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Facebook buys app maker Onavo for data compression tech

Facebook buys app maker Onavo for data compression tech

Social networking giant Facebook frequently purchases smaller companies to add to its capabilities and programming repertoire. The most recent purchase made by Facebook is the purchase of a mobile data compression startup called Onvao. Facebook purchased the company in an effort to make Internet access more affordable.

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Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook is trialling a new "Trending" topics section pulling together current hot topics on the social network, in a move that is unlikely to do anything to dismiss accusations that the site is copying Twitter. The new section shows around five currently topical subjects in the upper right corner of the Facebook news feed, though is "only available to a small percentage of US users" at present, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed.

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Facebook Embedded Posts switch-on fully with video and mobile tweaks

Facebook Embedded Posts switch-on fully with video and mobile tweaks

Facebook has turned on post embedding for all users, as well as bolstering the social-spreading system with new features like video embeds and better performance on mobile device screens. Launched in late July, Facebook Embedded Posts were initially only available to select publishers in the social site's trial; now, though, any publisher can slot Facebook content into their articles or webpages.

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Podio Video and Audio Chat hands-on

Podio Video and Audio Chat hands-on

Project management and online workspace service Podio just launched its new video and audio chat feature today that allows collaborators to communicate face-to-face (virtually). The new video and audio features are being added to Podio's current instant messaging service, and we took some time to give it a spin for ourselves.

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Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Users love when things can be synced across multiple devices, so it should come as a big relief that a Twitter update today now includes syncing of direct messages across multiple devices. The update applies to a slew of platforms: Android, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, the Twitter web interface, and the mobile web app, as well as TweetDeck.

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