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Facebook News Feed tweak tames motormouth friends

Facebook News Feed tweak tames motormouth friends

Most of us have them: those Facebook "friends" who we like well enough, sure, but whose constant rambling turns the News Feed into a monologue and a dreary one at that. Facebook is rolling out new tools today to make tweaking what the News Feed shows - and doesn't show - more straightforward, with the useful ability to pare back on the amount you see from certain people without being forced to actively remove them from your friends list altogether. Meanwhile, there's also the ability to see whose posts you've been seeing the most of.

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Twitter and WAM! team up to battle harassing tweets against women

Twitter and WAM! team up to battle harassing tweets against women

Twitter is collaborating with Women, Action & the Media, more commonly referred to as WAM!, to help reduce the number of harassing tweets directed at women. To do this, WAM! has kicked off a harassment reporting tool, which will allow women who are being harassed on the microblogging site because of their gender to report the abuse. WAM!, then, will review the report and pass ones that meet the criteria on to Twitter. In time, the data collected will be used to improve how these issues are handled in the future.

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Zuckerberg: not ‘cool’, movie about him ‘hurtful’

Zuckerberg: not ‘cool’, movie about him ‘hurtful’

At today’s AMA with Mark Zuckerberg, we all got the opportunity to submit questions for the Facebook CEO to answer. Some of what popped up was kind of hilarious, and some of what Zuck said was actually insightful. If you’v ever wondered what made Facebook and it’s founder tick, today’s AMA is a good glimpse into that. Besides, you also get to find out some really neat stuff, like what Mark thought of The Social Network, or why he’s always in a grey tee shirt.

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Facebook’s Ebola stand: Zuckerberg donates, wants you to also

Facebook’s Ebola stand: Zuckerberg donates, wants you to also

The world's biggest Social Network is getting pumped up about fighting Ebola. To do this, Mark Zuckerberg has released a video outlining how Facebook is teaming up with UNICEF to help provide people in affected and nearby countries by sharing information on Facebook. They'll be helping people prevent, detect, and treat Ebola by providing internet connectivity in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Zuckerberg himself also donated $25 of his own dollars to fight Ebola while Facebook's internet service will cost millions more.

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Selfie toys post baby’s photo automatically

Selfie toys post baby’s photo automatically

Without the express permission of your child, are you allowed to post photos of your children on Facebook? Of course you do. But designer Laura Cornet wants you to ask - and wants you to discuss - whether or not permission is something you should attain from everyone, even your infant. To do this, she's created a set of toys that activate automatic shares of photos, sounds, and movements of the child that touches them. Automatically, and without the parents' permission.

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Facebook details big uptick in government data requests

Facebook details big uptick in government data requests

Facebook has released its third report on government data requests, and in it we see a substantial uptick in requests during the first half of this year in comparison to the last six months of 2013. According to the report, government requests for both content restriction and for user data jumped 24-percent, with content restriction due to local laws rising by 19-percent. The report includes data about national security requests, as well, though they're again restricted to only a general range rather than a precise number.

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Facebook “I’m a Voter” sends election apathy on a guilt-trip

Facebook “I’m a Voter” sends election apathy on a guilt-trip

It's voting day in the US, and Facebook is pushing apathetic social networking addicts to get out and cast a ballot, running another highly-visible campaign to encourage activity in the midterm elections. A new banner running at the top of the Facebook wall offers the virtual equivalent of a sticker for those who take advantage of their democratic rights, while clicking the "I'm a Voter" widget takes users to a map to find out where their nearest voting station is. It's not just idle whistling, however: research indicates Facebook's timely prompts - not to mention the virtual peer pressure of seeing those of your friends who have already voted - actually gets people into the booths.

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Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

Facebook now lets Tor users access site directly

You’re probably not used to Facebook being cautious about your privacy. For a long time, they weren’t, with several snafus leading to the release of private data in a very public way. The social giant has just taken a bold step in the opposite direction, though, and lent credence to a very private Internet portal along the way. If you prefer to do your web surfing via Tor, which lets you obfuscate your IP address and personal info, you’ll now be able to access Facebook directly via a custom portal.

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Mark Zuckerberg Q&A to address crowdsourced questions

Mark Zuckerberg Q&A to address crowdsourced questions

Burning question for Mark Zuckerberg? Curious about how he learned Mandarin, or why your friends just don't get the message that you're not interested in a game of Candy Crush? The Facebook CEO is kicking off a series of online Q&A sessions, the first on Thursday, November 6th, dubbed "Q&A with Mark" in which he'll address the curiosity of social networking users in a live streaming video.

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Instagram wants to spotlight its citizen journalists

Instagram wants to spotlight its citizen journalists

Instagram is exploring ways to blur the lines between its users and the mainstream media, with the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing service hoping to enable broader reach for citizen journalists. Speaking during the Code/Mobile conference on how Instagram has been increasingly used as a way for regular people to publicize their experiences - whether that be during a civil uprising, a natural disaster, or a concert - co-founder and head of engineering Mike Krieger said the app's scope there is next in line to be emphasized.

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