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Facebook testing live video streaming

  • Facebook is testing a
    new feature that will enable its 1.5 billion users to use their smartphones to
    shoot video so that other people can see what they are doing as it happens, the
    Associated Press reported.
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  • The world’s largest
    • Facebook is testing a
      new feature that will enable its 1.5 billion users to use their smartphones to
      shoot video so that other people can see what they are doing as it happens, the
      Associated Press reported.
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    • The world’s largest
      social network began testing the live video option on Thursday among a sliver
      of its US
      audience with iPhones. The Menlo Park,
      California, company didn’t
      specify when everyone with a Facebook account and a smartphone will have an
      opportunity to broadcast live.
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    • The feature
      represents Facebook’s latest challenge to online messaging service Twitter,
      which introduced a live video application called Periscope earlier this year.
      Another popular app called Meerkat also can be used to share live video in
      social circles.
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    • This isn’t the first
      time that Facebook Inc. has copied others’ ideas in an attempt to ensure its
      social network remains the leading digital hangout.
    •  
    • In recent years,
      Facebook also has embraced the hashtag symbol, a Twitter technique for flagging
      major events and topics of conversation, and cloned an option to check into
      specific places that was popularized by Foursquare.
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    • In another move of
      mimicry, Facebook is introducing another feature called “Collage”
      that will automatically bundle photos and video taken in the same place or at the
      same event into a slideshow,
      AP said
      in the report. The concept mirrors a feature that Google introduced in its Plus
      social network years ago and imported into its Photo app six months ago.
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    • The Collage option
      initially will be available on Facebook’s iPhone app before expanding on to its
      version for Android phones early next year.
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    • Facebook is touting
      live video and Collage as a leap forward in its attempt to bring its users
      closer together even though they may be located thousands of miles apart.
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    • Eventually, Facebook
      CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to deploy the virtual reality technology that the
      company acquired last year in a $2 billion purchase of Oculus to transform
      video into an even more-lifelike encounter.

     

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