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  • Outlook on the web can import GDrive files and Facebook photos

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    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon
    09.16.2016

    Microsoft is showing its Outlook.com users some love by adding both Facebook and Google Drive integration. If you use Outlook on iOS or Android, you probably already know that you can link it with your GDrive account. Now that the feature's finally available for the service's web version, you can open file attachments and even edit the document right within its interface. All you need to do is click on the attachment icon and type in your Google log-in. The process is pretty much the same if you want to email your Facebook photos.

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    Facebook brings Live broadcasts to the desktop

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    Matt Brian
    Matt Brian
    09.15.2016

    If you like Facebook's Live feature but feel more at home in front of a computer than a smartphone when you broadcast, it might not be too long before you can do so. The social giant has confirmed that it's bringing the feature to the browser, allowing Facebook.com users to select a "Live Video" button in the status update box and immediately begin streaming.

  • Oculus makes achievements a part of Gear VR and Rift games

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    Timothy J. Seppala
    Timothy J. Seppala
    09.15.2016

    Oculus is joining the ranks of Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Steam and even GameCenter. That's right: Rift and Gear VR games are adding achievements. They're live in a handful of games now including Minecraft and Hitman Go and it'll only be a matter of time before they become the rule rather than the exception. As The Verge writes, the update will be rolling out over the next few weeks, and you'll be able to opt out of sharing the meta-challenge activities if you want. You know, if you're ever embarrassed of playing the inevitable Candy Crush VR in the future.

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    Facebook Messenger has an unreleased public chat feature

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    Andrew Dalton
    Andrew Dalton
    09.14.2016

    Facebook's lovable but unfortunately short-lived standalone Rooms app might see the light of day again -- in some form at least. According to TechCrunch, Facebook Messenger has an unreleased feature, also called "Rooms," that allow users to create public, sharable group chats

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    Watch what it takes to build a 350HP combat robot right here

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    Timothy J. Seppala
    Timothy J. Seppala
    09.14.2016

    Our dreams of watching giant robots battle it out in front of us have almost come true. The folks behind the MegaBots Kickstarter have released the first trailer for their upcoming web series that follows the trials and tribulations of building a 10-ton, 350HP combat robot. The team hired an Emmy-nominated video team to capture all the gory details, and it sounds like the main event -- a hand-to-hand battle against Japan's Kuratas robot -- will be the season finale.

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    Anti-pipeline activists claim Facebook censored their live video

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    09.14.2016

    Facebook has long had a tough time walking a fine line when it comes to political material, and the pressure isn't about to let up any time soon. Unicorn Riot maintains that Facebook censored their live stream of a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, deleting the Livestream.com link shortly before two of its reporters were caught up in a mass arrest. Comments and posts popped up security alerts when they contained the link, and Facebook's debugger insisted that the web address ran afoul of "community standards."

  • VR documentary puts you inside the 2016 NBA Finals

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    Edgar Alvarez
    Edgar Alvarez
    09.14.2016

    The National Basketball Association began experimenting with virtual reality last year, when it used the medium to stream the first game of its 2015 season. Now, the league has teamed up with Oculus on a VR documentary about last year's championship matchup, between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Titled Follow my Lead: The Story of the 2016 NBA Finals, this 360-degree video experience aims to take you where traditional TV can't, giving you a first-person look at the action on and off the court.

  • Facebook and Twitter will help Google filter out fake news

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    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon
    09.14.2016

    Facebook and Twitter have joined a Google-backed effort that aims to tackle fake news that tend to spread on social media. If you use either website, you've definitely seen those types of posts -- you know, hoaxes, headlines that have nothing to do with the actual story, fake celebrity deaths, and so on and so forth -- before. The two companies are now part of the First Draft Coalition, which was announced back in June 2015 along with YouTube Newswire, a curated collection of verified eyewitness videos covering various events. FDC will help not just journalists from partner publications, but also individual users verify stories circulating online.

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    SpaceX hopes to fly again by November, delays Falcon Heavy

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    Sean Buckley
    Sean Buckley
    09.13.2016

    On September 1st, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (and a Facebook satellite) unexpectedly exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. The company doesn't yet know what caused it, but it's not letting the setback get them down. Today, SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said the company hopes to return to flight in November. "We're anticipating getting back to flight, being down for about three months," Shotwell said, speaking at a conference in Paris. "November time-frame."

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    Facebook, Google urge Congress to hand over internet control

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    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    09.13.2016

    On October 1st, the US is supposed to hand the "keys" of the internet to ICANN, and Congress is not happy about it. The mostly Republican lawmakers, led by Ted Cruz, feel that ceding control will stifle online freedom and give power to authoritarian governments. However, technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter penned an open letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to hand internet domain control to the international community as promised.

  • Facebook Messenger chief admits bot launch was 'overhyped'

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    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    09.13.2016

    Chatbots were oversold and not that great when they first launched earlier this year, Facebook Messenger VP David A. Marcus told Techrunch's Disrupt conference. "The problem was that it got really overhyped very, very quickly," he said. "And the basic qualities we provided at that time weren't good enough to replace traditional apps."

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    Facebook works with Israel to curb posts inciting violence

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    09.12.2016

    Facebook is no stranger to fighting terrorism online, but it's about to take those efforts one step further. In the wake of lawsuits from terror victims' families, the social network is partnering with Israel on ways to track and pull content that incites violence. The country claims that a year-long surge in Palestinian violence was partly sparked by social posts, and hopes that tighter controls on those posts will help douse those flames. The two aren't saying exactly what they'll do, but Facebook has stressed its belief that it can fight extremism through a "strong partnership" between public and private organizations.

  • Facebook Messenger chatbots now support payments

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    Andrew Dalton
    Andrew Dalton
    09.12.2016

    The latest version of Facebook Messenger adds a new feature to the 30,000 or so chatbots that currently inhabit its platform. Starting today with version 1.2, those Messenger bots can now accept payments directly in the chat without sending users to an external website.

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    Instagram lets anyone filter words out of comments

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    09.12.2016

    Instagram is making good on its promise to bring word filters to everyone. The photo-centric service has announced that anyone can now filter their comments to keep out abusive (or just plain annoying) feedback. If you're tired of dealing with harassment or "get more followers" spam, you won't have to spend ages blocking users or reporting individual comments. It's just a matter of choosing the right keywords to keep discussions civil.

  • Bad experiences on Facebook have real-world consequences

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    Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    09.12.2016

    Researchers at Brown University believe that they have established a link between Facebook use and depression. The study examined 264 people and tracked if, and when, they reported having an NFE: a Negative Facebook Experience. When that data was boiled down, the team concluded that people who reported experiencing NFEs were 3.2 times more likely to risk suffering from the symptoms of depression.

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    Facebook bans, then reinstates, iconic 'napalm girl' photo

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    Timothy J. Seppala
    Timothy J. Seppala
    09.09.2016

    Facebook's policy on what constitutes as nudity is in the news again. This time, though, there's a reversal involving a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo from the Vietnam war, The Guardian reports. The Terror of War is a photograph of children running from a napalm attack with armed soldiers behind them, taken by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut. One of the kids, Kim Phúc, is naked. When Norwegian writer Tom Egeland posted it along with six others as a status concerning photos that "changed the history of warfare," the author's account was suspended.

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    Facebook co-founder donates $20 million to elect Hillary Clinton

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    Jessica Conditt
    Jessica Conditt
    09.09.2016

    Mark Zuckerberg's other half, Dustin Moskovitz, has pledged to donate $20 million to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign and other Democratic efforts this election year. Moskovitz, a co-creator of Facebook and founder of Asana, outlines his intentions in a Medium post that criticizes Republican candidate Donald Trump and praises Clinton.

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    Facebook's trending algorithm promoted a 9/11 truther story

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    Devindra Hardawar
    Devindra Hardawar
    09.09.2016

    Facebook's trending news algorithm has failed once again. Earlier today, Facebook users who clicked on the "9/11" trending topic on the social network were directed to a tabloid story by The Daily Star, which claimed that bombs destroyed the World Trade Center towers. As The Washington Post reports, the story was quickly removed after they contacted Facebook.

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    Bloomberg: Amazon wants live sports streaming rights

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    Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    09.09.2016

    Bloomberg believes that Amazon is considering buying the rights to a variety of live sporting events as a way of bringing more people into Prime. According to the site's anonymous sources, the firm has made discreet enquiries about picking up licenses for global sports including tennis, golf, soccer and car racing. The company is believed to have a beady eye on domestic sports like baseball and basketball, although knows that traditional broadcasters have that sewn up for the next few years.

  • Facebook's 'Star Trek' reactions show it doesn't know jack about Spock

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    Sean Buckley
    Sean Buckley
    09.08.2016

    Today is Star Trek's 50th anniversary, marking half a century since the show first aired on September 8th 1966. Here at Engadget, we're celebrating with an ancient Trekkie tradition: Nitpicking. Today, Facebook announced that it's temporarily replacing its "Like" buttons with a set of Trek-inspired reactions -- a laughing Captain Kirk, a sad, crying Geordi Laforge and an adorably angry Klingon. They're all perfect ...except for Spock. Facebook chose Star Trek's most emotionless character to represent its most emotive reaction: "Wow."