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Should You Worry About the New Facebook Messenger?

A lot of Facebook users, including my wife, have  recently raised privacy concerns over the new Facebook Messenger mobile app. They claim that by using the new app, Facebook would be able to steal all of your data, access your contact list and call your friends without permission, and  use your camera and microphone without your knowledge. Scary, right?

But there is no need to panic. These accusations are not entirely true. In its defence, Facebook even released a statement that all these talk are based on misinformation. Well, who can they blame? They have not been really good at that previously when they conducted a study without our consent.facebook

Basically, the premise of the new Facebook messenger is:  it is a separate app that can run independently. An instant chat feature. So you don’t have to launch the full Facebook app which will save you memory, bandwidth, and battery life. The chat head feature is very helpful for multitasking. You don’t have to leave your current screen to be able to see the text message.

Facebook To Become A Shopping Website

With more than one billion users, Facebook is now developing an application that would allow you to shop and buy a lot of stuff by just using your Facebook ID and password.

The social media giant has been looking into this idea for about several years now, however there have been obstacles in the past that they were not able to put the idea into reality. According to analysts, there are two reasons that held Facebook back then:

Dealing with Fraud

Buying and selling online has a lot of big risks. The issue of people that they don’t get the product after paying the merchant is still a big issue even today. So people are looking for a trusted service provider that they can rely on with their personal information and bank accounts. Paypal for instance has invested a lot of money and resources to deal with frauds on their network and now most of online buyers and sellers are using paypal because of the security system they have developed over the years.

Does FB Use Make You Feel Blue? Study Says So

Does Facebook use really make you feel blue? That’s what a recent study says so. It indicated that the more participants browsed FB, the worse they felt subsequently.  The research was conducted by Ethan Kross  and other social psychologists at the University of Michigan.

For two weeks, the researchers tracked 82 young adults, asking them how they  feel and how satisfied they are with their lives. The report concluded that “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.”

Supporting this view, other studies have also surfaced explaining the theory FOMO or Fear of Missing Out- a side effect of seeing friends and family having fun at parties or enjoying vacations while you are on a computer.

Facebook Cooks Up Deal With Voice Recognition Specialist

The future of Facebook is unfolding as it cooks up a deal to buy Mobile Technologies, a voice recognition specialist.  This is the 36th company acquisition made by the largest social networking site with over 1 billion members. The list of firms acquired includes some big companies  such as Instagram and Face.com, a facial recognition platform developer.

The purchase has already been announced by both companies but the details of the terms has yet to be confirmed. On its website, Tom Stocky, a product-management director at Facebook, said “Although more than a billion people around the world already use Facebook every month, we are always looking for ways to help connect the rest of the world as well. Voice technology has become an increasingly important way for people to navigate mobile devices and the web, and this technology will help us evolve our products to match that evolution.