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Facebook’s facial recognition policy changes draw attention from German data commissioner

Facebook’s facial recognition policy changes draw attention from German data commissioner

Facebook kicked off a new series of proposed policy changes on August 29, and among them has been the addition of facial recognition in its data protection policy for its European users. Such has drawn the attention of the Hamburg data protection commissioner, which had dropped legal proceedings against the social network late last year after it deactivated facial recognition in the EU and promised to delete its templates.

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Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook is trialling a new "Trending" topics section pulling together current hot topics on the social network, in a move that is unlikely to do anything to dismiss accusations that the site is copying Twitter. The new section shows around five currently topical subjects in the upper right corner of the Facebook news feed, though is "only available to a small percentage of US users" at present, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed.

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Facebook rolls out shared photo albums

Facebook rolls out shared photo albums

Facebook has allowed users to create personal albums for quite some time, with the albums having different setting options based on how the user plans to share the content. Given the nature of the social network, however, it isn't surprising that Facebook has taken this a step further, rolling out a shared photo albums feature.

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Facebook Sponsored Stories privacy settlement approved by judge

Facebook Sponsored Stories privacy settlement approved by judge

Facebook found itself the center of a class action lawsuit back in 2011 concerning what some said were privacy violations, a topic that has been ever present for the social network. Five plaintiffs are involved in the suit, and Facebook is set to pay $20 million under the settlement terms. After years of back and forth, a judge has passed the final "okay" for agreement to proceed.

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theQ social sharing camera packs 3G for instant uploads

theQ social sharing camera packs 3G for instant uploads

It's the 21st-century version of the Polaroid: Q Lifestyle's theQ camera launches today, a chunky point-and-shoot that's designed to get your shots off the memory card and into the cloud as quickly as possible. The digital camera is optimized for sharing the photos you take across the popular social networks with a single button-press, while Q Lifestyle claims it also delivers more fashion sense to the camera as an object, too.

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Twitter scores new tweets-per-second record with 143,000 peak

Twitter scores new tweets-per-second record with 143,000 peak

Twitter's tweets-per-second numbers are usually fairly stable, with spikes happening here and there to varying degrees depending on what is trending and happening in the real world. On August 3, however, it had an unusually high per-second tweet peak - so high, in fact, that it set a new record for the social network. Now Twitter has posed the details on what happened complete with some bragging about its user experience.

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Facebook Story Bumping sifts News Feed for missing gems

Facebook Story Bumping sifts News Feed for missing gems

Facebook has revealed "Story Bumping", a new jolt of intelligence to the News Feed which the social network claims will do better at flagging up older stories friends have posted which it believes you'll still be interested in. Aiming to sift through the masses of links and content heavy Facebook users have to scroll past every day, surfacing articles that may have been missed but which the site's algorithms believe you may be particularly interested in reading, Story Bumping will go live from today.

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