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Your Facebook posts will now help determine TV ratings

Your Facebook posts will now help determine TV ratings

In this digital age, companies that have been around for decades have to re-think the way they do business. Nielsen is one of those companies that has to change with the times, in order to stay relevant. But you may not like the changes that they're making.

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Facebook Sports Stadium gives sports rivals a place to vent

Facebook Sports Stadium gives sports rivals a place to vent

No, Facebook hasn't just constructed a real, physical space for people to exercise and play sports. Deity forbid they do something that will actually unhook you from the social network. Instead, they have created the virtual equivalent of a sports forum where both fans as well as rivals can dish it out with words, something people already do on Facebook anyway. But now you can do it officially and with game stats right in front of you. In short, Facebook has just created the social network equivalent of a sports channel.

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Facebook’s new Pittsburgh office is for Oculus research

Facebook’s new Pittsburgh office is for Oculus research

Facebook has confirmed that a new office it has leased in Pittsburgh will be dedicated to Oculus Research. The office is very close to Carnegie Mellon University, and according to one report is said to be 20,000 square feet in size -- though how much of that is dedicated to Oculus isn't known. This makes Facebook the latest company to move into Pittsburgh, a city that has also attracted Uber and some other tech businesses.

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Facebook mobile app supports anonymous connections via Tor

Facebook mobile app supports anonymous connections via Tor

The terms “Facebook” and “anonymously” are two that probably don't seem to go well together. After all, Facebook goes to great lengths to confirm exactly who is using their service, at times. But still, some people want to be on the social network, without giving up information such as their current location. And the company has rolled out a new feature to help you do just that.

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Facebook takes on extremism and hate speech in Europe

Facebook takes on extremism and hate speech in Europe

Facebook is part of a new initiative in Europe that is fighting hate speech and extremist content both offline and online. The new effort is called the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), and it is a partnership between Facebook, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, and the Institute from Strategic Dialogue.

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Facebook is developing their own Android app store

Facebook is developing their own Android app store

If you have a phone from Apple, you get your apps from their App Store. If you have an Android phone, you pick up apps from the Google Play Store. Pretty simple, right? Well, Facebook is concerned about not being able to distribute its apps via these methods in the future, so they're building their own app store.

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Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Legal cases usually take years because of appeal after appeal. But when they reach the highest court of the land, judgment is, more often than not, really final. That might be the case here with Facebook's ongoing, and now probably over, tussle in German courts over its Friend Finder feature. Now that the country's highest court, the Federal Court of Justice, has declared it illegal, there isn't much left for Facebook to do except to recoup its losses and to move forward. Without that feature in Germany, that is.

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Facebook Messenger might be getting a Mac app

Facebook Messenger might be getting a Mac app

It is one of those unofficial rumors that both make sense and don't. Based on a blurry photo, it seems that Facebook is working on a dedicated Mac app for its Messenger chat service, independent of the Facebook instance that run inside your browser. If it's true and if the app ever sees the light of day in public, it would be the first time Facebook would provide a separate chatting experience on the desktop, something that it has already done for the mobile counterpart.

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Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

A Facebook bug is seriously overestimating some friendships today, with some users being congratulated on their 46 year anniversary. The social network has long celebrated the day on which users first friended each other, but a glitch in the system is leading some to see messages suggesting that happened 35 years earlier than Facebook itself first coming online.

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Facebook’s free Internet service kicked out of Egypt, too

Facebook’s free Internet service kicked out of Egypt, too

Following its troubles in India, Facebook's "Free Basics" Internet service has been shut down in Egypt. The move hints at more extensive trouble for the free Internet service, which gives millions limited access to a select number of websites. The service went dark earlier today, but no official reason has been provided at this time. Facebook has expressed unhappiness with the decision in its' own statement.

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Facebook parses News Feed in latest mobile test

Facebook parses News Feed in latest mobile test

Facebook is testing a News Feed style that reduces clutter and makes it easier to find specific types of content. In addition to the regular “News Feed,” the mobile app redesign also includes categories like “Headlines,” “Style,” and “Travel.” As well, previously detailed Marketplace is appearing more prominently for some users, allowing them to buy and sell locally and find items from companies users have "liked."

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Facebook’s free internet service banned in India

Facebook’s free internet service banned in India

Facebook wants to bring limited free internet service to some of the developing nations around the world and in India, the plan has run into some issues. An Indian regulator has asked that the free internet service be banned while an investigation is conducted to ensure that the free web access doesn't pose a threat to net neutrality.

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