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Facebook’s Aquila drone ready to fly, laser Internet soon

Facebook’s Aquila drone ready to fly, laser Internet soon

Hot on the heels of Google's impressive report card on Project Loon, Facebook is also making a similarly impressive update on its own take on how to connect anyone anywhere to the Internet and, of course, to Facebook. As part of its Internet.org endeavor, its Connectivity Lab has focused on developing technologies that will push the boundaries of current network infrastructures to bring the Internet where no cable line has gone before. And now, two of its most important technologies are ready to be put to the test.

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Facebook’s Security Checkup tool officially launched

Facebook’s Security Checkup tool officially launched

Facebook has pushed out privacy and security checkups over recent months to encourage users to check up on their settings and, if applicable, make changes that improve both. Today the social network has announced the official launch of its Security Checkup tool, which allows users to adjust the security settings on their account. Users will see it as a “Stay Secure on Facebook” box at the top of their newsfeed — it can be dismissed if you’re really not concerned, but going through it is advised.

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Germany orders Facebook to let users choose fake names

Germany orders Facebook to let users choose fake names

Facebook's policy of forcing users to use their real names on the social network has been under fire for some time now from privacy advocates and those in the LGBT community who feel discriminated against. But now a privacy watchdog in Germany has said that is unacceptable in the country, and ordered Facebook to begin allowing users under pseudonyms. The Hamburg data protection authority ruled that the network's real name policy is in violation of Germany's privacy laws.

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Facebook reduces ‘Happy Birthday’ to a mindless button press

Facebook reduces ‘Happy Birthday’ to a mindless button press

Facebook has allowed you to forget when most birthdays are, and it has reduced birthday wishes from phone calls and cards to posts on timelines. Now it has taken that distant and simplified well wishing to an even lower level, reducing it to — if the well-wisher wants — a single button press. That single button press will result in the most generic birthday wish one could give: a stock “Happy Birthday!” post and nothing more. It will take hardly two seconds of your time; you’ll probably forget you did it moments after pressing send.

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Facebook testing out profile tags feature

Facebook testing out profile tags feature

Facebook is in the process of testing out a new feature on some user accounts that allows you to tag your profile with things you are into. Facebook says that Profile Tags are creative tools that allow the owner of the profile and friends to tag things that describe the person who owns the account. The profile owner must approve any tags that friends add before they are shown to others.

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Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

Nintendo taps Facebook to kickstart Mario Maker hype

With the game, or rather game maker, delayed for nearly half a year, Nintendo really better make sure that Mario Maker will hit all the right PR notes when it does. And who better to know how to do that than the very people behind one of the world's greatest hype machines, Facebook. For two days next week, Facebook employees will have the exclusive privilege of doing something that many game designers and developers past could only dream of: creating officially sanction, accepted, and even distributed Super Mario levels.

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Facebook, others take Samsung’s side in Apple patent case

Facebook, others take Samsung’s side in Apple patent case

Apple and Samsung have been fighting a legal battle for a long time now that focuses on Apple alleging that Samsung has violated several of its patents. Samsung now has some industry heavyweights on its side that all have a stake in having Apple lose the court case. Previously the courts ordered Samsung to turn over profits from a few products that the court found infringe on Apple patents.

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Beme aims to beat Facebook by destroying Selfies

Beme aims to beat Facebook by destroying Selfies

A social network by the name of Beme (say it like "beam") has been introduced this week by a fellow named Casey Neistat. This network destroys the Selfie, and it destroys the self-conscious madness that infects every other social network. It does this by using your smartphone's proximity sensor as a capture button for your camera. "Being able to capture without having to stare is one of the most liberating interactions I've done since getting this device," says Neistat. We're inclined to believe him.

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Facebook is baking stores into social pages

Facebook is baking stores into social pages

Facebook is preparing mini-storefronts that would allow retailers to sell products directly from their Facebook Pages. The system is part of an overhaul to Pages that will turn them into showcases for merchant wares, meaning partners could not only engage with potential customers but show them the latest offerings and even fully complete a sale with them.

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