Facebook’s ‘Year In Review’ shows tragic side of software’s shortcomings

Facebook’s automated ‘year in review’ slideshows are meant to surface highlights from the year that was, but for some the virtual scrapbook simply brings back bad memories. In the case of web designer Eric Meyer, a photo of his recently deceased daughter appeared, surrounded by confetti, illustrations of party goers dancing and the exclamation “Eric, […]

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Facebook’s now playing Verizon-sponsored NFL clips

  Ready for some in-your-face(book) football? According to the WSJ, Facebook is now showing NFL news, highlights and fantasy info in US feeds, topped off by clickable Verizon ads. The social network said the new arrangement was a “small video sponsorship test… to evaluate how people, publishers and marketers respond to co-branded video content on […]

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Facebook will auto-enhance your photos, if you use an iPhone

Look, Facebook kind of has to be good at this whole photo-filter thing. Like, come on: It owns Instagram, of all things. As it happens, you can already use various filters to tweak your photos from the Facebook app before you upload them to the site. Now, though, Zuckerberg & co. are taking things one […]

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Instagram gives you more control over your photo filters

  Instagram’s photography thrives on filters, so it’s only fair that you get as much control over those filters as possible, right? The developers clearly think so. An update rolling out today to Instagram’s Android and iOS apps lets you reorganize and hide filters; if you’re obsessed with Sutro’s vignettes, you can bump it to […]

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Facebook’s updated search tool leaves out Bing results

Facebook recently updated its Graph Search tool to make it easier to find friends’ old posts. According to Reuters, though, the company failed to announced another change: it has apparently stopped showing Bing results, as well. The social network launched Graph Search in 2013, giving people a quick way to scour the website for posts, […]

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Instagram celebrates 300 million users, which is more than Twitter

  There’s apparently over 300 million people on Instagram – and they’re really sharing those photos: to the tune of 70 million stills and videos every day. The user count puts itabove Twitter, although it’s still far behind the number using Facebook — which, well, owns Instagram. In the last year, it’s added a People […]

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Facebook aims to connect the world with ‘drones, satellites and lasers’

Following the hubbub of its recent acquisition of virtual reality firm Oculus VR, Facebook has just announced something slightly more altruistic: a team dedicated to bringing basic internet access to everyone in the world. Simply dubbed the Connectivity Lab, the crew is a result of Internet.org, a global initiative Mark Zuckerberg introduced back in August of last year. […]

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Facebook buying Virtual Reality Firm -Oculus VR for $2 Billion

Mark Zuckerberg is following up his Whatsapp buy with another big acquisition: virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion in stock and cash (curiously, news of the talks may have leaked on Reddit a month ago). In a post on Facebook, Zuckerberg talks at length about how Facebook plans to make Oculus a platform for “completely new kinds of experiences,” […]

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Facebook Home Hits 500K Downloads In Five Days, Pales In Comparison To Instagrams Android Shift

It would appear that Facebook Home has just surpassed 500k downloads on Google Play since launching on the platform five days ago on April 16. The app’s Google Play listing notes the milestone, and Ben Evans confirmed on Twitter. Facebook Home isn’t so much of an app as a user interface for the phone, putting Facebook smack dab in […]

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Facebook reportedly the mystery mover behind ‘Project Catapult’

The social network is the mysterious company behind a billion-dollar-plus data facility in Iowa, says a report. Apple had also been among the suspects named by data detectives. Facebook seems to be behind what one ubertechie blog calls “one of the longest-running mysteries in the data center industry.” The company is reportedly looking at building […]

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HTC First pictured ahead of Thursday’s Facebook event

The mysterious Facebook event is quickly approaching, and as luck would have it, @evleaks is hooking us up with an image of the device that we’ll be introduced to on Thursday, known as the HTC first. If this is indeed accurate, the press render you see above is what was previously known as the HTC Myst (as well […]

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Facebooks Riskiest Bet Yet. Can It Uproot A Billion Peoples Behavior?

“Fortune Favors The Bold” reads a 20-foot-tall poster in the room where Facebook unveiled its redesigned news feed. It’s possibly the most looked-at page on the Internet, and if we don’t like the changes, traffic and ad revenue could plummet. Despite a slow rollout where it will watch for our reactions and make tweaks, Facebook’s […]

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Facebook Launches Feeds For Photos, Music, Friends-Only, And More

Today at Facebook HQ, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new look for news feed that uses a “mobile-inspired” consistent design across devices, lets you drill into specific content-type feeds, and offers larger images. Photo albums have gotten a facelift as well to be more immersive, and links shared will have longer blurb to preview what you’re about to […]

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Facebooks Focus On Mobile-Inspired Consistency Is All About Getting Facebook Out Of The Way

Today, VP of Product, Chris Cox discussed Facebook’s new-found focus on design consistency, something the company calls “mobile-inspired.” Today, with its News Feed and Photo redesign, you’ll notice consistency no matter what device you’re on. This hasn’t always been the case for Facebook. The idea of “desktop only” design seems to be dead, at least at Facebook […]

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Facebook Updates Its Photo Experience To Be More Immersive In News Feed, Timeline And Albums

Today, Facebook has announced sweeping design changes to its News Feed, along with a total overhaul of its Photo experience. Photos are a huge part of what makes Facebook so engaging, and the company says that this new design is more “immersive.” Basically, the design highlights your photographs in the News Feed, your Timeline and Photo Albums. […]

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This Facebook-Twitter Marriage Proposal Shows Social Media Might Not Be Killing Romance After All

There’s this video making the San Francisco and tech industry rounds this weekend, of Facebook staffer Jon Park proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Twitter employee Genevieve Wong. It’s called the “Twitbook Proposal,” since Park incorporated the products built at both his and Wong’s day jobs into the whole thing. The result is pretty amazing. We all know that social media […]

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