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Facebook plans commemorative tools after father’s “A Look Back” video plea

Facebook plans commemorative tools after father’s “A Look Back” video plea

Facebook will create a special "A Look Back" clip for a father whose video plea for a memory of his son went viral and caught the attention of the social network. John Berlin turned to YouTube to ask Mark Zuckerberg & Co. to bend the rules and release the video curated from his son's account, after Jesse Berlin passed away in early January at 21. Not only has Facebook agreed to "cut some red tape" it also revealed that it had plans for a new policy to make commemorating those who used the site more formal.

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Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook has turned ten, and though the terrible teens are still a few years off, the predators are already circling. The social site celebrated its tenth birthday in a fairly low-key way, giving each user a custom highlights video dubbed "A Look Back" picking out their most popular moments on the site, but the anniversary has been overshadowed by the ongoing trademark spat with app developer FiftyThree over who gets to use the name "Paper". It's perhaps a perfect example of how to many Facebook is now perceived: lumbering heavyweight rather than agile upstart.

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Facebook Paper review: Zuckerberg finally “gets” mobile

Facebook Paper review: Zuckerberg finally “gets” mobile

Facebook and mobile haven't had an easy run of it. Facebook Home, an attempt to capitalize on mobile with a near-walled-garden met with derision and faded with barely a whimper; so far, the only real success stories Facebook has had on smartphones have been the results of acquisitions, not its own development. Paper, new for 2014, aims to change all that, an iPhone-exclusive news reader that promises the best shared content from your friends as well as trusted third-party sources. It's a handsome app, that's clear, but does it do enough to usurp Flipboard, Pulse, and others from the homescreen?

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Facebook Paper app may be outrunning trademarks soon

Facebook Paper app may be outrunning trademarks soon

For those of you who've been paying close attention to the Apple mobile App Store for the past few years, you know good and well that there's more than one app out there now with the name "Paper" attached to it. One of the better-known apps with this name was made by the developers at FiftyThree - an app that gained quite a bit of traction in 2012 for their well-made attempt at simplifying onscreen art and journaling. Here in 2014, they're finding Facebook releasing an app with the same name (so to speak).

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Twitter interface change today: reflecting mobile

Twitter interface change today: reflecting mobile

Today you may have noticed a relatively large change to the way you're experiencing Twitter on the web. This is because Twitter is pushing their newest user interface to the web in a big way. While they announced this change up back on the 13th of January, today is the day that the largest cross-section of users will gain access without any effort on their part.

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EverQuest’s Terry Michaels talks gaming’s Craigslist: The SlashGear Interview

EverQuest’s Terry Michaels talks gaming’s Craigslist: The SlashGear Interview

"Up until this game we have always tried to make a game that we thought people would like" Terry Michaels, senior producer for EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark admits, grinning. "We were guessing." That's not an accusation you could level at Sony Online Entertainment's next-generation titles in the EverQuest franchise, which takes the unprecedented step of inviting players in when Landmark is quite literally half-baked. SlashGear sat down with Michaels at the cusp of EQN Landmark alpha opening to talk crowdsourcing, the game as the new Craigslist, and how to manage ideas and expectations when your dev-team suddenly swells by 20,000.

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Facebook Paper app: dousing the “mobilize it” farce

Facebook Paper app: dousing the “mobilize it” farce

This week the folk at Facebook have taken a giant step forward in creating a new way for internet-based companies to represent themselves in app form. Instead of creating an app that replicates the look and feel of the webpage Facebook has already, they've created an app called "Paper". This Paper app looks and feels a lot like Flipboard - at first - but works with iPhone users tendency to love swipes, rather than taps.

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