Why Ello's Plan To Stay Ad-Free Can Actually Work

I want to believe in Ello. It’s a cheeky little startup with idealistic ambitions and a haunting logo and the promise of no ads. What’s not to like? Well, a few days ago, Ello revealed its grand plan to stay ad-free, and, honestly, it sounded at first like total bullshit. But it’s not.


So Far, The Future Of Virtual Reality Is Just Lame Ads

Since the 1980s, we’ve been dreaming about the resplendent future of virtual reality; one day, headgear like the Oculus Rift will be used to pour immersive entertainment into our brains. No part of this dream includes corporate sponsors shellacking our vision with brand messages. But now that the technology is on the cusp of the mainstream, advertising “experiences” are at the forefront of VR development.


Facebook's New Rooms App Bring Mini Message Boards To Your Phone

Facebook’s Creative Labs has just announced a new iOS app simply called “Rooms“. The app lets you create discussion rooms based on topics and invite friends through private invitations or a public link. So it’s kind of like Reddit, but on your own terms.


Facebook: The DEA Can't Use Fake Profiles To Chase Suspects

Remember how the US Justice Department decided it was just fine for a Drug Enforcement Administration agent to steal a woman’s identity and set up a fake Facebook account to chase subjects? Well, Facebook’s not OK with that.


Facebook Now Lets You Log Your Safety After Natural Disasters

There’s a growing trend of social media being used in the aftermath of natural disasters for information sharing — but Facebook is now working to formalise it. It’s launched a service which allows people to register themselves as safe when large-scale disasters occur.


US Justice Department: It Was OK For A Federal Agent To Impersonate This Woman On Facebook

An overlooked US Justice Department court filing explains that a federal agent had the right to commandeer a woman’s identity, set up a fake Facebook account using her details and even post provocative photographs of her found on a seized phone. Buzzfeed reports that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent stole the identity of Sondra Arquiett, who then went by the name Sondra Prince, back in 2010.


Report: Facebook Is Going To Release An Anonymous Chat App

Facebook’s stance on real names drew criticism recently, and it looks like the social network is leaping vigorously in the other direction. Sources within the company told the New York Times that Facebook plans to release an app that would let people talk anonymously.


Looks Like Facebook Messenger Is Prepping Friend-to-Friend Payments

Facebook Messenger has a friend-to-friend payment feature in the works, and it’s already set up in the app. It’s just not turned on for the general public.


Reuters: Facebook Is Working On Its Own Healthcare Services

Facebook already knows the most intricate of details about your life. Now, according to Reuters, it has plans to monitor your health too.


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