Facebook changes iOS share sheet, announces F8 2016 dates

Facebook has announced that members of FbStart, a program devoted to helping early-stage startups, have received more than $250 million in benefits since the program was introduced during its developer conference in 2014.
The program is supposed to help startups by giving them free access to products from Facebook’s partners; offering guidance from people inside the social network; and providing a network of startups that can help each other.
Facebook says more than 7,200 startups across 130 countries have signed up for the program. It’s also announced that new companies — including Dropbox, Animoto, and Twilio, among others — have partnered up with the program.
The company has also updated the “share sheet” used to post content from other apps to its service. (That’s the thing that pops up whenever you tap the “share” tool on an iPhone.) Here’s a comparison of the old and new versions:
“Since F8, we’ve been testing versions of the share sheet to incorporate feedback from people and developers,” the company says in its blog post. “We learned that people want a simple experience that takes them directly to the composer after they click ‘Share,’ shows a clear preview of what they’re sharing, and allows them to complete the share quickly in just a few steps.”
Developers whose apps already support sharing to Facebook won’t have to do anything to enable the new share sheet, and getting the new one set up is just as easy as it was before. Users should “start to see the new experience” today.
In addition to those changes, the company also announced that F8, its annual developer conference, will be held between April 12 and 13 next year in San Francisco. Facebook often uses these conferences to announce new products, give developers new tools, and offer guidance on how to work with its services.

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