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by Ahmed Dubai
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LinkedIn has neglected two big opportunities Facebook is now capitalizing on: helping lower-skilled workers and people who aren’t actively looking for a job. Today Facebook is rolling out a slew of new Jobs features we spotted it testing last year. They could hurt LinkedIn’s growth prospects and divert recruiting ad dollars.

by Smartmon
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Facebook likes chat windows so much, it's trying them out on your friends' posts too.

The social network is testing out a feature on its desktop site that pushes certain posts to the bottom edge of your web browser, similar to what it does when you get an instant message from a Facebook friend. Gmail does the same thing with instant messages and its email composer.

As usual in the beginning of the month we acquaint you with world top M&A deals in IT. Here is our list of November deals. The first company is an acquirer and the second one is the acquired company.

Facebook connects people: millions are using the app for keeping in touch, making new friends and just for entertainment. Today Facebook is becoming more and more multifunctional – now it’s going let users selling and buying from people who live nearby by means of a new feature called Marketplace.

Last month we’ve published an article about remarkable M&As of August 2016. This September world-known companies were rather active in acquisitions, too. Here is a list of the freshest M&A transactions.

There’s no doubt that virtual reality is one of the hottest trends of the moment, with a lot of the top companies in the tech industry currently investing in it. Basically, VR, as it’s shortened, refers to computer-simulated reality, replicating an environment that simulates a physical presence in places in an imagined world, allowing the user to interact with it. The concept is far from being new, since it’s been presented and discussed in tech communities for a few years. 

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Mark Zuckerberg is building a robot butler for his home

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has declared  that his 2016 personal challenge is to "build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man."

What this AI will look like, nobody but Zuckerberg knows. However, he says he is going to build the AI with readily available technology and will begin to teach it to understand his voice to control everything in his home, including lights, music, and temperature.

Furthermore, Zuckerberg will teach the AI to recognise friends at the door and let them in. He'll also teach it to let him know if Max (his daughter) needs attention while she's in her room and when Mark's not there.

Mark states that "Every challenge has a theme, and this year's theme is invention."

After spending a lot of time with engineers to build new services or projects, Mark wants to invent this AI himself:

"It's a different kind of rewarding to build things yourself, so this year my personal challenge is to do that.

"This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself. I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year."

We’re looking forward to seeing Mark’s progress. Although, presumably his AI will be sharing it for him? We’ll find out on Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall.

by menarate
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Facebook introduces offline mode

Facebook announced launching “offline mode” to view content on the News Feed for users with poor internet connection or when there’s no ability to reach out to Facebook servers. Users will be able to view their News Feed even when they’re offline.

Earlier, users had to wait until the News Feed is loaded. From now, according to the developers, the stories, which have been downloaded earlier, will be displayed and sorted by relevance. Once the connection is restored, the posts will be downloaded and sorted correctly.

Moreover, users will be able to comment on the posts even if they’re offline. When the connection is fast, the comments will be posted.

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