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Facebook’s showing status suggestions to some users

Facebook’s showing status suggestions to some users

Facebook posting. Do it often enough and you’ll start to feel like you’re repeating yourself. Maybe you feel like having some banal online banter, but you’ve nothing witty to say. Life has been boring. You’re out of material. In the future that might not be an issue. Some users are reporting seeing status ideas on their Facebook, which are presented as “Suggested Topics” and include things that are trending on the social network. A popup prods users toward the suggested topics.

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Facebook Moments app auto-curates event albums

Facebook Moments app auto-curates event albums

Facebook has launched a new photo management app, Moments, intended to privately gather up shared shots from events. Figuring that plenty of people take lots of photos at parties, family gatherings, and other social occasions, but never share them with other participants or, indeed, see the pictures their friends took on their phones, the iPhone and Android app uses a combination of facial recognition and timestamps to figure out what combined gallery needs to be created.

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Facebook gauges attention to bypass lackluster “Likes”

Facebook gauges attention to bypass lackluster “Likes”

Facebook doesn't need you to "Like" something any more to know you're interested: just by taking the time to read, the ever-seeing algorithm is learning. The social networking behemoth has announced the latest iteration of its News Feed system, no longer tracking just "Likes" and comments, but comparing the relative attention each post garners to figure out what users might really be intrigued by.

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Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook wants to become your all-in-one social platform, and that includes shopping. E-store platform, Shopify, is partnering with Facebook to create a "Buy" button that is directly embedded in posts. Of course, the button is great for merchants; this means there are fewer steps between an advertised product and a sale. The main advantage of the button for buyers is that they don't have to leave their Newsfeed to make a purchase. Come to think of it, that's a boon to merchants as well.

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Facebook Messenger’s first game is called Doodle Draw

Facebook Messenger’s first game is called Doodle Draw

Many Facebook users weren't happy when Facebook took away the integrated chat function of the normal Facebook app and made users download a second app for chat. That app is Facebook Messenger and today Facebook has expanded the available options for fans of Messenger to spend time checking out together. The first true game available for Messenger has launched and it is called Doodle Draw.

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Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook has reached a big milestone on the Google Play Store, with its Messenger app hitting download numbers rivaled only by Google itself: Facebook Messenger has now been downloaded 1 billion (with a 'b') times on the Play Store. That's three commas in the download number. The app has had its badge on its Android app page updated to show the notable 1 Billion mark, and with it Facebook has managed to (again) enter a realm no other Android app maker (excepting Google, of course) has tread within. Various Google apps, Facebook and WhatsApp have also managed to hit the billion downloads mark.

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Facebook Bluetooth beacons released free for small businesses

Facebook Bluetooth beacons released free for small businesses

Facebook for Business has revealed their next play in the small (and potentially large) business world - free bluetooth beacons. Facebook Bluetooth beacons send information to smartphones and tablets that come in range with them. Inside Facebook, users will see "place tips," including greetings and links to pages for locations they're exploring. At launch, Facebook Bluetooth beacons work only with iPhones - Android will just have to wait until the Facebook for Android app is ready to roll. Users will need an iPhone 4S or later with Bluetooth turned on to work with Facebook's bluetooth beacons.

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Facebook ditches plan to send satellite into space

Facebook ditches plan to send satellite into space

Many of the major tech companies that rely on the internet for users to take advantage of their service are focused on getting people online in areas where broadband is traditionally lacking. Getting the next billion internet users online is a big area of focus for Google. Facebook is also interested in getting as many people online as possible. The more people who use the web around the world, the more users Facebook gains and the more revenue it can potentially generate.

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Facebook challenges Designbook’s trademark

Facebook challenges Designbook’s trademark

A Vermont startup has accused Facebook of bullying it over a trademark squabble — the startup is called “Designbook”, and so you can see where Facebook’s issue comes into play. Designbook’s founders Kyle Clark and Aaron Pollak filed the trademark applications back in September. This past March they said they were informed that Facebook planned to challenge the trademark, claiming the similarities in the name could cause “confusion in the industry”. The use of "book", it was claimed, could confuse consumers about whether the two companies are related.

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Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

This week Facebook launches Facebook Lite, a version of their social networking app made for low-speed data networks around the world. This app is aimed at nations with little or severely limited data on smartphone, pushing the line between functionality and operability. This app isn't made for everyone - it's made for those that want to connect in remote areas, and don't mind giving up a few flourishes in an app to do so. Facebook Lite functions very similar to the standard Facebook app - can it keep up?

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Facebook Messenger drops constant location sharing for user-initiated sharing

Facebook Messenger drops constant location sharing for user-initiated sharing

Facebook Messenger is doing away with its constant location sharing and rolling out a new, user initiated, way to share locations. The previous method would track your location in the background if you had location enabled for Messenger. The process would not only drain your battery from GPS usage, but was downright dangerous in the hands of stalkers or hackers with a desire to find you, face to face. The user initiated location sharing could also signify a big push towards GPS features from the social network as the Head of Product of Messenger, Stan Chudnovsky states, "What we’re launching is the foundation of everything that’s coming."

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Facebook introduces new “Lite” app for Android

Facebook introduces new “Lite” app for Android

Facebook has announced its new "Facebook Lite" offering, something that sounds oddly familiar. Regardless, the new rendition of the social network's app is specifically for Android users who need to (or want to ) keep data usage to a minimum, allowing them to use the service without it breaking the bank/data cap/whatever limitation might exist. Ultimately the app is for those who are in areas where their network access is slow and has trouble facilitating use of the social network’s regular app.

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