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Facebook Launches Slingshot, A Snapchat Rival App

Slingshot, the new iOS and Android app from the Facebook Creative Labs that was born during a Creative Labs hackathon in December, puts a new twist on ephemeral photo and video sharing. Here is how: In order to see a photo or video sent to you by a friend, you have to reply with a photo or video. The photos or videos sent can have text added either right over the image or as a caption. You can draw on the images. There’s even music ...
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Facebook Launches Instagram Connect for Select Pages

I am sure many of you are already familiar with the twitter connect inside Facebook which allows you to connect your business page to a corresponding twitter account by visiting this page. With the rise in Instagram's popularity and after it was acquired by Facebook a question lingered on on whether deeper integration was going to happen. This question is still hanging although we saw several areas where the knowledge exchange took place. Brand, ...
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Facebook For iOS Now (Sort Of) Works Offline

Facebook today updated its iOS app with three new perks/enhancements: Review what your post will look like and choose whether to remove any suggested links before sharing what you’re reading, watching or listening to. Create posts even when you have no connection or you’re in airplane mode, and they’ll be shared once your connection gets back. Improvements to make News Feed load faster, especially on legacy phones and tablets. The ...
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Roundup: Security in a Week – 4/11 May 2014

Beware of false Facebook hacking websites, don’t be a fool! When you search the web on how to hack a Facebook account, a huge list of websites will pop up and this number is on the rise. Those websites might claim that they are able to get you any Facebook account credentials in minutes, some might claim to do it live in front of you, and some might claim other lies. They can be very good at misleading you and will try anything just to fool ...
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Roundup: Security in a Week – 26 April/3 May 2014

Security in a week is a series of articles that is posted each week covering between 10 to 20 security news headlines from around the globe. Have you ever wished to check all security news websites to only find that there's a lot of reading to do and most of the articles are useless for you? Well we will do that for you, doing our best to pick up the most interesting and important bits. Note: I will number the news randomly and not by order of importance. PS: ...
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Facebook Announces ‘Nearby Friends’

Facebook has announced a new feature for users of their mobile apps. Called Nearby Friends, the feature is designed to let you catch up with your friends on Facebook whenever they are close to your location. If you turn on Nearby Friends, you’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up. For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby ...
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Facebook App To Lose Chat Functionality, Replaced by Messenger App

Facebook will allegedly soon disable the Chat function from its main mobile app, granting this functionality solely to its Messenger app. It does look like this change is imminent; even now, some users in Europe are receiving a notification of the upcoming change. Soon, Facebook will push an update for its main app, which will redirect the chat to Messenger, if you already have it installed. The company will issue a series of alerts and notifications ...
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Facebook Announces Imminent News Feed Cleanup

Facebook today announced plans to clean up the News Feed, through reducing stories that users are reporting as spammy or simply that they don’t want to see. This update will hit three specific post categories: Like-baiting posts: which explicitly asks News Feed readers to like, comment, or share the post. In other words, the goal is to go viral. Facebook says it has surveyed its users and found that they rate the quality of these stories ...
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Facebook Messenger Now Available on Windows Phone

Facebook Messenger has finally launched for Windows Phone. What does it exactly bring to the current Facebook Windows Phone experience? Here’s a list of features in the first version of Messenger for Windows Phone that might give you a few hints: Get to all your messages without having to open Facebook. Bring your conversations to life with stickers and send photos privately. Have group conversations and make plans on the go. Share ...
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Did Facebook Really Pay Too Much for WhatsApp?

Headlines went all crazy on us last week, with the public announcement of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp. What was even more crazy is the awfully huge amount Facebook cashed out to seal the deal. USD 16 billion in cash and stocks, in addition to another USD 3 billion to be distributed to WhatsApp employees and shareholders, in the form of restricted stock. The deal news did not shock me, personally. I always said that the reluctance of WhatsApp partners ...
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Ericsson and Facebook Create Innovation Lab for Internet.org

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Facebook today announced the creation of a joint innovation lab supporting the Internet.org initiative. The Internet.org Innovation Lab, an Ericsson-Facebook collaboration, will provide an environment and expertise for optimizing applications, networks, devices and services for the next five billion Internet users. Expected to open in the second half of 2014 on Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, California, the new lab ...
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Facebook to Buy WhatsApp for $16 Billion

It's all over the Internet today, Facebook is buying WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app for $16 billion dollars in cash and stock, according to a filing made on Wednesday of this week. There terms are (according to the filing mentioned above): Facebook has agreed to pay $12 billion in stock and $4 billion in cash for the company Facebook has also agreed to pay an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to WhatsApp's founders ...
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3 Top Stories Not To Miss Today

Facebook is now 10 years old. You may love it or hate but the odds are you are on it. The site has now over 1.23 billion users, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new product called look back. Look Back (found here: https://www.facebook.com/lookback) will allow you to have a... look back on your profile: it can be a short personalised movie, a collection of your top photos, or a thank you card from the company depending on how much content ...
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Facebook Unveils Shared Photo Albums

Usually when you want to upload some photos of a specific social event on Facebook, you are limited to the ones that you have taken through your phone or camera. Other photos that was were shot by your friends will either be in their own photo album on Facebook or given to you so that you upload everything to a single album for everybody to see. And then you start tagging your friends. Every time a new picture needs to be added, the owner of the album ...
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ArabNet: “Facebook: Shift Focus From Mobile to People-Centered Strategies”

The ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 came to a conclusion today and marked another success in line with all the previous events. Below is the press release summarizing the last day of the event. For the first day summary, please check out this link. Dubai – 26th June 2013 - Anybody with a more than passing interest in digital has been engrossed for the past two days by the intense discussions taking place in Dubai at Atlantis, The Palm. The ArabNet ...
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Facebook Reportedly Working On a Flipboard Style Reader [Rumor]

In a report published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) today, it is reported that Facebook is working on an RSS reader application that is expected to compete with the likes of Flipboard and Pulse. The WSJ mentions that this project has been in development for over a year now and Mark Zuckerberg himself is closely involved. The internal codename of the project is Reader, and if this is true, it will come at a time when millions are mourning the ...
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Facebook Security Bug Exposed 6 Million Users’ Personal Information

Facebook announced via their security team that they discovered a bug that reveals some user's contact information to "friends" they did not intend to share with. The site's White Hat team explained that some of the information the site uses to deliver friend recommendations was "inadvertently stored with people's contact information as part of their account on Facebook. We recently received a report to our White Hat program regarding a bug ...
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Alert: Facebook Home Wants Your Phone

Facebook Home may look like an Android launcher. Android users will know what I'm hinting about: a skin/layer that installs on top of the phone's initial launcher/homescreen, and adds some functionalities to the basic default launcher already pre-installed on the phone. It only may look like a launcher. Hence it is more than that. Facebook Home is anew kind of thingie, not really an app, nor an OS; We've read it throughout the Web, this new "thing" ...
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At The Pool: The New “Anti-Facebook”?

At The Pool is a Los Angeles-based social discovery platform, or maybe did you know that. Target:  to provide “similar” or “substitute” services to the ones provided by Facebook, taking advantage of the latter's potential attrition in the near future. To do that, At The Pool focuses on “getting you offline and connecting you with new people.” At The Pool launched back in July 2102 serving exclusively the Los Angeles market. However, ...
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Facebook Holding an Event on Thursday March 7

Facebook has just issued its invitations to the press to attend an event on March 7th, 2013 in its Menlo Park headquarters. The invitation (as seen below) specifies that the focus of this event is for people to have a sneak peak at the new design of their news feed. Apparently, a redesigned version of the Facebook's famous timeline has already been tested for a while in New Zealand, which features a new look for the toolbar at the top of the screen, ...
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Wolfram Alpha Introduces Expanded Personal Analytics

Wolfram Alpha, the online "answer engine" the provides direct answers to queries rather than web page results, has announced an upgrade to its previously released Personal Analytics for Facebook back in August 2012, which provided a detailed in-depth analysis of your Facebook profile in terms of the geographic distribution of your friends, their age distribution, your overall activity in terms of posting pictures and links, liking and commenting ...
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Facebook Announces Graph Search

Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday the release of a new search tool called "Graph Search", which, in short, is intended to help Facebook users in searching through the numerous links and connections that every one has for specific information and common interests. As Zuckerberg puts it, this is "not web search." The new tool is designed to find specific pieces of content from a precise query, rather than web search, which returns general responses ...
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The Instagram ToS: Are They That Bad?

If you have been browsing around the net in the past 24 hours or accessed your Facebook account, I am sure that you were bombarded with news and statuses about people's disappointment with Instagram's new terms of service (ToS), which somehow seem to indicate that the popular photo sharing social network now has the right to sell users' photos to third parties without notification or compensation after January 16, 2013. This has led to an outrageous ...
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Social Media Wars: Twitter Releases In-App Photo Filters

So Instagram decided to stop letting users directly view photos on Twitter. Retaliation: Twitter announced a new version of its iOS and Android clients that adds Instagram-style photo filters. And that was but the latest smash volley in an escalating fight between the two companies: after Twitter revoked access to Instagram users wishing to add their Twitter contacts in July, Instagram responded by reporting more US-based daily mobile users than ...
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Can Myspace Wake from the Dead?

Originally started in 2003 by Tom Anderson and Chris Dewolfe, Myspace was the (only?) place to be if you wanted to connect with your friends or share things with the larger online community. You might remember it being famous for being that site where supposedly anyone could tweak the design of their profile page simply by modifying the CSS code. That all changed when Facebook rolled into town to swiftly wash out the market, with its simple design ...
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