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Facebook’s iOS app update finally lets users customize News Feed

Facebook’s iOS app update finally lets users customize News Feed

Following a limited test of the feature back in May, Facebook is finally giving users what they've wanted most: the ability to customize and filter their News Feed exactly the way they'd like to. The social network is debuting the features on its iOS app first, with the update available now via the App Store. With the changes, Facebook users can not only choose whose posts will appear at the top of their feed, but also edit and filter the things they don't want to see at all.

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Facebook Music streaming service tipped to battle Apple, Tidal, Google

Facebook Music streaming service tipped to battle Apple, Tidal, Google

A Facebook Music streaming service has been tipped to be launching later this year by insider sources. It's been suggested that this service will be similar to that of Apple Music or TIDAL, leveraging Facebook's massive following to bring in cash via the music streaming trend every other company under the sun seems to want to cash in on. Google has their Google Play Music. Apple has their Apple Music. Facebook - not a hardware company - may soon have their Facebook Music. It was only a matter of time.

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Facebook’s new Fort Worth data center gets Internet.org role

Facebook’s new Fort Worth data center gets Internet.org role

Facebook has announced plans for its latest data center, a huge facility in Fort Worth, Texas, that despite its size will be powered entirely by renewable energy. In addition to helping keep Facebook - and thus the photos of her holiday your aunt insists on sharing with you - online, the new location will also be integral in Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org pet project. Unusually for a company of its scale, however, Facebook will be opening up its designs for the Fort Worth facility to anyone who wants to build their own data center.

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Facebook has updated its friends icon design, too

Facebook has updated its friends icon design, too

The first day of this month brought with it a refreshed Facebook logo, one that differed just enough from the original that most users could stare at it for a while and wonder if something was different. The change, it seems, was to make the logo a little more modern, a little more relevant, while retaining its defining characteristics. That wasn’t the end of the social network’s design tinkering, however, and one of its designer's recently detailed how the friends icon was tweaked in recent months.

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Facebook pop-out video panders to split-attention

Facebook pop-out video panders to split-attention

Facebook has quietly added a pop-out video player to the News Feed, allowing users of the social network to keep one eye on playback while still browsing through posts. The feature sees a new button appear in the Facebook video player which, when clicked, detaches it from the post and allows it instead to be dragged around the screen, much in the same way that Samsung and others have supported picture-in-picture playback on smartphones and tablets.

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Understanding Facebook’s data lasers

Understanding Facebook’s data lasers

This week Mark Zuckerberg showed off several photographs of lasers he suggested would be sending internet signals all around the world. These lasers will be used with Facebook's Internet.org project, beaming information "from a plane flying overhead or a satellite flying way overhead," according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "They'll communicate down to earth using very accurate lasers to transfer data." This isn't the first experiment in the world to use lasers to send data. In fact several organizations - like the ESA and NASA - have already begun real-world testing for data transfer between craft in space and labs on our planet's surface. Data transfer with lasers is super reliable and fast, too!

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Facebook to beam the Internet from the sky using lasers

Facebook to beam the Internet from the sky using lasers

When your core business is essentially dependent on the Internet, it makes sense that you'd want everyone to have access to the Internet as well. Google has its Project Loon and Facebook has Internet.org. Of course, those are lofty goals, but the question is always "how". Unlike Google's balloons, Facebook will be using satellites, drones, and lasers. Yes, lasers. Mark Zuckerberg has just posted online, on his Facebook account no less, a teaser of what's to come, with lasers being shot from the sky to deliver the Internet, and Facebook, to everyone.

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Facebook starts sharing video ad revenue, but there’s a catch

Facebook starts sharing video ad revenue, but there’s a catch

For the first time ever, Facebook has decided that it will share as much as 55 percent of ad revenue to video creators whose content will have some video ads attached to it. While this seems like a move to encourage more video makers to upload to the social networking site instead of, say, YouTube, the arrangement isn't as clear cut as it seems. In particular, Facebook's revenue sharing setup might actually be less favorable to the advertisers that will be the source of that monetary incentive.

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Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat has updated its mobile app, and with the update comes a change to a commonly used feature: opening snaps and stories. In the past you had to press and hold the screen to view these things — with the update, though, you can just tap to view instead. It might not seem like much, but all that holding was taking up precious milliseconds, and if you’re a frequent Snapchat user the difference will add up. That’s not the biggest feature among the changes, though.

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Facebook has subtly redesigned its logo

Facebook has subtly redesigned its logo

Companies update their logos on occasion -- sometimes drastically, sometimes subtly. Facebook has quietly updated its own, and it has gone with the latter of the two extremes. The changes are subtle, and if you aren't the type to pay much attention to such things you might not have even noticed. Those who are familiar with the old Facebook logo will notice a couple slight differences, though, with the letter “a” being the biggest difference: it has been changed to reflect how most people write it rather than the traditional typist style. Other letters like the “k” hardly changed at all.

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