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Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Over the years, Facebook has transformed from a simple way to keep up with family and friends to one of the biggest sites to consume all form of digital media. One of their biggest focus points is currently their video platform, which now gets around 8 billion video views every day. The company has just announced new changes that they hope will get that number even higher.

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Facebook live streaming rolls out to verified Pages

Facebook live streaming rolls out to verified Pages

Facebook Live, the social network's take on Periscope's live streaming service, is now becoming available to verified Pages following its debut for celebrities and other influencers. Among those gaining access to the new feature are sports teams, media companies, and businesses. In other words, brands. Facebook notes that live streaming via the feature is still limited to the iOS app.

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NPR’s bringing audio to Facebook in new experiment

NPR’s bringing audio to Facebook in new experiment

NPR has a new experiment to see if “audio can go viral,” and first in line to facilitate its’ experiment is Facebook, where users will soon see NPR audio clips directly in their News Feed. The audio will first come this month as part of a “brief preview,” and will expand starting in early January when NPR will publish several clips on the social network every day for a month.

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Facebook Messenger adds personalization tools, Photo Magic

Facebook Messenger adds personalization tools, Photo Magic

Facebook has updated Messenger with some features designed to make holiday chatting and sharing a little more fun. As part of that, Photo Magic is rolling out to more users, enabling them to share photos with friends who are in them automatically. As well, Messenger is also getting more customization features, namely selectable colors for different group threads and conversations with friends.

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Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook has turned its attention to Events, the part of the service you’re likely familiar with but never too happy about. Events works well enough, but has its downsides — a bunch of unwanted notifications being among them — that have gone mostly untouched. Things are changing for iOS users, though; Facebook has announced an update that makes it easier to find events in certain cities using search.

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Remove irrelevant Facebook posts with this Chrome extension

Remove irrelevant Facebook posts with this Chrome extension

Years ago when I first joined Facebook, it was a nice way to keep up with what my friends were doing. The posts were in a simple, chronological order that made it easy to catch everything I wanted. But the best part was that the only posts I saw were ones that my friends made or shared. These days, it's filled with recommendations and posts from pages that my friends like. Well now there's a way to fix that.

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Facebook Instant Articles (finally) land on Android

Facebook Instant Articles (finally) land on Android

Facebook has made Instant Articles available to all Android users, bringing them up to speed on the feature iPhone users have been enjoying for several weeks. Instant Articles, for those unfamiliar, are articles from various publishers made available to the social network’s users directly within their News Feeds. It’s a faster way for users to read the latest happenings and a good way for publishers to reach many thousands of viewers.

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Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

It's the time of the year when companies release their yearly trends, totals, and data. YouTube did it earlier this month, and Google just recently followed today with its own yearly trends list. Joining them is Facebook with its own totals; the social network has broken down its year based on global data and U.S. data. Included among the details are the top ten most talked about topics, with top among them them all being the US presidential election.

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Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger users will soon see a new car icon at the bottom of the app that, when pressed, orders an Uber ride from directly within Facebook’s app. The new feature is currently being tested with some users, and will launch for those located in cities with Uber service. Says Facebook, it will partner with other transportation services ‘soon,’ which will make the feature available to more Messenger users.

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Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

The Internet has replaced the ancient yellow pages. Not convinced? Just take a gander at how many Web services there are that try to let you search for a service or an establishment. Need a plumber? Check. Need to call a restaurant? Double check. But Internet services can provide more than what static paper can contain, like more detailed information and even customer reviews. That is the kind of convergence of information that Facebook is trying to harness with a prematurely outed "Professional Services" website that aims to connect netizens with the business they are looking for.

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Facebook updates real name policy in response to criticism

Facebook updates real name policy in response to criticism

Since Facebook rolled out their real names policy, the company has gotten a lot of (justified) negative feedback. More than a few of my own friends have been affected by the policy, for one reason or another. While I can understand that they want to ensure that people know who they're communicating with, it's had many adverse effects on a host of people. Thankfully, the company has announced some forthcoming changes that should help.

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Facebook gets Star Wars temporary lightsaber pics

Facebook gets Star Wars temporary lightsaber pics

Star Wars fans who want to celebrate their geeky side this week during the build up to the launch of the latest film in the franchise will want to hear about the new profile pic possibility for their Facebook profiles. Facebook users can get temporary Star Wars profile pics that overlay a lightsaber in front of their profile pics.

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