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Facebook’s latest report shows jump in government requests

Facebook’s latest report shows jump in government requests

On Wednesday, Facebook released its newest government requests report, revealing an increase in government requests of both the blocking and snitching sort. This latest report spans the first half of 2015, and covers data on both the number of content that governments wanted restricted and how much data requests governments submitted. As well, this report also details any info that can be revealed about National Security Requests received from the US government during that period.

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Instagram debuts curated video feed in time for Halloween

Instagram debuts curated video feed in time for Halloween

These days, social media isn't just about flooding the world with your status updates. Networks have gotten a bit smarter, a bit more thematic. They are trying not to just blabber on about what people had for lunch or funny cat pictures. Social networks are becoming somewhat more informative and more relevant by trying to showcase what's happening in the world around people. In light of that, Instagram soft launched off its own video channel of curated content, starting with all the Halloween videos you can stomach.

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Facebook’s Local Market is a marketplace in testing

Facebook’s Local Market is a marketplace in testing

Facebook is known to test different features and services that may never see the light of day, so take the appearance of a new local marketplace feature with a grain of salt. Recently, Facebook iPhone users have reported seeing a new feature called "Local Market" which, in some cases, briefly showed up where the Messenger button is typically located. Some screenshots have been taken, and though the feature is limited in functionality, it does show a marketplace split up into individual categories.

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Now Facebook will warn if you’re under state-sponsored attack

Now Facebook will warn if you’re under state-sponsored attack

It's a sign of the times that, just as Facebook warns which of your friends and family will see your posts, now it'll flag potential state intrusion too. The new alert will appear if the social network believes an individual's account is being "targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state," Alex Stamos, chief security officer at Facebook, said today.

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Facebook: more Americans coming out on social network

Facebook: more Americans coming out on social network

Yesterday, Facebook released some data in honor of Spirit Day and National Coming Out Day revealing that the social network has seen more Americans than ever coming out on the site. The company determined this using information about U.S Facebook users, using things like users’ specifying a custom gender on a profile, or using the profile to “express a same-gender attraction.” When looked at, the data then shows three large trends taking place.

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Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook has tools/features that let you relive past moments, but not all moments are something you want to see crop up in your newsfeed. Lost loved ones, ex lovers, broken friendships...all things that may pepper your past Facebook statuses, tags, photos and more. Some users may even avoid features like "On This Day" because they don't want something painful to pop up. Now Facebook lets you filter them out forever.

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Facebook app adds 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook app adds 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook has quietly updated its iPhone 6s app to support 3D Touch, with shortcuts available from a hard-press on the homescreen icon. The new version of the app, released today, now supports directly capturing media to share on the social network, as well as uploading content already in your camera roll.

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Facebook lets you show school spirit with “Game Face”

Facebook lets you show school spirit with “Game Face”

Facebook recently introduced updated mobile profiles, and now it is back with another way for you to show off your allegiances. The social network has introduced a new "Game Face" tool for adding a banner related to one of several college football teams. The banner can be set to only display for a set period of time before disappearing, such as one week or as little as a single hour.

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What is Peeple (and why are we so angry about it?)

What is Peeple (and why are we so angry about it?)

The internet is a loud, judgmental, invariably angry place, but startup Peeple has inspired more than the usual degree of bile. Promising to be for individuals what Yelp has become for businesses, the app won't launch until sometime in November but its core concept - allowing anybody to leave a review or, if they're feeling lazy, just a one to five star rating, on you - has already prompted fierce debate online.

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Facebook is testing animated profile pics on mobile

Facebook is testing animated profile pics on mobile

Facebook has introduced new profiles for mobile, adding features that amount to three main improvements. These changes are designed to improve one’s ability to demonstrate their own personality, and to make it easier to keep on top of the profile’s changes. This includes the ability to post a video as one’s profile picture, animating it like something out a Harry Potter novel.

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Facebook Notes gets custom styles, challenges Medium

Facebook Notes gets custom styles, challenges Medium

Facebook Notes — surprised the feature still exists? You’re not the only one. The social network hasn’t given Notes the same attention it has some of its other features, and many people ignore it altogether. Still, there’s a subset of users who like penning long narratives or using Facebook as their personal blog, and that’s where Notes comes in. Attention was drawn to the feature back in August when the social network began tweaking with it again, and today the company announced a full update.

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