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“Wave” hello to your “Nearby Friends” in Facebook with this New Feature

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New York, December 24, 2016: Facebook has removed the ‘Nearby Friends’ feature, letting your friends see your precise location and instead allowed ‘Wave’ to broadcast your proximity to them.

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TechCrunch in a report on Saturday said that it had noticed the map being removed from the ‘Nearby Friends’ service on Facebook app’s ‘More’ tab.

Facebook has also confirmed that the feature allowing people see your precise location for limited period on a map was no longer available.

“That strips ‘Nearby Friends’ main visual component, too, making it now just a list of people’s proximities and neighborhood,” the report added.

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Facebook has also introduced ‘Poke’ successor ‘Wave’ that addresses the core flaw of ‘Nearby Friends’ that “just because someone is in your proximity, does not mean they are available”.

With ‘Wave’, users have the option to send a wave to friends they see in Facebook ‘Nearby’ to let them know they are interested in what that friend is up to.

“We are testing a new feature within ‘Nearby Friends’ allowing people to send their friends a waving hand emoji to say “hello” and help them meet up.

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This is meant to give people more ways to express themselves, and help friends interact with one another in new fun and light ways, the report quoted a Facebook spokesperson saying. (IANS)

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Facebook Stops Huawei from Pre-Installing its Apps on Phones in Order to Comply with US Restrictions

Facebook's move is the latest fallout in the escalating U.S.-China tech feud

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FILE - A member of the media tries out new Huawei Honor 20 series of phones following their global launch in London, UK, May 21, 2019. VOA

Facebook has stopped letting its apps come pre-installed on smartphones sold by Huawei in order to comply with US restrictions, dealing a fresh blow to the Chinese tech giant.

The social network said Friday that it has suspended providing software for Huawei to put on its devices while it reviews recently introduced US sanctions. Owners of existing smartphones that already have Facebook apps can continue using them and downloading updates.

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Facebook’s move is the latest fallout in the escalating U.S.-China tech feud. Pixabay

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It’s not clear if buyers of new devices will be able to install Facebook’s apps on their own. Facebook’s move is the latest fallout in the escalating U.S.-China tech feud.

The Commerce Department last month effectively barred U.S. companies from selling their technology to Huawei and other Chinese firms without government approval. (VOA)