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Ask Mark Zuckerberg anything in his first Q&A

Published by on Oct 31st, 2014, No Comments

facebook-question-600Facebook has an estimated 1.35 billion users and most of them have a lot of burning questions for the social media giant but usually they just talk among their friends and never truly get a straight answer. Well, following in the footsteps of Reddit’s “Ask me anything” sessions, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg will drop the walls around his company and act as “customer support” himself next week in Facebook’s first community Q&A. (more…)

So how does downtime affect Facebook?

Published by on Oct 30th, 2014, No Comments

facebook-crashNo one will argue that we find ourselves in an integrated social network loving community that relies on constant contact with friends, colleagues and family through various social platforms. Just the thought of those services being down sounds like a decent horror movie script and most can’t believe why companies like Facebook would go down or take soooo long to get back online. Well, I can tell you that, like any company, Facebook does not like not being able to provide its service, but just how badly are they affected? (more…)

113 year-old lies about age to join Facebook

Published by on Oct 14th, 2014, 3 Comments

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It seems that Mark Zuckerberg and friends over at Facebook may have made an oversight that no-one thought would ever be a problem when creating an account on Facebook. It is a known issue that very young people join under the pretense of being older than they actually are, as Facebook has a minimum age restriction of 13 years old. (more…)

Facebook working on an app for anonymity

Published by on Oct 9th, 2014, 1 Comment

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According to recent reports, Facebook is reportedly a standalone app that will let its users interact and communicate under the cloak of anonymity. This would be a departure from Facebook’s usual mantra of connecting people, as real names and identities are of no consequence within the new app. (more…)

WhatsApp now officially belongs to Facebook

Published by on Oct 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Eight months after we initially heard that Facebook had acquired WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion, the deal has finally been approved by the various commissions involved in the US and Europe. In fact, the deal’s price tag has actually increased to $21.8 billion. (more…)

Facebook Messenger hack shows hidden mobile payments feature

Published by on Oct 6th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Facebook wants to be more than just your go-to social network and platform for talking to your friends. It seems that the social giant now also wants to be your preferred platform for sending money to your friends – well at least when they enable their newly unearthed mobile payments feature.

Andrew Aude is a computer science student from Stanford University who brought Facebook’s plans for mobile payment to light after he hacked the code of Facebook Messenger and discovered the new feature.

Aude, who posted screenshots and a video of the feature in action on Twitter, used Cycript – a iOS and Mac hacking tool – to enable the feature on his jailbroken iPhone.

As the screenshots and video show, the mobile payments feature allows you to send money to your friends in Messenger, just as you would send a photo or video.

Aude says the entire process is fairly simple. You simply tap a button to start the payment process, select the amount and hot send. Easy and fast – apparently. (more…)

Facebook overhauled their research process

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2014, No Comments

Facebook-buy2Facebook is a company that likes to experiment on their users, maybe not in an evil lab kind of way but still in ways that would make users uncomfortable. A few months ago the social networking giant came under fire when it revealed that they had manipulated some users’ news feeds in an experiment to track mood changes. This had users and news sites abuzz with talk from legality to morality issues. It seems though that Facebook has learned from it’s mistakes… (more…)

Facebook to allow drag queens to keep their stage names

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Sparkles Smith will no longer be forced to use her birth name of Benjamin Smith on her Facebook profile, thanks to the company (finally) amending their identity policy following backlash from drag queens and the like all over the world.

Being a drag queen or transgendered person means fully embodying the ‘persona’ which naturally includes using your new self-given name in everyday life. However, the world’s largest social network didn’t quite seem to grasp this as their ‘real-name’ policy put a stump in the world of these people.

Facebook’s ‘real-name’ policy forces people to use their legal names or names used on legal documents as a security measure. However, the policy has long since been under fire from various groups and especially the LGBT community who made a case for drag queens and kings and transgender people who use pseudonyms or stage names, and who would like to use these names on their social media accounts.  (more…)

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