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Facebook is revamping its notifications tab to make you waste even more time on Facebook

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that makes it easier for its users to learn about birthdays, read local news, and find other items of importance. Mashable reports that the feature will be coming to mobile users in the United States first before it debuts worldwide. Facebook confirmed the changes to Mashable and said [...]

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Facebook uses Hello to sneakily accomplish what Home never could (An analogy involving a frog)

Facebook’s attempt to use the Android platform for its own purposes by releasing the Home launcher was an unmitigated failure. It changed the experience of using Android too much and offered users too few benefits. Now the company wants to use a dialer app called Hello to realize that same goal without alienating users or changing [...]

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Will Path sell off its social network to focus on Path Talk?

Path might sell off its social networking application to KakaoTalk, a mobile chat service popular in Asia, “multiple sources familiar with the deal” tell Recode. The deal is said to be motivated by the popularity of Path’s social service in Indonesia, where the majority of its 30 million active users live. This would give KakaoTalk more [...]

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Latin American activists join the chorus of criticism against Zuckerberg’s Internet.org

India isn’t the only country to greet Internet.org with mounting skepticism –activists across Latin America are also suspicious of the Facebook-led effort to bring affordable but limited Internet access to the developing world. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a collection of criticisms from activists in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and other Latin American countries. Many [...]

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Just Plain Bad at Net Neutrality

Mark Zuckerberg means well. Or at least the billionaire says he does in a recent blog post about net neutrality and the Facebook-backed nonprofit Internet.org. Long story short, publishers in India are pulling their content from the Internet.org app over apparent net neutrality violations, and well, Zuck’s reaction is pretty much: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Read more… Continue [...]

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Zuckerberg: It’s better to have free Internet access than to have a ‘free’ Internet

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has responded to recent allegations that the company’s Internet.org initiative potentially undermines net neutrality. In a Facebook status update (where else?) Zuckerberg claims that Internet.org has already brought connectivity to more than 800 million people across nine countries. At least, that’s the number of people who can use the service, not the number who have [...]

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Instagram takes a smarter stance on the female body, but it still has work to do

Instagram has updated its community guidelines to make it clear what will be allowed onto its photo-sharing service and what’s likely to be deleted on sight. The rules are similar to before, but an Instagram spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the “language is just stronger” than it was in older versions. The updated [...]

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Yahoo’s new app will combine Meerkat, Snapchat, and Skype… but as Facebook learned, copying rarely pays

Yahoo is planning to release a messaging application that combines Meerkat, Snapchat, and other existing services into one product, the Information reports. The app would be the first new consumer product Yahoo has shipped since Marissa Mayer came on as chief executive in 2012. All of its other recent releases have been updates to existing [...]

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Tinder hooks up with Instagram in a perfect match of two rose-tinted, narcissistic apps

Tinder users will now be able to share their most recent Instagram photos on the popular dating app. The feature even works if the user’s Instagram profile is private, allowing them to share the photos without compromising their privacy. Of course, people were already sharing their Instagram photos on the dating app. Tinder president Sean [...]

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If news sites let Facebook host their content, could it put an end to plagiarism?

There’s been a lot of scary, apocalyptic talk lately about Facebook’s ambitions to become not just the conduit through which news is discovered and shared, but the place where these stories live and die — a black hole in which news organizations can throw their content before Zuckerberg and his army of robot editors determine which wormholes — if any — it emerges from to reach [...]

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Lawsuits in Chicago and Vienna challenge Facebook’s data practices

Facebook has been hit with a new class-action lawsuit in Vienna over alleged rights violations ranging from the company (allegedly) breaking European privacy laws to its (alleged) cooperation with the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. The lawsuit follows another suit filed in Chicago earlier this week. That lawsuit alleges that Facebook violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy act of [...]

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New report says Facebook still cool with the teens

Despite all the doom and gloom about Facebook’s chances of surviving in a world dominated by WhatsApp and Snapchat and other, newer services, teens are reportedly still using it more often than they’re interacting with other social networks. Pew reports that Facebook is the “most popular and frequently used social media platform among teens,” with roughly 71 [...]

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How Mad Men became an accidental allegory for the modern tech world

In the annals of technology writing, few are quoted as often as early Facebook employee Jeff Hammerbacher, who in 2011 gave such a convincing and devastating verdict on the new advertising economy that writers have leaned on it over and over again as a pithy prologue to their unworthy thinkpieces. I swear I tried to resist that urge, here. But [...]

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