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Facebook blows open profile gender options in inclusivity push

Facebook blows open profile gender options in inclusivity push

Facebook has added LGBTQ-friendly gender pronoun options for profiles, with more than ten to choose between as the social network makes it easier for users to be clear on how they identify. Where previously only "male" and "female" were available options, Facebook has added a third, "custom" selection which then allows for one of several new options to be picked, including "cisgender" and "transgender", for their account.

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Facebook “Look Back” video editing confirmed incoming

Facebook “Look Back” video editing confirmed incoming

Facebook users unhappy with the custom curation of their "A Look Back" videos released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the social site will soon be able to edit what's included, it's been confirmed. The Look Back clips, roughly a minute long and made up of most-Liked, commented-on, and other highlight moments from each user's timeline since they joined the social network, were rolled out earlier this week, but some were disappointed by which parts were picked and which were left out.

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Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook has turned ten, and though the terrible teens are still a few years off, the predators are already circling. The social site celebrated its tenth birthday in a fairly low-key way, giving each user a custom highlights video dubbed "A Look Back" picking out their most popular moments on the site, but the anniversary has been overshadowed by the ongoing trademark spat with app developer FiftyThree over who gets to use the name "Paper". It's perhaps a perfect example of how to many Facebook is now perceived: lumbering heavyweight rather than agile upstart.

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Facebook Paper app may be outrunning trademarks soon

Facebook Paper app may be outrunning trademarks soon

For those of you who've been paying close attention to the Apple mobile App Store for the past few years, you know good and well that there's more than one app out there now with the name "Paper" attached to it. One of the better-known apps with this name was made by the developers at FiftyThree - an app that gained quite a bit of traction in 2012 for their well-made attempt at simplifying onscreen art and journaling. Here in 2014, they're finding Facebook releasing an app with the same name (so to speak).

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Facebook cold storage efforts lead to petabyte Blu-ray system

Facebook cold storage efforts lead to petabyte Blu-ray system

In a world filled with storage options, there's still no perfect solution to long-term cold storage for corporations and those who need to archive data for the long haul. Facebook has been making strides in this area, and revealed in 2013 that Blu-ray discs were one area of focus. Fast-forward to this year's Open Compute Summit, where the social network has detailed the fruits of its efforts.

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Facebook app collection tipped for 2014

Facebook app collection tipped for 2014

Facebook is working on a suite of mobile apps for release in 2014, insiders at the social network claim, breaking out key features and effectively turning them into standalone software much in the manner of Facebook Messenger. The scheme, which is billed as recognition that Android and iOS users prefer task-specific apps rather than a do-all title that can be confusing, will include the rumored "Facebook Paper" news app with Mark Zuckerberg's appearance at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona next month potentially where one or more titles could be unveiled.

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Facebook acquires startup Branch Media

Facebook acquires startup Branch Media

Facebook, which has been on the receiving end of a couple lawsuits in the past couple weeks, has acquired the startup Branch Media, the company at the helm of Potluck and similarly-named Branch. This particular acquisition, according to a Facebook spokesperson, was to bring in Branch Media's talent, and though the social network hasn't stated as much, word has it from sources that spoke to The Verge that $15 million was dropped on the startup.

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype’s blog, Twitter, Facebook [UPDATE]

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype’s blog, Twitter, Facebook [UPDATE]

Microsoft's Skype has had their Twitter account, Facebook account, and blog of hacked this afternoon by the Syrian Electronic Army. This hacker group appears to have taken the holiday opportunity to lay posts in staff's absence, suggesting their reasoning is to reveal Microsoft's supposed monitoring and selling of email data from Outlook and Hotmail to "the governments."

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Facebook video ads delayed until 2014, says sources

Facebook video ads delayed until 2014, says sources

In December of last year, information surfaced claiming that Facebook would be rolling out video advertisements by this past summer, and later on in July, sources stepped forward claiming the social network could be rolling out TV-style ads by the end of this year. According to the latest batch of sources, however, this has changed, and Facebook has postponed the advertisements until next year.

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Facebook resumes allowing beheadings as double-standards row reignites

Facebook resumes allowing beheadings as double-standards row reignites

Facebook has confirmed that it will resume allowing depictions of graphic violence, such as photos and videos of beheadings, to be posted on Timelines and Pages. It outright banned decapitation media from the site in May of this year when the Family Online Safety Institute made a formal complaint to the social networking giant, which lets children aged 13 years and older use the service. Facebook's rationale for this reversal is that it allows people "to condemn" violence. Meanwhile, women's breasts are still banned.

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