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Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook has introduced Rooms, a new app adding yet another layer to social connections. Rooms isn’t like Facebook, nor is it a skinned version of like Paper. Rooms is a new way to connect and interact, where users create rooms based on interests. Though Facebook is looking back to the early days of the web as inspiration, we’d be remiss not to point out Rooms is a lot like another social service, form a different social provider. It also answers Facebook’s critics on one important front.

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Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

As language challenges go, learning Chinese has to be one of the toughest, never mind doing what Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg has achieved and picked up enough Mandarin to handle a Q&A session in Beijing entirely in the native tongue. Zuckerberg surprised students at Tsinghua University by breaking into Chinese from the outset of the question session; Facebook is on a charm offensive in China, where the social site is officially blocked, though expansion wasn't the only strong motivation to expand his linguistic abilities, however.

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Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

We see it a lot lately — some hacker makes a big data grab, then dumps the info in a dark corner of the web. The most recent victim of polarizing headlines about compromised data has been Dropbox. While claiming the username/password combinations taken were dated, they still faced a lot of furrowed brows at the data grab. Securing your own servers is a smart measure, but Facebook — perhaps the biggest data fish in the sea — is taking it a step further, and has taken to hunting in the deep waters.

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Court rules parents can be held responsible for kid’s Facebook posts

Court rules parents can be held responsible for kid’s Facebook posts

Kids are notorious for saying dumb things, and now that communication has shifted towards a digital medium, those dumb things are often posted for everyone to see. If a new court ruling is any indication, parents may be held responsible for any legally dubious thing their child posts in the future, whether it is a fake threat or very real cyber bullying. Such is the case for two individuals in Georgia, where a court as ruled that they could be held responsible for a fake Facebook page operated by their son.

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Facebook Safety Check lets friends know you’re OK

Facebook Safety Check lets friends know you’re OK

Whenever disaster, whether natural or man-caused, strikes, people, especially the young, usually take to social media for updates on themselves or on others. Realizing that there really is no stopping this growing trend, Facebook has decided, for better or for worse, to turn that into a tool that will hopefully not just assuage your worried family and friends but could also be used for rescue. Safety Check is that tool and, like anything on Facebook, all it needs is your thumbs up, or in this case, your "I'm Safe" button.

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Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

In a world where the biggest tech companies are often criticized for employing relatively low numbers of female workers, Apple and Facebook have both instituted a notable change in policy: they'll both now cover the costs for employees to have eggs frozen, something more women are choosing to do so that their younger years can be spent working on building a career. Both are now covering costs that will, under typical pricing structures, allow female workers to have up to two procedure rounds.

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Facebook now allows stickers in comments

Facebook now allows stickers in comments

Facebook's "Like" button has always been the perfect, terse way to lend your support to friends, family, and colleagues without having to go to the trouble of talking or even typing to them, and now the social network is amping up the wordless interactions with sticker support in comments. Stickers have long been available in Facebook Chat, but now you can inject a smiley face, wincing cat, or vaguely cloacal image straight into the comments field of your best friend's latest wedding update.

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Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

No matter how often Facebook suggests they’re all about privacy, there’s one undeniable fact about the social network. You pay. Whether it be by cash (not in Facebook’s case) or with your presence, you pay. That’s how Facebook stays in business. They sell advertisement space to businesses for you to see. They recently released an initiative called Facebook Atlas. A tip this week suggests that they may change their traditional model completely, releasing an app that turns the real-name conventions of Facebook on its head.

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Facebook’s $19bn WhatsApp grab just cost it $22bn

Facebook’s $19bn WhatsApp grab just cost it $22bn

The ink is finally dry on Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp, and what a difference six months make, with the messaging app costing Mark Zuckerberg & Co. $3bn more than expected when first announced. Facebook had planned on splashing $19bn - made up of a combination of shares, restricted stock units, and cash - on its grab for the popular IM platform, but a surge in the social site's own value in the intervening period meant the cost was actually much higher than planned.

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