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Facebook to open source LogDevice for storing logs from distributed data centers

Facebook to open source LogDevice for storing logs from distributed data centers

Facebook is planning to open source LogDevice, the company’s custom-built solution for storing logs collected from distributed data centers. The company made the announcement as part of its Scale conference. Logs are used to track database events. If a server suffers an outage for any reason, companies need a way to debug, perform security audits […]

Former Facebook brand marketing head is new Oculus CMO

Former Facebook brand marketing head is new Oculus CMO

A long-time Facebook brand marketing exec has been tapped to lead marketing efforts at Oculus. Rebecca Van Dyck will be joining the virtual reality team as CMO. Van Dyck The hire, first noted on Twitter by reporter Alex Heath, was confirmed by an Oculus spokesperson to TechCrunch. The spokesperson also noted than Van Dyck will […]

Facebook’s new Watch video hub rolls out to U.S. users

Facebook’s new Watch video hub rolls out to U.S. users

Facebook’s latest push into video is now live. On Thursday, the new Watch tab popped up for U.S. users as the feature begins its proper roll-out. The Watch tab sits in some premium Facebook real estate, just under the News Feed and Messenger buttons on the main desktop navigation menu. On mobile, the feature hangs out […]

WhatsApp is testing verified business accounts

WhatsApp is testing verified business accounts

Messaging giant WhatsApp is experimenting with giving businesses verified accounts on its platform. In an FAQ on its website the company notes that some business accounts will be displayed with a green tick badge next to them — which denotes that WhatsApp has “confirmed” their phone number belongs to a business account, though it does […]

Facebook will match Harvey relief donations up to $1 million

Facebook will match Harvey relief donations up to $1 million

As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to inundate the Texas Gulf Coast, Facebook users have one more reason to donate to relief efforts. Facebook announced Tuesday that it would match the Harvey disaster relief funds raised by its users up to $1 million. To contribute match-eligible funds to Harvey recovery efforts on the platform, Facebook users […]

Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos

Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos

Facebook is faced with yet another content-related scandal, after The Times newspaper reported that people traffickers and slave traders are using its platform to broadcast videos of migrants being tortured to try to extort money from their families. According to the newspaper’s report, footage showing Libyan gangmasters threatening the lives of migrants had remained on […]

Facebook adds new ways to revisit your memories and milestones

Facebook adds new ways to revisit your memories and milestones

Facebook today is expanding on the popularity of its two-year old “On This Day” sharing prompt, with the addition of new features that let users revisit their memories, as well as celebrate milestones related to their friendships on the social network. While “On This Day” provides a look back in time, starting with memories from […]

Facebook adds skin tones to family emoji, but it’s complicated

Facebook adds skin tones to family emoji, but it’s complicated

Adding real-world diversity to emoji is a work in progress, but with platforms spanning the entire glove, it’s clearly important to big companies like Facebook. The social network just rolled out a set of new “family” emoji that, while they don’t yet capture the full spectrum, at least let your partner and kids have something […]