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Facebook submits a patent on Snapchat-style overlay images

The inventors describe the technology as a set of user interface elements that “may include, but is not limited to, animated images, short videos, and/or static images.” These, the patent explains, can be placed over photos and videos shared on Facebook or in messages. In other words, Facebook wants to patent its own version of … Continue reading “Facebook submits a patent on Snapchat-style overlay images”

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The inventors describe the technology as a set of user interface elements that “may include, but is not limited to, animated images, short videos, and/or static images.” These, the patent explains, can be placed over photos and videos shared on Facebook or in messages. In other words, Facebook wants to patent its own version of Snapchat filters. 

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