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Facebook launches new Gifts service

Facebook launches new Gifts service

As it stands, you can do a lot with Facebook. You can stalk your ex-lovers, you can show the world pictures of what you'll be eating for dinner, and you can annoy almost every single one of your Facebook friends at the same time by constantly posting statuses of a political nature. Soon, you'll be able to buy your friends real world gifts though Facebook with a new service called - you guessed it - Facebook Gifts.

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Path 2.5 adds larger photos, movie sharing, and nudging

Path 2.5 adds larger photos, movie sharing, and nudging

The private social network app, Path, has seen an update to version 2.5 for iOS and Android that adds some new functionality. Photos have seen a big improvement in the app, now spanning the full width of the phone’s screen as users scroll through their timeline. Instagram-esque filters can now be applied to photos as they’re taken, and a quick single tap will begin recording video so that you don’t miss out on any action. Users can also take a photo using the volume button on the iPhone, just like in the regular Camera app.

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Hometalk offers a social network for home improvement

Hometalk offers a social network for home improvement

While services like Facebook and Twitter are the bread and butter of social networks, there are more specific communities out there. Hometalk is one such website, offering a social network for those interesting in DIY and home improvement. The site recently relaunched with a new design, boasting a user base of around 100,000 homeowners and professionals all brought together by the promise of tips, guides, and general DIY chitchat.

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Google celebrates the web: wants you to be startin’ somethin’

Google celebrates the web: wants you to be startin’ somethin’

In a move similar to 2006’s Time Person of the Year, Google has a webpage celebrating the real force behind the internet: you. Google believe that while the “push and pull of business and politics will continue”, people and individuals are the driving force behind the world wide web. The “You are the Web” page features an infographic with various facts about the internet, as well as encouraging users to get involved, and post to Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Facebook debuts Offers, brings ads to mobile news feed and logout screen

Facebook debuts Offers, brings ads to mobile news feed and logout screen

Facebook made a few announcements regarding its advertising developments today during its first Facebook Marketing Conference. The company introduced Offers, a special discounts and promotions sharing feature, along with new premium advertising placement and Sponsored Stories in the site's logout page and mobile news feed. It also previewed a new "Reach Generator" that will help improve the reach of each post for advertisers and Page users.

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Facebook friends Ford to make a “social” car

Facebook friends Ford to make a “social” car

Facebook and Ford recently held a joint "Hackathon" event aimed at exploring new ways of making cars more social. About 30 engineers from both Ford and Facebook got together for the 24-hour event to rapidly develop prototype apps that would integrate Facebook's social elements with Ford's SYNC platform to create a seamless connected in-car user experience.

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Facebook gets Ads in Main News Feed starting January

Facebook gets Ads in Main News Feed starting January

Starting in the year 2012 and in the month of January, Facebook will be starting the flood of ads in their main news feed with a trickle: one sponsored ad in your main feed per day at the start, with these ads appearing as normal posts save for the small "Sponsored" tag in the comment line. Users wont be able to opt out of seeing sponsored ads in their main news feed, and mobile news feed stories MAY be in the works for 2012 as well. It appears that a few sites from all walks of life such as Inside Facebook and TechCrunch have received confirmation from Facebook that these changes will appear, again, at the start of 2012.

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