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Facebook emphasizes friends, not news

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook Inc began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centrepiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network. Zuckerberg, in a sweeping post on Facebook, said the company would change the filter for the News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, while reducing the amount of non-advertising content from publishers and brands. Facebook, which owns four of the world’s most popular smartphone apps including Instagram, has for years prioritized material ...

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Facebook to stop virtual assistant ‘M’

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook is shutting down its text-based virtual assistant called ‘M’ that helped researchers train an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system. According to a report in The Verge, ‘M’ which was available through a bot on Facebook Messenger and it was available to only about 2,000 people. ‘M’ was first introduced in August 2015. The final day of the virtual assistant will be 19 January. “We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot,” Facebook said to media. Facebook had described ‘M’ as a “beta” and suggested ...

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Rangpur Mayhem: Several Hindu homes burnt, 1 Muslim killed, 30 injured and 33 detained

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Police have detained 33 people in connection with arson attacks on the house of local Hindus in Rangpur yesterday. A man was killed and 30 others were hurt, including 7 policemen and mostly Muslim, after police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells as violence flared up in Horkoli Thakurpara village of Rangpur yesterday over an alleged Facebook post “demeaning Islam”. The deceased was identified as Habibur Rahman, a local Muslim. He died of bullet injuries at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) where 11 of those wounded were undergoing treatment. At least 8 Hindu houses were burned and ...

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Facebook to launch Oculus Go

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook Inc plans to release a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company’s existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday. Zuckerberg, speaking at a conference for virtual reality developers, said the “Oculus Go” device would cost $199 and ship early next year, too late for this year’s holiday shopping season but likely ahead of rivals. Facebook has invested heavily in virtual reality hardware in hopes the technology, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, ...

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Facebook bans Rohingya militant group

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a ‘dangerous organisation’ as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media. The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which has driven more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked UN accusations of military-led “ethnic cleansing”. A Facebook spokeswoman told news agency that it was not requested by the government to bar the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which ...

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Facebook to stop info over suicide challenges

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: At a time when reports of suicides linked to the Blue Whale challenge internet game are sending shock waves through the country, Facebook on Friday said it is working with suicide prevention partners to collect phrases, hashtags and group names associated with online challenges encouraging self-harm or suicide. “We offer resources to people that search for these terms on Facebook,” the social media giant said. The Blue Whale challenge is said to psychologically provoke players to indulge in daring, self-destructive tasks for 50 days before finally taking the “winning” step of killing themselves. Facebook said ...

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Facebook to build housing in California’s Silicon Valley

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The shortage of housing in California’s Silicon Valley has gotten so severe that Facebook Inc on Friday proposed taking home-building into its own hands for the first time with a plan to construct 1,500 units near its headquarters. The growth of Facebook, Alphabet Inc’s Google and other tech companies has strained neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay area that were not prepared for an influx of tens of thousands of workers during the past decade. Home prices and commute times have risen. Tech companies have responded with measures such as internet-equipped buses for employees with ...

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Facebook changes algorithm to curb top spammers

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook Inc said on Friday it was changing the computer algorithm behind its News Feed to limit the reach of people known to frequently blast out links to click-bait stories, sensationalist websites and misinformation. Facebook said the change would reduce the influence of a “tiny group” of people it has identified who share vast amounts of low-quality public posts daily. Only about 0.1 percent of people who share more than 50 posts a day fall into that category, the company said. The change would affect only links shared by those people, not their photos or ...

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Facebook counts 2 billion active monthly users

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook said Tuesday it now counts two billion active monthly users, as the social giant’s founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted his new mission — not just connecting people, but helping them find common ground. “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!” Zuckerberg wrote in a post marking the milestone. “We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together,” he wrote. “It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.” Facebook’s announcement came as it works to redefine its purpose, led by Zuckerberg who traveled ...

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Facebook launches maps to help tackle natural disasters

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook has introduced disaster maps to help organizations address critical gap in information they often face while responding to natural disasters, reported news agency. Based on the aggregated location information users have chosen to share with Facebook, three types of map — location density map, movement map and safety check map — are to be provided during disaster response efforts. “We can help response organizations paint a more complete picture of where affected people are located to determine where resources like food, water and medical supplies are needed and where people are out of harm’s ...

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Facebook will court ‘millennials’ with its original videos

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook’s dreams of pushing original videos may be delayed, but that’s doing little to stop its ever-growing ambitions, reported news agency. Facebook has landed deals with a slew of “millennial-focused” internet media companies, including BuzzFeed, Vox Media, ATTN and The Dodo operator Group Nine Media.  The material would include both short clips under 10 minutes (owned by the individual providers) and longer videos over 20 minutes (owned by Facebook), and they’d naturally have ad breaks. You’d initially find the videos exclusively on Facebook’s website and apps, but they’d eventually migrate to other sites. Not surprisingly, ...

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Facebook puts Messenger, Instagram notifications in one place

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook, the proud parent of Instagram and Messenger, wants to bring together its various apps into a more cohesive experience. The social networking site is rolling out a new feature that consolidates Facebook, Messenger and Instagram notifications on the Facebook app. While this aims to encourage users to stay on Facebook’s services longer, it will also make it a tad easier to check your notifications and get rid of those annoying red badges at the same place. Facebook said it’s “conducting a very small test” to make it easier for people to switch between their ...

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Facebook to hire 3,000 employees to remove violent videos

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will be hiring 3,000 additional employees over the next year to remove violent videos. “Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook — either live or in video posted later. It’s heartbreaking, and I’ve been reflecting on how we can do better for our community,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action ...

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Facebook’s new weapon to fight against “revenge porn”

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook unleashed a new weapon in the war against ‘revenge porn’ at the leading social network as well as the messaging services Messenger and Instagram. When intimate images shared on Facebook without permission are reported, confirmed and removed, the company will use photo-matching technology to prevent copies from being shared on its platform anew. ‘Revenge porn’ refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images on the internet, without the consent of the people depicted in the pictures, in order to extort or humiliate them. The practice disproportionately affects women, who are sometimes targeted by former ...

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Facebook blocking at midnight not finalized yet

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The government has not taken any final decision on blocking Facebook for around six hours after midnight, said a notification on Monday issued by the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology. “The Department of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology is firmly opposing the news. The government has taken no such final decision yet. Everyone is requested not to be baffled regarding the issue”, said the notification. It reads that the news published in different newspapers and online portals on Facebook to remain inaccessible for six hours from midnight, is not correct. Earlier, the cabinet ...

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Bangladesh govt requests Facebook to block 196 accounts

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MNA Culture & Science Desk: State minister for posts and telecommunications Tarana Halim on Saturday told parliament that the Facebook authorities have so far blocked 87 Facebook accounts, pages and links of Bangladesh at the request of the government. The government of Bangladesh requested Facebook authorities in the last 18 months to block a total of 196 account, pages and links for having “contents of violence, religious instigations and other objectionable matters”, she said. “Of these, the Facebook authorities blocked 87 accounts, pages and links responding to our requests within 48 hours,” said Tarana. Tarana also said a project titled ...

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Facebook announced a new app for TV

MNA Science & Tech: In a bid to give users more options as to how and where they can watch videos, social media giant Facebook on Thursday announced a new app for TV, reported news agency. The app will be rolled out soon to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV, with more platforms to come, said Facebook in a blog post. With the app, you can watch videos shared by friends or Pages you follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on your interests. “Users can also catch up ...

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Facebook videos to automatically play sound by default

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook announced a suite of new changes to its video platform today, including a new setting that will auto play videos with the sound turned on by default. This change means that, if your phone is not set to silent and you haven’t disabled the feature in Facebook’s mobile settings panel, every video in the News Feed will have audio fading in as you scroll past it. In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook said that as people had begun watching more video on phones, they expected sound when the volume on their devices was ...

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National team cricketer Arafat Sunny detained

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MNA Sports Desk: Police arrested national team cricketer Arafat Sunny on Sunday morning in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. A senior police official seeking anonymity said a woman said to have a relation with the cricketer for a long time filed the case with Mohammadpur police on Saturday night. Arafat Sunny was supposed to be produced before the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court around noon. Additional deputy commissioner (Mohammadpur Zone) Wahidul Islam also said that a woman named Nasrin Sultana filed a case against Sunny under ICT Act on January 5. The plaintiff alleged that Sunny ...

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Facebook Inc’s Instagram adds advertising to stories

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook Inc’s Instagram is bringing more than 30 advertisers into one of its fastest-growing features, Instagram Stories, in a bid to boost advertising revenue, the company said on Wednesday. The social media company will become a more important player in maintaining Facebook’s growth in advertising revenue in 2017. During the last two earnings calls, Facebook executives said they may soon reach a limit on the amount of ads they can place before users, one of the factors that had driven ad revenue growth. Media buyers are optimistic about Instagram’s ability to maintain Facebook’s place, second ...

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Get more social media attention

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MNA Life Style Desk: If you are a blogger or website creator, you can draw attention to your social media. In addition, you can use social media to draw attention to a cause you believe in or share personal news. Also, you can use social media to find like-minded users who share your interests. You can even try to market a product using social media. Twitter When you go to your Twitter account, you will see your analytics near your profile picture. They are visible every 24 hours. By looking at the screenshot, you can see my blog posts received ...

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Zuckerberg introduced virtual butler ‘Jarvis’

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mark Zuckerberg on Monday introduced the world to “Jarvis”, an artificial intelligence system the Facebook chief created in his spare time, which can choose and play music, turn on lights, and recognize visitors, deciding whether to open the front door. Jarvis, named after the virtual assistant in the Iron Man movies, could be a step toward a new product, Zuckerberg wrote, although he cautioned that the system he had created in 100 hours over the last year was customised for his house. Zuckerberg announced results of the project, a personal challenge he set for himself ...

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FB to flag false posts in feed to tackle fake news

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MNA Technology Desk: The social media giant Facebook has unveiled a string of measures to help flag fake stories that appear in people’s news feeds. The move follows an onslaught of criticism directed at Facebook over concerns it was not doing enough to stop the spread of false reports on its platform. Facebook says that users will soon be able to flag when they believe a story is a hoax. The story may then be sent to third-party fact checking organizations for review. If these groups share concerns about the piece’s validity, an alert will appear underneath the post warning ...

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Cases filed over Hindu temples attacked in B’baria

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MNA national Desk: Two cases have been filed over the attack on Hindu temples, business establishments and houses in Haripur union of Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria on Monday. Nirmal Chowdhury and Kajal Datta filed the cases with Nasirnagar police station against 500 anonymous people, said the officer-in-charge. Some 17 Hindu temples, 100 houses were destroyed and looted at Nasirnagar upazila on Sunday. Around 50 people were wounded in the attacks on minority community. The extermination was done based on a rumor of hurting religious sentiment of Muslims by a Hindu youth. Source said that a Hindu youth of Harinber village ...

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Kolkata actress seeking action against Bangladeshi portals

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Madhumita Chakraborty, Kolkata TV actress, moved toward the police seeking action against certain Bangladeshi online portals for publishing fake news claiming that she was detained in Goa for being involved in a prostitution racket. Chakraborty filed the complaint at the Kolkata police headquarters. Besides the fake news, the actress also complained of several morphed photos of her spread by portals. “Steadily I started getting calls from my colleagues and friends enquiring about the news. But when other portals too picked up the news we decided to approach the police,” said Madhumita. The actress also claimed ...

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Instagram to fight against harassment

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MNA Technology Desk: Instagram stated that it is going to add a new weapon to fight against harassment at the renowned mobile app for sharing pictures and videos. It is mainly an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately on the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms. “Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self-expression,” an Instagram spokesperson said in an email reply to news agency. “As we learn, ...

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Facebook would give friends & family more importance

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MNA Technology Desk: Facebook said that it would give friends and family more importance on user feeds, a move that may hurt media outlets that rely on the network to draw readers. The social media giant said in a statement that the goal of the “news feed is to show people the stories that are most relevant to them and helps you see more posts from your friends and family.” The change comes after the world’s biggest social network came under scrutiny over accusations by a former contractor that it was suppressing some political viewpoints in its ‘trending topics.’ Facebook ...

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