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Facbook busts “six degrees of separation” myth

Facbook busts “six degrees of separation” myth

Everyone knows about the 6 degrees of separation (or of Kevin Bacon). The idea is that you can take any two people in the world, and connect them through no more than six total acquaintances. Well, the website that knows more about your friends than you do seems to think we're all a lot closer that we previously thought.

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Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

A Facebook bug is seriously overestimating some friendships today, with some users being congratulated on their 46 year anniversary. The social network has long celebrated the day on which users first friended each other, but a glitch in the system is leading some to see messages suggesting that happened 35 years earlier than Facebook itself first coming online.

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Facebook parses News Feed in latest mobile test

Facebook parses News Feed in latest mobile test

Facebook is testing a News Feed style that reduces clutter and makes it easier to find specific types of content. In addition to the regular “News Feed,” the mobile app redesign also includes categories like “Headlines,” “Style,” and “Travel.” As well, previously detailed Marketplace is appearing more prominently for some users, allowing them to buy and sell locally and find items from companies users have "liked."

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Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook has turned its attention to Events, the part of the service you’re likely familiar with but never too happy about. Events works well enough, but has its downsides — a bunch of unwanted notifications being among them — that have gone mostly untouched. Things are changing for iOS users, though; Facebook has announced an update that makes it easier to find events in certain cities using search.

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Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

It's the time of the year when companies release their yearly trends, totals, and data. YouTube did it earlier this month, and Google just recently followed today with its own yearly trends list. Joining them is Facebook with its own totals; the social network has broken down its year based on global data and U.S. data. Included among the details are the top ten most talked about topics, with top among them them all being the US presidential election.

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Facebook is baking stores into social pages

Facebook is baking stores into social pages

Facebook is preparing mini-storefronts that would allow retailers to sell products directly from their Facebook Pages. The system is part of an overhaul to Pages that will turn them into showcases for merchant wares, meaning partners could not only engage with potential customers but show them the latest offerings and even fully complete a sale with them.

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Privacy fears halt Facebook Moments in Europe

Privacy fears halt Facebook Moments in Europe

Facebook Moments' smart people-spotting AI won't fly in Europe, with the smartphone app not being released until users can opt-out of facial recognition. The software, launched earlier this month for iOS and Android devices, promises to fill in the gaps in your galleries by combining pictures and video taken by multiple people all attending the same event. To do that, Moments uses its increasingly accurate face-recognition tech, and it's the legality of that which has the app's European launch on hold.

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Facebook Moments app auto-curates event albums

Facebook Moments app auto-curates event albums

Facebook has launched a new photo management app, Moments, intended to privately gather up shared shots from events. Figuring that plenty of people take lots of photos at parties, family gatherings, and other social occasions, but never share them with other participants or, indeed, see the pictures their friends took on their phones, the iPhone and Android app uses a combination of facial recognition and timestamps to figure out what combined gallery needs to be created.

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Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that'll likely not win it favor with the NSA. This morning the social network announced that it is rolling out a feature that will allow privacy-conscious users to receive encrypted emails from Facebook, with the feature covering emails that are of a sensitive nature — password reset messages, for example. Under this new feature, one can add OpenPGP public keys to their Facebook profile, and can also opt-in to an encrypted notifications option for getting more secured messages.

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Facebook starts adding restaurant critiques to newsfeed

Facebook starts adding restaurant critiques to newsfeed

Facebook is constantly tweaking things, and if you thought the changes to your newsfeed would die down for a while, think again. The social network is back with yet another tweak, this time testing critics' reviews of restaurants that the Facebook user may be interested in. It works a little like this: visit the page of a particular restaurant, and you may see links to critics' reviews of that same place, augmenting your own opinion (if you've tried the place yet) and that of your more discerning friends.

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