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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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Zuckerberg defends $45bn Foundation plans as critics snipe

Zuckerberg defends $45bn Foundation plans as critics snipe

Promising to give away billions is enough to make anybody skeptical, but Mark Zuckerberg has taken to Facebook to defend his charitable plans. The social network founder announced earlier this week that he and his wife would be giving away 99-percent of their shares in Facebook over the course of their lifetimes, in an announcement timed with the birth of their daughter Max.

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Instagram: No, we’re not testing 3D Touch adverts

Instagram: No, we’re not testing 3D Touch adverts

Despite reports to the contrary, Instagram has denied testing 3D Touch adverts for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus. The photo-sharing social network was rumored last week to be using Apple's newest pressure-sensitive technology for a trial of a new monetization system, but according to the Facebook-owned firm it's not actually underway.

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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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Google+ Photos spinoff tipped to be ready for I/O 2015

Google+ Photos spinoff tipped to be ready for I/O 2015

No matter how you look at it, no matter how Google wants to spin it, things aren't looking good for Google+. The tech giant's attempt to take a bite out of Facebook is slowly but surely getting dismantled, with the Photos part now said to be ready to break out on its own as early as late May, in time for Google's annual developers conference. Officially, it's a way for the social platform to slim down and focus on what it does best. Unofficially, it is also a sign of a lack of vision, direction, and confidence.

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Facebook’s “echo chamber” is your fault

Facebook’s “echo chamber” is your fault

Far from an echo chamber of reinforcing beliefs, your Facebook newsfeed is actually a hotbed of controversy: if it's not, Facebook argues, you've only yourself to blame. Much has been made of the ever-evolving algorithms that control which stories you see when you log into Facebook, including accusations that users are being fed a diet of shared articles that only ever support rather than challenge their pre-existing opinions. Instead, the social site's own research indicates, there's already a fair chance contrasting content is being served up, you just might be too overloaded to look at it.

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Pinterest finally opens its doors to developers. Somewhat.

Pinterest finally opens its doors to developers. Somewhat.

Social networks have become very beautiful walled gardens, but some of them remain more secluded and gated than others. Take for example Pinterest, whose treasure trove of user data remains almost like an unattainable holy grail for all but a select few of marketers. That changes today, however, as Pinterest announces the existence of API for third-party developers. But don't go dancing around yet, expecting some sort of Pinterest clients or whatnot to come gushing forth. It's still a somewhat exclusive party, just with a few more guests invited.

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