F8

  • TechCrunch launches a personalized news recommendations bot on Facebook Messenger

    TechCrunch launches a personalized news recommendations bot on Facebook Messenger

    We’re excited to announce the launch of the first cross-platform and personalized news recommendations bot on Facebook Messenger. The bot is part of Facebook’s “Agents for Messenger” program revealed at F8, and it will help our readers get the news they want from us in a more conversational way. Read More

  • Facebook sends a loud message about Messenger bots, but will we hear it?

    Facebook sends a loud message about Messenger bots, but will we hear it?

    Every time there is a conference where we get saturated coverage from a given company, we tend to buy into their vision, at least for the couple of days the company has our undivided attention. Last week, Facebook had its turn at F8 and boy, did it push Messenger and Messenger bots hard. Bots, for those of you who might be unfamiliar with them, are pre-programmed interactions you can have with… Read More

  • Facebook’s new chatbots still need work

    Facebook’s new chatbots still need work

    Facebook debuted chatbots for Messenger this week to much fanfare, promising consumers a new way to interact with their favorite businesses over the company’s popular messaging service. The idea is that Messenger users could simply “chat” with these automated software programs to do things like read the latest news from CNN, get a weather report or even go shopping. In… Read More

  • Facebook will soon be able to automatically tag your friends in videos

    Facebook will soon be able to automatically tag your friends in videos

    Facebook is making big strides in using its artificial intelligence systems for image recognition, but it’s also working on bringing this technology to video. As the company demoed at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, it has a team working on automatically tagging people in videos. As Facebook’s director of machine learning Joaquin Quiñonero Candela said during… Read More

  • Facebook’s Terragraph and ARIES antennas bring Internet to underserved areas

    Facebook’s Terragraph and ARIES antennas bring Internet to underserved areas

    Probably the most impressive of Facebook’s connectivity projects is its solar-powered Aquila drone for enabling Internet access in remote areas. But while the technology behind Aquila is impressive, more traditional terrestrial connectivity systems are often still more practical. Today, Facebook announced two new connectivity projects at its F8 developer conference, Terragraph and… Read More

  • Facebook’s React Native gets backing from Microsoft and Samsung

    Facebook’s React Native gets backing from Microsoft and Samsung

    React Native was originally developed by Facebook to allow its developers to take React, a framework for helping developers build single-page apps the company developed in-house, and allow them to use these same skills to build native mobile apps for iOS and Android. As the company announced at its F8 developer conference today, React Native has now been used by more than 500 companies… Read More

  • Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Chatbots, Live video, and VR technology are all on the docket for Facebook’s F8 developer conference, and you can watch the livestream here at 9:30am PST with Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote starting at 10am. There’ll also be more streamed sessions all day today. Read More

  • Facebook’s Instant Articles is now open to all publishers

    Facebook’s Instant Articles is now open to all publishers

    As previously announced, Facebook today opened its Instant Articles format to all developers. Using Instant Articles, publishers can show Facebook mobile users a fast-loading and mostly distraction-free view of their posts while still also showing them a limited amount of their own ads (or use Facebook’s Audience Network to monetize their content) and measure pageviews through tools… Read More

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