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WhatsApp introduces encrypted live location sharing service

WhatsApp Live Location Sharing

With more than a billion active users. WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging platforms out there. It works across operating systems, offering a way for friends and family to chat and exchange pictures and files relatively quickly. Facebook’s WhatsApp is, for many people, the main app for texting, and the company just announced a brand new feature that should further enhance chatting experiences.

WhatsApp will support live location sharing on iPhone and Android in the coming weeks, and it’s all protected by end-to-end encryption just like texts and calls placed within the app.

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Chris Smith

October 18th

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More than 10 million people saw the political ads Russia bought on Facebook last year

Facebook Russia Ads

Remember when Facebook was so quick to dismiss the reports saying fake news spreading on the social network may have played a crucial role in last year’s presidential election? Well, Facebook no longer thinks that, and the more details it reveals, the clearer it becomes Facebook was a major political tool during and after the election.

The latest news coming from Mark Zuckerberg’s giant social empire is that no less than 10 million people in the US saw political ads on Facebook paid for with Russian money.

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Chris Smith

October 3rd

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Delta to offer free in-flight use of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage

 Starting October 1, passengers on most Delta will have free access to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage. To access the feature, a passenger will have to log into Delta’s in-flight wifi portal powered by Gogo. This is first time an airline has offered such a service throughout its fleet. Traditional SMS messages will not work. Only the aforementioned mobile messaging services… Read More

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Matt Burns

September 27th

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Microsoft and Facebook just laid a massive cable across the Atlantic Ocean to make your life better

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If you've ever felt the incredible frustration of wiring up a dozen gadgets in a home office, just imagine trying to connect a wire between two continents. That's exactly what a partnership between Microsoft, Facebook, and communications corp Telxius just finished doing with an incredibly powerful, 4,000-mile-long cable that is now laying some 17,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Marea subsea cable, as it is called, is capable of some truly impressive data transfer speeds. Weighing in at over 10 million pounds — which Microsoft points out is equal to 34 blue whales — the cable has a transmission capacity of 160 terabits per second. To put that in perspective, Microsoft says that's enough bandwidth to stream 71 million HD movies at the same time, and that it's approximately 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection. Wow.

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Mike Wehner

September 25th

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Microsoft and Facebook just laid a massive cable across the Atlantic Ocean to make your life better

undersea cable

If you've ever felt the incredible frustration of wiring up a dozen gadgets in a home office, just imagine trying to connect a wire between two continents. That's exactly what a partnership between Microsoft, Facebook, and communications corp Telxius just finished doing with an incredibly powerful, 4,000-mile-long cable that is now laying some 17,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Mike Wehner

September 25th

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Facebook just confirmed it made money from Russia-based political ads

Facebook Ads Russia

It’s no secret that Russia interfered in the US presidential election last year. Trump may not be convinced, but every spy agency has confirmed that Russia used various weapons to try to meddle with the election process, including spreading fake news on social networks to sway voters in a certain direction.

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that Russian operations may have targeted the US presidential election with ads purchased on its social network.

It also indirectly confirmed that it made money from this particular endeavor and that it used to allow just about anyone to buy any kind of ad on its network.

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Chris Smith

September 7th

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Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories

 Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising beats, wildly surprising numbers (outside… Read More

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Matthew Lynley

August 20th

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Facebook reportedly axes internal ‘conservative-leaning’ chatroom which turned racist, sexist

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Facebook was walking on incredibly thin ice late last year after allegations that the company's poor efforts to police fake news stories helped influence the US presidential election. Now, a report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that Facebook is taking a hard line against anything resembling racist or sexist banter — at least when it comes to its employees.

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Mike Wehner

August 17th

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Facebook reportedly axes internal ‘conservative-leaning’ chatroom which turned racist, sexist

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Facebook was walking on incredibly thin ice late last year after allegations that the company's poor efforts to police fake news stories helped influence the US presidential election. Now, a report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that Facebook is taking a hard line against anything resembling racist or sexist banter — at least when it comes to its employees.

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Mike Wehner

August 17th

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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will fight online extremism

Facebook Online Extremism

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday vowed the social network will actively fight against extremism and violence, after what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend and in the following days.

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Chris Smith

August 17th

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