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Facebook is testing new Security Checkup tool

Facebook is testing new Security Checkup tool

On Wednesday Facebook announced that it is testing a new security checkup tool, something that is akin to the previous privacy checkup tool that users were seeing. Facebook has been criticized in the past for what some think are lax security measures, or then-convoluted menus that made finding security settings difficult for some. These changes bring the security settings directly to the user’s eyes, and makes them go through a quick checkup that ensures all the settings are as desired.

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Facebook hires startup Tugboat Yards

Facebook hires startup Tugboat Yards

Facebook has acqui-hired, so to speak, the startup Tugboat Yards, it has been announced. The announcement was made by Tugboat Yards itself, which says that it is feeling both excited and melancholy about the new business deal. Under this deal, Tugboat Yards will be completely shutting down on June 30, with the team then heading on over to Facebook to join the social network’s product team. Says the new Facebook team members, they’ll be working on media products including video and news.

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Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Today Facebook is pushing their newest service, Instant Articles, bringing full News Articles to the public through Facebook alone. With this service, publishers like National Geographic will be bringing full-on articles and videos to Facebook without any buffer. The companies that work with Facebook this way will receive ad revenue, and Google will - essentially - be cut out entirely. Unless you're looking at the article on an Android phone, of course. You'll be leaving all your news requirements to Facebook and the publishers they deem to be worthy.

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Facebook gets deeper into News biz with Instant Articles

Facebook gets deeper into News biz with Instant Articles

Gone were the days when Facebook was just about telling the world what you're feeling or showing off your latest vacation photos. Today, almost anything and everything is being shared on the social network, including sometimes important news and articles. But reading these longer pieces of information isn't as quick or seamless as reading a status update. Facebook, however, has a thing to say about that. It has just revealed Instant Articles, a feature and a platform that will let publishers put up faster loading and more interactive pieces. And maybe earn a buck or two in the process.

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BitTorrent’s P2P chat Bleep keeps your messages secure across platforms

BitTorrent’s P2P chat Bleep keeps your messages secure across platforms

In the age where nothing is ever truly erased from the internet, BitTorrent's decentralized chat platform, Bleep, is a welcome service. BitTorrent's Bleep aims to create messages out of the hands of any third parties by using the same peer-to-peer technology popular for pirating movies and music. Bleep's chat platform doesn't store personal data or chat logs anywhere except on your own local device, which means that all of your messages are safe from prying eyes and the possible long arm of the law.

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Facebook delves into online garage sales with improved search

Facebook delves into online garage sales with improved search

If you're looking for used furniture or electronics online, after checking Craigslist and eBay, you might want to take a look at Facebook for that second-hand gaming console. Facebook is reportedly testing a new search feature that will make it easier to browse through Facebook sales. The social network's lack of listing fees is already making it an attractive destination for sellers. The real question is if improved searches will be enough to sway buyers away from verified sellers on places like eBay and Amazon.

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Facebook says annoying birthday alerts were a bug

Facebook says annoying birthday alerts were a bug

As with phone numbers, remembering someone's birthday has become less necessary thanks to the intrusion of technology into our everyday lives. In this case, you're likely to know it is someone's birthday because Facebook makes sure it tells you -- only, recently, the social network has seemed to go far out of its way to make sure you see birthday notifications, having them pop up anywhere you happen to have Facebook connected. Fortunately, that's not a permanent annoyance.

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The Sims’ Will Wright launches THRED to let you tell stories

The Sims’ Will Wright launches THRED to let you tell stories

If you're any sort of gamer, or at least familiar with some of the Sims titles like, well, The Sims or SimCity, then you'll probably know that the name "Will Wright" isn't one you'd associate with social networking. And yet that is exactly what the acclaimed game designer has ventured into in his latest creation. But while THRED might seem like an Instagram for comics or a Medium for smartphones, the network and the app speaks to the heart of what Wright has been trying to do in his games: letting people tell their own stories.

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Why use words? Emojis dominate Instagram

Why use words? Emojis dominate Instagram

If you were to comment on Instagram with actual words and phrases, you'd look out-of-place in a sea of emojis and hashtags. It makes sense that on a platform ruled by images, emoji would be the language of choice. If a picture is worth a thousand words, do emoji carry the same weight in prose? Some would consider the pictorial designs worth a few phrases at best, but a team of Instagram researchers took a look at the way users are writing on Instagram comments and found that the online language is evolving towards emoji.

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Facebook massages privacy with anonymous login and more

Facebook massages privacy with anonymous login and more

Facebook may be the natural home of over-sharing, but new Facebook Login options mean users now have more granular control over what third-party apps can know about them. Announced at F8 2014, the amended "Log in with Facebook" option will now serve up an "Edit the info you provide" link, where tweaks to exactly what gets passed over from your profile can be made. However, while the new feature may have been a year in the making, it's not a complete fix for online privacy.

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