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Path gets iOS 7 relaunch

Path gets iOS 7 relaunch

Private photo sharing service Path has finally updated its app for iOS 7, with a redesigned interface, simplified controls, and broader sharing options to link to other services. Path 3.4 pares back the UI to match the rest of Apple's "flattened" appearance for iOS 7, in addition to adding swipe support to move between messages and the homescreen.

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Bill Gates heads back to Reddit for AMA

Bill Gates heads back to Reddit for AMA

This morning Bill Gates will be heading toward Reddit for an "Ask Me Anything" session that will include users from around the world and anyone and everyone that wishes to participate. Showing up in some extreme style right from the get-go, Gates let the world know he was going to hit Reddit with an image on Twitter that showed one massive Alien helping him hold up his confirmation sign. A confirmation such as this is required for a user - any user - to create a long-lasting "AMA" session.

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Facebook “A Look Back” videos get editing tools

Facebook “A Look Back” videos get editing tools

Facebook has added editing tools to its Look Back video feature, allowing users to switch which uploaded photos, most-Liked posts, and other content from their time on the social network get included in the minute long clips. "A Look Back" videos were launched earlier this week as part of the site's tenth anniversary celebrations, curating a customized highlights video for each user based on their activity. However, many requested the ability to tweak which moments were included, functionality Facebook has just added.

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Facebook “Look Back” video editing confirmed incoming

Facebook “Look Back” video editing confirmed incoming

Facebook users unhappy with the custom curation of their "A Look Back" videos released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the social site will soon be able to edit what's included, it's been confirmed. The Look Back clips, roughly a minute long and made up of most-Liked, commented-on, and other highlight moments from each user's timeline since they joined the social network, were rolled out earlier this week, but some were disappointed by which parts were picked and which were left out.

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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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