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Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Listen to Mark Zuckerberg & Co., and Facebook's privacy changes this week are not only benign but in your very best interest. A pared down explanation on data protection that's ostensibly clearer than before, as well as a guide to exactly what the privacy settings can do, were the sweetener to the side news that Facebook would actually be doing more information sharing, at least between its recent acquisitions like Instagram and WhatsApp. Problem is, we've heard those same explanations before, and they've already got at least one big company into very hot water.

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Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook is taking another try at streamlining its privacy features, paring back its privacy policy, giving more control over ads, and throwing open the whole thing for user feedback. The social site has launched Privacy Basics, a set of interactive guides to show users exactly what controls they have about who sees their posts, whose posts they see, what information is gathered about them from the links they click, and how they can manage their friends list with more granularity. Since everything is better with a set of animated characters, meanwhile, there's a purple dinosaur among others to help guide people through.

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Ocho app released: a tiny video social network

Ocho app released: a tiny video social network

There's a brand new warrior app out today released to do battle with the likes of Vine, Instagram, and maybe even Twitter itself. This is Ocho, a social networking app that allows you to record and share 8-second videos with your friends. This app is free for iOS users - that's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus included - and it has backing from some of the most powerful funders in the industry - Mark Cuban and Matthew Brimer included. This app was made for iPhone first and foremost - 16:9 aspect ratio recording made to fill up your whole screen.

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You can finally fix Instagram caption goofs

You can finally fix Instagram caption goofs

Instagram has always been about sharing the moment, but the inability to edit captions once posted has also made it a frustrating way to share typos, too. Happily an update today is addressing that, with caption editing now supported on both iOS and Android so that any goofs, last-minute hashtag addition, or other essential tweaks can be made without having to delete the whole photo and post it again from scratch. Meanwhile, Instagram is also making it easier to find new people, by building out the Explore page.

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Facebook News Feed tweak tames motormouth friends

Facebook News Feed tweak tames motormouth friends

Most of us have them: those Facebook "friends" who we like well enough, sure, but whose constant rambling turns the News Feed into a monologue and a dreary one at that. Facebook is rolling out new tools today to make tweaking what the News Feed shows - and doesn't show - more straightforward, with the useful ability to pare back on the amount you see from certain people without being forced to actively remove them from your friends list altogether. Meanwhile, there's also the ability to see whose posts you've been seeing the most of.

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Twitter and WAM! team up to battle harassing tweets against women

Twitter and WAM! team up to battle harassing tweets against women

Twitter is collaborating with Women, Action & the Media, more commonly referred to as WAM!, to help reduce the number of harassing tweets directed at women. To do this, WAM! has kicked off a harassment reporting tool, which will allow women who are being harassed on the microblogging site because of their gender to report the abuse. WAM!, then, will review the report and pass ones that meet the criteria on to Twitter. In time, the data collected will be used to improve how these issues are handled in the future.

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Zuckerberg: not ‘cool’, movie about him ‘hurtful’

Zuckerberg: not ‘cool’, movie about him ‘hurtful’

At today’s AMA with Mark Zuckerberg, we all got the opportunity to submit questions for the Facebook CEO to answer. Some of what popped up was kind of hilarious, and some of what Zuck said was actually insightful. If you’v ever wondered what made Facebook and it’s founder tick, today’s AMA is a good glimpse into that. Besides, you also get to find out some really neat stuff, like what Mark thought of The Social Network, or why he’s always in a grey tee shirt.

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Facebook “I’m a Voter” sends election apathy on a guilt-trip

Facebook “I’m a Voter” sends election apathy on a guilt-trip

It's voting day in the US, and Facebook is pushing apathetic social networking addicts to get out and cast a ballot, running another highly-visible campaign to encourage activity in the midterm elections. A new banner running at the top of the Facebook wall offers the virtual equivalent of a sticker for those who take advantage of their democratic rights, while clicking the "I'm a Voter" widget takes users to a map to find out where their nearest voting station is. It's not just idle whistling, however: research indicates Facebook's timely prompts - not to mention the virtual peer pressure of seeing those of your friends who have already voted - actually gets people into the booths.

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Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

You’re probably not used to Facebook being cautious about your privacy. For a long time, they weren’t, with several snafus leading to the release of private data in a very public way. The social giant has just taken a bold step in the opposite direction, though, and lent credence to a very private Internet portal along the way. If you prefer to do your web surfing via Tor, which lets you obfuscate your IP address and personal info, you’ll now be able to access Facebook directly via a custom portal.

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Instagram wants to spotlight its citizen journalists

Instagram wants to spotlight its citizen journalists

Instagram is exploring ways to blur the lines between its users and the mainstream media, with the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing service hoping to enable broader reach for citizen journalists. Speaking during the Code/Mobile conference on how Instagram has been increasingly used as a way for regular people to publicize their experiences - whether that be during a civil uprising, a natural disaster, or a concert - co-founder and head of engineering Mike Krieger said the app's scope there is next in line to be emphasized.

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