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Facebook has been working on its own TV app that works similarly to the Apple TV.

The social media giant hopes the upcoming app will encourage their users to watch longer videos. This falls in line with Facebook’s recent tweaks to their news feed and their discussion with various content creators.

As of the time of writing, Facebook is using mid-roll ads that play in the middle of a video akin to YouTube; this trend is likely to continue on with their upcoming TV app.

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Facebook has obtained an e-payments license from the Central Bank of Ireland, signalling that the ability to pay people through the Messenger app (already available in the US) could soon be coming to Europe.

 

The Central Bank of Ireland’s approval of the payments license was authorised to Facebook Payments International Limited (FBPIL) in October 2016 for “e-money issuance” and “payment services.” TechCrunch reports, cited by businessinsider.com. As a member of the European Union, passporting rights mean that the Irish license would apply throughout the other 27 EU member states.

 

Currently, the payment service only works in the US. It allows customers to send money to friends via the Messenger app, a feature which it has recently been promoting. It has been reported that the social network will soon be adding payments to businesses, as well as friends, via the app.

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While many of us would not bother with changes in privacy policies of many apps, this is one that you may want to pay special attention to. WhatsApp just updated its privacy policy where it states that it will begin sharing user information with Facebook. The user information includes the phone number and the last time the service is being used.

 

By doing so, WhatsApp claims that it can more accurately count unique users, better fight spam and abuse, and help Facebook offer better friend suggestions and deliver more relevant ads. To allay fears of privacy intrusion, WhatsApp stresses that nothing users share on its instant messaging service (e.g. messages, photos, account information) will be shared on Facebook or any Facebook family of apps for others to see.

 

WhatsApp – “But by coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your phone number with Facebook’s systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you’ve never heard of. You can learn more, including how to control the use of your data, here.”

 

With more than one billion active users to date, that’s a lot of user information which WhatsApp is sharing with Facebook and we reckon some users will certainly feel uneasy about it.

 

 

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The cat and mouse battle between the social network giant and open source ad-blocking community began when Facebook announced that it had found a way to circumvent ad blockers, which made them the biggest and one of the most aggressive companies to champion the war against ad blockers. It stands to reason, because ads is how Facebook makes money.

 

To circumvent ad blockers, Facebook removed code that explicitly identified ads, making them appear as Facebook posts but still with the ‘sponsored’ disclosure.

 

However, just two days later, Adblock Plus, which is owned by German software developer Eyeo, has found a way to identify the non-standard identifies Facebook used for their ads and block them.

 

In a response, Facebook stated: “We’re disappointed that ad-blocking companies are punishing people on Facebook, as these new attempts don’t just block ads but also posts from friends and Pages.”

 

Ben Williams, Communications Manager at Adblock Plus did not comment on Facebook’s statement. Nevertheless, he said that if the ads were classified as normal content, then the problem is on Facebook’s side.

 

“This sort of back-and-forth battle between the open source ad-blocking community and circumvention has been going on since ad blocking was invented. So it’s very possible that Facebook will write some code that will render the filter useless — at any time,” wrote Williams.

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There have been talks about Facebook working on a virtual assistant and if you’ve been curious about what type of services Facebook could introduce, here it is. The company recently unveiled M, a personal assistant found in Facebook Messenger.

Facebook M is more than just a digital assistant like Siri and Cortana. The social networking company says that “it can perform tasks that none of the others can” like suggest a restaurant based on your criteria and make a reservation for you, send gifts to your loved ones, make travel arrangements, and way more.

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All you need to do is send M a message from Facebook Messenger. The software, which uses artificial intelligence that is trained and supervised by people, will then respond to your message and send updates until the task is completed. Facebook claims that they will not pull information from your account (for now at least), so if you ask it to do something, it will only make suggestions based on your answers to questions it asks you, and previous conversations.

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Sadly though, Facebook M is only in its testing phase right now, and is only open to a couple of hundreds of users in San Francisco. The company says that the service will be available to all Facebook Messengers eventually, let’s hope Malaysia is in the list because it does sound like a pretty cool service.

Everyone on Facebook has that one friend that posts outlandish stories that end up being a hoax, but usually they’re utterly convinced that it’s the real deal.

Today, Facebook has added the ability to flag a news story as a hoax. When you see something that is obviously not real like a made-up celebrity death or fake start up, you can choose to report posts as a “false news story.”

 

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When many people flag a post as a false story, it’ll show less in the News Feed and eventually will show a warning that a number of others have reported it for false information.

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The company says that most people share fake news before quickly deleting it once their friends point out that it’s not real. This mechanism helps prevent the spread of those kinds of stories on Facebook.

Facebook isn’t quite targeting satire sites like The Onion, however, saying “we’ve found from testing that people tend not to report satirical content intended to be humorous, or content that is clearly labeled as satire.”

Will this mean the end of arguing over inflammatory stories? I hope so.

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For years people have been either asking Facebook to add in a ‘dislike’ button, or spreading rumors that one is going to be coming in the near future.  At Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s second “Q&A With Mark” session, this idea has finally been put to rest.

 

Zuckerberg said, “Some people have asked for a dislike button before.  They want to be able to say that a thing isn’t good and that’s not something that we think is good for the world.”  He went on to say specifically, “So we’re not going to build that.  I don’t think there needs to be a voting mechanism on Facebook whether posts are good or bad.”

 

He did, however, acknowledge that there may be an option for expressing sentiments for situations when the ‘like’ button just doesn’t fit.  With most people using Facebook to share news stories about disasters, or even announce the death of a loved one, it seems like something other than a like button would be needed.

 

Zuckerberg commented on this saying, “We’ve been thinking about it for quite a while.  What’s the right way to make it so people can easily express a broader range of emotions, to empathize.  Or to express surprise or laughter or any of these things.  You can always just comment.  But there’s something so simple about the like button.”

 

He went on, “I think giving people the power to do that in more ways with more emotions would be powerful.  But we need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good and not a force for bad and demeaning the posts that people are putting out there.”

 

It seems like Facebook is seriously looking into other options, so we may be seeing some type of update in the future, which would be a nice improvement.  It would definitely give marketers more options on how they can interact with users, and find out what types of posts are the most effective.

Every eCommerce owner are aware of how important is the social media in order to boost their eCommerce website sales. This is because social media had bring a big change into the digial marketing world. This is because there are maybe more than thousand of eCommerce store that selling the same product with you, so the social media become very important source of traffic where it can help to directing relevant traffic to your site and can help to build a brand identity online as well.

 

 

The following infographic that show you the Beginners Guide to Boosting E-Commerce sales using the Social Media:

 

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Uploading photo to Facebook is an easy task for everyone, but uploaded large amount of photo to difference album or downloading your Facebook album photo or any photo that your friend tagged for you is a critical task, because you may need to do it one by one. Drop N Sync is wonderful application that help you to solve the problem above.

Drop N Sync is an easy to use Facebook application that allows you to download and upload all your photos from and to Facebook, including all your tagged photos from your friends’ albums. It allows you easily create albums and synchronize all your photos and albums. The concept for Drop N Sync is about the same with Dropbox where you linked up your Facebook account with your local folder and Drop N Sync will help you to synchronize it from and to the Facebook server.

The best part for the Drop N Sync is that you can set it up very quick and easy, just link up your Facebook account in the application than it will run as the background services in your computer to download or upload photo from to your Facebook account.

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When you first start up the Drop N Sync application, it will ask you to sign into your Facebook account and authorize the application with some permissions. Once your sign in your Facebook account, the default setting will help you to download all your album from your Facebook account to the default destination folder for the application.

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After you sign into your Facebook account, you need to choose which albums to download and sync with your Facebook account. You can choose between downloading all your albums and photos, no albums at all or just select the relevant albums for you.

To upload your local PC photo to your Facebook account, just create a folder within this folder, than drag over your photo into the folder, Drop N Sync will help you to do the rest of the job silently.

Drop N Sync runs as a background process and uses anywhere from about 15MB of RAM all the way up to 35MB. The range is so broad because it depends on what the application is doing. Obviously when it’s downloading or uploading it uses more RAM.

For my personal experience after using this apps, it’s actually very light and fastest way for me to download any tagged photo from my friend album to create a backup in my local PC. At the same time, the apps is so light and it’s not really affected my normal usage for the PC.

Please do share your experience after using this apps or please share if you have any other similar application which did better job than Drop N Sync

Just visit Drop N Sync website to download and start using it.

Facebook is set to unveil a new service named Gifts; a result of the company’s acquisition of Karma, a 16-person start-up based in San Francisco. As the moniker suggests, the service will enable users to send tokens such as chocolates, coffee, and other real-life presents to their loved ones and friends via the social networking channel.

 

However, Gifts is strictly for users in the U.S. for the time being, before it trickles down to other regions in the coming months.

 

Unlike conventional shopping and shipping procedures, the service also enables recipients to enter their own shipping info, or swap the gift for a different size, flavor, or style (where applicable) before the gift ships. The Gifts icon will be available on the right side of users’ Facebook pages, and it’ll be visible along with notifications of friends’ birthday, weddings, and other life events. Users may access the icon via friends’ Facebook pages as well.

 

According to The Huffington Post’s article, this service is only accessible to Android-based mobile phone users for the time being. The iPhone and iPad versions will be released later. However, there’s no mention of its availability for other mobile operating systems, such as Windows Phone for instance.

 

Facebook’s Gift service marks the company’s first and “serious” foray into e-commerce, and understandably, they’ll receive an unspecified cut from each gift item sold.