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    There perhaps are two ways to think about the Internet — before and after Facebook. By now you know the story. (Hell, they made a movie about it.) Some Harvard students create a site to rank girls. It expands into a larger network of collegians, and Facebook in its early form required a college .edu email address to join. In 2006, it opened up to anyone age 13 and older.

    Fast forward a few years and many billions of dollars, and Facebook is now a publicly traded company. Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the youngest billionaires in the world, along with co-founder Dustin Moskovitz (who's younger by all of eight days). Facebook is how we keep in touch. How we stalk our former high school classmates. How potential employers check out potential hires. How news organizations and public entities get the word out. How we play games. How we share photos and video. How we forget how to have real relationships with actual people. It's how we log into other websites, using our Facebook credentials.

    Like it or not, Facebook, in the span of a decade, became one of the most important online properties we've ever know.

    Will it continue to be so in another 10 years? We'll have to see. But for now, there's no escaping it.

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    Safety Check

    Facebook's 'Safety Check' lets you tell friends you're safe during a disaster

    During a major disaster, many people turn to social networks to check in on friends or loved ones to make sure they're safe. Facebook knows that, and today has announced Safety Check — a new way to let your friends know you're safe, and to check in on those that may be in a disaster area. With...
    Facebook Messenger permissions

    Facebook Messenger permissions: Not as scary as the stories might have you believe

    The FUD is fierce as a 9-month-old story paints a scary — but not really correct — view of Android permissions You can't swing a dead cat on the Internet these days without running into yet another misguided story about how scary Android is, and about how apps have access to do all sorts of...
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    Facebook could launch an app that won't require people to use their real names

    Facebook may be working on a new stand alone mobile app that will allow its users to interact with others but without using their real names, and that app could be released in a matter of weeks. The report comes from the New York Times, which cites unnamed sources. It claims Facebook has been...
    Facebook completes acquisition of WhatsApp

    Facebook completes $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp

    Facebook has completed its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. The deal was swiftly finalized following the approval by the European Union on Friday. WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will sit on the Facebook Board of Directors. Facebook's acquisition of the messaging company was...

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    Safety Check

    Facebook's 'Safety Check' lets you tell friends you're safe during a disaster

    During a major disaster, many people turn to social networks to check in on friends or loved ones to make sure they're safe. Facebook knows that, and today has announced Safety Check — a new way to let your friends know you're safe, and to check in on those that may be in a disaster area. With...
    Facebook now lets you comment with stickers

    Facebook now lets you comment with stickers

    In addition to likes and typing out your comments onto friends' posts, Facebook is now allowing you to express all your emotional glory through stickers. Previously available as a feature inside Facebook Messenger, now users can add stickers within comments to regular Facebook posts. Just...
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    Facebook could launch an app that won't require people to use their real names

    Facebook may be working on a new stand alone mobile app that will allow its users to interact with others but without using their real names, and that app could be released in a matter of weeks. The report comes from the New York Times, which cites unnamed sources. It claims Facebook has been...
    Facebook completes acquisition of WhatsApp

    Facebook completes $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp

    Facebook has completed its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. The deal was swiftly finalized following the approval by the European Union on Friday. WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will sit on the Facebook Board of Directors. Facebook's acquisition of the messaging company was...
    WhatsApp

    Facebook's $19 billion deal to buy WhatsApp is approved by the EU

    Facebook has received approval from the European Union for its $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp. The main concern over the deal in Europe was that the deal would harm communication in the telecom market. The European Commission said that the acquisition would not impede competition, according to...
    Facebook in-app Like Buttons

    Developers can now put Facebook Like Buttons in their apps

    Building on a feature rolled out to iOS earlier this year, Facebook is now letting Android developers put Like Buttons in their apps that link directly to a specific page in Facebook. The Like Buttons within apps will work the same way they do on the web and in the Facebook app itself, letting...
    Die, Upworthy, Die.

    What Facebook is about to do to your News Feed will SHOCK you!

    Facebook, in a decision that could change the course of humanity as we know it, today announced that it's going to "reduce click-baiting headlines." That is, it's going to give less relevance to post with headlines like the one we used on this post, and instead give preference to headlines that...
    Facebook's in-app browser

    Facebook enabling in-app browser for links on some accounts

    Facebook is rolling out a new feature in its app that many have offered for some time — an in-app browser — to speed up reading and sharing of links found within the social network. As is the case in many RSS readers and Twitter apps, Facebook's in-app browser will load the web page of a link you...
    Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts

    Facebook Messenger vs. Google Hangouts: A side-by-side look at permissions

    We put Facebook's much-maligned messaging app permissions up against Google's Hangouts app Not to belabor the point — because I think most everyone who read our takedown of all the FUD and confusion surrounding the ill-informed stories about Facebook Messenger got it — but here's an interesting...
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    This week's sidebar poll: Did you uninstall the Facebook Messenger app?

    Permissions can be scary Facebook had a pretty rough week. If you weren't paying attention, the Huffington Post used Facebook Messenger for Android as an example of an app with some crazy-scary permissions back in December of last year (that post has been updated, by the by) and it got picked up...

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