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In an effort to ensure that the content that matters to you most reaches your eyeballs before all else, Facebook is tweaking things on the backend with three updates, all of which are focused delivering a better News Feed and social networking experience. As such, one of the updates will give priority to the things posted directly by your friends and family.When your best friend Phil or Aunt Mabel post a photo, video, status update, or link, it'll appear higher up in your News Feed so that you're less likely to miss it. This means that pages you follow, whether they're businesses that you 'Liked'... Read more...
One of the best reasons to use Facebook is to keep up to date with family and friends that live in different time zones. Sure, we've all posted goofy status updates and pictures of our lunch, but at its best, Facebook is a vehicle for virtually taking part in the lives of loves ones, especially when photos are involved. Building on that theme, Facebook is rolling out a customizable scrapbook feature that will make it easier to organize and share photos. "Our team ran a small survey for parents who share pictures of their children on Facebook and found that 65 percent of them tag their partner in... Read more...
Facebook’s efforts to spread Internet connectivity to nearly every person on the globe will get off the ground this summer. A new report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that Facebook’s prototype drone, dubbed Aquila, will be much larger than the one-tenth-scale drone that the company tested in early March. The full-size model will have the wingspan of a Boeing 737 (117 feet), but will only weigh as much as a small car (we’re assuming something that weighs less than 3,000 pounds). “Depending on how this test flight goes, we’ll see what happens,” says Jay Parikh, Facebook’s VP of Engineering.... Read more...
As Facebook ages, it’s becoming a journal of its users’ lives. Scroll through the Timeline and you’ll see the high and low points of a person’s life: people met, people lost, graduations, jobs, marriages and the other milestones and memories are documented on Facebook. Now, Facebook is rolling out a new feature that gives users a chance to reflect on some of those memories: On This Day. Image credit: FacebookOnThisDay works much like you’d expect: each day, the feature gives you a look at what you were doing on this particular day in years past. It pulls status updates, photos, and other content... Read more...
Not content with being your source for news about friends and family, Facebook is pushing to become your source for all news. The company is reportedly wooing major news outlets to place their content directly on Facebook, rather than clicking through to their respective sites. However, Facebook may be getting some resistance from organizations that are reluctant to publish their content on Facebook, rather than on their own websites. Apparently, they’re not familiar with that old Borg saying.  As it stands right now, many Facebook users are already getting their news from Facebook.... Read more...
Facebook isn't a company that rests on its laurels, as it's always looking to expand its reach into different categories. This has helped the world's largest social playground avoid the same fate as Myspace. So, it's not too surprising that Facebook is testing out a new dialer and caller ID application for Android that's simply called "Phone." Judging from the screen capture Android Police was able to obtain, this appears to be something that Facebook is testing internally, even though the message to install Phone has appeared on some phones of Facebook users who aren't... Read more...
It's not often that Facebook rolls-out features I consider to be useful, but it's hard to argue that suicide-prevention features it launched last month are good, or are at least backed by good intentions. The easiest-to-use feature is to flag a post as being made by a suicidal person, at which point Facebook will contact the person at next login, and offer them ways to get help. If the situation is dangerous, Facebook might decide to contact the person's local police. That's all fine and dandy, but people must realize that these features aren’t meant to be abused. A San Mateo man learned... Read more...
Have you ever tried collecting money owed from a friend or family member? Sometimes it's painless, and other times it's like pulling teeth from a penguin -- impossible, in other words. Facebook has found a way to make it rather easy. No, it won't send cousin Vinny to collect the debt, but it does allow you to send and receive money through Messenger for free. Let's say you and a buddy are chatting about the Red Sox, and through the course of the discussion, you both decide to catch the game versus the Orioles on April 17th. You look it up and discover tickets will run $100 each.... Read more...
On Sunday Facebook attempted once again to lend clarity to its Community Standards and policies as they apply to government requests. Specifically, Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert and Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby set out to provide "more detail and clarity on what is and is not allowed" on the site, citing in particular “nudity” and “hate speech” as areas in need of particular attention. In addition, Bickert and Soderby stated that circumstances may arise in which Facebook will need to remove or restrict access to content due to said content being against the law in... Read more...
You can’t please everyone, and Facebook is finding that out the hard way… again. Facebook has buckled under pressure from a Change.org petition that called on the social network giant to remove the “Feeling Fat” emoticon. The petition proclaimed that “Fat is not a feeling” and called for the rosy cheeked, double-chinned emoticon to be banished. Well, Facebook heard the cries of over 16,000 supporters of the petition, and removed the emoticon. In a response the petition, Facebook wrote: We’ve heard from our community that listing “feeling fat” as an option for status updates could reinforce negative... Read more...
Robert Palmer nailed the social networking scene when he sang, "You might as well face it you're addicted to Likes." Okay, we might have changed the lyrics just a tad, but Facebook Page owners who deny getting excited at seeing their Likes count climb will be put to the test. In an effort to make Page Likes more meaningful, Facebook is going to remove Page Likes from memorialized and voluntarily deactivated accounts. For some business Page owners, this might not be a big deal. But for others that have been around for a long time and have amassed a large number of Likes, they could potentially see... Read more...
Despite increasing competition from Facebook and Google’s own expectation that growth would decelerate, YouTube is growing steadily and launching new features. Many of the features are geared toward helping its content creators monetize their work, but one in particular is getting most of the attention. Within a few months, Google plans to launch a subscription option known as Music Key. Music Key is currently in beta, but Google is “fine tuning the experience" for a wide public launch.(Image Source: Google)What makes Music Key stand out is that it’s an ad-free section of YouTube, which... Read more...
Beyoncé is going to be an Oculus Rift modder. So will you and everyone else who eventually dons the virtual reality headset, or so that's the future Facebook envisions for its $2 billion venture. Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox talked a bit about his company's vision for Oculus Rift at the Code/Media conference, and it involve apps that will allow you to create expanded experiences. Cox talked about some of the film demos that are available on Oculus Rift, like riding in a Blue Angel fighter jet. "You realize, when you’re in it, that you’re looking at the future, and it’s going to be awesome,"... Read more...
Silicon Valley is getting a visit from President Barack Obama today, where he will sign an executive order to promote cooperation between the government and tech companies in the fight against large-scale data theft. The order will create Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs), which would work with the Department of Homeland Security to prevent the sorts of mass security breaches that have rocked Anthem, Sony, Target, and others. The groups will share information about hackers in the hopes that they can better prepare to defend against attacks with the shared data. President Barack... Read more...
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