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Facebook Messenger turns on promised end-to-end chat encryption

posted onOctober 4, 2016
by l33tdawg

Facebook on Tuesday launched end-to-end encryption for all users of its Messenger mobile app, though the option isn't on by default, and comes with some other limitations.

"Secret Conversations" must not only be toggled on in the app's Settings, but manually enabled for each new conversation by tapping "Secret" in the top right corner of the "New Message" screen. Encryption can't be applied retroactively, and both the sender and the receiver must have the latest version of Messenger.

Facebook starts testing “Secret Conversations” encryption for Messenger

posted onAugust 2, 2016
by l33tdawg

Earlier this month, Facebook announced plans to offer end-to-end encryption in Messenger by the end of the summer. Now the company is starting to roll out the new feature, called Secret Conversations, to some people.

Android Police received several screenshots of the new feature, though it doesn’t seem to actually work yet. It’s also unclear if Facebook is only releasing Secret Conversations to beta testers at this point or offering it to some regular users as an A/B test.

Facebook hacker finds another intruder beat him to the punch

posted onApril 25, 2016
by l33tdawg

A security researcher looking for flaws in Facebook's internal network has found traces of another intruder who got into the system first.

The hacker, or hackers, had access to Facebook's internal system for several months, giving them access to hundreds of employee usernames and passwords, explained researcher Orange Tsai in a blog post published last week.

Linguists Not Exactly Wow About Facebook’s New Reactions

posted onFebruary 29, 2016
by l33tdawg

When my 4-month-old son is angry he turns bright red. When he finds something funny, he makes an alarming gurgling sound. When something surprises him, he says “Ah!”

You know: Like Facebook.

The introduction of Reactions, a set of five new “graphicons” with assigned textual meanings, probably isn’t supposed to be infantilizing. The social network just wants people to do more than “Like” someone else’s post. The new kids: Love, Sad, Angry, Wow, and Haha.

Facebook is ready to let you express more emotions now

posted onFebruary 25, 2016
by l33tdawg

"We know it's a big change," said Facebook product manager Sammi Krug in an announcement today. That's right—Facebook is taking its relationship with you to the next level. From now on, you'll be allowed to respond to posts with reactions other than the ubiquitous thumbs up emoji that means "like."

Your five options (other than thumbs up) will be emoji that mean "love," "haha," "sad," "angry," and "wow."

The dramatic change has been brewing for the past year, while the company carefully considered which emotions it would allow people to express:

Facebook’s open-sourcing of AI hardware is the start of the deep-learning revolution

posted onDecember 16, 2015
by l33tdawg

A few days ago, Facebook open-sourced its artificial intelligence (AI) hardware computing design. Most people don’t know that large companies such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon don’t buy hardware from the usual large computer suppliers like Dell, HP, and IBM but instead design their own hardware based on commodity components. The Facebook website and all its myriad apps and subsystems persist on a cloud infrastructure constructed from tens of thousands of computers designed from scratch by Facebook’s own hardware engineers.

5 Ways to Stay Safe Online, According to a Facebook Security Expert

posted onNovember 4, 2015
by l33tdawg

Facebook has over 1.49 billion monthly active users, with people in the U.S. spending a staggering 27 hours on the social networking site every month.

The company thinks that that kind of sky-high usage and engagement gives it certain responsibilities.

“Because people interact with Facebook so often, we’re spending a lot of time thinking about how we can play a role in helping increase security literacy overall across the internet,” Facebook security product manager Melissa Luu-Van tells Business Insider.

Facebook researching human-powered personal assistant service to rival Apple's Siri

posted onJuly 14, 2015
by l33tdawg

With good number of major tech companies fielding their own brand of virtual assistant technology, Facebook is reportedly eyeing its own entry with "Moneypenny," a hybrid feature that helps users complete tasks like buying products and services online.

Being tested internally, Moneypenny, named after the James Bond franchise character who serves as M's secretary, is said to bring a human touch to modern digital assistants, reports The Information. For example, users might ask Moneypenny to research and purchase an HDTV.