Essential updates its 360 Camera module with Facebook Live 360 streaming support

Essential announced not long ago that customers who bought its 360 Camera module will be able to broadcast Facebook Live 360 directly from their Essential Phone. Considering the issues the Essential Phone’s camera has, that’s probably the last thing that those who purchased it would want.

Still, if you’re into 360-degree content and absolutely must capture your adventures using this format, you can do it if you have an Essential Phone and the 360 Camera released by the US-based company.

The latest 360 Camera update will now enable you to start a Live 360 …


Facebook won't launch its news subscription service on iOS due to Apple's 30 percent tax

It appears that Facebook and Apple couldn’t agree on terms regarding the launch of the latter’s news subscription tool, a new report claims. As such Facebook’s news subscription service will only be available on Android phones, not iPhones.

The main issue (the only one?) is the standard 30 percent tax that Apple takes from any subscription revenue. On the other hand, Facebook wants to give all the money from the news subscription service to publishers.

While discussions are still underway, the negotiation is at an impasse, so Facebook has decided to go ahead …

You can now send money in Facebook Messenger with PayPal

Skype and, now, Facebook Messenger are just some of the chat services that allow users to send money. However, the option is only enabled for users in selected markets. PayPal allowed Messenger users to shop and pay using its money services since last year, but the option to send money to family and friends wasn’t available until today.

Over the weekend, Facebook and PayPal announced that they have added the latter as a funding source for P2P (peer-to-peer) payments in Messenger. If you’re using Facebook chat service, you’ll now have the options to send and request …

'Stranger Things' star fires agent accused of sexual assault after he Facebook 'poked' his victim

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Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard has fired his agent after allegations of sexual assault surfaced, Entertainment Weekly reported

Tyler Grasham, who was also fired from his job as a talent agent at APA, was accused of sexual assault by a former teen actor. 

Blaise Godbe Lipman, who appeared on the shows Weeds and Hawaii Five-O, wrote a Facebook post describing “a prominent talent agent from the firm APA” who assaulted him a decade ago, when he was 17. 

That original post seems to have been removed or set to private, but Lipman later named Grasham in a follow-up Facebook post, spurred — incredibly — by Grasham himself. The disgraced talent agent “poked” the former child actor after his initial post, as Lipman wrote. Read more…

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How to use Facebook like a Russian political troll

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It only takes about five minutes to buy a Facebook ad with a link to a fake anti-Muslim story and aim it at residents of a Michigan electoral battleground county whom the social network’s algorithms perceive to be “very conservative.”

This capability is at the heart of an ongoing controversy around revelations that a Russian troll farm gamed Facebook’s ad targeting apparatus with exactly these sorts of purchases. Facebook has admitted that it sold 3,000 ads to entities aligned with the Russian government’s campaign to influence the presidential election. The Kremlin-linked actors reportedly used Facebook’s tools to target ads around electoral geography, feelings toward Muslims, and racial divisions, among other political pressure points.  Read more…

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You can log with two Facebook, WhatsApp, and Viber accounts on the Galaxy Note 8, here's how

Being a productive powerhouse, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is packed to the brim with useful features, many of which remain neatly hidden until you really delve into the phone’s deep settings menu.
One of these allows you to log in with two separate messaging accounts on the device, giving you the means the keep your work and private stuff separate from one another. Nifty, right?
Well, what do you know, we always strive to be as helpful to you as possible, thus we will now show you how to enable and use this feature.
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Download this: Apple Music's Facebook bot suggests songs based on emoji

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Facebook and Apple have teamed up to bring a new, emoji-filled music recommendation feature to Facebook Messenger.

The Facebook messaging app was updated this week with an Apple Music bot that can recommend songs and playlists based on emoji.

The new bot surfaces music recommendations based on your preferences — or whatever emoji you happen to be feeling that day. Send the bot an emoji and get back a selection of albums or playlists that match up.

Some emoji tend to work better than others — I had more luck with 🎉 than 💩 — but the feature seems to do a decent job overall at guessing relevant music.  Read more…

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Facebook Messenger gets Apple Music integration, check out all the new features

Music fans, rejoice! Apple Music has been integrated as a bot in Facebook Messenger, which will allow users to do some pretty cool things. 

If you happen to be an Apple Music subscriber, you will be able to stream full songs within Facebook Messenger, a first for the popular chat app. Meanwhile, non-paying users can listen to 30-second song previews and share them with their friends. You can try it out right now, as the integration doesn’t require you to download any updates. 
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Facebook Messenger Lite now available to save data on stateside Android phones

Considering that Facebook Messenger Lite has been available only in developing countries, what is Facebook saying about wireless service in the U.S. now that the data saving version of the app is offered in the states? With some of the data munching features like Messenger Day and selfie lenses absent from the app, users are less likely to consume obscene amounts of data while using it.

Actually, Facebook really isn’t making a statement about U.S. wireless service. It merely is offering up another option for those Android users who need to stay connected using a messaging app, but …

Facebook handed over info on those Russia-linked ads under a search warrant

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There’s more to the $100,000 in ads that Facebook sold to a Russian propaganda company. 

Special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant that forced Facebook to hand over the ads it sold to a company known for pro-Kremlin propaganda, as well as information about them. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Facebook gave up the ads, and CNN later added it was because Mueller obtained a warrant. 

Facebook first admitted to the dealings with the pro-Kremlin interest under testimony to Congressional intelligence committees last week. Without a warrant, however, Facebook didn’t have to actually turn over the ads or relevant records to Congress. Read more…

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