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Facebook’s desktop messaging app is finally here

by Jason
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Image: GIAN EHRENZELLER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Your prayers have been answered.  Facebook has finally released a beta version of Workplace Chat, a desktop messaging service for businesses. The new messaging service is essentially a competitor to Slack and is part of Facebook’s Workplace for Desktop suite. SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election The beta version of the chatting app is currently available for machines running Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.9 and above. It allows users send individual and group messages in a window that won’t get lost among browser tabs.  Image: screenshot/facebook The […]

Accidental Facebook post about a toddler becomes an unexpected hit

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Not Ramona, but we wish it were.Image: Getty Images UPDATE: Oct. 3, 2017, 12:55 p.m. UTC NPR published a story Tuesday stating that Ramona is, in fact, not a cat—she is a baby. But she does have a cat.  Here’s hoping Ramona and her feline friend become NPR mainstays in the coming weeks. ——- Original story: Accidentally posting personal stuff onto a work page is every social media manager’s worst nightmare. This time, after the last few days, it came as a moment of relief. On Monday, an NPR staffer’s accidental Facebook post went viral, amassing more than 20,000 reactions […]

Microsoft and Facebook’s big undersea cable is now complete

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Marea cable headed towards the oceanImage: microsoft More than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, there now lies the “most technologically advanced subsea cable,” providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google’s alternative, now poorly named, “Faster.” The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius.  Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, began in August 2016. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won’t be operational until early 2018.  SEE ALSO: Why Consumer Reports is wrong about Microsoft’s Surface products Facebook, […]

Don’t believe that fake viral photo of a NFL player burning the U.S. flag

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Another day, another chapter in the ongoing feud between Donald Trump and NFL players who are taking the knee in protest against police brutality.  SEE ALSO: The first NFL game of Sept. 24 started with a powerful, unprecedented protest You might have seen on Twitter or Facebook this picture that purportedly depicts an NFL player burning the U.S. flag in the locker room as his teammates enthusiastically look on: Image: facebook/vetsfortrump Besides the utter absurdity of the scene, it immediately pops to the eye that there’s something wrong with the hand holding the flag. But that didn’t prevent many people […]

Mark Zuckerberg needs to put on a damn tie

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Zuckerberg in his classic uniform. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)Image: Getty Images for Vanity Fair Let’s just say it: Mark Zuckerberg dresses horribly, and he should be ashamed every time he appears in public. Here is a man in charge of the world’s most important social network — one that probably ended American democracy as we knew it! — and thanks to a general acceptance of his limp-ass techno-bro privilege, he gets away with wearing the same ugly T-shirt and jeans whenever he steps outside. It’s a uniform that says “I’m better than you,” an astonishing hubris […]