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Check Out How Much Better Twitter Could Look (and Work)

David Smothers July 30, 2013

In the early days, Twitter was famous for its dead simple design: a box, some text, a button. But over the years, it’s gotten busier with the hashtags and the @ mentions and the retweets. Some might say say too busy. So why not just start over and rebuild this thing from the ground up?… 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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A State Department Bureau Spent $630,000 Buying Facebook Likes

David Smothers July 3, 2013

Officials from the Bureau of International Information Programs inexplicably spent a whopping $630,000 to secure Facebook likes in recent years. Stumping up the cash between 2011 and March 2013, the Bureau—which is part of the US Department of State—grew its number of likes from 100,000 to more than 2 million. Understandably, that’s not gone down… Continue Reading »

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Security Researcher Earns $20,000 for Uncovering Major Facebook Bug

David Smothers June 28, 2013

A British security researcher recently uncovered a bug allowing him to take over someone else’s Facebook account via text message, a vulnerability that could have compromised millions of profiles. The researcher reported it to Facebook and earned a $20,000 reward from the company. Jack Whitton, an application security engineer who also works as a security… 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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Use Facebook’s Mobile Site for a Faster, Battery-Friendly Facebook

David Smothers June 17, 2013

Facebook’s app isn’t as bad as it used to be, but it still has its fair share of problems: it’s a little slow, drains your battery even when you aren’t using it, and requires all sorts of permissions on your phone. Want something better? The Facebook mobile site is nearly identical…without all the crap. This… Continue Reading »

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Taco Bell Reacts Quickly to Employee’s Disgusting Photo

David Smothers June 3, 2013

We hope not all Taco Bell workers love the taco shells the way one California employee does. On Monday, the company reacted to a picture posted on Facebook that appears to show a Taco Bell worker licking a stack of taco shells. “We’re currently dealing with it,” Cathy Marx, the manager of the Taco Bell… Continue Reading »

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Facebook Home for Android and the HTC First Coming April 12

David Smothers April 5, 2013

Facebook and HTC teamed up on Thursday to reveal Facebook Home and the HTC First, a new Facebook launcher for Android and the first phone that will come with it pre-installed. Facebook’s press release states “Home isn’t a phone or operating system, and it’s also more than just an app. Home is a completely new… Continue Reading »

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Today’s Facebook Phone Event: What To Expect

David Smothers April 4, 2013

Thursday marks Facebook‘s next big step to becoming a mobile company. Forbes writers are currently on their way through the morning fog to an event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, to see the social network’s “new home on Android.” This could mean the near-mythical “Facebook Phone,” or a forked version of Android a la Amazon’s Kindle, or a new… Continue Reading »

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Pets Who Are Famous On Twitter, Facebook & YouTube

David Smothers March 25, 2013

If you have a pet who likes to watch you tweet and update your Facebook status, you might consider letting him or her get an account on a social media site. Back in 2011, Mashable reported that one in ten pets in the UK has a social media account of some kind. That is an astonishingly high… Continue Reading »

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