Category Archives: Facebook


Facebook’s Echo Show Rival May Cost $499

Adnan Farooqui January 9, 2018

It appears that Google isn’t the only company that’s thinking about developing an Amazon Echo Show rival. According to a new report, Facebook is working on a similar product called Portal and that it’s going to priced at $499.

The Amazon Echo Show was the first Alexa-enabled device from Amazon to feature a touchscreen display. It provides a wide range of features to users backed up by its intelligent personal assistant Alexa.

Portal is also going to be Facebook’s first consumer hardware device since the ill-fated “Facebook phone” that it developed in partnership with HTC back in 2013. It was a phenomenal flop.

Facebook’s secretive Building 8 lab is reportedly behind the Portal project. This is going to be the first finished hardware product from this division of the company.

The $499 device will reportedly be marketed to customers as a communal hub for video chats with friends and family. Portal is said to be the first of many Facebook products to come for the home. It will rely on advanced computer vision technologies to identify people through the device’s camera and pair them with Facebook accounts.

The report claims that Facebook is going to launch Portal in May this year. The timeline coincides with Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference which would be the perfect stage for the company to unveil this product.

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Facebook M Virtual Assistant Being Shut Down

Adnan Farooqui January 8, 2018

Facebook entered into the virtual assistant space with “M” back in 2015. It took a different approach, though, compared to the likes of Siri and Alexa. The Facebook Messenger service had a human-assisted part which meant that it was monitored regularly by humans to help grow the platform. This enabled M to person tasks like booking reservations, order gifts, and more. This particular version of M was only released to around 2,000 people in California. Facebook has now confirmed that it’s going to shut down the M virtual assistant on January 19th. Contractors who worked on this service will get other jobs at Facebook.

“We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot,” Facebook said in a statement, adding that it’s going to use these insights to develop other artificial intelligence projects.

The service is now going to live on through M suggestions. It’s fundamentally different in that it can only offer fully automated suggestions for making plans, sorting out payments, sending stickers through Messenger, and more.

So what this experiment basically did was allow Facebook to find out what tasks people would rely on a virtual assistant for and it automated the ones that it could. The human-assisted service was just not a viable service for the long term and even Facebook itself describes it as an experiment.

If you’re one of the few people in California who got to try it out, just remember that this part of the service will be shut down on January 19th.

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Facebook Inks Music Licensing Deal With Sony

Adnan Farooqui January 8, 2018

Facebook confirmed late last year that it has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Group. The deal allows Facebook users to upload videos that include a song even if they don’t own the rights to it. In the past, Facebook would eventually remove videos that contained songs that were not owned by the uploader. Facebook has now inked a similar deal with Sony.

Facebook has been negotiating with rights holders over the past few months to clear the way for its users to upload vidoes with songs owned by major publishers.

The deal allows Facebook, Oculus, and Instagram users to upload and share videos that contain music from the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog. Facebook was inevitably going to make a similar deal with Sony on this and it doesn’t hurt that it’s the largest music publisher in the world.

“We are thrilled that in signing this agreement Facebook recognizes the value that music brings to their service and that our songwriters will now benefit from the use of their music on Facebook,” confirmed Sony/ATV Chairman Martin Bandier.

The multi-territory, multi-year deal with Sony opens up a catalog of more than three million songs to Facebook users. It also provides the publisher’s songwriters with an opportunity to earn royalties from the user of their music on the world’s largest social network.

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Facebook Watch Gets Clips From CBS Late-Night Shows

Adnan Farooqui January 7, 2018

CBS has a great lineup of late-night talk shows and clips from these shows often get a lot of traction on YouTube. That’s why it’s not surprising to see them pop up on Facebook’s Watch platform. Facebook Watch is a new platform for videos on Facebook that the world’s largest social network launched in August last year.

Launched in August 2017, Facebook Watch is described as a new platform for shows on Facebook. It’s personalized to help users discover new shows that are organized around what their friends and communities are watching.

Facebook Watch was first rolled out to a limited group of people in the United States. The social network said that it would then release the experience to more people gradually. Facebook Watch was later rolled out broadly to people in the United States.

CBS has added short-form content from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden to Facebook Watch. Users will be able to watch these clips on Facebook’s platform whenever they want.

The terms of this deal have not been disclosed by CBS and Facebook. At this point in time, CBS isn’t producing any original content for the Watch platform. It’s merely distributing clips from its shows that can also be found on other platforms like YouTube.

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