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Facebook’s artificial intelligence already knows a lot of things, such as who or what is in your photos, and what your Messenger conversations are about.

Now the social network’s algorithms know how to negotiate. In a study published Wednesday, Facebook revealed that it has taught chatbots to bargain with humans–and that they did so successfully. So much so, that Facebook claims the human opponents often didn’t realize they were interacting with bots.

Facebook A.I. research (FAIR) used transcripts of negotiations between real people to teach the bots to imitate their responses. FAIR then had them practice negotiations against fellow bots, rewarding them for positive outcomes and thus reinforcing words and behaviors that led to those outcomes. Over time, the bots learned to go beyond simply mimicking humans and instead became more unpredictable with their responses.

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Facebook has crashed. It’s not yet known why or how many people this has affected.

Social media giant Facebook is back online after experiencing technical difficulties across the globe.

The site crashed about 1.20pm on Tuesday and was back up shortly before 1.50pm.

It was unclear what had caused the error and how many people were affecte

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This week Facebook announced that it has deployed AI-driven technology to identify users at risk of suicide, and offer them support.

Algorithms, trained on report data from the network’s close to two billion users, are constantly on the lookout for warning signs in content that users post, as well as replies that are received. When a red flag is raised, a team of human reviewers is alerted, and the user can be contacted and offered help.

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Facebook is focusing on growing user base and expanding partnerships with businesses in India, which is one of the key growth markets for the world’s largest social networking platform. “We (India) are leading the charter for the emerging markets for Facebook. We are part of Asia Pacific, which is the fastest growing region in the world in terms of Facebook revenue and India is a strategic focus within the region,” Facebook’s newly appointed India and South Asia head Umang Bedi said today.

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Facebook promised it’ll offer Messenger users end-to-end encryption, and the company finally rolled out the feature to all its users. However, Messenger isn’t end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning you have to manually activate it for each conversation., which can be a hassle.

“Your messages are already secure, but Secret Conversations are encrypted from one device to another,” the iPhone or Android app will tell you. What that means is that your chats are, were, will be encrypted while in transit — that’s the “already secure” part — so they can’t be hacked. But Secret Conversations are the only ones that are also encrypted at each end, including your device and Facebook’s server. That means nobody can snoop on your protected chats.

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Facebook is launching a “lite” version of it Messenger chat app. It is aimed at emerging markets, where many people use older phones that don’t have enough room to store or ability to run the full-featured application due to slower internet speeds or other issues.

“Messenger Lite” will be available on Android devices in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela beginning on Monday. The company did not say when it would be available in other countries or whether it is also coming to Apple devices (although Android is far more popular in emerging markets than even older iPhones).

There is already a “Facebook Lite” available for people whose phones are too old or simple to run the full-fledgedFacebook. Messenger Lite is a similarly slimmed-down version of Messenger. It will let people send text, photos and links but won’t do video calls, for example.

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A gathering of some prominent conservatives is being held this coming Wednesday. Though that, on its face, is likely not cause for news, the location of where this somewhat-secret group of people is meeting is fairly intriguing: Facebook.

The news of the invite comes straight from Glenn Beck who, along with others, has been invited to Facebook to partake in a little summit of-sorts. All this centers around the recent reports that Facebook was allegedly silencing conservative viewpoints within its Trending Topics spot on users’ home pages—an allegation Facebook denies.

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Facebook announced Thursday it was donating computer servers to a number of research institutions across Europe, starting with Germany, to accelerate research efforts into artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg was in Berlin to receive a prize from German publisher Axel Springer and announced that the group would donate a total of 25 servers, each with eight graphics processing units (GPU), or 200 in all.

“The biggest role we’re gonna play is investing in it (AI) and pushing the industry into investing in it; that’s gonna be pretty crazy, giving people the possibility to express anything,” he said at the ceremony in his honour.

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: Facebook-owned smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has hit the billion-user mark, according to the leading social network’s chief and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“One billion people now use WhatsApp,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page.

“There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people.”

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Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all delved into virtual and augmented reality technology. Now, Apple is dipping a toe into the space too.

Apple recently acquired an augmented reality start-up called Flyby Media and hired Doug Bowman, who ran the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech and who has researched topics such as immersion in virtual environments.

An Apple spokesman confirmed the Flyby deal and said, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” The acquisition and the hire were earlier reported by The Financial Times .

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