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Facebook looking to host news stories with Instant Articles

Facebook looking to host news stories with Instant Articles

Facebook, the company, doesn't like it when you leave Facebook, the social network, to view other content on the internet. Which is exactly what you do when you click a link to a news article that someone has shared in a post. Facebook would much rather you stay on their site for as long as possible. A new report from The Wall Street Journal details an upcoming attempt by Facebook to keep you put called Instant Articles. The feature would allow users to read full articles in their feed from sources like Buzzfeed, New York Times, and National Geographic.

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Facebook testing mobile feature allowing users to pick News Feed priority

Facebook testing mobile feature allowing users to pick News Feed priority

Almost everyone uses Facebook these days, and everyone that does knows there are posts from certain friends that they want to see more than others. Well, the social network may finally be acknowledging it, as they have apparently begun rolling out a test feature to users of the Facebook mobile app allowing them to choose which friends and pages will appear at the top of their News Feed. Not everyone is seeing this new feature at this point, but those that do are able to give posts from the people they prefer a prioritized place atop their feed.

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Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Even if you don’t use Facebook as a way to share every mundane snippet of your day, there’s a good chance you use the social network’s Messenger app, which allows users to chat with each other, send files, and make voice calls. Joining that starting today is another feature, one that is keeping it on par with some other chatting app alternatives: video calling. With this, and as you’d expect, users can call each other and do so with live video feeds so they can see the person they’re talking to.

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Google Person Finder and Facebook Safety Check provide relief in Nepal Quake

Google Person Finder and Facebook Safety Check provide relief in Nepal Quake

Tragedy struck Nepal as a 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused damage throughout the capital, Kathmandu. The earthquake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, endangering climbers. Sadly, Google executive Dan Fredinburg lost his life in the avalanche. To help with the recovery and relief efforts, Google and Facebook are stepping up to the plate, reminding the public of their respective Person Finder and Safety Check features which can be used to check on friends and family from half way around the globe.

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Facebook intros ‘Hello’, their socially aware dialer for Android

Facebook intros ‘Hello’, their socially aware dialer for Android

As rumored, Facebook has unveiled their dialer for Android, which they’re calling ‘Hello’. The Hello dialer isn’t just a replacement for your existing one, though; it provides a bit of context on who’s calling, all based on your links via Facebook. If you’re not linked, Hello will still show you who’s calling should they have the number linked to their Facebook profile. The dialer also links to businesses and people on Facebook, giving you the ability to search and connect in fewer steps.

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Facebook changes News Feed; more pals, less pages

Facebook changes News Feed; more pals, less pages

Businesses posting to Facebook already have a lot of hoops to jump through. Don’t be ‘overly promotional’, and don’t elicit ‘Likes’. You can’t post content that may be relevant to your business, either. also, don’t try to be like The Onion. Now Facebook is changing their News Feed algorithm altogether, and just plain adding more content from your friends, providing they don’t chatter too much. It’s not off-the-cuff, though; Facebook says they’re making changes in response to user feedback.

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Facebook replacing Like Box with new Page plugin

Facebook replacing Like Box with new Page plugin

No matter where you venture to on the web, you’re likely to come across a Facebook ‘Like’ Box now and again. That’s going to change, as Facebook is announcing they’re deprecating the Like Box plugin for websites. Instead, the social giant would like web Developers to use a new Page plugin, which gives visitors an actual stream of content to look through so they know if they really do like a page or not. The Like Box plugin will turn into the Page Plugin on June 23.

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Facebook experiments with away messages, nostalgia ensues

Facebook experiments with away messages, nostalgia ensues

Before social networking, there was instant messaging. The most popular was brought to us by none other than AOL. Remember AIM? If you were ever a student in the late 90's or early 00's with an internet connection, then of course you do. Now, Facebook is bringing a little piece of nostalgia back with a new feature called "sidebar status." It's eerily similar to the "away message" of yesteryear and is a way to let your friends know what you're doing when you go AFK.

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Facebook on tracking accusations: report gets it “wrong multiple times”

Facebook on tracking accusations: report gets it “wrong multiple times”

Late last month, Facebook was accused of tracking users and non-users alike, and as such was said to be in violation of European law. The information came from a study commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission, and earlier this week Facebook fired back at the accusations, saying the report was wrong in more than one way. The social network posted a long statement by the company’s Vice President of Policy in Europe, Richard Allan, who tackled each claim individually.

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Teens’ social media habits revealed by Pew Research

Teens’ social media habits revealed by Pew Research

In the age of ever-present smartphones, the teenagers are going online now more than ever. In the latest data from the Pew Research Center, American teens' daily online habits were analyzed and patterns were found to emerge. Almost three-quarters of teens have access to a smartphone and 92% of teens reported going online daily. Facebook is the most popular social media platform for American teens as 71% of teens reported using it, followed by Instagram (51%) and Snapchat (41%). Most teens use a multitude of social media sites, but among those who stick to a single platform, Facebook still ranked the highest.

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Don’t worry Facebook, you’re still down with the kids

Don’t worry Facebook, you’re still down with the kids

Facebook may be regularly plagued with ominous predictions that teens with short attention spans have moved on to brighter social networks, but according to new research there's still life in Zuckerberg's site yet. The Pew Research Center prized teenagers away from their smartphones to ask them which social sites and apps they frequent, and while Facebook may have been branded passé by some, it's still the most-used among the 13-17 demographic. That's no small audience, either, with 24-percent of teenagers telling the research firm that they are "almost constantly" online.

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Facebook launches standalone Messenger for the web

Facebook launches standalone Messenger for the web

You can chat with friends and family via Facebook Messenger on your phone or tablet, but to get to Messenger via the web, you have to navigate through Facebook’s website. At F8 this year, Facebook made sure we all knew Messenger would become more platform than app, so today’s announcement is really no surprise. If you head over to messenger.com, you’ll now be greeted with a standalone web version of Facebook Messenger, which exactly mimics the mobile version of the service platform.

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