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Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

It seems this is the time for the big social networks to revamp with new features that change the way users interact with the service. Last week was Twitter's new Moments tab, and now we're hearing about a new, standalone app from Facebook that focuses on real-time news. As The Awl details, the app is tentatively known as Notify and is said to be nearing release. Notify seems to be a direct competitor to Twitter itself, providing notifications on breaking news stories in real-time, as they're published.

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Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook has tools/features that let you relive past moments, but not all moments are something you want to see crop up in your newsfeed. Lost loved ones, ex lovers, broken friendships...all things that may pepper your past Facebook statuses, tags, photos and more. Some users may even avoid features like "On This Day" because they don't want something painful to pop up. Now Facebook lets you filter them out forever.

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Facebook Video testing YouTube-like features for expansion

Facebook Video testing YouTube-like features for expansion

This week Facebook has released a barrage of updates for their Video initiative, bringing the world up to speed with their goings-on behind the scenes. In addition to the bits and pieces we've already seen, Facebook Video is set to be a fully integrated service, aiming to compete - albeit indirectly - with services such as YouTube. Earlier this year Facebook revealed 360-degree video with brands like Lucasfilm for Star Wars - and that's just the start. Live video is also beginning to take hold on Facebook.

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Twitter to lay off 8% of workforce, cutting 336 jobs

Twitter to lay off 8% of workforce, cutting 336 jobs

With Jack Dorsey officially back in place at Twitter's CEO, the company has confirmed recent rumors, unfortunately, that it's eliminating a significant number of jobs throughout the company. As part of an effort to streamline operations, the social network is laying off 336 employees, making up 8% of its staff. As Dorsey put said in an email announcing the news to employees, the company is "moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our company on a stronger path to grow."

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Snapchat shutters its original content channel

Snapchat shutters its original content channel

Snapchat's Snap Channel, a feature for showcasing the messaging platform's original content, including videos, stories, and even shows, is being shut down roughly five months after its debut. This news comes from Deadline, which adds that the company has laid off the staff that handled creation and curation of original content, along with the departure of Marcus Wiley, Fox's former co-head of comedy development, which was hired by Snapchat to lead its own program development.

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Facebook adds dedicated shopping feed to mobile app

Facebook adds dedicated shopping feed to mobile app

As further evidence of social networks at large pushing into the e-commerce market, Facebook is now testing a new shopping feed on their mobile app. Users may notice a new tab labelled "Shopping" in the "More" menu. As you would expect from the company that collects all your personal data, the tab showcases products for sale based on users' profile and interests. Along with a search bar, a timeline is displayed with photos of products available from a number of retailers.

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Facebook app adds 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook app adds 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook has quietly updated its iPhone 6s app to support 3D Touch, with shortcuts available from a hard-press on the homescreen icon. The new version of the app, released today, now supports directly capturing media to share on the social network, as well as uploading content already in your camera roll.

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Facebook lets you show school spirit with “Game Face”

Facebook lets you show school spirit with “Game Face”

Facebook recently introduced updated mobile profiles, and now it is back with another way for you to show off your allegiances. The social network has introduced a new "Game Face" tool for adding a banner related to one of several college football teams. The banner can be set to only display for a set period of time before disappearing, such as one week or as little as a single hour.

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Twitter brings pre-roll ads to the videos in your timeline

Twitter brings pre-roll ads to the videos in your timeline

Following the news about Twitter's new Moments feature, designed to make the social network more appealing and easier to navigate for new users, the company has announced a new service to make it more appealing for advertisers. Dubbed "Amplify," the program will allow advertisers to have 6-second pre-roll ads play before videos. If that sounds familiar, it's because that the same approach YouTube has adopted.

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How to cut your Facebook stress to zero

How to cut your Facebook stress to zero

The most important pull-down menu on the entirety of the world's most used social network sits right up front and center of your best friend's profile page. This menu hides under the "Following" button, and inside you'll find the most excellent option Facebook has ever offered. The menu item you're looking for is "Unfollow." With this option you'll retain your friendship 100% without having to see your friend's posts in your news feed. You have the power to sort out what you want to see and what you're tired of seeing on Facebook without any negative repercussions.

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Facebook Messenger now available for Apple Watch

Facebook Messenger now available for Apple Watch

We’ve known that Facebook Messenger was inbound for the Apple Watch; we saw it previewed at Apple’s event last month, in fact. Now the time has come, and the social network’s chatting app has officially arrived on Apple’s wearable. The support comes via an update that Facebook released today; the app, which now sits at version 38, is available now in the iTunes store.

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Facebook Reactions is as close to a Dislike button as we’ll get (for now)

Facebook Reactions is as close to a Dislike button as we’ll get (for now)

Today Facebook begins rolling out their Dislike button - only it's not just about disliking something, this button is all about sending more emotion in your "Likes". This system takes the form of "Reactions", including a number of different icons, including one for Love, another for laughing out loud, and another for showing extreme happiness. An Open Mouth emoji can describe surprise with this system, while a sad face can describe dislike - or more likely Empathy. There's also an Angry Reaction - a red face with eyebrows looking distraught.

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