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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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    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...
    Facebook Messenger

    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...
    Facebook Permissions

    Facebook finally puts up a page explaining Messenger permissions

    Fear over the app's features was unfounded in the first place Now that folks have freaked the eff out over the permissions declared in the Facebook Messenger app, Facebook finally has added a page to its help section explaining what's going on, and why the app uses the permissions that it does....
    How to keep Facebook Messenger from sharing your location

    How to keep Facebook Messenger from sharing your location

    Keeping your location a secret in Facebook Messenger is easy to do, but you still have to do it We've explained how Facebook Messenger isn't anywhere near as evil as a recent spate of ill-informed stories would have you believe, but that doesn't mean there aren't features you can't take control...
    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...
    Facebook acquires PrivateCore, aims to better secure your data on its servers

    Facebook acquires PrivateCore, aims to better secure your data on its servers

    Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is buying online security company PrivateCore for an undisclosed amount of money. It's almost certainly not Instagram or Oculus levels of cash, never mind the tens of billions thrown at Whatsapp, but it will, apparently, help Facebook secure all of...
    Facebook Messenger on Android Wear

    Facebook Messenger adds Android Wear notifications, voice replies

    If Facebook Messenger is your preferred communication app and an Android Wear device is your preferred wrist companion, today's your lucky day. With the latest version of Facebook Messenger for Android, you can now view message notifications and like or reply to messages right from your wrist....
    Facebook

    Facebook moving users to dedicated Messenger app to chat

    It was a few months ago that we reported that Facebook would be killing in-app messaging. Facebook instead prefers users to chat with the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Facebook is now notifying users that transition will happen over the next few days. Facebook hasn't posted an announcement...
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    Facebook posts Q2 2014 earnings: $2.9 billion revenue, 1.32 billion monthly active users

    Facebook has just reported its Q2 2014 earnings, showing growth in revenues, income and user numbers. As for the financials, Facebook saw a 61 percent jump in revenue over Q2 2013 to $2.91 billion, with net income also jumping to $791 million, a boost of 139 percent over last year. Operating...
    Facebook's new save feature lets you get to that quiz later

    Facebook's new save feature lets you get to that quiz later

    Facebook will soon let you save your favorite things from Facebook. Not a local save, mind you, more of a Pocket for Facebook, and only in Facebook. With the save feature a tap or two will let you save a link, place, or bit of linked media (movie, TV show, or music) for later reference. Those...
    ZEN & TECH 69: Facebook, social experiments, and what you need to know!

    ZEN & TECH 69: Facebook, social experiments, and what you need to know!

    ZEN & TECH is Mobile Nations' lifestyle podcast where we work on centering our inner geeks and using technology to help reduce stress and live better connected lives. In today's episode, Georgia and Rene talk about the recently reported Facebook psychology experiments, how social affects our...
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    Facebook rolling out 'missed call' ads to boost revenue from India

    Looking to increase revenue from emerging markets like India, Facebook has announced that it rolling out a new "missed call" ad service that allows users to easily access information from brands and advertisers without incurring data or voice charges. The new ad service allows users to place a...
    Facebook

    Facebook draws ire of UK regulators over secret news feed study

    Facebook is being investigated by UK regulators over concerns that the social network may have infringed on data protection laws in the country. This is a follow-up to findings that the social network conducted experiments on some of its user base without prior permission. The social network...
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    Facebook tries to explain motives for secret user experiments

    One of Facebook's team members that helped to run secret psychological experiments on some of its users has now written a note explaining the motivations behind their efforts, adding an apology for how its scientific paper on the research describe their efforts. In a post on his own Facebook...
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    Facebook ran secret psychological experiments on users

    A report from a team at Facebook that was first published in a scientific journal earlier this month reveals that the social network ran secret psychological experiments on 600,000 users without their awareness. The report, published in the Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences,...
    Facebook Home

    Facebook Home's original team disbanded but app still lives

    The New York Times is reporting that the original development team at Facebook responsible for the Facebook Home Android skin has been disbanded, but the company has since sent out a statement claiming that development of Home will continue. The NYT, citing unnamed sources, claims that the...

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