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Facebook Home Review

Facebook Home Review

Is your smartphone social? Facebook isn't convinced it is and so, in lieu of one true Facebook Phone, it wants to make over every Android smartphone in its image, courtesy of Facebook Home. The new launcher will start its spread on a select range of Android devices, as well as dedicated handsets like the HTC First, from April 12, but it demands a hefty commitment: gone is the usual, flexible Android homescreen, replaced by a new UI that puts sharing front and center. Walled garden or the place where social grows? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Facebook addresses Home privacy concerns

Facebook addresses Home privacy concerns

Since its unveiling, many individuals have been vocal about Facebook Home concerns, speculating about privacy and what information the service many gather. To mitigate the worries and clarify the issues, Facebook has released answers to several questions that have been posed repeatedly, talking about what information it gathers, how privacy works with it, and more.

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Angelfire site may be Mark Zuckerberg’s first website

Angelfire site may be Mark Zuckerberg’s first website

A link to a very 90s-looking Angelfire website surfaced over at Hacker News, with the poster claiming that it belongs to Mark Zuckerberg, who would have created it when he was just 15-years-old. The website is full of all sorts of interesting things, ranging from a GPA calculator for "all you psychos, myself included, who obsess over grades," to a blinking yellow eyeball welcoming visitors to "the only site where a yellow eye blinks at you."

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Nearly 50% of all Instagram users are on Android

Nearly 50% of all Instagram users are on Android

It has been exactly a year since Instagram launched its app on Android, and it has proven to be a very smart move on Instagram's part. Instagram states that Android users are on par with iOS users, each sharing around 50% of Instagram's user base of over 100 million people. The impressive part is that Android's Instagram app was released a year and a half after the app was released on iOS, and it has already managed to catch-up with it.

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Google+ launches support for full-size photo uploads from desktop

Google+ launches support for full-size photo uploads from desktop

Android smartphone users with a Google+ account know the convenience of having the full size of their photographs uploaded to the account, providing a no-hassle backup of the content that is easy to access and share later on. Now that same full-size photo upload feature has been rolled out for desktop users, who can upload and store full-size images from their computer starting today.

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Twitter announces new Cards and app deep-linking

Twitter announces new Cards and app deep-linking

Twitter Cards provide a savvy way for content to be displayed to users, providing, for example, a title, content snippet, and thumbnail in a clean card-like format. Back in December, Pinterest rolled out support for Twitter Cards, while some others, such as Instagram, have backed away from the feature. Now the microblogging service has announced the addition of three new Card types, in addition to deep-linking for apps.

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Facebook is testing out a new button

Facebook is testing out a new button

It seems like Facebook is just testing out a whole bunch of new features, and it doesn't look like it has any intention of stopping anytime soon. Today, it was discovered that Facebook is testing out a new button on the desktop version of its service. The new button appears on the top right of your Facebook page, right next to your profile link. The button pops up the "How are you feeling" post-a-status screen.

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Twitter may generate $1b in ad revenue in 2014

Twitter may generate $1b in ad revenue in 2014

Twitter's ad revenue is expected to skyrocket in 2014. The social network has seen a huge rise in mobile advertisement revenue, and is expected to continue on with that momentum throughout the next year. According to eMarketer, 53% of Twitter's ad revenue comes from mobile advertisements alone. That's a huge percentage, especially considering that Twitter generated nothing from mobile advertisements back in 2011.

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Facebook gets approval to build a low-key second campus

Facebook gets approval to build a low-key second campus

Facebook has just received the "go-ahead" to build a second campus in Menlo Park. Menlo Park's city council, minus one member, voted 4-0 to allow Facebook to build its second campus. The new campus will be a 433,555 square foot building located on the other side of Facebook's headquarters. It will be located on 312 and 313 Constitution Drive, just west of Bayfront Expressway.

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