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Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news

Google and Facebook to cut off advertising revenue to fake news sites, after cases of misinformation during the US presidential election.

Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news
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Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook

German data protection authorities said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp.

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
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Facebook tests tech to help blind people enjoy photos

Facebook on Monday began using artificial intelligence to help people with visual impairments enjoy photos posted at the leading social network.

Facebook tests tech to help blind people enjoy photos
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Facebook ramps paid leave time for new dads

With Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg about to become a dad, the social network boosted the amount of time fathers can take off to bond with their new babies.

Facebook ramps paid leave time for new dads
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Zuckerberg to take time off from Facebook to be a dad

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will take two months paternity leave after his wife gives birth to their first child.

Zuckerberg to take time off from Facebook to be a dad
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Facebook tests tools for dealing with former loves

The online social network devoted to making the world more connected began helping couples break up.

Facebook tests tools for dealing with former loves
Facebook 'safety check' at the ready after Paris attacks
Facebook 'safety check' at the ready after Paris attacks

A Facebook tool that let people check whether friends were safe after deadly attacks in Paris will be used more widely in the future, the social network said.

Facebook 'safety check' at the ready after Paris attacks
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Facebook tests vanishing messages

Facebook users in France were able to send vanishing missives with its smartphone Messenger application, ramping up the challenge to Snapchat.

Facebook tests vanishing messages
Belgian court gives Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking Internet users
Belgian court gives Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking Internet users

A Belgian court gave Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking Internet users who do not have accounts with the US social media giant, or risk fines of up to 250,000 euros ($269,000) a day.

Belgian court gives Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking Internet users
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Facebook soars to new heights on upbeat earnings

Facebook shares rocketed to an all-time high as investors welcomed solid earnings for the social networking giant, which has seen big gains in advertising and better connections in mobile and video.

Facebook soars to new heights on upbeat earnings
Facebook's Zuckerberg in India to get 'next billion online'
Facebook's Zuckerberg in India to get 'next billion online'

Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg said he believes India will be crucial to getting "the next billion online" and helping to alleviate poverty.

Facebook's Zuckerberg in India to get 'next billion online'
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Facebook expands smartphone alerts to news, weather

Facebook, making a bigger push to deliver personalized information to its members, said it was expanding its mobile alerts to include sports scores, weather updates and local news updates.

Facebook expands smartphone alerts to news, weather
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Zuckerbergs to start school mixing learning and health

Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and his doctor wife revealed plans to start a private school in a hardscrabble Silicon Valley town, mixing education with health care.

Zuckerbergs to start school mixing learning and health
Facebook will warn users of state-sponsored attacks
Facebook will warn users of state-sponsored attacks

Facebook followed in Google's footsteps and began warning users when it appears they are targeted by state-sponsored cyber attacks.

Facebook will warn users of state-sponsored attacks
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Facebook to test mobile app shopping tab

Facebook said that it will begin testing a shopping tab for its mobile app as it works to ramp up advertising and online commerce offerings.

Facebook to test mobile app shopping tab
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Facebook says no to 'dislike' button but tests 'sad' and 'angry' ones

Facebook will begin testing a new feature allowing users in Ireland and Spain to express a range of emotions on posts -- but there will be no "dislike" button, the social network said.

Facebook says no to 'dislike' button but tests 'sad' and 'angry' ones
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Facebook blow as EU court quashes transatlantic data deal

Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens' personal information to the US.

Facebook blow as EU court quashes transatlantic data deal
India PM makes rock star appearance at Facebook
India PM makes rock star appearance at Facebook

Standing side-by-side with Mark Zuckerberg, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a rock star appearance at Facebook, advocating for the political power of social media.

India PM makes rock star appearance at Facebook
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Facebook working on long-sought 'dislike' button

Facebook, pressed for years by users to add a "dislike" button, announced Tuesday it was working on the feature and will be testing it soon.

Facebook working on long-sought 'dislike' button
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Facebook business pages closer to becoming online shops

Facebook pages moved closer to replacing small business websites, announcing features designed to make it easier for shops to hawk their wares.

Facebook business pages closer to becoming online shops