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Facebook Security Checkup for Android protects your account

Facebook Security Checkup for Android protects your account

Facebook has announced the launch of a new tool that will help Android users to secure their accounts and profiles from nefarious sorts. The tool is called Security Checkup and it is available right now. Security checkup allows users to review their account and add more security with easy access controls.

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Pocket gets social with public Recommendations feed

Pocket gets social with public Recommendations feed

These days, if you aren't social, you aren't going to survive long in a competitive tech world. Or at least that seems to be the hidden, perhaps even unintended, message behind Pocket's upcoming new feature. What started out mostly as a personal reading list is now becoming something like Pinterest for text content. In its beta testing channel, Pocket has rolled out a feature that pimps up the Recommendations feature it introduced last July, now with the option to post them on a public feed that others can follow.

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Facebook updates Live to notify fans when their favorite celebs go live

Facebook updates Live to notify fans when their favorite celebs go live

Facebook launched a new service for celebrities and public figures called Live back in August of this year. The idea behind the service was to allow celebrities and public figures to live stream to Facebook users. The social network says that since it launched thousands of public figures have shared live videos. Live has now been updated to make it easier to notify fans of Live streaming.

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Facebook Photo Magic makes it easy to share photos of friends

Facebook Photo Magic makes it easy to share photos of friends

It may not be surprising that 9.5 billion images were shared via Facebook Messenger last month. Photos seem to be the number one way that people communicate with each other via Facebook. The social network is making moves to make it easier to share images with your friends via facial recognition tech called Photo Magic. That tech is being applied directly to your camera roll.

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Facebook Message Requests aim to eliminate phone numbers

Facebook Message Requests aim to eliminate phone numbers

Facebook has announced something new that may make some folks a bit uncomfortable at first, the other folder is going away and a new feature is replacing it. The new feature is called Message Requests and is intended to make it easy to contact anyone without needing a phone number.

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Facebook is down: third outage in one month

Facebook is down: third outage in one month

Few things will anger a loyal group of users for a website or service more than an outage. Even brief periods of time offline will anger people and Facebook has now had its third outage this month. At about noon PDT back on the 28th the social networking giant experienced its third outage in September with the outage before that one being only a handful of days past.

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Facebook 360 videos begin to roll out in news feed

Facebook 360 videos begin to roll out in news feed

Facebook has been teasing its plans to produce 360-degree video for users for a while now. The big thing we didn’t know about the 360 video plans was just when the videos would launch. As of today Facebook has announced that the 360-degree videos will begin rolling out in News Feed.

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Facebook plans standalone VR app for Android and iOS

Facebook plans standalone VR app for Android and iOS

Facebook has made no secret that it wants to bring virtual reality to your smartphone. In March, the company was talking up its VR plans and it actually allowed a bunch of journalists to try out its VR system by virtually transporting them to Facebook HD using Oculus Rift. It left our man Chris Davies underwhelmed. Underwhelming or not, Facebook is moving ahead with its VR plans.

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LinkedIn launches new messaging experience

LinkedIn launches new messaging experience

LinkedIn is a social network aimed at pros who are looking to expand their professional reach. Like most social networks, you can add and remove friends. LinkedIn has now announced a revamped messaging service that makes it easy to have conversations of a professional nature from within the app.

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Twitter desktop notifications for direct messages launch

Twitter desktop notifications for direct messages launch

Twitter has unveiled a new desktop notification that makes it easier to know when someone has direct messaged you. The notification will pop up on the right side of your computer screen and if you click the notification, you will be taken to the direct message interface. This is the latest move twitter has made to make it easier for you to keep in contact with friends and followers.

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Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook is working on a breaking news project described as being similar to Twitter, according to sources. The project is said to have an app in place and to be at the "alpha" stage. With this, publishers could push out breaking news alerts to users who have downloaded the app (or a reciprocating app; it isn't clear), in effect making the new service a new way for Facebook users to get news through the social network. This follows reports showing that many individuals get their news primarily through Facebook.

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Facebook testing out profile tags feature

Facebook testing out profile tags feature

Facebook is in the process of testing out a new feature on some user accounts that allows you to tag your profile with things you are into. Facebook says that Profile Tags are creative tools that allow the owner of the profile and friends to tag things that describe the person who owns the account. The profile owner must approve any tags that friends add before they are shown to others.

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