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Facebook to launch news subscription feature, some big names opt out

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it has signed up 10 news publishers including the Washington Post and The Economist to take part in a trial that gives its mobile app users access to a limited number of articles a month and then the option to subscribe via the publishers' own websites.

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Facebook, Twitter lawyers to testify in Congress on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc will send their general counsels to testify on Nov. 1 before two Congressional panels investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the companies said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook, Twitter lawyers to testify in Congress on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc will send their general counsels to testify on Nov. 1 before two Congressional panels investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the companies said on Thursday.

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Facebook general counsel to testify before Congress on Nov. 1

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's general counsel will testify on Nov. 1 before a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the company said on Thursday.

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Facebook general counsel to testify before Congress Nov. 1

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's general counsel will testify on Nov. 1 before a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the company said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Head of Facebook's secretive hardware lab Regina Dugan says she is leaving Facebook "to focus on building and leading a new endeavor" - Facebook post

* Head of Facebook's secretive hardware lab Regina Dugan says she is leaving Facebook "to focus on building and leading a new endeavor" - Facebook post Source text: http://bit.ly/2ihLWow Further company coverage:

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Facebook buys teen app tbh

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc has acquired tbh, an app popular among teens, as the world's largest social network looks to attract more users.

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Facebook launches U.S. food order and delivery service

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday launched a service through which its U.S. users can order food for take-away or delivery directly through its app or website.

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UPDATE 3-Facebook will help investigators release Russia ads, Sandberg tells Axios

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was fully committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election.

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UPDATE 2-Facebook will help investigators release Russia ads, Sandberg tells Axios

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was fully committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Facebook will help investigators release Russia ads, Sandberg tells Axios

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was fully committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Facebook committed to helping investigators release Russia ads: Sandberg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday that the company was fully committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Facebook pushes ad overhaul before 2018 U.S. election: executive

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has begun overhauling how it handles political ads on its platform and may put some changes in place before U.S. elections next year, Facebook's chief technology officer said on Wednesday.

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Facebook pushes ad overhaul before 2018 U.S. election - executive

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has begun overhauling how it handles political ads on its platform and may put some changes in place before U.S. elections next year, Facebook's chief technology officer said on Wednesday.

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Facebook to sell portable headset for virtual reality

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is launching a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company's existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 3-Facebook to sell portable headset for virtual reality

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is launching a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company's existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

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Facebook's Sandberg to meet House intelligence leaders: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will meet with the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Thursday, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

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Facebook's Sandberg to appear before House intelligence: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will meet with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Thursday, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

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Facebook's Sandberg to appear before House intelligence -sources

WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will meet with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Thursday, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

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Facebook to launch new virtual reality headset, 'Oculus Go'

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to release a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, unlike its Oculus Rift product, which allows for mobile uses, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

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Facebook and Instagram down for some users

Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook and Instagram users in some parts of the United States, Europe and Canada were unable to access their accounts on Wednesday as the social networking website faced technical issues.

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Facebook brings British profits onshore after tax rule change

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Facebook reported profits in Britain in 2016 of 58.4 million pounds ($77 million) after the introduction of anti-profit shifting measures but a modest rise in its tax bill shows the challenge Europe faces in working out how to tax technology giants.

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Facebook says about 10 mln U.S. users viewed Russian-sponsored ads

Oct 2 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said that about 10 million individuals in the United States had viewed Russian ads that it had shared with the U.S. Congress on Monday.

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Facebook to hire 1,000 people to review ads after Russian buys

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to hire 1,000 more people to review ads and ensure they meet its terms, as part of an effort to deter Russia and other countries from using the social media network to interfere in others' elections, it said on Monday.

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Facebook pulls page, limits posting for exiled Chinese tycoon Guo

SHANGHAI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Facebook has taken down a page affiliated with China's highest profile fugitive, exiled billionaire Guo Wengui, and temporarily restricted his ability to post on his profile, citing violations of its community standards.

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Facebook to give Russia-linked ads to U.S. Congress on Monday

NEW YORK, Oct 1 - Facebook Inc said it plans on Monday to turn over to the U.S. Congress copies of some 3,000 ads that the social network says were bought on Facebook likely by people in Russia in the months before and after the 2016 U.S. election.

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Zuckerberg seeks forgiveness for division caused by his work

Oct 1 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asked for forgiveness for ways his work was used to divide people in a Facebook posting marking the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement on Saturday.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg defends company after critical Trump tweet

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday defended his company's role in U.S. elections and rejected assertions in a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump that the social network was against him.

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Facebook says deleted many fake accounts in German campaign

FRANKFURT, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Facebook said on Wednesday its efforts to fight fake news during Germany's national elections included taking down tens of thousands of fake profiles in the final month of the campaign.

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Facebook, Google bound to change handling of politics ads - marketing executives

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google have little choice but to rein in internet political ads in the face of growing U.S. government pressure, a panel of advertising consultants and executives said on Monday.

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Facebook, Google bound to change handling of politics ads -marketing execs

NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google have little choice but to rein in internet political ads in the face of growing U.S. government pressure, a panel of advertising consultants and executives said on Monday.

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Zuckerberg nixes new Facebook share class after shareholder lawsuit

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chairman Mark Zuckerberg abandoned plans on Friday to create a new class of company stock with no voting power, which was meant to be a way for Zuckerberg to retain control over the company he founded while fulfilling a pledge to give away his wealth.

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UPDATE 1-Zuckerberg nixes new Facebook share class after shareholder lawsuit

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept 22 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chairman Mark Zuckerberg abandoned plans on Friday to create a new class of company stock with no voting power, which was meant to be a way for Zuckerberg to retain control over the company he founded while fulfilling a pledge to give away his wealth.

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Facebook drops Class C plan: shareholder attorney

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has dropped its plan to issue Class C stock, according to an attorney who sued the company on behalf of a Facebook shareholder because the plan would have allegedly extended founder Mark Zuckerberg's control over the company.

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Facebook trial over Class C stock canceled: Delaware court

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's trial over a shareholder lawsuit opposing the company's stock reclassification has been canceled, according to a clerk in Delaware's Court of Chancery.

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Facebook trial over Class C stock canceled -Delaware court

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept 22 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's trial over a shareholder lawsuit opposing the company's stock reclassification has been canceled, according to a clerk in Delaware's Court of Chancery.

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Facebook to overhaul political ads after threat of U.S. regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements, giving a concession to U.S. lawmakers who have threatened to regulate the world's largest social network over secretive ads that run during election campaigns.

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UPDATE 3-Facebook to overhaul political ads after threat of U.S. regulation

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements, giving a concession to U.S. lawmakers who have threatened to regulate the world's largest social network over secretive ads that run during election campaigns.

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Facebook to overhaul political ads, share some with U.S. Congress

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements on the world's largest social network, responding to criticism that it has not done enough to prevent the manipulation of elections.

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Facebook to share Russia-linked ads with U.S. Congress

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it plans to share with U.S. congressional investigators some 3,000 political ads that it says Russia-based operatives ran on Facebook in the months before and after last year's U.S. presidential election.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg to speak about protecting elections

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg plans to speak at 12:30 p.m. California time (1930 GMT) on Thursday on "next steps protecting elections," he said on his Facebook page.

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Facebook to add more human review to ad system: COO Sandberg

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will add "more human review and oversight" to its ad-buying system, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Wednesday, responding to rising criticism that automated processes have allowed people to buy discriminatory ads.

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BRIEF-Facebook appoints Jennifer Dulski as product leader for the groups team - CPO Chris Cox

* Facebook appoints Jennifer Dulski as product leader for the groups team - Facebook CPO Chris Cox Further company coverage:

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Facebook hires AI expert, launches lab in Canada's Montreal

TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has hired artificial intelligence academic Joelle Pineau to head its new research lab in Montreal, the Silicon Valley social media company said on Friday.

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Facebook hires prominent artificial-intelligence expert to open Montreal lab

TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to open an artificial-intelligence laboratory in Montreal, which will be run by prominent AI researcher Joelle Pineau, two people familiar with the plan said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook removes feature that let ads reach 'Jew haters'

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it was temporarily disabling the ability of advertisers to target based on people's self-reported education and job information after a report that those features allowed targeting based on anti-Semitic topics.

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Facebook removes feature that let ads reach 'Jew haters'

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc this week stopped advertisers from targeting messages to people interested in topics such as "Jew haters" and "how to burn Jews" after journalists inquired about it, the news organization ProPublica reported on Thursday.

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Facebook to launch election integrity effort in Canada

TORONTO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc, under pressure over its role in possible Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, said it plans an election integrity initiative to protect Canada's next vote from cyber threats.

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Facebook won't make cars, Sandberg reassures Germany

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg went on a charm offensive in Germany on Thursday, telling the country's powerful automakers that the world's biggest social network does not want to compete with them.

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Facebook to clamp down on who can cash in on ads

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Facebook said on Wednesday it would introduce tougher rules on who can make money from advertising on its network, responding to criticism that it makes it too easy for providers of fake news and sensational headlines to cash in.

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Facebook introduces new rules on advertising, hate speech

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Facebook said on Wednesday it would introduce tougher rules on who can make money from advertising on its network, responding to criticism that it makes it too easy for providers of fake news and sensational headlines to cash in.

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REFILE-Facebook pays millions for reality show on NFL's Marshawn Lynch

Sept 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is paying Time Warner Inc's Bleacher Report millions of dollars for a reality show on NFL player Marshawn Lynch, the sports site told Reuters - a sign that the social media firm is willing to pay top dollar to lure viewers and ads to its Watch video service.

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Facebook pays millions for reality show on NFL's Marshawn Lynch

Sept 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is paying Time Warner Inc's Bleacher Report millions of dollars for a reality show on NFL player Marshawn Lynch, the sports site told Reuters - a sign that the social media firm is willing to pay top dollar to lure viewers and ads to its Watch video service.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook fined 1.2 million euros by Spanish data watchdog

MADRID, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Facebook has been fined 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million) for collecting personal information from users in Spain that could then be used for advertising, the national data protection watchdog said on Monday.

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Facebook fined 1.2 million euros by Spanish data watchdog

MADRID (Reuters) - Facebook has been fined 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million) for allegedly collecting personal information from users in Spain that could then be used for advertising, the national data protection watchdog said on Monday.

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UPDATE 4-Facebook says likely Russian-based operation funded U.S. ads with political message

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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Facebook gives election ad data to U.S. special counsel -source

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has turned over information about U.S. election ads it believes were bought by Russians to Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of investigating alleged Russian interference in last year's election, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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Facebook says likely Russian-based operation funded U.S. ads with political message

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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UPDATE 3-Facebook says likely Russian-based operation funded U.S. ads with political message

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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Facebook says likely Russian-based operation spent money on ads on issues

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an influence operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook says likely Russian-based operation spent money on ads on issues

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an influence operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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Facebook inflates ad reach, claims Pivotal Research analyst

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc inflates the number of people who can see the advertisements on its platform, a Pivotal Research Group analyst said in a note.

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Facebook's pricey cricket bid shows appetite for big sports events

Sept 5 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's $600 million losing bid to buy the streaming rights to a hugely popular cricket tournament in India shows the social network is willing to spend big bucks for high-profile sporting events to keep users engaged on its platform.

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Facebook takes the next step to monetize WhatsApp: WSJ

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is gearing up to make money from WhatsApp, the messaging service used by more than a billion people every day, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

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Facebook takes the next step to monetize WhatsApp - WSJ

Sept 5 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is gearing up to make money from WhatsApp, the messaging service used by more than a billion people every day, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

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Facebook's Watch goes up against YouTube for ad dollars

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc launched its Watch video service to U.S. users on Thursday with plans to allow people to submit shows, as the No. 1 social media network vies with Alphabet Inc's YouTube for advertising revenue.

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CORRECTED-Facebook Watch steps up competition with YouTube for ad dollars

Aug 31 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc launched its Watch video service to U.S. users on Thursday with plans to allow people to submit shows, as the No. 1 social media network takes on Alphabet Inc's YouTube to boost advertising revenue.

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Facebook Watch steps up competition with YouTube for ad dollars

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc launched its Watch video service to all users on Thursday with plans to allow anyone to submit shows, as the No. 1 social media network takes on Alphabet Inc's rival YouTube to boost advertising revenue.

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Facebook unveils center to teach Brazilian coders, entrepreneurs

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Monday unveiled its first training center in Latin America for coders and entrepreneurs, encouraging technology careers for young Brazilians saddled with staggering unemployment after a deep economic crisis.

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Facebook picks veteran executive to lead hardware efforts: Business Insider

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday named one of its veteran executives Andrew Bosworth to lead all of its consumer hardware efforts, including its Building 8 division, the Business Insider reported.

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Facebook picks veteran exec to lead hardware efforts-Business Insider

Aug 23 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday named one of its veteran executives Andrew Bosworth to lead all of its consumer hardware efforts, including its Building 8 division, the Business Insider reported.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday he would be taking two months of paternity leave after the birth of his second daughter.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to take 2 months of paternity leave

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday he would be taking two months of paternity leave after the birth of his second daughter.

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BRIEF-Facebook's Zuckerberg says planning to take two months of paternity leave for birth of daughter- Facebook post

* Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says planning to take two months of paternity leave for birth of daughter- Facebook post Source http://bit.ly/2vPxMNP

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Facebook tests adding news stories customized to users' interests

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is testing a feature in the Facebook News Feed that provides customized links to news on topics of interest to individual users, as the company continues to search for ways to increase the amount of time that people spend using the world's largest social media network.

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Facebook expands Marketplace trading service across Europe

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Facebook is stepping up its modest moves into e-commerce by expanding its service for connecting local buyers and sellers into 17 new European markets, the U.S. company said on Monday.

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Facebook OKs local firm's launch of Moments-like app in China: New York Times

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc, whose social media platform is blocked in China, authorized a local company to launch a photo-sharing application in the country in May, the New York Times reported, citing a person with knowledge of the company's plans.

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Facebook makes new bid for TV viewers with expanded video

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professional women's basketball to a safari show and a parenting program.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook makes new bid for TV viewers with expanded video

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professional women's basketball to a safari show and a parenting program.

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Facebook to launch redesign of video tab, called 'Watch'

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that it plans to redesign how people watch videos on the world's largest social network and it announced plans for a slate of new exclusive shows covering subjects such as sports, travel and cooking.

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Facebook offers tool to combat fake news in Kenya ahead of polls

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Facebook rolled out a tool this week to help Kenyan users spot fake news ahead of a hotly-contested presidential election that has seen supporters of rival candidates trade bitter words online.

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Facebook to step up fact-checking in fight against fake news

BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook is to send more potential hoax articles to third-party fact checkers and show their findings below the original post, the world's largest online social network said on Thursday as it tries to fight so-called fake news.

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Facebook shares could reach $200 in a year -Barron's

July 30 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc shares could rise 16 percent to $200 within a year, the newspaper Barron's said in its July 31 edition, as the social media company's profits ramp up and it expands its reach in video advertising.

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Facebook's Sandberg calls for new policies to boost women's pay

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg called on governments and companies to do more to close the gender pay gap on Sunday and said both girls and boys should be encouraged to become leaders from an early age.

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Facebook shares hit record high as mobile ad sales soar

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc reported steady and steep quarterly revenue growth on Wednesday, as the world's largest social network attracted more advertising dollars to its mobile empire, sending its shares to an all-time high.

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Facebook results beat estimates as mobile ad sales soar, stock at record high

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc surpassed quarterly profit and revenue estimates on Wednesday as the social media giant found more ways to attract advertisers to its mobile app including its centerpiece product, the Facebook News Feed, sending its shares to an all-time high.

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Facebook profit, revenue smash estimates as mobile ad sales soar

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc crushed quarterly profit and revenue estimates on Wednesday as the social media giant's push into video ads helped bolster its fast-growing mobile ad business.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook funds Harvard effort to fight election hacking, propaganda

LAS VEGAS, July 26 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will provide initial funding of $500,000 for a nonprofit organization that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks, the world's largest social network said on Wednesday.

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Facebook funds Harvard effort to fight election hacking, propaganda

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will provide initial funding for a nonprofit organization that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks, the world's largest social network said on Wednesday.

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Facebook in talks with publishers on supporting subscription models

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is in early talks with several news publishers about how its social media site can better support subscription business models, the company's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Facebook to launch news subscription product: TheStreet

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to launch a subscription-based news product, and will begin initial tests in October, TheStreet reported on Tuesday, citing the social media company's news partnerships head Campbell Brown at a conference.

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Silicon Valley mostly quiet in internet surveillance debate in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google, Apple Inc and other major technology firms are largely absent from a debate over the renewal of a broad U.S. internet surveillance law, weakening prospects for privacy reforms that would further protect customer data, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg drills down into North Dakota's oil patch

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg toured a North Dakota drilling rig on Tuesday and peppered industry workers in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state with questions about automation, safety and fracking.

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Tech firms protest proposed changes to U.S. net neutrality rules

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, July 12 (Reuters) - Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet Inc and dozens of other major technology companies are participating in an online protest on Wednesday to oppose proposed changes to U.S. net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others.

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Facebook expands ad testing on Messenger globally

July 11 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday that it was testing advertising on its Messenger app globally as the world's largest social media company looks to further monetize its popular chat service.

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Facebook, Twitter, Snap to seek soccer World Cup clips from Fox: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Snap Inc are seeking online rights to video highlights from Twenty-first Century Fox Inc for next year's soccer World Cup, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook, Twitter, Snap to seek soccer World Cup clips from Fox - Bloomberg

July 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Snap Inc are seeking online rights to video highlights from Twenty-first Century Fox Inc for next year's soccer World Cup, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

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Facebook, Twitter, Snap to seek soccer World Cup clips from Fox - Bloomberg

July 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Snap Inc are seeking online rights to video highlights from Twenty-first Century Fox Inc for next year's soccer World Cup, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

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Facebook fights U.S. gag order that it says chills free speech

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is challenging a gag order from a U.S. court that is preventing the company from talking about three government search warrants that it said pose a threat to freedom of speech, according to court documents.

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Facebook changes algorithm to curb 'tiny group' of spammers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Friday it was changing the computer algorithm behind its News Feed to limit the reach of people known to frequently blast out links to clickbait stories, sensationalist websites and misinformation.