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Facebook buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook has bought Oculus, spending $2bn on the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, in what the social network says will be a push to grow 3D vision in gaming, communications, and "new social experiences." The deal, which will be made up of around $400m in cash and the remainder in Facebook stock, is expected to close before the end of June 2014, and will help Facebook in not playing catch-up to future platforms as, founder Mark Zuckerberg concedes, it did with mobile.

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Twitter testing “number of views” stats for tweets

Twitter testing “number of views” stats for tweets

Some Twitter users have been reporting emails from the microblogging site updating them on the stats of their tweets. Apparently a number of them have been seeing the stats for real, on their timeline, inside or out of the iOS app version of Twitter. Unlike the Facebook stats that can be pretty in-depth for a regular user, the Twitter stats are very basic and limited to views for the particular tweet.

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Google Public DNS blocked in Turkey over Twitter ban

Google Public DNS blocked in Turkey over Twitter ban

Just days after the Twitter ban implemented by their government, net-savvy Turks have found ways to circumvent it. One of these ways included the Google public DNS service: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4, which are open to all. It has now come to light that the government has tightened the noose over this service and blocked all access once more. This Twitter ban is in light of recent viral tweets surrounding a corruption scandal reported earlier this week.

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Twitter #FirstTweet turns back clock for 8th birthday

Twitter #FirstTweet turns back clock for 8th birthday

Twitter turns eight this week, and the social messaging service is going back in time to celebrate, helping users find their very first tweet. The #FirstTweet tool does one thing very easily: checks your Twitter username and then shows you the very first message you posted, giving you the opportunity to then retweet it or - if it's embarrassingly socially-naive - ignore it and hope nobody else spots it.

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Facebook Business Manager aims to butter-up brands

Facebook Business Manager aims to butter-up brands

Facebook has quietly developed a new "Business Manager" tool, still in its refinements stage, aiming to help brands better push promotional content into users' timelines. Why is this big news? Well, imagine that you have been working with Preferred Marketing Developers and the services (tools) these agencies have been providing for you to manage your various Ad Campaigns on Facebook; with the Business Manager you can do it on your own.

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Sina Weibo plans half-billion US IPO

Sina Weibo plans half-billion US IPO

Weibo, the Twitter-esque micro-blogging site owned by Chinese Sina Corp is taking advantage of the upward investing trend set by U.S. investors. Just this Friday the Chinese company filed papers that will allow them to raise $500 million through a U.S. initial public offering. On the surface it sounds very promising that Westerners get to trade in an Eastern Pie, however there are several Governmental restrictions that need to be considered before investing.

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Instagram for Android updates for speed boost

Instagram for Android updates for speed boost

Instagram for Android has been updated with a new UI and faster performance, including making the app fit more comfortably on smaller-screen handsets. The app should now load twice as fast as before, Instagram claims, while having had its overall size cut by half so that it takes up less space on your Android smartphone or tablet, as well as increasing overall speed.

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