F8

  • 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

  • Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

    Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

    There’s an epidemic of stolen videos on Facebook. Business Pages rip videos from YouTube, TV or other Pages, and then post them on Facebook as their own to gain more engagement and fans. This is known as “freebooting.” Video makers were pissed off about it because they were losing video views to others who didn’t have permission to use their clips. Slate sounded the… Read More

  • Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads

    Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads

    Facebook launched its Messenger chatbot platform today, but how will it make money on it? By charging businesses to send re-engagement messages to people who’ve already voluntarily started a conversation with them. These “Sponsored Messages” are currently in testing, with a small test of advertisers, and are being heavily monitored by Facebook to prevent them getting… Read More

  • Facebook lets users record Facebook profile videos in third-party apps

    Facebook lets users record Facebook profile videos in third-party apps

    Facebook today launched the Facebook Profile Expression Kit, which gives third-party developers a way to publish videos recorded on their apps as profile pictures on Facebook. The service was announced at the company’s annual developer conference, f8, in San Francisco today. Videos that are recorded on third-party services can now be used as profile videos with the new tools. Details are… Read More

  • Facebook releases Bot Engine to create much smarter bots

    Facebook releases Bot Engine to create much smarter bots

    Messenger is all about bots now. As expected, Facebook unveiled the Send and Receive API at its F8 conference. It lets you create bots for Messenger to search for things and interact with businesses. But what if you want to use machine learning and create more complex scenarios? Meet the Bot Engine, Facebook’s more powerful bot framework. Read More

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