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Facebook has introduced two changes to the way users of the social network can share items visually, both in still images and in video. It is possible for users to submit their own 360-degree photographs for viewing on the site, as well as through mobile apps, and while it has allowed users to upload their own videos for a while, it is now allowing for comments on posts and status updates to also include video clips for the first time.
Facebook is shuttering one of its apps, just seven months after the social network launched it on iOS. Users of Facebook Notify, an app that provides notifications of news headlines from various sources on specific topics, are being informed the app is no longer supported, but that aspects will continue to live on in the future as Facebook is "transitioning parts" into other apps and services operated by the tech giant.
A Salt Lake City, UT apartment complex is forcing a "Facebook Addendum" on its tenants. The addition to existing leases requires the renters to friend the apartment complex within five days. Failure to do so is considered a breach of the rental agreement by the complex. Additionally, the contract addendum includes a release allowing the property owners to post pictures of the tenants and any visitors to the complex without additional permissions, and at any time, for any reason.
The second annual "Power List" from trade magazine Adweek has listed Google and Alphabet founder Larry Page, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple CEO Tim Cook as its top three choices based on "the profiles and results of global corporate titans, taking into account such criteria as company value, revenue and revenue growth, market performance, consumer reach and affinity, their standing among rivals, the number of employees overseen, key acquisitions and partnerships, industry accolades and media buzz."
A court in Brazil has ordered for WhatsApp to be blocked on the country's carriers for a 72-hour period, as part of an ongoing dispute between the country and the Facebook-owned service over encryption. Judge Marcel Montalvao of Sergipe made the demand to carriers after WhatsApp failed to provide chat logs that could help law enforcement in a drug-related investigation, with the service claiming it does not have the capability of seeing the messages in their unencrypted form.
Facebook could be looking to push its users towards creating more image and video content for the social network, by creating a new camera app, according to reports. A group with Facebook called the "friend-sharing" team has allegedly created a prototype app that opens to the camera directly, so users can quickly take a photograph and upload it to the social network, or stream video to other users using Facebook Live, with as little effort as possible.
Facebook's bid to expand its video offerings involves the creation of its own 360-degree camera, among the announcements made at the company's keynote for the F8 conference. The Surround 360 uses an odd dual cone shape with a total of 17 cameras, though rather than taking the approach of producing the device itself, the social network is instead making the design open source, effectively allowing anyone to make their own version.
Swift, the programming language typically associated with iOS and OS X app development, may soon find a greater role within Android. A report claims Google is looking into potentially making Swift a "first class" language for Android, effectively making it easier for app developers to use the language to create software for the platform. The same report also suggests other major entities are looking to expand their usage of Swift on their respective technology platforms.
Last weekend, a friend asked us to help out with promoting her project on Facebook. She was going to be away but she needed several updates posted, and of course we recommended various tools for setting that up in advance. Only, she could already do that, what she couldn't so readily do is this: wait until an entry went live on her Wordpress site and then post a link to it on Facebook.
Facebook updated its WhatsApp messaging service earlier this week to enable end-to-end encryption for all communications on the platform, protecting text-based messages, VoIP calls, and other items sent between users. Even though the extra security is likely to be welcomed by the majority of users, it appears that law enforcement agencies will still be able to gain access to some metadata relating to messages and calls, if not the content of the messages themselves.