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Facebook Trusted Contacts suggests safety from a locked-out account

Facebook Trusted Contacts suggests safety from a locked-out account

Facebook is rolling out a new feature called Trusted Contacts, which allow you to choose three to five friends to help you if you ever get locked out of your account. If you're ever locked out, your trusted contacts can step in to prove that it's actually you needing to get back into your account. From there, Facebook will give security codes needed to log in to your account.

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Facebook rakes in $1.46b revenue, 751m mobile users in Q1 2013

Facebook rakes in $1.46b revenue, 751m mobile users in Q1 2013

Facebook has reported its Q1 2013 earnings today, and there seems to be mixed results across the board. The company scrounged up $1.46 billion in revenue, which is up 38% from the same quarter last year, but it's not up to par from where the company was at over the summer. As for net profit, the company earned $312 million and earnings of 12 cents per share.

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Facebook for Windows Phone enters beta, brings high-res photos and Timeline

Facebook for Windows Phone enters beta, brings high-res photos and Timeline

The connection between Microsoft and Facebook is becoming tighter as Microsoft has announced what they're calling the Facebook for Windows Phone Beta app program. This marks the first time that the Facebook app for Windows Phone will enter into an extensive beta program, but it will allow users to submit bugs and feedback to improve on the app.

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Facebook losing millions of users, according to study

Facebook losing millions of users, according to study

Ever feel like Facebook's becoming a bit dull lately? Maybe it's your friends who are driving you nuts with their political rants, or you may just be tired of the concept of social networking. Whatever the case may be, millions of users are experiencing the same feeling, according to a new study that says six million US users have left Facebook in just the last month.

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Twitter for Mac update brings Retina support, improved sharing and uploading

Twitter for Mac update brings Retina support, improved sharing and uploading

Twitter has updated its Mac app with several improvements that users can take advantage of now. The app has been updated to include support for Retina displays on the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros, and users will be greeted with improved photo sharing and uploading features, as well as support for 14 more languages.

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AP Twitter account hacked with fake White House explosion claim

AP Twitter account hacked with fake White House explosion claim

The Associated Press's Twitter account was hacked today after a tweet was sent out from the account that read, "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured." The Associated Press responded shortly after saying that its Twitter account had been compromised, and now the account has been suspended, but it should be back up shortly after Twitter and the AP resolve the issue.

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Reddit suffers down-time due to DDoS attack

Reddit suffers down-time due to DDoS attack

Reddit was targeted by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) attack earlier yesterday morning, resulting in some unpleasant downtime for Redditors all around. Why it became the target of an attack is still a mystery, but a Reddit representative told the Huffington Post that "All we know is it is blatantly malicious." Some speculate that the DDoS attack was related to Reddit's manhunt for the Boston Marathon terrorists.

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Facebook partnering with attorneys general for privacy awareness

Facebook partnering with attorneys general for privacy awareness

Let's face it: Facebook privacy is something of a misnomer -- it's hard to use "Facebook" and "privacy" in the same sentence without it being considered negative. However, the social networking giant knows it, and it has announced that it will be partnering up with 19 state attorneys general in order to raise awareness for teen privacy on Facebook.

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Electronic Arts shutting down three Facebook games

Electronic Arts shutting down three Facebook games

In what is most likely one of the steps in Electronic Arts' pan to do some re-organization, the game publisher has announced that they will be shutting down three more of their Facebook games, which include The Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society. These three titles will see their doors close on June 14 this year.

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Google acquires Behavio: social prediction connects with the big G

Google acquires Behavio: social prediction connects with the big G

When Google comes to your door - or your digital door - and tells you they'd like you to join their collective, generally you say yes, let's do it! That's what Behavio has announced they've done this week. Behavio is a company that was Knight Foundation funded and aimed to develop apps that would accurately detect social and behavioral trends of you, your friends, and everyone around you.

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Hostility on social networks rises to 78% of users

Hostility on social networks rises to 78% of users

Social networks are a great place to vent your frustrations to your "friends," but sometimes they can be a hotbed for debates and arguments. According to a new survey that polled almost 2,700 people, approximately 20% people have reduced in-person contact with someone due to an argument or debate that occurred online.

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Facebook embeds movies, TV shows, music, books into status updates

Facebook embeds movies, TV shows, music, books into status updates

Facebook announced a small new feature coming to status updates. Users can now integrate what they're watching, reading, listening to, etc. in status updates. Of course, users have been able to do this freely since the beginning of Facebook, but the social network has added the ability to share what you're watching, complete with the movie's icon and a link to the movie's Facebook page.

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