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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Facebook testing auto-play videos in the News Feed for some mobile users

Videos will play on mute by default, advertisements coming 'in the future' Taking cues from Vine and Instagram (which it owns), Facebook has begun testing a new feature in its mobile apps that will let some videos automatically play as you scroll past them in the News Feed. The feature works...
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Latest Facebook beta (finally) lets you edit posts, comments

Facebook's beta app for Android has gotten an update today — and it's one we've been waiting for for quite some time. You can now edit your posts and comments.  Finally. Here's the full changelog: Use icons in status updates to express what you’re feeling or doing Edit your posts and...
Facebook for Android

Facebook for Android getting some bugfixes

Facebook this morning dropped word that its official Android app is getting an update. Nothing huge in this latest v3.6 update — a few bugfixes, mainly. Here's the deal: Fixed a crash when deleting a photo from a comment Fixed music controller notifications from disappearing Various...
Facebook for Android

Facebook beta gets beefy update

A pretty hefty update to the beta track for the Facebook app has landed, bringing with it a number of bugfixes and the ubiquitous "better battery life" line. Here's the full changelog: Improved battery usage and efficiency App can now be opened in landscape Album covers always displayed...
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Facebook improves sharing, Open Graph options in latest SDK for Android

Improved developer tools creating a better user experience across apps Since revealing its new strategy for Facebook as a platform on mobile, it has been making steady improvements to its SDK for Android which lets developers integrate Facebook features into their apps. First up is an...
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Facebook Beta update brings animated stickers, music on lock screen for Home

Beta track continues to get quick and useful updates The beta track for the Facebook app has been updated today with a few useful features, showing once again that it intends on iterating quickly with its beta fixes. This update brings one new feature to the Messenger function, and that is...
Facebook beta

Facebook beta updated, adds a couple new options

The beta track for the Facebook app got an update tonight.  New in Version 3.6 is the ability to cancel a photo upload while it's in progress, and you'll like and comment on Pages recommendations. You'll need to join Facebook's beta group if you've not done so already — and be sure to follow the...
Vine

Vine update adds notifications and Facebook sharing

Post sharing still limited to just Facebook and Twitter. An update to the 6-second video sharing service Vine is adding new activity notifications and sharing intents. If you choose to have them turned on, you will now receive push notifications whenever someone likes, comments or mentions you...
Facebook Home

Facebook update adds new lockscreen option, Messenger Chat Heads to more devices

Facebook Home also now officially supported on Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4. Updates to Facebook and Facebook Messenger tonight have brought out a new feature and new device support across the apps. First up is the Facebook app itself, which added a new lock screen option in the settings to show a...

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