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Facebook is the new crapware
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Welcome to 2019 where we learn Facebook is the new crapware. Sorry #DeleteFacebook, you never stood a chance. Yesterday Bloomberg reported that the scandal-beset social media behemoth has inked an unknown number of agreements with Android smartphone makers, mobile carriers and OSes around the world to not only pre-load Facebook’s eponymous app on hardware but render […]

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Vietnam threatens to penalize Facebook for breaking its draconian cybersecurity law
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Well, that didn’t take long. We’re less than ten days into 2019 and already Vietnam is aiming threats at Facebook after it violating its draconian cybersecurity law which came into force on January 1. The U.S. social network stands accused of allowing users in Vietnam to post “slanderous content, anti-government sentiment and libel and defamation […]

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Several Popular Apps Share Data With Facebook Without User Consent
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Some of the most popular apps for Android smartphones, including Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and MyFitnessPal, are transmitting data to Facebook without the consent of users in a potential breach of EU regulations. From a report: In a study of 34 popular Android apps, the campaign group Privacy International found that at least 20 of them send […]

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Facebook suspends accounts for pushing false info in Alabama election
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Facebook's attempt to thwart disinformation campaigns has typically focused on Russia and other hostile countries, but it's now grappling with that problem on its home soil. The site has confirmed to the Washington Post that it suspended five accoun…

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Facebook Portal now lets you play Words with Friends and zoom in on your victory dance     – CNET
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The smart display for video chatting gets a bunch of extra features in time for the holidays.

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Bikini app maker draws another disgruntled developer to its Facebook fight
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Enlarge / Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg departs after testifying before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018, in Washington, DC. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images) In recent weeks, a dust-up between the maker of a forgotten Facebook bikini app and […]

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Facebook Ends Platform Policy Banning Apps That Copy Its Features
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Facebook will now freely allow developers to build competitors to its features upon its own platform. Today Facebook announced it will drop Platform Policy section 4.1, which stipulates “Add something unique to the community. Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.” TechCrunch reports: Facebook had previously enforced that policy selectively to hurt competitors that […]

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Judge slams bikini-app maker’s lawyers in legal clash with Facebook
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Iain Masterton) At the conclusion of a tense hearing that lasted over 3.5 hours, a San Mateo County judge ruled Friday that a top executive of an embattled and now-defunct bikini-related app company now must surrender his electronic devices for forensic inspection. San Mateo County Judge V. Raymond Swope ordered […]

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Facebook Staffers Once Brainstormed Ways to Sell User Data: Report
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Facebook at one time considered charging companies for access to its user data, according to a report based on three pages of unredacted material from a document showing portions of some internal Facebook emails, mainly from 2012 to 2014. The documents are linked to a lawsuit, Six4Three LLC v. Facebook Inc., filed in California Superior […]

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