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In its never-ending quest to become the filter through which we see all the wonders of the web, Facebook has unveiled a new platform for news outlets. Instant Articles will offer tools for publishing articles direct to the social network, delivering rich, fast-loading mobile news content.

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The world's largest social network has today added free video calls to its Messenger mobile app. The move pits Facebook against already established video chat services, such as Apple Facetime, Microsoft's Skype and Google Hangouts, affording users yet another way to get some remote face-to-face time with the tap of a button. Read More

Mark Zuckerberg's plans to use unmanned drones to provide internet connections appear one step closer to reality. The Facebook CEO today revealed that his Internet.org initiative has put the aircraft to the test for the first time, describing the operation as a success. Read More

New research has found that computers can "judge" personality traits far more precisely than previously thought. The study found that it is possible for computers to draw inferences about a person as accurately as their spouse can. Even then, the judgements were based only on Facebook "likes." Read More

In one form or another, Facebook has been bringing existing social groups together online for over 10 years, and has so far shied away from user anonymity. Its new app is the very opposite. Rooms harks back to the golden age of internet forums, connecting people based on interest and allowing users to post with made-up guises. Read More

There was an understandable amount of skepticism when Amazon announced its grand plans for delivery drones last year. But if the last twelve months are any indication, Jeff Bezos and his fellow tech heavyweights are actually kinda serious about the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles. Speaking at the Social Good Summit in New York on Monday, engineering director at Facebook Connectivity Lab, Yael Maguire, has further detailed the company's vision of internet-carrying drones, with plans to begin testing in 2015. Read More
Researchers at Columbia University School of Engineering performing a large-scale measurement study on the Google Play marketplace have revealed crucial security problems, including secret key data stored by developers in their apps that, if stolen, could be exploited to steal user data from the likes of Amazon and Facebook. Read More
Though websites like Facebook have made sharing baby photos with friends and family as easy as a few clicks of a mouse, this tends to leave people who are less computer-savvy (and those who just don't want a social networking presence) out of the loop. Enter Kidpost, a service that automatically scans your Instagram and Facebook feeds for your kid-related images, then compiles and sends them out in a daily email to a subscription list of your own making. Read More

Regular Facebook users will no doubt have noticed that videos in their news feed are playing automatically. If you're using Google Chrome, you can stop this annoying "feature" quickly and easily. Read More

The Connectivity Lab team at Facebook has been working on new technologies to improve and increase internet access across the globe. Proposed solutions include solar-powered drones and geosynchronous satellites, both of which would be able to beam internet access to earth. The announcement was made yesterday by Mark Zuckerberg, on behalf of the Internet.org partnership. Read More
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