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WhatsApp gives you more ways to avoid annoying group chats

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links WhatsApp WhatsApp is giving you more ways to block people from adding you to group chats. Its updated privacy settings replace the original “nobody” option with a “my contacts except” choice that lets you prevent certain people (or all of them, if you prefer) from dragging you into a group. […]

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Facebook is testing a facial recognition tool to verify your identity

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Jane Manchun Wong/Twitter, Facebook Facebook isn’t entirely shying away from facial recognition, it seems. Code explorer Jane Manchun Wong has discovered a reference to a facial recognition system in Facebook’s mobile app that would verify your identity. You’d have to take a “video selfie” where you look in different directions […]

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Portal TV review: Facebook invades the living room

Engadget RSS Feed Facebook’s Portal video chat displays have faced quite a bit of scrutiny over the past year due to the company’s terrible record when it comes to privacy, security and lack of transparency. Perhaps as a result, reports have surfaced that Portal products are not selling very well. But that hasn’t stopped Facebook […]

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Facebook hopes a new logo will distract you from its problems

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Facebook The rumors were true: Facebook has decided that a rebranding is in order. The company has introduced a new corporate logo and brand strategy that it hopes will more clearly distinguish Facebook the company and its individual apps. There’s not much to say about the logo in question, as […]

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WhatsApp lets users watch Netflix trailers directly in the app

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links kasinv via Getty Images If you’ve ever been chatting on WhatsApp about a Netflix trailer and had to leave the app in order to watch it, WhatsApp has a new feature you’ll appreciate. You can now watch Netflix trailers directly in WhatsApp. It’s a simple change, but it could be […]

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Facebook will let politicians run false ads during UK elections

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Facebook’s policy of allowing politicians to run false ads is going to get tested in short order. CNN Business has confirmed that the social network won’t fact-check candidates’ ads in the weeks ahead of the UK election on December 12th. It will bar candidates from […]

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Facebook sues domain name registrar over cybersquatting addresses

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Derick Hudson via Getty Images Facebook wants to brings down cybersquatting domains that may be used to scam and phish people. The social network has filed a lawsuit against domain name registrar OnlineNIC and its privacy/proxy service ID Shield for registering addresses that were clearly created to appear as if […]

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Instagram is trying to shut down stalking app Like Patrol

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Engadget Whether it’s a parent checking in or a jealous boyfriend keeping tabs on his ex, stalkers are going to stalk. There are several apps that enable this type of behavior, and Like Patrol is one of them. The app scrapes Instagram data, allowing users to track who their targets […]

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The writer of ‘The Social Network’ rails on Zuckerberg in open letter

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NurPhoto via Getty Images Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter of The Social Network, has become the latest high-profile individual to criticize Facebook for its policy on political ads. In a new open letter addressed to Mark Zuckerberg and published in The New York Times, Sorkin relates how sensitive Facebook was about […]

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Mark Zuckerberg still won’t ban ‘political’ ads from Facebook

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS For the better part of the past four years, Facebook just hasn’t been able to keep its name out of the bad news cycle. The latest backlash the company is facing has to do with its political ad policies, which essentially allow politicians to spread misinformation on the […]

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