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Introducing Facebook 360 for Gear VR

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Today, we’re making 360 photos and videos even more immersive and easier to discover with the launch of the Facebook 360 app for Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus. The app is an exciting new way to explore Facebook 360 photos and videos. Experience 360 videos and photos from Pages and friends you follow in the Following feed. To download the Facebook 360 app for Gear VR, open the Oculus app on your Gear VR-compatible Samsung device and search for Facebook 360, or visit the Oculus site to get started. With more than 25 million 360 ... Read More »

News Feed FYI: New Signals to Show You More Authentic and Timely Stories

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New Signals to Identify Authentic Content One of our News Feed values is authentic communication. We’ve heard from our community that authentic stories are the ones that resonate most — those that people consider genuine and not misleading, sensational or spammy. When ranking News Feed we look at many signals personal to you, such as how close you are to the person or Page posting, as well as more universal signals like the overall engagement (likes, comments, shares) that a post has. With this update, we’re adding new universal signal... Read More »

Facebook’s Social Good Forum: Introducing Community Help and Donations in Live

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Community Help, a new feature that lets you ask for or offer help, including shelter, food and supplies after a natural disaster Safety Check, a simple way to let friends and family know you’re okay during a crisis, will now be triggered entirely by our community, not Facebook Expanding Fundraisers so people can raise money for more than 750,000 nonprofits and add a donate button to Live videos and posts Nonprofit partnerships with Movember this month and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Giving Tuesday We’re inspired by how m... Read More »

Improving Enforcement and Promoting Diversity: Updates to Ethnic Affinity Marketing

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Recently, policymakers and civil rights leaders have expressed concerns that advertisers could misuse some aspects of our affinity marketing segments. Specifically, they’ve raised the possibility that some advertisers might use these segments to run ads that discriminate against people, particularly in areas where certain groups have historically faced discrimination — housing, employment and the extension of credit. We take these issues seriously. Discriminatory advertising has no place on Facebook. We are constantly trying to find ways ... Read More »

Samsung SERIF TV Selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016

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Oprah recognized the Samsung SERIF TV this year for its unique design that blends harmoniously in the home, either on top of a credenza or via attachable legs that transform the TV into a piece of furniture. With 4K UHD resolution, the Samsung SERIF TV offers the best picture quality available in a 40” TV*, making it just as beautiful to watch as it is to experience. Additionally, the SERIF TV features the exclusive Curtain Mode interface that veils content on the screen to give an abstract impression of what is happening in the background, shu... Read More »

Input from Community and Partners on our Community Standards

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Observing global standards for our community is complex. Whether an image is newsworthy or historically significant is highly subjective. Images of nudity or violence that are acceptable in one part of the world may be offensive — or even illegal — in another. Respecting local norms and upholding global practices often come into conflict. And people often disagree about what standards should be in place to ensure a community that is both safe and open to expression. In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people fin... Read More »

More Seamless, More Ways to Share, More Ways to Buy, More Context: Introducing Messenger Platform v1.2

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Developers and businesses have built over 30,000 bots for Messenger, we’ve onboarded over 34,000 developers, and we’ve just recently updated our Platform Policy to improve engagement and retention for interactions between people and businesses on Messenger. It’s still early days but we have had great feedback from the developer community about the success of many of the experiences they’ve launched. We believe the potential for the Messenger Platform is huge, and we continue to invest in making it better for developers to build and create. B... Read More »

Experience British political history with Google Arts and Culture

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Walk through historic rooms and hallways and get up-close looks at more than 50 photographs and works of art. Take a peek into the cabinet room, where the Prime Minister has held weekly cabinet meetings since 1735, or look around Margaret Thatcher’s office. Stroll down the grand main staircase, stopping to study the carefully ordered portraits of the house’s previous residents. Once you’re ready for some fresh air, you can wander through the gardens, where Winston Churchill liked to nap. There are also two brand new online exhibits. The fi... Read More »

NASA Television to Air Launch of Next International Space Station Crew

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NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, along with cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will launch at 2:16 p.m. from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (12:16 a.m. Sept. 24, Baikonur time). The Expedition 49/50 crew will spend approximately five months together aboard the orbital complex before returning to Earth in late February. Between launch and docking to the space station, the trio will spend two days in the Soyuz MS-02 testing upgrades to the spacecraft’s various systems. The team will doc... Read More »

Capture and share VR photos with Cardboard Camera, now on iOS

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VR photos taken with Cardboard Camera are three-dimensional panoramas that can transport you right back to the moment. Near things look near and far things look far. You can look around to explore the image in all directions, and even hear sound recorded while you took the photo to hear the moment exactly as it happened. To capture a VR photo, hold your phone vertically, tap record, then turn around as though you’re taking a panorama. Bugaboo Spire in B.C., Canada captured by Googler Adam Dickinson Starting today, you can also share your VR p... Read More »

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