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Facebook’s showing status suggestions to some users

Facebook’s showing status suggestions to some users

Facebook posting. Do it often enough and you’ll start to feel like you’re repeating yourself. Maybe you feel like having some banal online banter, but you’ve nothing witty to say. Life has been boring. You’re out of material. In the future that might not be an issue. Some users are reporting seeing status ideas on their Facebook, which are presented as “Suggested Topics” and include things that are trending on the social network. A popup prods users toward the suggested topics.

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Facebook gauges attention to bypass lackluster “Likes”

Facebook gauges attention to bypass lackluster “Likes”

Facebook doesn't need you to "Like" something any more to know you're interested: just by taking the time to read, the ever-seeing algorithm is learning. The social networking behemoth has announced the latest iteration of its News Feed system, no longer tracking just "Likes" and comments, but comparing the relative attention each post garners to figure out what users might really be intrigued by.

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Twitter drops 140 character DM limit as CEO steps down

Twitter drops 140 character DM limit as CEO steps down

Twitter has steadfastly refused to give up on its 140 character brevity for public tweets, but is conceding with wordier direct messages. Rather than the current limit, DMs will be allowed at up to a whopping 10,000 characters - enough for a small novella, should you be so inclined - so that, rather than needing to split private conversations into chunks, those using Twitter as a private IM service will be able to fit it all into a single message. Meanwhile, Twitter has also announced a shake-up in CEOs.

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Twitter’s mobile app now supports landscape video recording

Twitter’s mobile app now supports landscape video recording

Praise the heavens, mobile video shooters, Twitter has finally gotten with the times and lets you record videos in landscape orientation from within their iOS and Android apps. When Twitter first made in-app video recording available earlier this year, it used square formatting, made popular by social apps Vine and Instagram. Twitter makes it easy to shoot video in the new orientation, just hold your phone like normal, rotate it 90 degrees to the right or left, and start recording!

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Reddit institutes new anti-harassment policy, bans 5 subreddits

Reddit institutes new anti-harassment policy, bans 5 subreddits

Reddit, the self-titled "front page of the internet," recently instituted a new anti-harassment policy that aims to curb trolling and other behaviors that go beyond internet discussions and inflict real-world pain on people. In an act showing they mean business, the social site has banned five communities, known as subreddits, for violating rules "based on their harassment of individuals." Reddit says they are "banning behavior, not ideas," in that subreddits will be banned if they use the website "as a platform to harass individuals."

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Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook wants to become your all-in-one social platform, and that includes shopping. E-store platform, Shopify, is partnering with Facebook to create a "Buy" button that is directly embedded in posts. Of course, the button is great for merchants; this means there are fewer steps between an advertised product and a sale. The main advantage of the button for buyers is that they don't have to leave their Newsfeed to make a purchase. Come to think of it, that's a boon to merchants as well.

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Facebook Bluetooth beacons released free for small businesses

Facebook Bluetooth beacons released free for small businesses

Facebook for Business has revealed their next play in the small (and potentially large) business world - free bluetooth beacons. Facebook Bluetooth beacons send information to smartphones and tablets that come in range with them. Inside Facebook, users will see "place tips," including greetings and links to pages for locations they're exploring. At launch, Facebook Bluetooth beacons work only with iPhones - Android will just have to wait until the Facebook for Android app is ready to roll. Users will need an iPhone 4S or later with Bluetooth turned on to work with Facebook's bluetooth beacons.

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Facebook challenges Designbook’s trademark

Facebook challenges Designbook’s trademark

A Vermont startup has accused Facebook of bullying it over a trademark squabble — the startup is called “Designbook”, and so you can see where Facebook’s issue comes into play. Designbook’s founders Kyle Clark and Aaron Pollak filed the trademark applications back in September. This past March they said they were informed that Facebook planned to challenge the trademark, claiming the similarities in the name could cause “confusion in the industry”. The use of "book", it was claimed, could confuse consumers about whether the two companies are related.

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Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

This week Facebook launches Facebook Lite, a version of their social networking app made for low-speed data networks around the world. This app is aimed at nations with little or severely limited data on smartphone, pushing the line between functionality and operability. This app isn't made for everyone - it's made for those that want to connect in remote areas, and don't mind giving up a few flourishes in an app to do so. Facebook Lite functions very similar to the standard Facebook app - can it keep up?

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Social snark gets easier with Tumblr GIF search

Social snark gets easier with Tumblr GIF search

If you've spent any time at all on Tumblr you'll know that animated GIFs are even more common than selfies, so its new gif search seems likely to go down a storm. The new search engine now shows up in the add-media option, allowing users of the microblogging service to search for the best reaction GIF, and even includes automatically crediting the animation's original uploader.

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