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Facebook Planning To Set up a Sprawling Office

At the same time, the social media giant would occupy a 384,000 sq feet, $246 million office project in the South Lake Union neighbourhood in Seattle

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Social networking giant Facebook is working towards expanding in the US state of Washington, setting up a sprawling office project right in the backyard of Microsoft.

The company’s massive project is currently being referred to as “Building X” project. Facebook approached the city with plans for a 650,000-square-foot campus, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported late on Tuesday.

“The company has not yet applied for building permits but a project schedule sent to the city shows that it hopes to demolish existing buildings on the allotted land as soon as May,” the report added.

The site of the project is along Willows Road, where the social media giant is shortlisting buildings on two parcels it bought earlier this year for $20 million.

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Facebook plans sprawling office near Microsoft headquarters. IANS

Microsoft has 128 buildings in a massive campus in Redmond, Washington State.

Despite being hit by massive security breaches and facing fire over its handling of user data and the spread of misinformation, the social media giant has continued to expand its footprint.

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According to a report in GeekWire, Facebook also has leased space in two downtown Bellevue office towers and is eyeing a project in the Spring District development.

At the same time, the social media giant would occupy a 384,000 sq feet, $246 million office project in the South Lake Union neighbourhood in Seattle. (IANS)

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Facebook Redesigns Messenger App For Android, iOS Users

"The company says it might take a little time for the update to be available for everyone," the report added

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Facebook releases Messenger redesign on Android, iOS. Pixabay

Facebook has redesigned its messaging app — Messenger — with a new interface and the update can be downloaded on both Android and iOS devices via Google Play and App Store.

The redesign was first announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference in May 2018 with the idea of making the chat feature simpler and to put messages at the front and centre once again.

Notable features of the redesign include consolidating its nine tabs into just three, introducing more whitespace to the interface and hidden buttons for game, bots and reminder functionalities on the chatbox, The Verge reported on Friday.

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Following its announcement in May, the redesign entered a prolonged rollout period in October.

“The company says it might take a little time for the update to be available for everyone,” the report added.

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Messenger was launched for Facebook users to send messages to one another while they browsed through the social media app on the desktop and in 2014, it was released as an individual mobile app. (IANS)