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  • Crunch Report | Juicero Running Dry?

    Today’s Stories  Juicero users find that man trumps machine Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do Planned Parenthood enrolls in 500 Startups’ seed program
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  • Udacity is going to help Facebook teach engineers within its Developer Circles

    Udacity is going to help Facebook teach engineers within its Developer Circles

    Facebook’s been steadily growing its Developer Circles initiative in recent months and today during its annual F8 conference the company provided an update on growth and announced a new partnership with Udacity. Developer Circles is Facebook’s community-driven initiative for engaging with and training developers. Read More

  • Facebook’s F8 plans include Camera Effects Platform, offline Instagram

    Facebook’s F8 plans include Camera Effects Platform, offline Instagram

    What will Facebook launch next week at its F8 conference? The schedule reveals plans to give Instagram offline features that are already in testing, opening its Camera Effects Platform to developers so they can create more powerful photo and video overlays for people to use and a Places Graph for developers to do more with Facebook’s location database beyond the existing APIs. Read More

  • Facebook will launch group chatbots at F8

    Facebook will launch group chatbots at F8

    Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game’s progress, e-commerce deliveries and more. Read More

  • Facebook opens registration for its F8 developer conference

    Facebook opens registration for its F8 developer conference

    Don’t we all love developer conferences. Facebook just opened the (virtual) doors of its annual F8 event on April 18-19. You’ll need to apply before February 21. And if you get selected, tickets cost $595. Facebook already announced that the company would switch things up a bit with F8 in 2017. When the company shared the dates of the conference, it also said that the conference… Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Facebook Live opens to developers, starting with Livestream, DJI and others

    Facebook Live opens to developers, starting with Livestream, DJI and others

    Facebook Live could take live video to a new level of popularity. Now third-party developers will get a chance to participate. Today at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company said it’s releasing an API for developers who want to plug into Facebook Live, and it also announced the first partners — including Livestream (maker of the Mevo camera), BuzzFeed, Vidpresso… Read More

  • New Facebook dev tools include Account Kit, push and quote sharing

    New Facebook dev tools include Account Kit, push and quote sharing

    While chatbots might be the highlight of today’s F8 conference, Facebook is also releasing a slew of tools for developers that help them build, grow and monetize their apps. Despite Facebook shutting down its Parse development platform, it’s still adding new widgets, buttons and APIs. Account Kit is a new plug-in for apps that lets users sign up with their phone number or email… Read More

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