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Monday, 23 May 2016

Say Hello To Jarvis, A Facebook Messenger Chat Bot That Can Set Reminders For You

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You may or may not remember that Facebook took the opportunity last month to introduce its new chat bot experience that has been integrated into the evolving Messenger platform. The chat bot integration is essentially Facebook’s way of allowing developers and businesses to build automated bots into Messenger that will allow users to benefit from services without any kind of human interaction on the opposite side. As that platform develops, Facebook will allow more bots to come along for the ride, with one of the newest early entrants being the “Jarvis” experience.
It’s undoubtedly going to take a little bit of time for users to get used to being able to interact and talk with these bots like they are a human being on the other end of the conversation. While we are aware that these are essentially automated software solutions, it’s difficult to not think of them as actually having a personality, no matter how rudimentary or simplified the experience is built to be. Jarvis bot is currently in its early form, but will assist with productivity by reminding you to do things directly from within the Messenger platform.
On first contact with Jarvis, “he” will ask you to state which city you actually live in. This is all part of the linear conversation flow, and allows Jarvis to get an instant idea of location and timezone to be able to set reminders that actually matter and that are worthwhile to the user. After the city is provided in the chat, Jarvis will confirm the timezone by messaging you the current time in your location. The service is then primed to start taking orders and to start setting up those reminders on your behalf.

Users interacting with Jarvis can say simple things like “remind me to pick up my son tomorrow at 20:00”, or “remind me to go shopping first thing in the morning”. Jarvis will then reply with confirmation that the command has been understood, along with a recap of what he will actually be doing and the time that the reminder will come. All of this happens pretty much instantly and inline in a standard Messenger conversation.
Want to delete a reminder? Well you’re kind of in a pickle with that one there. I was only able to“delete all reminders” at best, so if you wish to delete one specific reminder, there doesn’t appear to be an option or command for that, in my experience at least.
To get started with Jarvis on Facebook Messenger, simply head over to and you can proceed from there. Alternatively you can simply search for “Hello Jarvis” in the web-based Messenger or the Messenger app on iOS or Android. In case you aren’t aware of Facebook’s chat bot phenomenon, you can check out our initial coverage of the reveal during Facebook’s F8 conference.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

YouTube star accuses Facebook of cheating to boost video numbers

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Facebook has been the downfall of many criminals

Hank Green says social network's attempts to boost video views are 'based on lies, cheating and theft'

Facebook is "lying, cheating and stealing" in order to establish itself as the world's biggest video website, a popular video blogger has claimed.
Hank Green, an American entrepreneur whose YouTube channelvlogbrothers boasts more than 2.5 million subscribers, said the social network was actively inflating statistics about how many people view its videos and willingly hosting pirated material so that it can claim to be bigger than YouTube.
He claimed that the social network, which recently claimed it was streaming 4 billion videos a day, is inflating the numbers in order to claim YouTube's crown as the world's biggest video streaming service. Green said videos hosted directly on Facebook are promoted more aggressively than a YouTube video posted to the social network, and that a Facebook video only had to be watched for three seconds to count as a "play", against around 30 seconds for YouTube.
"Facebook says it’s now streaming more video than YouTube. To be able to make that claim, all they had to do was cheat, lie, and steal," Green, who was one of three YouTube personalities chosen to interview Barack Obama earlier this year, wrote on his Medium blog.
"When Facebook says it has roughly the same number of views as YouTube, what they really mean is that they have roughly one-fifth of YouTube’s views, since they’re intentionally and blatantly over-counting to the detriment of everyone except them," he said.
He also accused Facebook of being too slow in responding to pirated video content being uploaded, so as not to lose out on views. He said that the social network has no way to protect video creators beyond belatedly taking videos offline, unlike YouTube, which redirects video royalty payments to rights holders with its "Content ID" system.
"It’s a little inexcusable that Facebook, a company with a market cap of $260 BILLION, launched their video platform with no system to protect independent rights holders," Green wrote. "It wouldn’t be surprising if Facebook was working on a solution now which they can roll out conveniently after having made their initial claims at being the biggest, most important thing in video."
Facebook has identified video - a lucrative advertising opportunity - as one of its major growth areas. It claimed to have 4 billion views a day in the first quarter of the year, up from 3 billion three months earlier, with most of those on mobile devices.
It is reportedly preparing a music video service, which would help it rival one of YouTube's most popular uses, and earlier this year it allowed users to embed Facebook videos on other websites, as YouTube does.
Facebook has said it is looking into the matter.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Facebook Tests Features That Make Sharing GIFs In Messenger Easier Than Ever

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Facebook really wants you to use GIFs inside Messenger. The company recently unleashed a series of GIF apps from third-parties which work inside Messenger — as part of its Messenger platform initiative — but it is now going beyond that with a series of pilots that bring GIFs right into Messenger without those apps.
First off, Facebook is testing a dedicated GIF button which allows users to find and send moving images in two taps. That’s much easier than the current setup, which includes a fair amount of friction since users are required to download and use a dedicated app in addition to Messenger just to share content.
The GIF button, which began appearing last week to some of Messenger’s 700 million monthly active users, is more practical. It skims a number of trending GIFs from Giphy and Riffsy — the two companies that produced dedicated apps for Messenger — and serves them up for easy sharing without the need to leave the Messenger app.
The downside is, of course, that your selection of GIFs is more limited.
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Interestingly, once sent, the GIFs include a link to download either GIF for Messenger (Riffsy) or Giphy for Messenger, as you can see in the screenshot above.
Is that prompt an indicator that these GIF apps have received a lukewarm response from Messenger users?
That’s one possible conclusion. Facebook declined to directly answer that question when we posed it to the social networking company.
“GIFs have seen success as a rich media format within Messenger,” a company spokesperson told us. “With this feature, we’re testing various ways to make it even easier to send great content — like GIFs — with just a few taps.”
So that could mean that Facebook makes other kinds of content more easy to share via Messenger? We shall see.
The GIF button is an obvious way to juice up the use of GIFs — and potential downloads of those GIF apps — and the company is also testing another pilot with an integrated GIF search option.
First spotted by Mashable, this experiment — which is apparently live with a selected number of users in Canada — allows users look up GIFs from Giphy and Riffsy (those two again) and stickers within the space where they type messages to friends.
Type in your term, tap the magnifying glass icon and a selection comes up.
GIF search
Screenshot via Mashable
These two integrations are tests at this point, which means there’s no guarantee that either will roll out to all Messenger users. That said, they do show that Facebook is keen to get you sharing more multimedia inside your chat sessions.
The U.S. company isn’t alone in making a push on GIFs, though. Tumblr launched a GIF search engine and a dedicated GIF site in recent weeks, Twitter (kinda) introduced GIFs last year and made them autoplay this summer, while Hulu, Disney and the folks behind recently sold social appPath are among the many others to have dabbled in GIFs in some form this year alone.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

More than 26 million Facebook users change profile pics rainbow to support gay marriage

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IF YOU logged into Facebook at the weekend, chances are you were met with an array of rainbow colours radiating from your friends’ profile pictures.
The rainbow-filtered pictures were created for users to show support gay rights after it was announced the US Supreme Court had legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.
According to the social media website, more than 26 million users changed their profile pics to support the movement.
While it tracked the number of users applying the filter, Facebook insists it will not use the data for marketing purposes.
“This was not an experiment or test, but rather something that enables people to show their support of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community on Facebook,” a company spokesman told Mashable.
“We aren’t going to use this as a way to target ads and the point of this tool is not to get information about people.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the 26 million users to apply the filter.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the 26 million users to apply the filter. Source: Supplied
Facebook decided it would implement the filter after two interns showcased the tool at an internal hackathon.
While the company insists the tool was nothing more than a celebration of equality, some marketing professionals think the data could be very useful.
The chief marketing officer of global mobile company Glipsia, Nicole DeMeo, said the rainbow-filtered profile pictures could help the spread of information within the LGBTQ community and its supporters.
“If a person uses the rainbow filter, we can assume that they’re in support of LGBT rights; in theory, a network could then send offers such as LGBT related events, content and media to that user,” she said.
“For someone in support of pride and the landmark Supreme Court decision, this is another data point or gateway to help serve more targeted offers.
“This both serves the network well and it serves the user, so that brands and organisations can find their audiences and it’s better for the user by cutting out the clutter of intrusive, irrelevant ads.”

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

How to make Facebook send you encrypted notification emails

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Learn how to add an OpenPGP public key to your Facebook profile and set it so that Facebook will encrypt the notification emails it sends to you.

Facebook introduced an option for users to add OpenPGP public keys to their profiles and select to receive encrypted notification emails -- account recovery emails, in particular -- in an effort to better protect your privacy online.
PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy and is used to encrypt email communications. It requires two keys -- one public, the other private -- to protect email from prying eyes. The sender needs to know the recipient's public key to encrypt the message, and then the recipient uses his or her private key to decrypt it. Take a look at the Electronic Frontier Foundation's explainer on Public Key Cryptography and PGP for more on the subject.
While Facebook lets you add a PGP public key to your profile and check a box to receive encrypted notification emails, you will need to use a separate program to generate the key. Facebook uses GNU Privacy Guard (GPG), a widely used and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard, for its own public key and recommends the GPG Suite for Mac and Gpg4win for Windows. I installed the GPG Suite on my Mac to generate my public and private keys. I was unable to use Gmail via the Web to encrypt and decrypt emails and instead had to access my Gmail account through the OS X Mail app; Mozilla Thunderbird reportedly works too.
You will also need to set up and manage your public key via a desktop browser. Facebook states "public key management is not yet supported on mobile devices; we are investigating ways to enable this."
After you generate your public and private keys, head to Facebook and navigate your way to the Contact and Basic Info section of yourAbout page . There you will need to click on Add a public key and copy and paste the text block of your PGP public key, starting with: -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- and including -----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- at the end. (On a Mac, I exported my public key as a plain-text ASC file from the GPG Keychain application that I was then able to open in TextEdit to copy the text block mentioned above.)

Below the box, you can check the box for Use this public key to encrypt notification emails that Facebook sends you. If you check the box, Facebook will send you an encrypted verification email that you must decrypt before it will begin sending you encrypted notification emails. You can also choose a privacy setting for your public key, but since it's useless to someone without your private key, it's not dangerous to leave it at the default of Public. In fact, the more people who know your public key means the more people who can send emails securely to you.
Once you have entered your public key and decided on the checkbox for encrypted notification emails, click Save Changes. Facebook then displays the 40-digit fingerprint of your public key on your About page, which is shorthand for the giant block of text you entered.
After you decrypt Facebook's verification email and click its included link, a new tab opens in your browser with this message, letting you know encrypted notification emails are enabled:

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Facebook formally launches its limited-free interent service in Pakistan

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Facebook finally launched its free but limited internet facility “” in Pakistan in, making it the 11th country to have this service.
In a Facebook post on Thursday Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that “ is now live in Pakistan for people on the Telenor Pakistan network.”
“Now, people will be able to access valuable services for free, including resources for health, jobs, local news and communication.”
He also claimed that nearly 1 billion people around the world will be able to access basic internet facility through this internet programme. is a global initiative by Facebook where selected websites are made available to users for free. It has been developed with the basic aim at developing markets where devices and data rates are beyond the reach of commoners.
The social media giant, after partnering with different telecom companies and content providers, would make certain selected websites available free of cost to their consumers.
The programme, however, has been criticised by the internet activists for its partiality and violation of net neutrality as only certain sites, including Facebook, while charging for rest of the sites. They also claim that the programme is either intentionally or unintentionally “killing the rest of internet” as only selected content on the internet will be promoted, which can be dangerous in the long run since not everyone can become part of the program.
Though any publisher can apply to become part of program, but not everyone’s application is accepted as they have to follow certain rules/guidelines which might even mean compromising on the quality of their content.
According to a market research by GfK, there are over 30 million Internet users and 15 million smartphone users in Pakistan. The recent statistics showed a staggering growth in Internet use of over 550 per cent between September 2014 and April of this year, with the total number of 3G subscribers crossing 11 million. The research also predicted the Pakistan’s tech device market to grow by 15 per cent in 2015.


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) Can Copy Microsoft For WhatsApp Monetization

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) faced a lot of flak when it acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. And going by the $1 it charges annually for the app, a lot of that criticism seems to be valid. The return on the billions it invested is abysmal; but all that could change if Facebook can find an effective way to monetize the app.

Facebook could better monetize WhatsApp

One way to do that is to replicate what Microsoft is doing with Skype. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) charges fees for every Skype call or text made to mobile or landline phones. And by doing so, it earns close to $2 billion a year in revenues from its 300 million users. WhatsApp currently has 800 million monthly active users; and if we extrapolate the Skype monetization strategy, that could translate to roughly $5 billion a year.
However right now, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) seems focussed on growing its WhatsApp user base over pushing through a plan to monetize the app. WhatsApp added close to 200 million new users in the last 8 months, and if that trend continues, it could hit the 1 billion-mark by Q1 2016.

Ads May Not be That Intrusive

Ads could also work; provided Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) does not over do it. Consumers are more or less used to encountering ads on sites, so if done properly, this could be an effective options. One way to do that could be use the first message at the top of the WhatsApp screen for ads; very similar to ones we have on Yahoomail. Or, WhatsApp could place ads in between messages, just like they appear in Facebook’s news feeds.
WhatsApp could also simultaneously charge fees and place ads for certain services, which in turn would provide multiple streams of revenue. But that’s a long shot, considering that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) wouldn’t want to create a negative perception by bringing about too many changes at once.

Bottom-line for Facebook

Although it is not clear how and when Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) plans on monetizing WhatsApp, it cannot sit forever on the app without earning some money from it. My best guess would be anytime within the next 2 years. So what does that mean for investors?WhatsApp has the potential to provide a strong kicker to Facebook’s revenue.
Analysts may have panned Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) for making the WhatsApp bet, but in the long-run, it certainly will prove to be a wise investment. And when that does, expect Facebook’s stock to move significantly higher from the current levels.