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Facebook Messenger Instant games launched

Facebook Messenger Instant games launched

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Facebook has announced that its new Messenger game-playing features are now available to the entire 1.2 billion people who use the app every month. The games are all no-download, played within the Messenger app itself while users can now play turned-based games, such as classic Words with Friends, with your friends. This goes hand-in-hand with new leaderboards and tournament play modes. “We’re starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger more broadly for the 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month,” the company said on the post. Other games like Blackstorm’s EverWing will be among the first to use Game bots. Facebook will also bring Miniclip’s 8 Ball Pool where you will be able to play pool within Messenger. As part of the expanded rollout of Instant Games, Facebook is also
Facebook is taking mind reading from sci-fi to reality

Facebook is taking mind reading from sci-fi to reality

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Facebook has unveiled a project from its secretive Building 8 research group that’s working to create a brain-computer interface that lets you type with your thoughts. The social media giant announced during day two of its F8 developer conference that its Building 8 hardware lab is working on technology that will one day allow users to type with your thoughts and hear through your skin. Our brains, along with the cochleas in our ears, possess the power to reconstruct language from components, and Facebook is looking at hardware and software to transmit those components to the body via pressure changes and vibrations. During the day 2 keynote, the company demonstrated a video of one of its engineers repeating words communicated to her through sensors embedded in a sleeve on her arm. Simpl
Microsoft To Buy Intentional Software to expand future productivity capabilities

Microsoft To Buy Intentional Software to expand future productivity capabilities

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Microsoft is buying Intentional Software, a small company founded 15 years ago by Microsoft veteran Charles Simonyi who had overseen the early development of the Microsoft Excel and Word applications using the nascent graphical user interface back in the 1990s. Simonyi helped build Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet and Word document franchises.  As described in a 2007 New York Times report, Simonyi's goal with the new company was to replace conventional coding with what he called intentional programming, "in which programmers would talk to machines as little as possible. Instead, they would concentrate on capturing the intentions of computer users." Microsoft has made some blockbuster acquisitions, most recently its $26.2 billion buy of professional social network LinkedIn. It has also made
Facebook Cracks Down On 30,000 Fake Accounts

Facebook Cracks Down On 30,000 Fake Accounts

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Facebook has taken action against 30,000 fake accounts in France in a bid to promote public awareness campaign aimed at educating people about how to spot fake news. The company said it is trying to "reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts." According to the social media platform, People come go online to make meaningful connections. From the beginning, they believed that can only be possible if the interactions here are authentic – and if people use the names they're known by. However, the company records that they found that when people represent themselves on Facebook the same way they do in real life, they act responsibly. Fake accounts don’t f
Facebook Messenger now supports group payments

Facebook Messenger now supports group payments

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Facebook introduced person-to-person payments within Messenger in early 2015, but the company has announced the feature is expanding to support groups, as well. Rather than lean on a payments company like PayPal to power the feature, Facebook built it from the ground up from its experience processing over 1 million payments a day through its ads and games platforms. Transactions and payment info are encrypted, and Facebook says “These payment systems are kept in a secured environment that is separate from other parts of the Facebook network and that receive additional monitoring and control,” from an anti-fraud team. The facebook payments feature essentially works the same in group chats as in private ones, but now allows users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members