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Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Listen to Mark Zuckerberg & Co., and Facebook's privacy changes this week are not only benign but in your very best interest. A pared down explanation on data protection that's ostensibly clearer than before, as well as a guide to exactly what the privacy settings can do, were the sweetener to the side news that Facebook would actually be doing more information sharing, at least between its recent acquisitions like Instagram and WhatsApp. Problem is, we've heard those same explanations before, and they've already got at least one big company into very hot water.

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Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook is taking another try at streamlining its privacy features, paring back its privacy policy, giving more control over ads, and throwing open the whole thing for user feedback. The social site has launched Privacy Basics, a set of interactive guides to show users exactly what controls they have about who sees their posts, whose posts they see, what information is gathered about them from the links they click, and how they can manage their friends list with more granularity. Since everything is better with a set of animated characters, meanwhile, there's a purple dinosaur among others to help guide people through.

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Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

So you're all about the newest thing in the Facebook universe, right? You want to get in on all the newest software in the social networking globosphere as fast as possible, correct? You're in luck - we're got news for you. This is Facebook Say Thanks. It's a system in which you'll use Facebook to send a video to your best friend, thanking them for whatever you need to thank them for. Thank them for the Say Thanks video they just sent you, if you really want.

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Ocho app released: a tiny video social network

Ocho app released: a tiny video social network

There's a brand new warrior app out today released to do battle with the likes of Vine, Instagram, and maybe even Twitter itself. This is Ocho, a social networking app that allows you to record and share 8-second videos with your friends. This app is free for iOS users - that's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus included - and it has backing from some of the most powerful funders in the industry - Mark Cuban and Matthew Brimer included. This app was made for iPhone first and foremost - 16:9 aspect ratio recording made to fill up your whole screen.

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Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Back in August, Facebook messenger became obligatory. I ran a column called Yes, you DO want Facebook Messenger that many Facebook users were shockingly opposed to. But it's been barely 3 months and Facebook has already announced it: they've reached a tipping point. They already have 500 million users using - not just having downloaded - using Messenger each month. They're aiming to prove that because you do not pay money to use Facebook, you are the product - you don't have a choice in the matter. You need to download that app.

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Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google has announced that they're bringing more than $10 million in donations to foundations in Africa set to fight Ebola. Google's will give the first $10 million to a variety of nonprofit organizations fighting Ebola and taking care of affected citizens, followed by whatever amount of cash adds up in their donation campaign. For every one dollar donated by the public, Google will donate two. In addition to this donation campaign, Google will be giving $15 million through their family foundation. This comes not long after a similar campaign run by Facebook last week (on into this week, as well.)

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Facebook News Feed tweak tames motormouth friends

Facebook News Feed tweak tames motormouth friends

Most of us have them: those Facebook "friends" who we like well enough, sure, but whose constant rambling turns the News Feed into a monologue and a dreary one at that. Facebook is rolling out new tools today to make tweaking what the News Feed shows - and doesn't show - more straightforward, with the useful ability to pare back on the amount you see from certain people without being forced to actively remove them from your friends list altogether. Meanwhile, there's also the ability to see whose posts you've been seeing the most of.

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Zuckerberg answers biggest Facebook Messenger question: Why?

Zuckerberg answers biggest Facebook Messenger question: Why?

Facebook has made many changes to both its web experience and its mobile apps, and a good number of them have never been popular. The latest debacle that the social networking giant has found itself in is about the forced move to a separate independent app for messaging. The company has just recently conducted its first public town hall Q&A, with Mark Zuckerberg taking the mic. And surely enough, the first question thrown at him, said to be the most popular one, is why on earth did Facebook force this change on them.

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Zuckerberg: not ‘cool’, movie about him ‘hurtful’

Zuckerberg: not ‘cool’, movie about him ‘hurtful’

At today’s AMA with Mark Zuckerberg, we all got the opportunity to submit questions for the Facebook CEO to answer. Some of what popped up was kind of hilarious, and some of what Zuck said was actually insightful. If you’v ever wondered what made Facebook and it’s founder tick, today’s AMA is a good glimpse into that. Besides, you also get to find out some really neat stuff, like what Mark thought of The Social Network, or why he’s always in a grey tee shirt.

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Facebook’s Ebola stand: Zuckerberg donates, wants you to also

Facebook’s Ebola stand: Zuckerberg donates, wants you to also

The world's biggest Social Network is getting pumped up about fighting Ebola. To do this, Mark Zuckerberg has released a video outlining how Facebook is teaming up with UNICEF to help provide people in affected and nearby countries by sharing information on Facebook. They'll be helping people prevent, detect, and treat Ebola by providing internet connectivity in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Zuckerberg himself also donated $25 of his own dollars to fight Ebola while Facebook's internet service will cost millions more.

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