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Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook’s London-based ‘friend-sharing’ team is secretly working on a standalone camera app that would encourage users to share photos and videos on the social network, according to a pair of sources. The app will open directly to a camera, sort of like Snapchat, the sources say, and will involve Facebook’s Live Video by enabling direct video livestreaming. However, the sources caution that the standalone app may never be released.

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook’s making another change to your News Feed, and this one involves which articles you will see. The social network is adjusting the way it ranks articles, taking into account how often you and others spend reading/viewing them. This tweak is necessary because of how many people consume content they enjoy — by reading it, but not liking or commenting on the article on Facebook. As well, Facebook is also going to show a greater diversity of articles sources.

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LinkedIn app uses Tinder-like swiping to connect students with jobs

LinkedIn app uses Tinder-like swiping to connect students with jobs

Online dating has changed a lot in the few years since I last used it. Users want to see everything on a single page on their phone, and will give a simple swipe to the left or right to determine whether or not they like someone. Well it turns out that finding a job after college might be as simple as swiping left or right, just like on Tinder.

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Facebook users aren’t posting personal statuses as often as they used to

Facebook users aren’t posting personal statuses as often as they used to

The era of oversharing is coming to an end, at least as far as Facebook is concerned. A newly leaked internal company report reveals a sharp drop in the number of intimate and personal statuses being shared on the social network, something Facebook is scrambling to reverse. Such statuses are referred to as “original sharing,” and they involve things like announcing engagements, sharing a fun story from one’s day, and talking about family. In the place of original sharing are media links to videos, news articles, and other less valuable content.

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Top Facebook Live Videos show up in ‘Trending’ box

Top Facebook Live Videos show up in ‘Trending’ box

Facebook has added yet another feature for Live Video, this one making it easier to find live broadcasts using search. The social network has updated its search feature, adding (when relevant) Live Videos to search results with a bright red "LIVE" flag next to them. These "LIVE" videos also show up in the 'Trending' box on users' timelines, assuming the video itself is trending on the social network. Also inbound is a newly built Live Video search experience on mobile.

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Facebook thinks Live Video is social’s future

Facebook thinks Live Video is social’s future

If Facebook has its way, the social network won't just be where you go to humblebrag about the amazing things you've been doing, but the place you stream them live as they happen. Building on the launch of Facebook Live, which arrived first as a celebrity-only perk then, more recently, for any Facebook user with the iOS or Android app, the latest version of the Periscope-rivaling service promises easier ways to find new streams, share details of events as they happen, and make the most of comments.

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Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook is going to add video advertisement support to Instant Articles, a platform for publishers that presents articles more quickly to the social network’s users. In addition to the new video advertisements, Instant Articles will also get a new ad unit block on top of the ones already available, something Facebook anticipates will boost ad impressions more than 20-percent.

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Tumblr replies are back, finally, and better than ever

Tumblr replies are back, finally, and better than ever

Wildly popular blogging platform tumblr is restoring one of its most-missed features, adding back replies to posts. The feature allows tumblr users to add comments to one specific post, without having to reblog it to their own blog, and had been removed when tumblr introduced private messaging in 2015.

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Google Photos can make albums for you when you’re too lazy to

Google Photos can make albums for you when you’re too lazy to

Admit it, it has happened to you too. We've all been there. Everything starts with good intentions, taking dozens, if not hundreds, of photos on your last dream vacation. Or those scrumptious meals you devoured on your culinary odyssey. While we may upload one or two on social media immediately, many more remain gather virtual dust inside our computers or mobile devices. Knowing how painfully tedious that process can be, Google is applying the full force of its image algorithms to turn Google Photos into you own personal, album-making assistant.

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Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

The founder of controversial messageboard 4chan, a place often described as part of the internet's dark underbelly, might not be the obvious candidate to join "Do No Evil" Google. Still, that's just what's happened, with Chris Poole - aka moot - announcing this week that he's climbing into bed with the search giant.

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Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook has opened up a new option to advertisers: fullscreen advertisements. The ads are part of its "Canvas" offering, which is limited to mobile and promises to better engage users than regular (read: smaller) ads. The user must click on an advertisement for it to go fullscreen -- once they do, it could offer up more than one type of medium, for example embedding an advertisement video within a larger image. These advertisements will show up on users' timelines.

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Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

When your special day rolls around (that’s to say, your birthday), Snapchat will have a little treat for you. Found in the new Birthday Party feature is a couple special birthday-centric lenses you’ll be able to unlock, something that will also be available on your Snapchat friends’ birthdays. The lens you get will be adjusted based on whether it’s your own birthday or that of a friend.

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