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Facebook Privacy rules changing: data collection, use, personalized ads

Facebook Privacy rules changing: data collection, use, personalized ads

The Chief Privacy Officer of Policy for Facebook Erin Egan has this week begun setting down a series of changes to several of the key Facebook Governing Documents, with emphasis placed on their Data Use Policy and their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. For the average Facebook user, this means you'll be seeing Facebook make public edits to documents stating their intentions with collecting and using data you provide. It also means Facebook is editing the rules that apply to both you and Facebook when you choose to use the social network.

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Facebook Unity SDK brings high-powered gaming to the social network

Facebook Unity SDK brings high-powered gaming to the social network

Over the past several years, the folks at Unity have created a game development platform where users could make major titles that work on multiple operating systems and in different environments. This week they've announced - at their developer conference "Unite" no less - that they're launching a new cross-platform SDK with Facebook that'll allow games like Shadowgun: Deadzone to be ported to Facebook with ease.

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Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Starting this month, users will be experience an increased bit of quality in their Google+ Hangouts video chat as result of the company switching over to a new form of video codec. The video codec itself isn't new, it having been released all the way back in 2010, but it's new to this Google system, and just as video chat begins to hit the likes of smartphones and tablets with Hangouts, Google has let it be known that they'll be bringing a higher definition to the web as well. Speaking with Janko Roettgers of GigaOM, Google's Vice President of Engineering Chee Chew let it be known that Google is switching from H.264 to the codec known as VP8.

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BBM Android and iOS user guides suggest launch imminent

BBM Android and iOS user guides suggest launch imminent

While the BlackBerry brand may not be doing as well as they'd hoped with the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the devices it runs on, an impending BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) app for iOS and Android still appears all the rage. This app has been announced for both Apple mobile products and Google's Android, but no final launch date has been made official. Today's leak of a couple of user manuals - one each for both of the platforms - suggests that the launch of the apps may be nearby.

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Facebook Embedded Posts switch-on fully with video and mobile tweaks

Facebook Embedded Posts switch-on fully with video and mobile tweaks

Facebook has turned on post embedding for all users, as well as bolstering the social-spreading system with new features like video embeds and better performance on mobile device screens. Launched in late July, Facebook Embedded Posts were initially only available to select publishers in the social site's trial; now, though, any publisher can slot Facebook content into their articles or webpages.

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IFTTT Twitter Triggers return: turn your lamp colors with a Tweet

IFTTT Twitter Triggers return: turn your lamp colors with a Tweet

A bit over a year ago, the folks at IFTTT (If This Then That) ran into a problem with Twitter integration: the company changed their API and developers fell like swatted flies. Voluntarily retracting their featured "Triggers" from Twitter interaction, the developers behind IFTTT made clear that they intended to come back into being with Twitter support as soon as they could work with the company to make such a return possible. Here in the summer of 2013, you can once again trigger all the Tweet-happy actions your heart desires.

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Instagram 4.1 adds video imports, photo straightening, more

Instagram 4.1 adds video imports, photo straightening, more

Instagram has pushed out a new version, adding video imports for iPhone and Android, as well as automatic photo straightening functionality for those using the iOS version. Instagram 4.1 builds on the video functionality introduced back in June by allowing users to open, edit, and share footage taken with their phone's native camera (or, indeed, another third-party app), including trimming them down to meet the fifteen second limit.

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