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Facebook News Feed to cater to slow, flaky connections

Facebook News Feed to cater to slow, flaky connections

Facebook, like Google and some other tech companies, have become very enthusiastic, perhaps even obsessed, with bringing the Internet to as many people as possible, either through balloons or lasers, or both. Bringing the Internet to everyone has the happy consequence of also opening up Facebook to new users as well. But even those already with Internet connections enjoy good quality connections every time and all the time. To make sure that those factors don't deprive users of the enjoyment of using Facebook, the social networking giant is rolling out some changes to make Facebook usable, or at least bearable, under constrained networks.

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Behold Facebook’s top and most notable games of 2015

Behold Facebook’s top and most notable games of 2015

Yes, it's that time of year again when people, almost anyone really, become more reflective and think about where the past year has gone. And so, it's also time for the almost never ending lists of the best of the best of 2015. And when it comes to finding out what people think are the best, there is perhaps no better data source than Facebook. So for this year's top games and so called "games of the year", Facebook is releasing its own rather lengthy list, both for games you play on Facebook as well as those you do on your phone.

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Facebook Security Checkup for Android protects your account

Facebook Security Checkup for Android protects your account

Facebook has announced the launch of a new tool that will help Android users to secure their accounts and profiles from nefarious sorts. The tool is called Security Checkup and it is available right now. Security checkup allows users to review their account and add more security with easy access controls.

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Facebook Creative Labs’ experimental hub of apps is dead

Facebook Creative Labs’ experimental hub of apps is dead

Facebook Riff, Facebook Rooms, and Facebook Slingshot are all about to be tossed into the garbage as Facebook Creative Labs is axed. This environment for Facebook employee creativity and exploration has been ended - sort of. The /Labs bit of Facebook.com does not exist any longer, nor does the address /FacebookCreativeLabs - though that address hadn't been used for a while. Facebook representatives are suggesting that this does not mean that developers will no longer be encouraged to experiment.

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How do I use Facebook Live Video?

How do I use Facebook Live Video?

Once the preserve of celebrities, Facebook Live Video is now opening up to everyone on the social network. Whether or not you think it's a Periscope clone, there's no denying that - if you're already a keen Facebook user - there's a lot to be said for the convenience of embedding a video stream right into your profile for friends, family, and (if you want them to) the public to watch.

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Zuckerberg defends $45bn Foundation plans as critics snipe

Zuckerberg defends $45bn Foundation plans as critics snipe

Promising to give away billions is enough to make anybody skeptical, but Mark Zuckerberg has taken to Facebook to defend his charitable plans. The social network founder announced earlier this week that he and his wife would be giving away 99-percent of their shares in Facebook over the course of their lifetimes, in an announcement timed with the birth of their daughter Max.

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Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook is testing a new major feature that pits it against Periscope, arguably the world’s most popular mobile live streaming platform. The feature, as you probably guessed, is live video streaming, allowing Facebook users to share real-time videos with their friends and the public. Joining live video is a new collage feature that groups photos and videos into "moments."

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Zuckerberg announces child, puts weight of world on shoulders

Zuckerberg announces child, puts weight of world on shoulders

Today Mark Zuckerberg announced a new daughter with his wife. His announcement, listed on Facebook, came with a message of hope and of worry. A message that described the future for this child, including such messages as "Consider disease. Today we spend about 50 times more as a society treating people who are sick than we invest in research so you won't get sick in the first place." It's a strange letter to his child, but not entirely un-Zuckerberg in its content and delivery.

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Facebook login simplifies Apple TV app sign-in process

Facebook login simplifies Apple TV app sign-in process

Facebook announced this week that it was making its SDK available for developers working with the new Apple TV's tvOS. While the company highlights that the SDK will allow developers to incorporate social experiences into their Apple TV apps, the greatest benefit could be the ability to make use of Facebook Login, which lets users sign in to apps with their social network account.

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Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked in Bangladesh

Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked in Bangladesh

Facebook, Viber, and WhatsApp have been banned in Bangladesh, something that reportedly lead to a brief loss of total Internet access across the country. Though some users are getting past the ban, most in Bangladesh can no longer use Messenger or the two other messaging services. The nation's government had ordered ISPs to block access to the services in an effort to stop "criminals" from messaging each other through them.

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Facebook’s new birthday banner nixes forgetfulness excuses

Facebook’s new birthday banner nixes forgetfulness excuses

We’ve all got them — those acquaintances you know well enough that you shouldn't ignore their birthdays, but that you don't know well enough to make a phone call or send a card. Facebook presents the perfect medium for well wishes in that case, allowing you to peck out a quick happy message and then go on with your day. The one catch is that you have to notice when it is someone's birthday, and Facebook’s current design doesn’t make that easy.

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Facebook back in hot water after Safety Check ignores Mali

Facebook back in hot water after Safety Check ignores Mali

Facebook activated its Safety Check feature immediately following the attacks in Paris, representing the first time the social network's tool was used for something other than a natural disaster. The company was heavily criticized for doing so, not because the tool isn't useful, but because Facebook didn't activate it for previous similar attacks elsewhere, such as Lebanon. This highlighted a bias in the company, according to critics, which Facebook dismissed. However, as a harrowing attack took place in Mali, Safety Check remained inactive.

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