’ Tag Everyone Will Dispute

On Friday, Facebook debuted its new flagging system for fake news in America, tagging hoax stories as “disputed” for some users. First announced amid criticism of the company for its role in spreading misinformation during the 2016 election, the new feature uses non-partisan third parties to assess the factual…

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Hudson Hongo

March 4th

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Facebook is slashing the Oculus Rift price by 25% as rivals pass it by

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Facebook subsidiary Oculus, once the king of VR startups and a bonafide Kickstarter darling, is now cutting the price of its Rift virtual reality headset by a full $200 — from $800 to $600 for the full kit — in the hopes of overcoming what can only be described as a steady downward spiral. The permanent 25% discount on the Rift is the company's apparent answer to reports from around the industry citing how badly its own headset is performing in comparison to its primary competitors.

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Mike Wehner

March 2nd

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ZeniMax Asks Court to Halt Oculus Sales Completely

Earlier this month, ZeniMax won a $500 million lawsuit against Oculus and its parent company Facebook. The court ruled that the VR headset manufacturer had indeed violated the company’s copyrights and a non-disclosure agreement. That half a billion looks like it wasn’t enough because ZeniMax wants blood. It has now

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Rhett Jones

February 25th

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This Chrome extension fixes Facebook’s worst problem

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Spending time on your Facebook News Feed is always dangerous. Doing so now that Facebook auto-plays videos with sound makes browsing at work about as safe as clicking on the link in an email chain from your 67-year-old aunt.

However, for every evil engineer who forces autoplay down your throat, there's another unpaid developer out there with a Chrome extension.

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Chris Mills

February 21st

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