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Facebook kills Poke and Camera (we feign surprise)

Facebook kills Poke and Camera (we feign surprise)

Facebook has quietly axed its Poke and Camera apps, yanking them from Apple's App Store after they failed to set the social world alight. Poke was Facebook's attempt to cash in on the ephemeral photo craze begun by Snapchat, allowing Facebook users to send each other self-destructing photos, but which languished under the shadow of persistent rumors that the social network was trying to buy its smaller app rival.

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Ambitious Oculus: Billion-player Facebook MMOs and R&D explosion

Ambitious Oculus: Billion-player Facebook MMOs and R&D explosion

Facebook has ambitious plans to use Oculus Rift to create a billion-player game, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has teased, immersing social network users in a quite literally massive multiplayer environment, though in the meantime it will focus on a speedier release of the next headset. Oculus VR may be a $2bn addition to Facebook's roster of acquired companies, but the team is still looking at how it can motivate young coders and students to develop new virtual reality applications.

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Amazon adds #AmazonCart Twitter shopping support

Amazon adds #AmazonCart Twitter shopping support

Amazon can't lure you into a bricks-and-mortar store, but it can chase you on Twitter, with the online retail behemoth launching #AmazonCart to make adding products to your cart as straightforward as tweeting about them. The new system - launching in the US as well as the UK, where it will be known as #AmazonBasket - keeps an eye out for Amazon product links; reply to a tweet with one, tagging #AmazonCart, and it'll automatically be added to your latest shopping spree.

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Big surprise: Facebook will eventually push ads with “Nearby Friends”

Big surprise: Facebook will eventually push ads with “Nearby Friends”

Facebook plans to eventually use its new "Nearby Friends" feature to power new location-based adverts and marketing, the social network has conceded, potentially souring what was generally seen as a privacy-mindful launch of the functionality. Nearby Friends began rolling out last week as a new addition to Facebook's mobile apps, optionally showing those on your friendslist your location, and making it easier to organize impromptu meet-ups. However, Facebook has more in mind than promoting socializing.

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Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook has added a new feature to its mobile apps, Nearby Friends, allowing users of the social network to find those on their friendslist when they're nearby, though Facebook is clearly wary of a privacy backlash. The feature, which will be rolled out to the Android and iOS apps over the coming weeks, shows your GPS position and that of your friends on a map; however, Facebook is turning it off by default, and relying on users to opt-in instead.

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Facebook axing in-app messaging: Pushing standalone app

Facebook axing in-app messaging: Pushing standalone app

Facebook will force iOS and Android app users to download the standalone Facebook Messenger app if they want to continue chatting, with plans to remove the messaging functionality from the regular Facebook app. The decision, likely to cause some consternation among Facebook users, is part of the social network's ongoing shift to standalone software for each key feature it offers, rather than bundling them together and running the risk that they get overlooked.

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Twitter redesign launches with Michella Obama and more

Twitter redesign launches with Michella Obama and more

Twitter is going to get a whole lot more Facebook-like in its design, the short-messaging social network has revealed, with a new profile page look already rolling out for celebrities like Michelle Obama and Zac Efron. The new pages feature a much larger header photo than the previous layout, as well as a larger profile photo, plus there are more ways to control what individual tweets people see when they first visit.

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