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June 3, 2015

Google Didn’t Blow It: Facebook Still Has A Long Way to Go to Catch YouTube

In a post on Business Insider, Nicholas Carlson sounds the alarm stating that Facebook has caught up to and is poised to surpass YouTube in terms of daily video views. He cites an article written by Fortune’s Erin Griffith (which is a very good read, I recommend checking it out — it’s in-depth and detailed) that discusses Facebook’s huge investment in video as his main piece of evidence. In Griffith’s article she writes, “In April, Facebook hit 4 billion views per day, matching the latest estimates [...]

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May 6, 2015

Oculus Rift Confirmed for Q1 2016

It’s happening: Facebook-owned Oculus announced on Tuesday that its long-in-development virtual reality headset, the Rift, will be ready for our sweaty faces in the first quarter of 2016. Pre-orders will open later this year, and that’s just enough time for me to go OH CRAP I NEED A BETTER COMPUTER SITUATION FOR THIS MAGIC VR HEADSET.

The company made the announcement on its blog, though not too many more details came through other than that. Oculus did say that this long-awaited consumer grade version of the Rift is better than [...]

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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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February 9, 2015

Google Acquires Odysee Photo Platform

Google continues to buy its way through Silicon Valley, having acquired photo backup platform Odysee this past weekend. According to a post on Odysee’s website, the company’s app will continue to run for the next couple of weeks, but on February 23, the service will be shut down once Odysee joins the Google+ team.

“We are excited to share that the Odysee Platform Team will be joining the Google+ Team.

Odysee’s vision was to be the easiest way for everyone to capture unlimited memories and access them everywhere. We are [...]

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February 3, 2015

Twitter to Syndicate Promoted Tweets, Will Soon Introduce Instant Timeline

It seems new and exciting changes are coming to the world of Twitter. While the company has been trying lots of different tactics to generate revenue from what is essentially a free-for-all in terms of what it costs and how it functions, Twitter will soon introduce the syndication of promoted Tweets across different platforms, as well as an “Instant Timeline” feature for new users. Is this finally the year Twitter will become profitable?

First, the syndication news: Twitter announced today that it has partnered up with Flipboard [...]

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January 21, 2015

Facebook to Crack Down on Fake News Stories

One of the worst parts of the Facebook experience is being bombarded with the various fake news stories shared by your friends (okay, your parents and that weird guy you roomed with for six months in college). But fear not, Facebookers! The company has announced that there will be new tools at your disposal to report hoaxes and bogus news posts that clog up your feed.

When you flag a post as a hoax, Facebook will start to pay closer attention as the number of times that flag’s been applied increases:

“To reduce the number [...]

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January 14, 2015

Facebook at “Work” Sees Limited Launch Today

The new, work-focused social networking experience from Facebook is launching today, TechCrunch reports. Accessible via the main Facebook site, but also packaged into an Android and iOS app called “Work,” the new service will be available as part of a limited roll out while Facebook tests everything out.

According to the report, businesses will be able to create their own Work networks and give access to their employees. From there, posts and messages can be shared among that limited network, walled off from the rest of Facebook. [...]

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January 13, 2015

Facebook Putting Amber Alerts into Users’ Newsfeeds

Whether or not you like what you see on Facebook, chances are pretty good that you check it regularly as a matter of course. Such is the nature of the social network. Because of that, Facebook is banking on your habitual need to look at your news feed to try and help find missing kids.

Amber Alerts, those messages you see flashed on electronic road signs as you drive down the highway, or even those notifications you see on your smartphone when they occur in your area, will be coming to Facebook users’ mobile news feeds starting [...]

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