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The four companies that shape our lives

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The four most important tech companies aren’t even just tech companies anymore. They each have embedded themselves in our lives, hugely influencing us by playing to our basic human instincts: from the eternal human search for answers to our need for love. That’s what Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at New York University, argues in his new book, The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. He also says that the companies’ deep pockets and massive customer base are what allow the companies to start competing in d... Read More »

Facebook creates 800 jobs as it opens new London office

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By the end of next year about 2,300 people will work for the social media company in the UK. The office will be Facebook's biggest engineering hub outside the US, and opens during its tenth year in the UK. Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's Europe, Middle East and Asia vice-president, said the company was "more committed than ever to the UK". She said Britain's "entrepreneurial ecosystem and engineering excellence" made it an ideal location for technology firms. The seven-floor building at Rathbone Place, near Oxford Circus in central London, wa... Read More »

Facebook Community Boost: Helping to Create Jobs and Provide Digital Skills Across the US

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Facebook Community Boost will visit 30 US cities in 2018, including Houston, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Des Moines and Greenville, South Carolina. Facebook will work with local organizations to provide digital skills and training for people in need of work, to advise entrepreneurs how to get started and to help existing local businesses and nonprofits get the most out of the internet. Since 2011 Facebook has invested more than $1 billion to support small businesses. Boost Your Business has trained more than 60,000 small businesses in the US and... Read More »

Using Data to Help Communities Recover and Rebuild

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Facebook can help response organizations paint a more complete picture of where affected people are located so they can determine where resources — like food, water and medical supplies — are needed and where people are out of harm’s way. Today, we are introducing disaster maps that use aggregated, de-identified Facebook data to help organizations address the critical gap in information they often face when responding to natural disasters. Many of these organizations worked with us to identify what data would be most helpful and how it could... Read More »

M Now Offers Suggestions to Make Your Messenger Experience More Useful, Seamless and Delightful

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Today we’re excited to announce the launch of suggestions from M to everyone in the US. M is your helpful assistant in Messenger, powered by artificial intelligence. M offers suggestions by popping into an open conversation to suggest relevant content and capabilities to enrich the way people communicate and get things done. When we announced M over a year ago, it was a small AI experiment powered by humans that could fulfill almost any request. We learned a lot and these interactions have enabled us to build a completely automated version o... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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