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What Facebook Might Look Like Using Oculus Rift

David Smothers March 31, 2014

When Facebook bought Oculus VR last week for $2 billion, many wondered if and how the social network could integrate the virtual reality experience into the social networking site. Now, a concept video by Chaotic Moon Studios shows what an Oculus Rift-powered Facebook experience might look like. Although the headset is largely designed for gaming… Continue Reading »

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Twitter’s Losing Sight of What Makes It So Great

David Smothers March 27, 2014

Today, Twitter introduced some major changes to the way it does business. Not only can a single tweet now hold multiple photos (along with 10 tagged friends), but none of that extra baggage takes away any of your precious characters. In other words, Twitter just got a whole lot more like Facebook. Once confined to… Continue Reading »

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Meet The Woman Behind One Of Facebook’s Fastest-Growing And Most Lucrative New Businesses

David Smothers February 19, 2014

The flora around Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters was wreaking major havoc on Deborah Liu’s allergies. The leader of one of Facebook’s most important new businesses was without her medication, and as a result the thumping in her head had less to do with the salsa company offering a promotion to employees gathered for lunch in… Continue Reading »

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Facebook Removes A Privacy Setting You Might Have Been Using

David Smothers October 11, 2013

Facebook has removed a certain privacy setting from the accounts of “a small percentage of people” still using it: from now on, there is no way to prevent your Timeline from coming up when someone searches for you by name. But it’s not as dire as it sounds. The setting allowed a user to control… Continue Reading »

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Discover The People Around You With Radar For Facebook

David Smothers September 26, 2013

Radar for Facebook is a recently released iPhone app that makes it easy to find nearby friends using the popular social network. Once downloaded and installed, users can broadcast their location to Facebook friends, allowing pals to check on the Radar app and see who’s nearby. As developer Ben Steffens explains, “Radar is a new… Continue Reading »

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Facebook Offers Tools To Help Prevent Suicide

David Smothers September 17, 2013

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and Facebook is sharing a new infographic and a site-wide public service announcement to help users find the resources they need when a friend makes troubling posts on the social network. If you see worrying posts from a friend, you can either click “report” on the post itself or search… Continue Reading »

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An Unusually Close Look At The Development Of Facebook Home

David Smothers July 22, 2013

Facebook Home had its Android-only release in April and it’s been sort of proliferating a little bit maybe? ever since. It lives in a weird space between operating systems and apps, but it’s meant to be something you don’t over-think. So don’t think about. Just let it be a mostly successful immersive experience. That’s it…. Continue Reading »

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Teen Threatens to Kill His Little Sister If J. Cole Doesn’t Retweet Him

David Smothers June 19, 2013

In a sick twist on the classic National Lampoon magazine cover, a craze J. Cole fan threatened to kill his little sister if the North Carolina rapper didn’t retweet him. “Retweet me and I’ll buy Born Sinner,” said Twitter user That Aint My Kid, referring to Cole’s latest album. “Don’t retweet me and I’ll kill my lil sister.” To show he… Continue Reading »

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The Price to Pay for Facebook’s Free Wi-Fi? A Scrap of Privacy

David Smothers June 18, 2013

The idea of offering people free Wi-Fi in exchange for their physical coordinates began at Facebook as a one-off experiment, a project by two engineers during an all-nighter in May 2012. Since then, Facebook has gradually spread what it now calls “Facebook Wi-Fi” further and further beyond the company’s corporate walls, deploying the system to… Continue Reading »

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Foursquare’s Awesome Time Machine Visualizes All Your Check-Ins

David Smothers June 13, 2013

If there’s one thing Foursquare actually does right, it’s fantastic visualizations of where we’ve all collectively checked-in. The latest, called the Time Machine, focuses squarely on you and not everyone. Click here and you’ll be transported back in time to your first check-in. You can slide forward and backwards in time of every check-in and… Continue Reading »

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