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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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Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Serving divorce papers just became a bit easier, with a judge in Manhattan ruling a Brooklyn resident can serve her husband with divorce papers using the world's most popular social network. It seems the reason revolves around the defendant's perpetual lack of a physical address, and his unwillingness to make a personal appearance to be served, as well as his perpetual availability for contact through Facebook...making it the only way to serve the papers. Some have called this a necessary ruling for the modern age.

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Facebook launches primer detailing all things security

Facebook launches primer detailing all things security

Anyone with a social networking account should be mindful not only of what they post on it, but also their security settings -- misunderstanding a particular setting, for example, could lead to info you believed was private actually being visible to the public. Facebook has rolled out features that aim to improve the users' awareness of those security features, including reminders that popup with snippets of information every now and again, and that settings review that rolled out not too long ago. Now it is back with more...a lot more.

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Facebook’s Riff is a collaborative video app, like Vine on steroids

Facebook’s Riff is a collaborative video app, like Vine on steroids

Facebook just released their newest app, Riff, a collaborative video app that lets you create video clips, share them with friends, and see what new clip they add-on to it. You can watch videos made by friends, or join a video by adding your own clip. Riff is trying to let users crowdsource the next viral video. Think about viral video phenomenon The Harlem Shake. Sure it was shot lived, but more importantly, it was idea that was easy to copy, contribute and share. Riff seems to have it figured out by letting you contribute and share in a single app, making the entire production of these video memes as easy as possible.

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Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook has been found running afoul of the law in Europe, at least according to researchers commissioned to look into the matter. Last month a draft report pegged the social network as being in violation of European law, and so a further look into the matter concluded that Facebook is tracking all of its users...even if they are opting out of being tracked, or if they have visited a Facebook page but don't have an account with the company.

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Facebook’s ‘Scrapbook’ lets parents tag kid pics

Facebook’s ‘Scrapbook’ lets parents tag kid pics

If a child is under 13, they aren’t allowed an official place on Facebook. That’s meant to protect them from less than savory characters, but can prove difficult for parents who want to upload pics and tag their kids. A Facebook study showed up to 65% of parents simply tag their partners when uploading a pic of their child, which in turn allows a wider audience of friends to view the pics. With that in mind, Facebook created ‘Scrapbook’, which allows parents to track photos of kids not yet on Facebook.

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Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Cover bands sometime make a living copying the work of others. Their ability to mimic a chosen group is often what makes them desirable to see live. Some big-name artists cover each other’s songs, and it’s typically a nod of admiration. In the app economy, we can’t say the same is true. Rather than a tribute to an art form, ‘copied’ apps pile onto the original, burying it. Facebook might be the best at this practice. With Rooms, they came under fire for copying an eerily similar app named Room. Now, Facebook-owned Instagram seems to have followed suit with Layout.

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Roost on why Facebook’s Parse for IoT solution makes sense

Roost on why Facebook’s Parse for IoT solution makes sense

This week we've seen Facebook launch their first big Internet of Things initiative with Parse. The Parse IoT for innovative smart home platform and Facebook selected several key groups to work with for launch, one of which was Roost, who saw an opportunity in the Parse cloud infrastructure to provide for the Roost Smart Battery. This battery - connected with its own mobile app - connect battery power and Wi-Fi in a simple 9V package. We spoke briefly with Roost CEO Roel Peeters on why Parse was the platform to go with for this particular launch.

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Google gave us Cardboard – Facebook gave us a science lesson

Google gave us Cardboard – Facebook gave us a science lesson

This week at F8, Facebook presented a basic plan for the next 10 years in development - both inside and outside the social network. Amongst announcements of flying internet drones and updating the Messenger ecosystem, Facebook officials handed off the mic to Oculus. While we expected that Oculus would give us some indicator of the future of the company - or their involvement with Facebook - instead we got a lesson in the science of virtual reality.

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Facebook may push Oculus to consumer hardware

Facebook may push Oculus to consumer hardware

This week Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stood onstage at F8, the social network's developer conference, and spoke about Oculus VR. Zuckerberg showed how 360-degree spherical video would be making its way to Facebook's main news feed with the help of Oculus VR. This same content would be coming to Oculus Rift some time after it'd hit the main news feed. With the Samsung Gear VR (made in collaboration with Oculus VR), the company would also be showing a "Teleportation Station" to give people a glimpse of their offices from a remote location.

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Facebook’s huge solar drone takes the web to the skies

Facebook’s huge solar drone takes the web to the skies

Facebook's internet-spreading drone has successfully completed its first test flight, paving the way to connecting the 3bn people currently without connectivity. The milestone is the handiwork of the Facebook Connectivity Lab, a team set up within the company by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, examining ways to bypass expensive and laborious wireline connections and instead take to the skies to beam the internet down from high altitude. And, while the test vehicle may look small, in actual fact Facebook's achievement is big both in the scale of its ambition and its construction.

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