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Facbook busts “six degrees of separation” myth

Facbook busts “six degrees of separation” myth

Everyone knows about the 6 degrees of separation (or of Kevin Bacon). The idea is that you can take any two people in the world, and connect them through no more than six total acquaintances. Well, the website that knows more about your friends than you do seems to think we're all a lot closer that we previously thought.

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Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Peer to peer sales that are coordinated — and maybe even paid for through — Facebook are nothing new. The social network makes it easy to get in contact with someone, share pictures, and thanks to that money sending feature added to Messenger not too long ago, even pay for an item. Among the things being sold privately through Facebook were firearms, something the social network has now explicitly banned.

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Facebook baking iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch in your timeline

Facebook baking iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch in your timeline

Facebook has further baked Apple's 3D Touch into its app for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, adding pressure-sensitivity to your timeline. The added functionality, which takes advantage of the new touchscreen technology Apple introduced with the latest versions of its smartphone last year, builds on the Facebook app for iOS' 3D Touch-enabled quick actions from the homescreen.

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Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Legal cases usually take years because of appeal after appeal. But when they reach the highest court of the land, judgment is, more often than not, really final. That might be the case here with Facebook's ongoing, and now probably over, tussle in German courts over its Friend Finder feature. Now that the country's highest court, the Federal Court of Justice, has declared it illegal, there isn't much left for Facebook to do except to recoup its losses and to move forward. Without that feature in Germany, that is.

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Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

A Facebook bug is seriously overestimating some friendships today, with some users being congratulated on their 46 year anniversary. The social network has long celebrated the day on which users first friended each other, but a glitch in the system is leading some to see messages suggesting that happened 35 years earlier than Facebook itself first coming online.

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Facebook’s free Internet service kicked out of Egypt, too

Facebook’s free Internet service kicked out of Egypt, too

Following its troubles in India, Facebook's "Free Basics" Internet service has been shut down in Egypt. The move hints at more extensive trouble for the free Internet service, which gives millions limited access to a select number of websites. The service went dark earlier today, but no official reason has been provided at this time. Facebook has expressed unhappiness with the decision in its' own statement.

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Facebook parses News Feed in latest mobile test

Facebook parses News Feed in latest mobile test

Facebook is testing a News Feed style that reduces clutter and makes it easier to find specific types of content. In addition to the regular “News Feed,” the mobile app redesign also includes categories like “Headlines,” “Style,” and “Travel.” As well, previously detailed Marketplace is appearing more prominently for some users, allowing them to buy and sell locally and find items from companies users have "liked."

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Facebook’s free internet service banned in India

Facebook’s free internet service banned in India

Facebook wants to bring limited free internet service to some of the developing nations around the world and in India, the plan has run into some issues. An Indian regulator has asked that the free internet service be banned while an investigation is conducted to ensure that the free web access doesn't pose a threat to net neutrality.

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Now you can Facebook share iPhone 6s’ Live Photos

Now you can Facebook share iPhone 6s’ Live Photos

Live Photos shot on the iPhone 6s are getting a lot more social, with Facebook switching on support for the Harry Potter-esque moving images. Launched as a camera feature on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Live Photos combine a 12-megapixel still with roughly 1.5 seconds of video either side of it, but initially the sharing options were limited.

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Facebook ditches Flash uses HTML5 by default

Facebook ditches Flash uses HTML5 by default

Tech firms around the world are working hard to end the life of Flash due to the frequent and often serious security flaws that Flash suffers from. Facebook's chief security officer called for Flash to be discontinued about six months ago and Adobe itself is already stepping away from Flash and has renamed Flash Pro to Animate CC. Facebook has now announced that it has ditched Flash for video on its site.

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NPR’s bringing audio to Facebook in new experiment

NPR’s bringing audio to Facebook in new experiment

NPR has a new experiment to see if “audio can go viral,” and first in line to facilitate its’ experiment is Facebook, where users will soon see NPR audio clips directly in their News Feed. The audio will first come this month as part of a “brief preview,” and will expand starting in early January when NPR will publish several clips on the social network every day for a month.

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Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook has turned its attention to Events, the part of the service you’re likely familiar with but never too happy about. Events works well enough, but has its downsides — a bunch of unwanted notifications being among them — that have gone mostly untouched. Things are changing for iOS users, though; Facebook has announced an update that makes it easier to find events in certain cities using search.

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