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Zuckerberg’s 5bn internet aim may be naive experts warn

Zuckerberg’s 5bn internet aim may be naive experts warn

Mark Zuckerberg's plan to get five billion people in developing nations online is ambitious but unlikely to bear fruit any time soon, with a survey of network analysts suggesting the Facebook-led project faces a considerable lead-time before any significant number of users are actually connected. The so-called internet.org project may be supported by some industry heavyweights - including Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung - but the lack of a committed timescale is perhaps unsurprising, Computerworld reports, given the inherent challenges it faces.

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Facebook Embedded Posts switch-on fully with video and mobile tweaks

Facebook Embedded Posts switch-on fully with video and mobile tweaks

Facebook has turned on post embedding for all users, as well as bolstering the social-spreading system with new features like video embeds and better performance on mobile device screens. Launched in late July, Facebook Embedded Posts were initially only available to select publishers in the social site's trial; now, though, any publisher can slot Facebook content into their articles or webpages.

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Facebook mobile payments aim to join Paypal, not compete

Facebook mobile payments aim to join Paypal, not compete

This week the folks at Facebook have revealed - in short - plans to unleash their own form of mobile payments for real-world products. Though on the surface it would seem that Facebook's creation of a so-called "mobile payment system" would interfere directly with what PayPal already has in place - including inside Facebook - both companies have send assurances that they've got "a great relationship" with one another.

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Instagram 4.1 adds video imports, photo straightening, more

Instagram 4.1 adds video imports, photo straightening, more

Instagram has pushed out a new version, adding video imports for iPhone and Android, as well as automatic photo straightening functionality for those using the iOS version. Instagram 4.1 builds on the video functionality introduced back in June by allowing users to open, edit, and share footage taken with their phone's native camera (or, indeed, another third-party app), including trimming them down to meet the fifteen second limit.

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Facebook Story Bumping sifts News Feed for missing gems

Facebook Story Bumping sifts News Feed for missing gems

Facebook has revealed "Story Bumping", a new jolt of intelligence to the News Feed which the social network claims will do better at flagging up older stories friends have posted which it believes you'll still be interested in. Aiming to sift through the masses of links and content heavy Facebook users have to scroll past every day, surfacing articles that may have been missed but which the site's algorithms believe you may be particularly interested in reading, Story Bumping will go live from today.

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