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Facebook Snapchat acquisition tipped a double-down no-go

Facebook Snapchat acquisition tipped a double-down no-go

Word this week on the ever-growing messaging service known as Snapchat is that they've rebuffed Facebook's advances not once, but twice over the past year. While you'll want to take this whole collection of points with a grain of salt due to their entirely anonymous nature, the Wall Street Journal suggests that "people briefed on the matter" have made it clear: Snapchat will not be part of Facebook. At least not any time soon.

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Facebook investigates tracking users’ cursors and screen behavior

Facebook investigates tracking users’ cursors and screen behavior

Facebook has been actively researching the feasibility, effectiveness, and profitability of tracking users' cursors and screen positions, reports the Wall Street Journal. The data would give the social media giant the ability to analyze the ways in which users interact with Facebook content and advertising. This would in turn let it change the site and its advertising methods according to where users hover their mice and scroll their device displays.

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Pew report shows Facebook delivers the news to 20 percent of Americans

Pew report shows Facebook delivers the news to 20 percent of Americans

A Pew Research Center report released this week shows that 30% of adult American Facebook users get some of their news from Facebook. That's about 20% of the adult population of the US. But most of those people don't see Facebook as the primary or most important way they get news. Rather, news consumption on the platform tends to be incidental or accidental with other activities.

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Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook has removed a graphically violent video that had been circulating around the social network, reviewing its policies on sharing in the process so as to reduce the amount of controversial content that is posted without any warning or consideration of audience. The company prompted raised eyebrows when it surprisingly permitted the sharing of a video showing a graphic decapitation earlier this week, with complaints both from regular users, police forces, and politicians.

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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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Facebook for iOS app update brings photo commenting, additional editing options

Facebook for iOS app update brings photo commenting, additional editing options

Facebook has updated its social networking app for iOS to version 6.6, bringing with it some additional functionality that desktop users have enjoyed, improving the overall process. After updating, users will be able to add photos to comments they leave on statuses, something that has been available for a little while now on the Web, as well as some other changes.

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