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March 25, 2015

F8 Roundup: Messenger Platform and IoT at a Facebook Near You

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage in San Francisco on Wednesday during F8, the Facebook developer conference. There, Zuckerberg and his underlings gave viewers and attendees alike a vision of the future of Facebook—and while nothing is going to set the world on fire, there were enough interesting ideas presented that make Facebook seem poised to make some big moves down the road.

Spherical Videos Coming to Facebook and Oculus

Some spherical video action.

Soon enough, Facebook Newsfeeds [...]

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March 18, 2015

Facebook Unveils a Payments Feature in Messenger: Look Out, Square

I’ve been a huge Square Cash fan since its launch, and I’m responsible for signing up several friends, plus my landlord. It’s a great product — there isn’t a lot of friction in the sign-up process, and it’s super easy to use. Unfortunately, Square Cash isn’t advertised well.

The new payments feature Facebook just unveiled? People are going to know about this.

I think it’s probably going to kill Square Cash.

The feature, which is integrated to Facebook’s Messenger [...]

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February 18, 2015

Facebook is Developing VR Apps

During yesterday’s installment of the ongoing Code/Media Re/code conference in California, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox announced that the social media network was developing virtual reality apps, no doubt for use with the Oculus Rift VR headset when that eventually makes its debut.

According to a post on Re/code, Cox sang virtual reality’s praises, and offered a few hints about how users might be able to interact with whatever software is in the pipeline:

“I mean, virtual reality is pretty cool. We’re [...]

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December 4, 2014

Slingshot Has New Features. Wait, Remember Slingshot?

This past summer, Facebook put out a competitor for Snapchat, the photo and video-sharing app that zaps your content into limbo once it’s been consumed, and is a hit with all the youngsters. We wrote about Slingshot when it debuted in June – and then promptly forgot it even existed. Surprise! It exists – and it has new features.

The Slingshot blog explains the new goodies. To start, now users can share full screen photos and looping videos with “just two taps.” The app now also provides “the freshest shots” from the users you’re [...]

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October 3, 2014

Facebook to Jump into Healthcare Market

A report out of Reuters today says that Facebook is in the process of getting into the healthcare market in the near future. The information comes from “three people familiar with the matter,” who say that the initiative will introduce “support communities” to help bring people with similar health issues together if they like.

Additionally, another facet of Facebook’s plans include the introduction of “preventative care” applications to help users “improve their lifestyles.” What form that might take remains to be seen. Unlike [...]

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August 26, 2014

Facebook Cracks Down On Click-Bait

According to an update from Facebook, users are going to see less click-bait on their newsfeed in the future.

If you’re unsure of what click-bait is––though I’d bet you’ve seen it––it’s when a publisher posts a link with a headline that reveals next to nothing about the content, but is worded in such a way as to attract a click.

This one is from my own newsfeed.

In the update, researcher Khalid El-Arini and product specialist Joyce Tang say what we’ve all known and felt for a very long time, [...]

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August 12, 2014

A Temporary Way Around The Facebook Messenger Install

If you’re like me, then being told what to do isn’t high on your list of things you love. That’s why when Facebook made me install Messenger, my nostrils flared and lasers shot out of my eyes. Luckily, the fire of my rage has been quenched––there’s a temporary way to work around it.

For now, at least, it’s actually very easy to avoid the install. If you have an IOS device (I don’t know about other platforms, but go ahead and try) when you click on the messages tab in the Facebook app and are directed to the page with the [...]

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July 23, 2014

Facebook Refers 1/4 of All Shareaholic Traffic, But What About Pinterest?

Facebook has been declared “the social network to end all social networks” by Shareaholic, a social media analytics and publishing firm.

This past June Facebook reached an all time high with a 23.39% share of all visits to the 300,000 websites that Shareaholic networks. This means that roughly a quarter of the people who visited Shareaholic websites were referred there through Facebook. Where do other social networks fall in? Pinterest follows in second with 5.72% with Twitter in third at 1.03% leaving all other websites below [...]

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July 21, 2014

Facebook Introduces Save Feature

Facebook is in the process of rolling out “Save,” a new feature that allows users to bookmark interesting content such as links, places, TV shows, or music from their Newsfeed so they can access it at a later time.

The new feature can be found within the dropdown menu in the top right of any post. Saved content can then be accessed under the “More” tab on the mobile app or by tapping the “Saved” link on the left-hand side of the Newsfeed on the desktop. Facebook will occasionally remind you about the things that you’ve saved by [...]

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July 3, 2014

Facebook Issues Another Apology for Emotion Study

The dust has settled on the Grand Facebook Emotion Experiment, in which the social network automatically filtered what 700,000 users saw on their newsfeeds for the span of a week in 2012 based on whether posts contained negatively or positively charged words to see if that affected those users’ posts. Since many users saw Facebook’s experiment as manipulative, the company’s chief operating officer has issued another apology for the experiment.

According to a post on CNET, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke yesterday to Indian [...]

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