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Did you know Facebook doesn’t know your password?

David Smothers August 6, 2014

Did you know that Facebook, Apple, or Google don’t know your password? They just don’t store it in their databases so hackers can’t retrieve it in case they manage to break in. But if you’re the only person who actually knows your password… how the hell do they know you are typing the right password… Continue Reading »

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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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How One Startup Is Training Engineers To Handle Real-World Tech Disaster Scenarios

David Smothers February 19, 2014

Most engineers never learn to keep a website running during a “denial of service” attack or a massive security breach until one happens. And by then it is usually too late, with each passing second in these very real scenarios potentially costing companies millions upon millions of dollars. Enter payments startup Stripe, which runs an… Continue Reading »

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How to Make Bitstrips Comics on Facebook — Or Hide Them Forever

David Smothers October 31, 2013

There’s a storm coming. It’s a storm of goofy personalized comics, and it’s going to spread like a slightly annoying wildfire through your Facebook News Feed — if it hasn’t already. We’re talking, of course, about Bitstrips. If you don’t recognize the name, you likely recognize the pictures. Bitstrips are the shareable, customizable comics all… 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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Google’s Going to Start Sticking Your Face and Name in Ads

David Smothers October 11, 2013

This was bound to happen. Following Facebook’s highly controversial attempts to make social endorsements ubiquitous on the site, Google just announced a Terms of Service update that will enable the company to use your name, photo and endorsements in its advertising network. So how does that make you feel? Google obviously wants you to feel… Continue Reading »

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How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy Now That Old Posts Are Searchable

David Smothers October 1, 2013

As of yesterday, Facebook Graph Search has officially opened its big, omniscient arms to every last check-in, status update, note, and comment you’ve ever posted throughout your entire Facebook career. Which, yes, sounds pretty terrifying, but don’t worry—we’re here to help you cover your tracks. Thankfully, Facebook has given us the tools we need to… 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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Can You Really Drop A Lot Of Weight Quickly And Safely?

David Smothers August 12, 2013

Great discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you may have missed. Check out these discussions and add your own thoughts to make them even more wonderful! Ok, Faebook fan I want to… Continue Reading »

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