Facebook ups its focus on video with new Watch service

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Facebook Watch
Will you be watching?
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Facebook is expanding its focus on video by introducing a new service called Watch, which will see the company enter the world of original content for the first time.

Available for desktop, mobile and TV apps, the new Watch tab will appear on users’ newsfeeds. It will include links to a variety of shows — including comedy, reality TV and live sport — some of which will be created by Facebook. The move puts Facebook into more direct competition with services like YouTube, as well as Netflix, Amazon, and Apple.

Facebook shuts down the Snapchat clone you never heard of

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Remember Lifestage? Me neither!
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WhatsApp just crossed a staggering milestone

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WhatsApp now boasts over 1 billion users a day.
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Over 1 billion people around the world are using WhatsApp every single day.

The insanely popular messaging service, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, is now processing over 55 billion messages, 4.5 billion photos, and 1 billion videos per day.

Tim Cook takes high road after Trump’s transgender military ban

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Tim Cook and Donald Trump don't agree on much.
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U.S. President Donald Trump revealed today on Twitter that he is reversing former President Barack Obama’s decision to allow transgender men and women to serve in the military. And he’s already drawing tons of fire from Silicon Valley.

Apple CEO took to Trump’s favorite social network to blast the decision saying it’s discrimination. Other tech icons are joining his side too with their voices of descent for the president’s actions.

Facebook brings GIF creation to its iPhone app

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You can now use Facebook's iOS app to make and share GIFs.
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Facebook has quietly added the ability to make, save, and share GIFs using the built-in camera in its iOS app.

The feature is the latest camera-related upgrade Facebook has added in its efforts to take on socially-oriented, photo and video-sharing apps like Snapchat. Facebook added its mobile camera earlier this year, alongside an assortment of frames and reactive filters.

Apple News may let publishers charge readers

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It will support podcasts and Bixby Voice.
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Apple may be planning to loosen its tight control of the way ads are run on the Apple News app. And that could mean big bucks for publishers.

A money fix for the app is supposedly in the works, according to a new report that claims publishers potentially could soon make the same amount of money off ads in Apple News as they do from their own websites.

Instagram Stories blasts past Snapchat in popularity

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Stories is already seeing more users than Snapchat.
Stories is already seeing more users than Snapchat.
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You have to feel for Snapchat. Not only are its best features constantly ripped off by the competition, but they’re sometimes even more popular on rival platforms.

Take Stories, for example. Less than a year after being copied, the feature is already more popular on Instagram than the entire Snapchat service.