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Facebook offers Messenger to businesses

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  In an announcement made this morning, Facebook is pushing it’s Messenger services into businesses for live customer support and services such as push notifications. Aimed at initially at retail, Messenger for Business will allow a customer to start a conversation with a retailer in order to get support with making an order, order/shipping information and ask the business questions about products. Facebook has partnered with ZenDesk to make this […]

Facebook lets you choose who controls your account after you die

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What should happen to your Facebook account when you die? Starting from today, Facebook has given you the option to finally decide whether your profile should be deleted when you pass away, or have it maintained by somebody else on your behalf (called a “Legacy Contact” by Facebook). “By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realized there is more we can do to support those who are grieving […]

Facebook downtime was due to server fault, not DDoS attack

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Image: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au Unless you were living under a rock or had something better to do than check Facebook every single minute, you would have realised that both Facebook and Instagram was down for many people. However, despite claims that it was due to a DDoS attack, Facebook has said that the outage was because of a server fault. “This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead […]

Facebook has a problem with “freebooting”, says YouTuber after Bauer Media steals his video

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A popular YouTube creator has attacked Facebook for profiting from “freebooting”, after one of his video was posted without his permission on the social network by German media publishing company Bauer Media. Destin Sandlin, the person behind Smarter Every Day, uploaded a video in September about getting a tattoo in slow motion. Zoo Magazine – owned by Bauer – then downloaded the video; removed all the education content, sponsors for […]

Guess what, Facebook has a separate app for Groups now

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Facebook’s strategy of creating separate apps for every feature of Facebook has been very controversial amongst its users – take for example, the Facebook Messenger furore when they forced everyone onto it. Well, get ready to add another app to your home screen. Facebook has created a new app for Facebook Groups. As you would have expected, this app allows you to create and manage your groups, send posts and other […]

Facebook are now facing issues as well…. and resolved them

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It’s probably time to just give up on the internet today. After Optus and Vodafone both facing issues today in regards to the mobile networks, Facebook has just fallen off the face of the earth – literally. Currently when trying to visit Facebook, you’ll be prompted with a screen much like the one you see below.   This appears to be affecting all Facebook services including the Like and Share […]

Facebook acquires Nintendo in US$25 billion move

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Despite a partership this morning with the Google Maps team, Ninendo is now officially a Facebook company. With disappointing sales of the Wii U, it’s no surprise that Facebook decided to pounce on the company, known for their incredibly unique and priceless IPs. The deal will include the Mario franchise, as well as many other high-profile Nintendo properties, with the concluded sale to cost US$25 billion in a mixture of […]

Facebook to acquire Oculus – makers of Rift VR headset – for US$2 billion

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In what can be described as something completely unexpected, Facebook has announced that it will be acquiring Oculus VR – the makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset – for US$2 billion. “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever” According to Facebook, the decision to acquire Oculus was purely based on its belief that virtual reality is a “strong candidate to emerge as the next social […]

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for US$16 billion

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Image: Jan Persiel/Flickr (Creative Commons) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that popular cross-platform mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, will become a part of the Facebook in a sale worth US$16 billion in cash and stock. The service, which is used by 450 million people every month, will remain separate from Facebook Messenger, with continued operations of the company to be independent. While this doesn’t rule out future integration with Messenger, […]

YouTuber explores the world of Facebook advertising, says they “benefit” from fake likes

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Derek Muller – who is behind the science YouTube channel Veritasium and a reporter for the ABC’s science program Catalyst – has released a new video that explores the world of Facebook advertising; and comes to the conclusion that advertising on Facebook is useless and that the social network is indirectly benefiting from the fake likes. Muller said last year, he decided to use the free $50 voucher that Facebook was […]

This is Facebook Paper and it’s out now

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No, the company hasn’t bought Fifty-Three, creators of the iPad drawing app Paper. This is something completely different. And it’s out today, if you have a US iTunes account, right here. Facebook has hinted at a less integrated Facebook app for some time now. With so many features, plenty misguided, resulting in a cluttered Facebook app for mobile devices, while the competition brought innovation through single-use apps like Instagram and […]

Facebook to go à la carte on mobile

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Image: TechCrunch/Flickr (Creative Commons) In August 2011, Facebook released Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android, a standalone application that simply allowed users to access the Facebook Messenger component of Facebook, treating it almost like an SMS app. In the past few months, though, this app has changed from a simple side-project, which is where other Facebook standalone apps have grown stale, into a beautiful, fully featured app which truly takes […]

Facebook gives teenagers the power to make posts public

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Previously, the ability to make posts public on Facebook were limited to those over the age of 18 – for obvious reasons. However, Facebook today announced that they will now allow everyone, including those aged between 13 and 17, to share publicly their thoughts. And yes, get ready for some more stupid comments from teenagers who are less educated about certain topics. “These changes are designed to improve the experience for […]

China to lift block on Facebook and Twitter – but only in a small part of Shanghai

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Image: tengri555/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Chinese Government is reportedly planning to lift the block on foreign websites it considers politically sensitive – like Facebook, Twitter and the New York Times – but only for those living within the proposed Shanghai Free-Trade Zone, according to anonymous government sources talking to the South China Morning Post. Both Facebook and Twitter have been blocked from the country since 2009, while the New York […]

Facebook Home: a Facebook user’s perspective

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Plenty of discussions on Home turn into ‘I hate Facebook’ agreements, one of the only reasons why I think that I may actually add something to the conversation. Home isn’t for non-Facebook users, so it makes little sense to say ‘I hate Facebook, but here’s my review of Home’. Along with the majority of Generation Y, I do use Facebook. I don’t have a religious attachment, but I do check […]


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