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Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Maybe because they’re trying to get in on the Etsy racket, or maybe just because they can; either way, Facebook is now making it much easier to sell things via Groups. Today, the social giant is announcing a new feature for Groups, which will allow users to sell items in a more streamlined way, with posts that are more easily manageable and professional looking. The feature was spotted previously, with Facebook saying they were trialing it for some groups who were noticed to have been actively selling anyway.

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Facebook buys 56 acres near headquarters

Facebook buys 56 acres near headquarters

Facebook has nabbed 56 acres of real estate near its headquarters, a piece of property that is estimated to be worth $400,000. The land is said to presently house some biotech and "light industrial" businesses, and for the time being Facebook has no plans to change that. Still, the property -- located south of the social network's Menlo Park headquarters -- gives Facebook some wiggle room for future expansions and plans, and by grabbing the land now, it can ensure it has the room it needs when it is needed.

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Instagram now loops like Vine

Instagram now loops like Vine

The war of the tiny media sharers continues. Instagram has had an internal update which allows videos shared to the service to loop. Just like Vine, whenever you tap the "play" button on an Instagram video, you're going to be watching that video over and over and over again, prompting Vince super-sharers to trade services. If they do so dare, of course. This is the next step in Social Networking, after all - adding ALL the features of competing services to do better than they.

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Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook changing its privacy policies is nothing new, but once in a while it manages to hit a nerve that causes privacy advocates and governments agencies to take notice. Especially when Facebook does so rather silently. That might be the case last weekend when the social networking giant made some modifications to its Privacy Policy change that, though still in plain English, is somewhat ambiguously worded in such a way that it can be open to interpretation and abuse. By Facebook, of course.

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Facebook testing ‘Place Tips’ location-based service in New York

Facebook testing ‘Place Tips’ location-based service in New York

Context is important, and Facebook knows it. Scale is also important, but Facebook already has that one figured out with their billion-plus users. Combine the two, and you just might have a formula for success on several different levels. In New York, Facebook has placed beacons around the city in an attempt to better understand the locations of their users. Their reason? A new feature in the Facebook app, called 'Place Tips', will soon give you contextually based information based on your location.

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While you weren’t looking, Facebook took mobile over

While you weren’t looking, Facebook took mobile over

While you were away, Facebook took over mobile. Without you scorning them at every turn (I’m guilty, too), Facebook quietly moved the pieces on the board, and the game now looks different. there was a point in time when Facebook didn’t “get” mobile, admitting as much ahead of cranking the wheel hard and forging a new path. Now, they run the mobile show by having the four most popular apps worldwide, and enjoy a strict hold on mobile advertising.

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Facebook Q4 2014 earnings give company its first $10 billion year

Facebook Q4 2014 earnings give company its first $10 billion year

Facebook once again outpaces analyst expectations with their earnings. In Q4 2014, the social giant had revenue of $3.55 billion, ahead of the 43.77 billion Wall Street estimated. Their earnings per share were $0.54, outpacing the estimated $0.48/share. On the year, Facebook earned $12.5 billion, making 2014 their first $10 billion year. In 2013, Facebook brought in $7.9 billion. their earnings for 2014 are nearly double what they brought in for 2012. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “we got a lot done in 2014.”

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Facebook down because of Facebook

Facebook down because of Facebook

That's not an error in the title you've just read - Facebook itself was responsible for the Facebook outage last night. Apparently there wasn't any sort of hacking going on, nor did the end of the world come close to happening - instead it was a tiny glitch. This error happened, according to Facebook, when they "introduced a change" that affected their configuration systems. This includes Instagram too. Both services should be back in action 100% for users around the globe - if not, count on another statement arriving shortly.

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Facebook ordered to censor pages or face ban in Turkey

Facebook ordered to censor pages or face ban in Turkey

Turkey has a long track record of trying to censor social media over political and religious reasons. Earlier this month, Twitter received the nation's focus when it demanded that an account belonging to an opposition newspaper be censored, otherwise the site would be banned. Now the nation has turned its attention to Facebook with similar threats and demands, this time with a requirement that the social network block certain pages considered to be offensive, otherwise the site will also be blocked.

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Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

These long hours stuck indoors as several states are pounded by snow are sure to be marked by excessive, boredom-induced phone checking and social network posting. Only, for many users, the social activities will exclude Facebook and Instagram, at least at the moment. Both sites appear to be down for many users in multiple regions, with those in the United States and India both reporting trouble accessing Facebook and just as many finding it impossible to access or share images on Instagram.

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