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Facebook wrapping up removal of feature that blocked searches by name

Facebook wrapping up removal of feature that blocked searches by name

In 2012, Facebook announced that users who never took advantage of the "Who can look up your Timeline by name?" feature would lose access to that search setting option, which had been around for a while and was swapped out with different options. Those who were using the setting could continue to do so, however, something that will change soon as the social network finalizes the removal for everyone.

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A4AI plans low-cost internet global access with Google, Microsoft backing

A4AI plans low-cost internet global access with Google, Microsoft backing

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Intel, and others have joined forces to deliver low-cost web access to developing nations, revealing the newly-founded Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) as a way to make getting online cheaper. Started by the World Wide Web Foundation, A4AI has taken as its first target the UN Broadband Commission's goal of "entry-level broadband access priced at less than 5% of monthly income worldwide" Google's Jennifer Haroon, Access Principal, wrote today; that's no small challenge, however, given estimates suggesting internet users in developing markets pay on average 30-percent of their monthly income for a fixed connection.

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Instagram advertisements to run alongside photos and video

Instagram advertisements to run alongside photos and video

As Instagram is, as they say, "a growing business", they've decided that it's finally time to take charge of their own destiny with a variety of advertisements throughout the feeds of users. In an announcement this week, the folks at Instagram responsible for letting the public know what's going on in their free and publically available app have suggested that they're aiming to make this transition as easy as possible, easing in to the program with "brand that are already great members of the Instagram community."

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Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook and Cisco have teamed up to offer free WiFi in select stores, restaurants, and other public locations, aiming to get weary shoppers online in return for a Facebook check-in and some anonymized demographic data. The Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) for Facebook Wi-Fi may have an unwieldy name, but it could get you online in a pinch if the social site and networking company have their way, with the promise of participating locations spreading between now and the holidays.

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Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

All Facebook users are presented with advertisements in their News Feeds, some of which may be relevant or innocuous enough to go relatively unnoticed, but others aren't to users' liking, and Facebook is aiming to help improve this. The social network's Engineering Manager of News Feed Ads Hong Ge has taken to the FB Newsroom today detailing the company's plans to make advertisements more relevant for users.

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Facebook post editing activated at long last

Facebook post editing activated at long last

While many of history's greatest social networks allowed the editing of content once it was posted from the get-go, the biggest of them all, Facebook, just activated the ability this afternoon. The folks at Facebook responsible for this update have suggested that you'll be able to edit your posts immediately if not soon, but at a cost. That cost - you'll need to know - is the addition of an "Edited" marker to whatever post you happen to edit.

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