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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 wants you to know when your friends are nearby, if they're cool with that

    Facebook wants you to know when your friends are nearby, if they're cool with that

    Facebook has announced an interesting new feature called Nearby Friends which does pretty much exactly what you think it does. User can optionally turn on broad proximity notifications, so you and your friends can get a notice when your friends are nearby. You can set specific friends and friends...
    Mark Zuckerberg

    Facebook taking action against spammy posts in your News Feed

    'Like if you agree, share if you disagree!' Get ready to see fewer spam posts in your Facebook News Feed. Taking to its official blog, Facebook is letting everyone know that it's taking a harder stance on not showing posts that people deem "spammy." The new effort comes down to blocking out...
    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook to kill in-app messaging in favor of using dedicated Facebook Messenger app

    Low-end devices with constrained resources can keep using in-app messaging Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use...
    Facebook Messenger updated to v4.0, brings free Wi-Fi calling

    Facebook Messenger updated to v4.0, brings free Wi-Fi calling

    A new Facebook Messenger update is rolling through the Google Play Store right now. Listed a v4.0, it features quite few changes over the last update, though some were previously available on the beta. If you weren't part of that, the update brings along groups, forwarding, conversation shortcuts...
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    Facebook update brings pictures in comments, new photo editing privileges

    Group administrators get new control over pinned and reported posts as well Folks on the stable release of Facebook are picking up some much-needed app improvements that have been in play on the Facebook beta channel for some time. The updates this time around mostly have to do with photos and...
    Sign into Flickr with your Google ID — for now

    Yahoo to block sign-in via Facebook and Google ID

    Gradual change will force users to sign up for a proper Yahoo ID to use services like Flickr or fantasy sports At a time when many are calling for a simple, secure and single sign-in across the web, Yahoo is taking a step back. Starting soon, to access any of Yahoo's Internet services — which...
    Mark Zuckerberg

    Live from Mobile World Congress with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg! [Noon EST Feb. 24]

    And yet another Monday liveblog from Mobile World Congress where Faceook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to give a keynote address on, well, whatever he wants. Zuckerberg's actually a fairly compelling speaker, and this should be a good one. What to expect? Probably not any new Facebook phone...
    Facebook will no longer change your privacy settings after you die, but will make you a Look Back video

    Facebook will no longer change your privacy settings after you die, but will make you a Look Back video

    The advent of social media profiles has created an interesting problem, from a philosophical perspective: what happens to your profile after you die? Originally they would just go dormant unless somebody had your password, but then Facebook updated their policy to place the profiles of our dearly...
    Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition a bold move for the global instant messaging gold medal

    Facebook’s $16 billion WhatsApp acquisition a bold move for the global instant messaging market

    The news of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for an enormous pile of money is front and center in the mobile communication industry today, and for good reason. Having watched WhatsApp grow from nothing into a cross platform winner over the last five years and doing a darn good job of executing on a...
    Mark Zuckerberg

    Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion

    Company to continue to run independently, CEO to take seat on Facebook board of directors Facebook has announced that it will buy cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp for a total of $16 billion, split between cash and stock. The deal was announced today by Facebook as a definitive agreement...
    Facebook Lookback

    Facebook Lookback videos versus Google+ Year-in-Review

    So who did it better? Google Year-in-Review, or Facebook Lookback? Facebook is lousy with Lookback videos this week. To celebrate its 10th birthday, the social network put together (without asking, to the dismay of some) a retrospective of your life on Facebook from the moment you joined.  It...
    Facebook Lookback

    Facebook Lookback gives a look back at your life on Facebook

    Take a look at the most important moments captured by the social network Facebook, believe it or not, is all of 10 years old today. And to celebrate, it's giving you a look back at your life on Facebook with a video montage. You'll see a sampling of your first interactions on Facebook, your most...
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    Facebook to expand targeted ad network to third-party apps

    Leveraging social signals to serve more interesting ads in your free apps Facebook is testing a new ad network model that could leverage its vast customer data to serve ads in third-party mobile apps in the future. In what is simply being called a "test" at this point, Facebook says it is...
    Facebook update

    Facebook's new permissions aren't any scarier than using Facebook in the first place

    Facebook this week finally did what it should have done some time ago — it explained the scary-looking new permissions required if you're going to use its Android app. To be fair, Google still does a poor job of explaining the permissions apps declare in plain English. Thus, "Downloads files...
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    Facebook changing News Feed algorithms to surface posts with articles

    Say goodbye to the flood of meme pictures in your feed Facebook is always actively tweaking its algorithms to display just the right content in your News Feed, and the latest change is to a focus on articles and news. Interaction with news-based articles suggested and shared in the News Feed has...
    Facebook Messenger

    Newly redesigned Facebook Messenger now available for all

    The all-new design and features can now be used by everyone The latest update to Facebook Messenger, which was first announced about two weeks ago, is now rolling out to all users. Previously only available to a limited number (presumably to catch bugs), the new version with an all-new design...
    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger updated with a new look, improved phone number integration

    Facebook steps up its design game and adds chat features at the same time Facebook is rolling out an update to its dedicated Messenger app today that brings a fresh new interface and an improved experience for chatting with friends who aren't on the service. The latest version, which Facebook...
    Facebook

    Facebook is both herping and derping this morning

    It's not just you. Facebook's having issues this morning, returning any number of errors on mobile as well as the old-fashioned World Wide Web. Our suggestion? Hit us up on Google+. Or, alternatively, go outside, or read a book. Have a real conversation with an actual person. Ahhhhh, those were...
    Facebook Home

    Facebook Home opens up to show media from Flickr, Tumblr and others

    Multiple content sources can now populate your home or lock screens Facebook is rolling out a new feature to its Android beta testing group that enables the ability to add other media content sources to Facebook Home or your lock screen. The ability to set Facebook Home as just your lock screen...
    Facebook edit post

    Facebook app update now lets you edit posts

    Feature has been in the Facebook beta app since Sept. 5 Facebook today has updated its Android app. And while there's no actual changelog yet — Facebook's still really bad about that for some reason — TechCruch points out that you can now edit posts. That's a feature that's been available on the...

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