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Ahead of iOS 13, Facebook publishes blog post defending its use of location data in iOS

iOS 13 is set to be released to the public later this month, and Facebook is looking to get out ahead of some of the changes to location settings in the update. Facebook has published a new blog post detailing how iOS 13 affects its access to your location data, while reaffirming that users are “in control” of their location settings.

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Facebook dark mode in testing, after it was promised earlier this year

Facebook dark mode has been one of the most frequent requests from app users, with the company promising it earlier this year, and it seems it is now in testing.

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Instagram and WhatsApp will add a “Sign up with Facebook”

Just how uncool can Facebook make Instagram and WhatsApp? If exerting more influence over the direction of both apps by installing Facebook executives wasn’t enough, now the social network giant is going to add “Facebook” to their names. Instagram will soon become “Instagram from Facebook” and WhatsApp will turn into “WhatsApp from Facebook.” The company already follows this approach with its Workplace appThe Information first reported the planned changes, which Facebook confirmed directly.

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Facebook receives a $ billion fine for privacy violations

Reported by The Wall Street Journal this afternoon, sources have shared that the FTC has approved a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook over privacy violations that will end its probe into the company that started over a year ago.

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Instagram Down: App stops working properly as users unable to post photos and videos

Instagram has stopped working amid a huge Facebook outage.

Both parent company Facebook as well as sibling company WhatsApp are both having strange issues at the same time, users report.

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WhatsApp test lets you share status with Facebook, without breaking rules

WhatsApp is testing the option to share your status with Facebook and Instagram, as well as third-party apps. The feature is currently available to those enrolled in the beta-test program …

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Facebook will be launching a new cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020

Facebook is finally ready to talk about its blockchain plans. Following numerous reports unraveling its upcoming announcement in detail, the company today said that its in-development global cryptocurrency, called Libra, will launch next year alongside the underlying blockchain-based network that will support it.

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Facebook blocks Huawei from pre-installing its apps, WhatsApp and Instagram

The effects of the Huawei ban by the US Government have been felt in some major ways, including the potential to completely lose Android as a platform. Now, a report states that Facebook has banned Huawei from pre-installing its applications.

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According to Reuters, Facebook has banned Huawei from pre-installing any of the company’s apps on its smartphones going forward. In some markets, Huawei does currently pre-install some Facebook apps, including the core Facebook app, as well as popular services such as WhatsApp and Instagram.

Of course, this won’t affect users in a big way. Huawei is only barred from pre-installing these applications on new devices, and as long as those apps are in an app store Huawei has access to, users will still have the option to download them. This realistically won’t be much of a “blow” to Huawei, but if it were to lose access to the Play Store permanently, not being able to provide these extremely popular apps would be another point against buying one of its devices.

Facebook Inc is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software.

Huawei also pre-installs Twitter and Booking.com apps on some of its Android devices. Apparently, Twitter declined to comment on whether or not it would also block Huawei from pre-installing the app, and Booking simply didn’t respond.


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GlobalCoin, Facebook’s second attempt at a digital currency, to launch in 2020

We first learned last year that Facebook was working on developing its own cryptocurrency, GlobalCoin, and it’s today reported that the social network is aiming to launch it at some point next year.

Facebook has already consulted both the US Treasury and the Bank of England about its plans …

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Latest WhatsApp beta adds Share to Facebook, QR code contact adding features

The latest WhatsApp beta for Android has unearthed a few new features that are actually quite notable. The new ‘Share to Facebook’ function allows you to post your story across WhatsApp and Facebook. The WhatsApp QR code ‘add contact’ functionality will be a real timesaver for adding new contacts. Both features could potentially and hopefully head to a stable release in the not-too-distant future.

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