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Facebook ex-security boss Alex Stamos: Firm blew it, but so did others     – CNET
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US spy agencies “failed to provide actionable intelligence” on Russian trolls, and “grandstanding” lawmakers also dropped the ball, Stamos says in a Washington Post op-ed.

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Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Google Home Hub, Facebook Portal, Apple HomePod, Alexa gadgets and more     – CNET
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We’re tracking the best smart home bargains from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more. Here’s our running list — including the deals you can buy right now. Expect regular updates.

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Facebook to hand off editorial oversight to independent board in 2019     – CNET
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Zuckerberg said Facebook will create a governing body to address content appeals.

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Zuckerberg reportedly told Facebook execs to use Android, not Apple, phones     – CNET
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The move allegedly happened after Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized the social media company.

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Facebook starts rolling out Messenger's 'unsend' feature
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Facebook didn't take long to roll out Messenger's unsend feature, although it may be a while before you have the option of correcting missteps in your part of the world. Unsending is now available in Messenger's Android and iOS apps in Bolivia, Colo…

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Facebook launches Lasso, its music and video TikTok clone
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Done cloning Snapchat, Facebook is now chasing Chinese short-form video sensation TikTok with the launch of its knock-off Lasso. Available now for iOS and Android, Lasso is Facebook’s answer to the zany mobile lipsyncing playground that’s gained ground with young users, both in China and in the West. The release confirms TechCrunch’s scoop from last month […]

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Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Bargains on Echo Dot, Google Home Hub, Facebook Portal, Apple HomePod and more     – CNET
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‘Tis the season for discounted smart home gadgets, and we’re keeping a running list of the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Lowe’s and more. Check back for regular updates.

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Facebook reorganizes Oculus for AR/VR’s long-haul
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Facebook is again looking to whip Oculus into shape for its 10-year journey towards making virtual reality mainstream. According to two sources, Facebook reorganized its AR and VR team this week from a divisional structure focused around products to a functional structure focused around technology areas of expertise. While no one was laid off, the […]

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Facebook shares slip on weak Q3 user growth and revenue
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After last quarter’s bloodbath earnings report that cut 20 percent from Facebook’s share price, the social network stumbled in Q3 2018, reaching 2.27 billion monthly users, up 1.79 percent compared to Q1’s slowest-ever growth rate of just 1.54 percent, compared to an 2.29 billion Wall Street estimate. Daily active users hit 1.49 billion, up 1.36 percent […]

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