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June 30, 2014

Did Facebook Manipulate Your Newsfeed? Does it Matter?

By now you’ve probably heard the news: Facebook has been messing with your mind.

Over the weekend, Facebook was in the headlines when it was discovered that the social network had performed a bit of a social experiment on its users. For a week in early 2012, Facebook’s algorithms manipulated the news feeds of roughly 700,000 users by showing them more positive or more negative posts, all in an effort to determine if that would have an effect on the positivity or negativity of those users’ posts after [...]

 
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June 18, 2014

Facebook Goes after Snapchat with Slingshot

At 31, it’s hard for me to keep up with what all the kids are into. A few weeks ago I visited the apartment of my pals Jim and Julia, friends who happen to be in their early 20s. Julia kept talking about how she was so excited about a Snapchat she’d sent to Jim – but I’d decided last year that Snapchat was definitely not for me. Sending instant, disposable photos and videos to friends…for no reason? I’m similarly baffled at Facebook’s newest app, Slingshot.

The app was released yesterday by Facebook [...]

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May 22, 2014

Facebook Changes Default Privacy Settings to “Friends Only” Instead of “Public,” And More

Facebook is rolling back one of their long-standing privacy policies on its network. Starting today, your default privacy settings on Facebook (when you launch a new account) will be set to share with “Friends Only,” instead of publicly for the world to see.

If you have an existing account, you can change your settings if you haven’t already, here.

In addition to making your posts more private and allowing you to share more openly if you wish, Facebook will also soon prompt all users to [...]

 
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May 19, 2014

Rumor: Facebook Developing Snapchat Competitor ‘Slingshot’ For Imminent Release

Earlier this year, Facebook attempted to purchase one of the most popular social apps on the planet, Snapchat – to little success. After offering $3 billion to acquire the little app that could, the world’s biggest social network is looking to make its own “ephermal messaging” app (i.e. a Snapchat competitor), if a report on the Financial Times is to be believed.

Though there are few details coupled with this rumor, the report does claim that, like Snapchat, users would be able to share video and [...]

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May 1, 2014

Facebook Takes On Smaller Deep Link Rivals With App Links

Deep linking has been a hot topic as of late with companies popping up including URX, Deeplink.me, and others to take on the problem of making mobile apps connect the same way that clickable links work within the Web.  Now Facebook has taken a deeper jump in the space by introducing App Links.

The new initiative aims to make deep-linking between native apps easier for developers by giving the app a web URL.  If the compatible app is installed on the device you are using, it will automatically load [...]

 
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April 14, 2014

Facebook Wants To Be Your Digital Wallet

A Financial Times article from this past weekend reports that Facebook is close to launching a digital financial service, becoming the latest tech company to try and be your all-in-one e-wallet. According to the post, Facebook is “only weeks away” from gaining the required regulatory approvals in Ireland to launch the service, which would allow users to set up digital wallets on their accounts. It seems likely that the company is making similar arrangements to launch programs in other territories around the [...]

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April 9, 2014

Mobile Facebook Users Forced to Download Messenger if they Want to Chat

The Facebook Messenger app has been around for a long time, but it’s not been necessary for chatting with your contacts on your mobile device. To do that, you could simply jump into your regular Facebook app and hit the messages tab—easy peasey. But not for much longer: reports are hitting the web that Facebook is forcing its users to migrate to the Messenger app whether they like it or not.

According to a post on TechCrunch, the rollout has begun in Europe today, and that over the next few weeks [...]

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March 31, 2014

Doom Creator & Oculus CTO John Carmack Seems Okay with Working for Facebook Now

Less than a week ago, Facebook stunned the tech world by spending $2 billion to acquire virtual reality start-up Oculus, and the company’s in-development headset, the Rift. The backlash among former Oculus fans was swift and immediate, pretty perfectly encapsulated by the just-as-sudden announcement of Marcus “Notch” Perrson’s cancelation of the also in-development Rift port of Minecraft. A few days ago, alpha-nerd and Doom creator John Carmack—the Chief Technology Officer of Oculus who left his longtime [...]

 
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March 25, 2014

Virtual Insanity: Facebook Drops $2 Billion to Buy VR-Maker Oculus

News broke moments ago that Facebook will spend $2 billion to acquire Oculus, the Kickstarted maker of the Rift, a virtual reality headset that’s had the gaming world talking for the last several months. While not as numerically huge as its $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp last month, the implications of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus can’t be ignored.

For starters, this means that Oculus won’t have to worry about funding, well, ever again. With Mark Zuckerberg’s deep pockets, [...]

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March 10, 2014

whodoyou Mashes Up Yelp and Angie’s List To Offer Recommendations

If you want a recommendation for a plumber, you usually take to Facebook to hear what your friend’s have to say.  After all, the best recommendations come from friends.  Now, a new platform aims to collect those recommendations on Facebook and combine them into a searchable database.  “whodoyou,” which coins itself a mashup of Angie’s list, Yelp and Facebook, captures authentic, local advice shared on social networks in everyday conversations.

With the average Facebook user [...]

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