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Facebook experiments with away messages, nostalgia ensues

Facebook experiments with away messages, nostalgia ensues

Before social networking, there was instant messaging. The most popular was brought to us by none other than AOL. Remember AIM? If you were ever a student in the late 90's or early 00's with an internet connection, then of course you do. Now, Facebook is bringing a little piece of nostalgia back with a new feature called "sidebar status." It's eerily similar to the "away message" of yesteryear and is a way to let your friends know what you're doing when you go AFK.

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Facebook on tracking accusations: report gets it “wrong multiple times”

Facebook on tracking accusations: report gets it “wrong multiple times”

Late last month, Facebook was accused of tracking users and non-users alike, and as such was said to be in violation of European law. The information came from a study commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission, and earlier this week Facebook fired back at the accusations, saying the report was wrong in more than one way. The social network posted a long statement by the company’s Vice President of Policy in Europe, Richard Allan, who tackled each claim individually.

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Teens’ social media habits revealed by Pew Research

Teens’ social media habits revealed by Pew Research

In the age of ever-present smartphones, the teenagers are going online now more than ever. In the latest data from the Pew Research Center, American teens' daily online habits were analyzed and patterns were found to emerge. Almost three-quarters of teens have access to a smartphone and 92% of teens reported going online daily. Facebook is the most popular social media platform for American teens as 71% of teens reported using it, followed by Instagram (51%) and Snapchat (41%). Most teens use a multitude of social media sites, but among those who stick to a single platform, Facebook still ranked the highest.

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Don’t worry Facebook, you’re still down with the kids

Don’t worry Facebook, you’re still down with the kids

Facebook may be regularly plagued with ominous predictions that teens with short attention spans have moved on to brighter social networks, but according to new research there's still life in Zuckerberg's site yet. The Pew Research Center prized teenagers away from their smartphones to ask them which social sites and apps they frequent, and while Facebook may have been branded passé by some, it's still the most-used among the 13-17 demographic. That's no small audience, either, with 24-percent of teenagers telling the research firm that they are "almost constantly" online.

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Facebook launches standalone Messenger for the web

Facebook launches standalone Messenger for the web

You can chat with friends and family via Facebook Messenger on your phone or tablet, but to get to Messenger via the web, you have to navigate through Facebook’s website. At F8 this year, Facebook made sure we all knew Messenger would become more platform than app, so today’s announcement is really no surprise. If you head over to messenger.com, you’ll now be greeted with a standalone web version of Facebook Messenger, which exactly mimics the mobile version of the service platform.

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Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Serving divorce papers just became a bit easier, with a judge in Manhattan ruling a Brooklyn resident can serve her husband with divorce papers using the world's most popular social network. It seems the reason revolves around the defendant's perpetual lack of a physical address, and his unwillingness to make a personal appearance to be served, as well as his perpetual availability for contact through Facebook...making it the only way to serve the papers. Some have called this a necessary ruling for the modern age.

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Facebook launches primer detailing all things security

Facebook launches primer detailing all things security

Anyone with a social networking account should be mindful not only of what they post on it, but also their security settings -- misunderstanding a particular setting, for example, could lead to info you believed was private actually being visible to the public. Facebook has rolled out features that aim to improve the users' awareness of those security features, including reminders that popup with snippets of information every now and again, and that settings review that rolled out not too long ago. Now it is back with more...a lot more.

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Facebook’s Riff is a collaborative video app, like Vine on steroids

Facebook’s Riff is a collaborative video app, like Vine on steroids

Facebook just released their newest app, Riff, a collaborative video app that lets you create video clips, share them with friends, and see what new clip they add-on to it. You can watch videos made by friends, or join a video by adding your own clip. Riff is trying to let users crowdsource the next viral video. Think about viral video phenomenon The Harlem Shake. Sure it was shot lived, but more importantly, it was idea that was easy to copy, contribute and share. Riff seems to have it figured out by letting you contribute and share in a single app, making the entire production of these video memes as easy as possible.

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Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook has been found running afoul of the law in Europe, at least according to researchers commissioned to look into the matter. Last month a draft report pegged the social network as being in violation of European law, and so a further look into the matter concluded that Facebook is tracking all of its users...even if they are opting out of being tracked, or if they have visited a Facebook page but don't have an account with the company.

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Facebook’s ‘Scrapbook’ lets parents tag kid pics

Facebook’s ‘Scrapbook’ lets parents tag kid pics

If a child is under 13, they aren’t allowed an official place on Facebook. That’s meant to protect them from less than savory characters, but can prove difficult for parents who want to upload pics and tag their kids. A Facebook study showed up to 65% of parents simply tag their partners when uploading a pic of their child, which in turn allows a wider audience of friends to view the pics. With that in mind, Facebook created ‘Scrapbook’, which allows parents to track photos of kids not yet on Facebook.

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