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WhatsApp lied, of course it will share user data with Facebook

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WhatsApp users were rattled more than two years ago when they heard Facebook was ready to pay $19 billion to buy the popular messaging app. The worry was that WhatsApp will share data with Facebook, which would learn even more details about you. At the time, WhatsApp made it clear that something like that won’t happen. But as it turns out, WhatsApp lied.

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Chris Smith

August 25th

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Facebook knows if you’re a Trump or Clinton supporter, and you can see which

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One of the reasons why Facebook is so beloved by advertisers is because the social networking giant has access to all sorts of granular data about your background and interests. All the more interesting is that Facebook even has a good idea as to your political leanings, even if you rarely, if ever, “like” or express an interest in a particular candidate or political cause. Interestingly enough, there’s an extremely simple way to see what side of the political spectrum Facebook thinks you fall on. It all goes back to advertising dollars, after all, so you better believe that Facebook has a good inclination as to whether or not you’re on the Trump bandwagon or if your heart still beats proudly for Bernie Sanders. Even if you think you’ve done a good job when it comes to keeping your political views hidden from public view, it’s hard to escape the all-knowing Facebook algorithm.

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Yoni Heisler

August 24th

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Autoplaying videos with sound are about to ruin Facebook

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According to a post I once saw on Facebook, idly scrolling through the News Feed accounts for two-thirds of all wasted time for American office workers. Well, Facebooking at work is about to get a little more dangerous, as the social network is starting to trial autoplaying videos with sound. Better grab those headphones! As Mashable notes, some Australian mobile users will start seeing the autoplaying audio today on the Facebook app. In case you were looking for another reason to delete the main Facebook app, this is probably it.

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Chris Mills

August 23rd

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Facebook Messenger’s advertising bots are here, but it’s not as bad as you think

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Imagine this: you’re having a steamy conversation on Facebook Messenger and just as things are about to heat up you get interrupted by ads. Okay, maybe you’re just chatting with friends or family and not having racy conversations, when an ad bot decides to chime in. That's right, Facebook is bringing ads to its wildly popular messaging app. But before you cry in despair, you should know you’ll be able to kill them and the scenarios I mentioned above won’t ever happen. At least, that's what Facebook says.

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Chris Smith

August 17th

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Oculus opens pre-orders for Rift VR headset in Europe, Canada

1 Oculus Touch After getting on top of some teething problems with shipping to domestic buyers, Facebook-owned Oculus Rift has opened up pre-orders for its VR headset outside the U.S., announcing today that the kit is available to buyers in Europe (UK, France and Germany) and Canada, with a ship date of September 20. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

August 16th

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It only took two days for Adblock Plus to stop Facebook’s new ads

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Two days. That's how long it took for Adblock Plus to start blocking ads on Facebook again after the social media giant found a way to bypass ad blockers. As long as you're running the most recent version of Adblock Plus, you shouldn't see ads any longer when you load up the News Feed in your browser.

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Jacob Siegal

August 11th

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40 photos from Facebook’s “Area 404” mad science laboratory

Facebook Hardware Lab Take a tour of Facebook’s new 22,000 square foot hardware lab where it’s building drones, satellites, lasers, VR headsets, and the machines that store the world’s biggest collection of photos. Click the arrow to the right or scroll down on mobile to see what’s behind the Area 404 security doors. Read More

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Josh Constine

August 3rd

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Inside Facebook’s new “Area 404” hardware lab

fb-area-404 This is where Facebook will prototype its solar drones, Internet-beaming lasers, VR headsets, and next-gen servers. The problem with moving faster than most companies is that Facebook was plagued by delays whenever it had to outsource prototyping and testing of its gadgets and gizmos. With so much hardware on its 10-year roadmap, and quarter after quarter of profits stacking up, it made sense… Read More

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Josh Constine

August 3rd

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Facebook might bring the worst thing about television to Facebook Live streams

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It's been nearly five years since the last time I paid for cable, and commercials are one of the main reasons I've stayed away. Unfortunately, commercials have followed me wherever I've gone — Hulu, YouTube, Twitch — and now, Facebook has confirmed to Ad Age that it's beginning to test video ads in live broadcasts.

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Jacob Siegal

August 2nd

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The Freewrite is the ultimate distraction-free writing tool

IMG_5820 Writing on a computer is awful. Without discipline – in my case, at least – an effort to get out 1,000 words of non-fiction usually ends up consisting of thirty minutes of web browsing before writing, intermittent Facebook trips while tapping out a few hundred words, and a nice jaunt through Hacker News at the 750 word mark. I get the job done, but I know my brain isn’t doing… Read More

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John Biggs

July 29th

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