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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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Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

It's the time of the year when companies release their yearly trends, totals, and data. YouTube did it earlier this month, and Google just recently followed today with its own yearly trends list. Joining them is Facebook with its own totals; the social network has broken down its year based on global data and U.S. data. Included among the details are the top ten most talked about topics, with top among them them all being the US presidential election.

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Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

The Internet has replaced the ancient yellow pages. Not convinced? Just take a gander at how many Web services there are that try to let you search for a service or an establishment. Need a plumber? Check. Need to call a restaurant? Double check. But Internet services can provide more than what static paper can contain, like more detailed information and even customer reviews. That is the kind of convergence of information that Facebook is trying to harness with a prematurely outed "Professional Services" website that aims to connect netizens with the business they are looking for.

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Study: perceived addiction brings fleeing Facebook users back

Study: perceived addiction brings fleeing Facebook users back

Ditching Facebook is something many users have dreamed of, but ultimately failed to do. Some take a break, only to log back in before their goal date. Others suspend their account, planning to leave the social network for good, only to reactivate it later on. Why? That’s a question Cornell University researchers have answered, with a recent study finding four factors that bring users back.

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Facebook Moments has killed off Photo Sync

Facebook Moments has killed off Photo Sync

In June, Facebook introduced a new app called Moments, which enables users to create a private gallery comprising multiple users’ photos. Before Moments arrived, though, Facebook rolled out a feature called Photo Sync back in 2012 — with it, Facebook would automatically upload one’s photos into a private album for faster sharing with other users. Now that Moments has arrived, Facebook is going to kill off Photo Sync.

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Facebook News Feed to cater to slow, flaky connections

Facebook News Feed to cater to slow, flaky connections

Facebook, like Google and some other tech companies, have become very enthusiastic, perhaps even obsessed, with bringing the Internet to as many people as possible, either through balloons or lasers, or both. Bringing the Internet to everyone has the happy consequence of also opening up Facebook to new users as well. But even those already with Internet connections enjoy good quality connections every time and all the time. To make sure that those factors don't deprive users of the enjoyment of using Facebook, the social networking giant is rolling out some changes to make Facebook usable, or at least bearable, under constrained networks.

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How do I use Facebook Live Video?

How do I use Facebook Live Video?

Once the preserve of celebrities, Facebook Live Video is now opening up to everyone on the social network. Whether or not you think it's a Periscope clone, there's no denying that - if you're already a keen Facebook user - there's a lot to be said for the convenience of embedding a video stream right into your profile for friends, family, and (if you want them to) the public to watch.

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Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook’s new live video feature takes on Periscope

Facebook is testing a new major feature that pits it against Periscope, arguably the world’s most popular mobile live streaming platform. The feature, as you probably guessed, is live video streaming, allowing Facebook users to share real-time videos with their friends and the public. Joining live video is a new collage feature that groups photos and videos into "moments."

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Facebook’s new birthday banner nixes forgetfulness excuses

Facebook’s new birthday banner nixes forgetfulness excuses

We’ve all got them — those acquaintances you know well enough that you shouldn't ignore their birthdays, but that you don't know well enough to make a phone call or send a card. Facebook presents the perfect medium for well wishes in that case, allowing you to peck out a quick happy message and then go on with your day. The one catch is that you have to notice when it is someone's birthday, and Facebook’s current design doesn’t make that easy.

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Facebook is testing a fundraising tool for nonprofits

Facebook is testing a fundraising tool for nonprofits

Facebook has introduced a new fundraising tool for nonprofits, and it is working to improve its “donate” button, the combination of which will make the social network a little more attractive to charities. Says Facebook, “We hope these features help nonprofits reach new supports, engage their community and get the valuable funding they need to continue their good work." Facebook started testing tools for nonprofits back in 2013.

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Facebook activates Safety Check for human disasters

Facebook activates Safety Check for human disasters

The recent events that transpired in Paris left many, both in France and around the world, stunned and worried about the safety of their family and friends in affected areas. As before, when traditional media and governments are unable to provide information fast enough, people have taken to social media not just to air their condemnation of the inhumane actions and support for victims and their kin, they also use it to tell others that they are safe. That is why Facebook made an unprecedented, and unsurprisingly controversial, move to activate its Safety Check for Paris.

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Report: Facebook AI could alert parents when sharing kid pics

Report: Facebook AI could alert parents when sharing kid pics

Facebook could be working on a feature that would alert parents when they share a photo of their children on the social network. The feature seems to be geared toward safety, making parents aware, when applicable, that anyone can see the shared images of their children. This is part of Facebook’s larger work with deep learning and artificial intelligence, something that has been used to create other photo-centric features.

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