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  • Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Facebook has today launched strike three against Camp Snapchat with Slingshot. As with many of Facebook’s recent products (like Paper), Slingshot is an already-proven idea dressed up in an expensive UI with an established distribution network of billions. Despite the fact that most social apps fail, it should be a home run. But it won’t be. And not because it’s different… Read More

  • Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’

    Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’

    Facebook wants to break the “1% Rule” of Internet culture that says a tiny fraction of users create the content for everyone else. So after a momentary leak last week, today Facebook officially launches Slingshot for iOS and Android, an app where friends send you photos and videos, but you have to reply with your own before you can see them. “Everyone is a creator and no one is… Read More

  • Facebook Paper’s New Trending Section Makes It A Better Softcore News Reader

    Facebook Paper’s New Trending Section Makes It A Better Softcore News Reader

    Facebook Paper is pretty, but sluggish when it comes to news. Its human-curated sections take a while to ingest the latest world events and gossip. But today’s 1.2 update adds a “Trending” section that highlights news stories and photos that capture the essence of the most mentioned topics on Facebook. Those aren’t always hard-hitting news, but are things people care… Read More

  • Facebook’s iPad App Becomes An Entertainment Hub With Game Discovery And Trending Videos Sidebar

    Facebook’s iPad App Becomes An Entertainment Hub With Game Discovery And Trending Videos Sidebar

    Over 70 percent of people who use Facebook for iPad played a Facebook-connected game in the past 90 days, so the company is helping them discover or re-engage with games through a new homepage sidebar it starts testing today on its iPad app. It includes social notifications for native mobile and Facebook web games you already play, video trailers for games you don’t, plus Trending… Read More

  • #Love: My ‘Friends’ Don’t ‘Like’ Me

    #Love: My ‘Friends’ Don’t ‘Like’ Me

    When I was writing Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do, I read an article by Robin Dunbar, evolutionary anthropologist, which said that humans cannot process more than 150 friendships at any given point in our lives. This really resonated with me as I had been feeling spread thin on social media, only getting glimpses of the people I wanted to interact with because of… Read More

  • Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

    Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

    Oh, cute cat video? Let me watch that for a second in the News Feed. Click the play button. NOPE. It was a lie. Just a static image of a play button designed to dupe me into clicking out to some crappy website. Feed reading, interrupted. User experience, injured. Likelihood I’ll click legitimate videos in the future, diminished. Facebook. Seriously. This BS needs to stop. I get it. Sites… Read More

  • Court Upholds Dismissal Of $1B Lawsuit Against Facebook

    Court Upholds Dismissal Of $1B Lawsuit Against Facebook

    Facebook enjoyed a legal victory today, when an earlier dismissal of a lawsuit that it called a “publicity stunt” was upheld by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The lawsuit, alleging that Facebook did not take down a page urging violence against Israel’s Jewish population quickly enough, was filed in 2011. The lawsuit… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Why tell with text when you can show with video? Facebook Messenger is diving deeper into visual communication with a new option to instantly record and send short videos, similar to Snapchat. The feature comes to iOS today and is rolling out to Android. Messenger added pre-recorded video sharing and a split-screen selfie camera in April, but now you can tap and hold the camera button to fire… Read More

  • Facebook’s Ad Targeting Will Get Interest Data From Outside Websites And New Options For Opting Out

    Facebook’s Ad Targeting Will Get Interest Data From Outside Websites And New Options For Opting Out

    Facebook says it’s bringing more data into its interest-based ad targeting — specifically data from non-Facebook websites and mobile apps. So even if your profile doesn’t say anything about your love of (say) soccer, and even if you haven’t Liked any soccer-related Pages on Facebook, the social network can still see that you’ve visited soccer-related websites… Read More

  • This Is Dave Goldblatt, A Facebook Employee And The Newest Valyrian In Westeros

    This Is Dave Goldblatt, A Facebook Employee And The Newest Valyrian In Westeros

    Remember when I told you that you could become a character in Game Of Thrones, replete with your own name, a station in life, and a grisly death? If you don’t, here’s a quick refresher: To benefit a wolf sanctuary in his home city of Santa Fe, as well as a local Food Depot, the series’ author George R.R. Martin promised to name a character after the first man and the first… Read More