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  • Facebook Launches ‘Mentions,’ The Exclusive FB App For Playing The Fame Game

    Facebook Launches ‘Mentions,’ The Exclusive FB App For Playing The Fame Game

    Facebook is continuing its onslaught of new app rollouts, but this time you likely won’t be able to use what they launch; Mentions is a brand new iPhone app out today that is only available to verified parties using the social network, including “actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers,” with the end goal of getting them involved in discussions and message threads… Read More

  • Facebook Pilots Free WiFi For Students’ Homes In The Backyard Of Its NC Data Center

    Facebook Pilots Free WiFi For Students’ Homes In The Backyard Of Its NC Data Center

    Just as the FCC has approved a plan to invest $2 billion into U.S. schools to improve WiFi, Facebook is taking a step to improve WiFi for students in their homes. Today the company is announcing a pilot in North Carolina to provide free WiFi-based internet access to students’ homes. The project, focused around Forest City,  is being rolled out in cooperation with Rutherford County… Read More

  • Mozilla Launches Improved JPEG Encoder

    Mozilla Launches Improved JPEG Encoder

    Mozilla today announced the launch of the latest version of its mozjpeg image encoder for JPEG files. The new version is already being tested on facebook.com, and Facebook donated $60,000 to Mozilla to continue its work on this project. When it comes to image formats on the web, PNG and JPEG are pretty much the only game in town. Over the years, firms like Microsoft and Google have… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition, soaring value payouts, and a winner-take-all sensibility in the tech community, now something different. The data points: Digg Deeper, Soundcloud, Twitter user metrics, and more… Read More

  • Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

    Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

    What if in-app purchases didn’t have to happen in-app? Rather than indirectly helping developers monetize with ads that drive them installs and re-engagement, Facebook today began letting them sell Facebook desktop game virtual goods straight from ads in the News Feed or sidebar. But an even more lucrative opportunity could be bringing these “out-app purchase” ads to mobile. Read More

  • Facebook Tests Android L-Style Lock Screen Notifications

    Facebook Tests Android L-Style Lock Screen Notifications

    A new update for the test group of Facebook for Android users briefly enabled lockscreen notifications, at least for new message activity, before a later update today seems to have disabled the feature. The notifications looked very similar to the lock screen notifications Google showed off at I/O this year, one of the new upcoming features of Android L, the next major update for… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Pass the Buck

    Gillmor Gang: Pass the Buck

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — spend a late Thursday afternoon on experiments, office shake ups, and a potential bank shot from an old monopolist. With the world going cup crazy, you wouldn’t fault those who traded tech for TV and shelter from the tweetstorm.
    The Facebook social reengineering has been all the… Read More

  • Facebook Becomes A Local Party Discovery Tool With “Events For You” Redesign

    Facebook Becomes A Local Party Discovery Tool With “Events For You” Redesign

    Just because you weren’t invited, doesn’t mean Facebook can’t help you crash the party. Facebook Events on the web got a slick visual overhaul today that includes a new “Events For You” tab that recommends gatherings it thinks you’ll enjoy, even if no one invited you, friends aren’t going, and you’ve never been to the venue. Rather than just being… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version

    Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version

    Three years after Facebook acquired Beluga and turned it into Messenger for smartphones, its dedicated chat app today got a version specially designed for iPad rather than just running as an enlarged iPhone app. Messenger for iPad features a multi-window interface showing a list of threads and your current conversation at the same time. Messenger had over 200 million users as of April… Read More

  • Facebook’s Head Of Policy On Emotion Experiment: “That’s Innovation”

    Facebook’s Head Of Policy On Emotion Experiment: “That’s Innovation”

    While Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg today apologized for its controversial emotion manipulation experiment being “poorly communicated”, another executive said this kind of research makes the product better, and “it’s concerning when we see legislation that could possibly stifle that sort of creativity and that innovation.” Facebook’s head of global policy… Read More