New features include New Stories and 320 snap view
Windows 8.1 users who spend a lot of time on Facebook will be delighted to find the social networking app has been updated with a slew of additional features. Given the fact that Windows apps often go ahead and complete updates in the background, these new features may come as a surprise to some users, but for the unenlightened, we'll outline what you can expect the next time you get the urge to look at photos of babies and cats. That's what Facebook is now, right?
A young Taiwanese woman in her mid-20s nearly became a candidate for a Darwin Award when she walked right off the end of St Kilda pier in Melbourne, Australia. She never saw the end of the pier because she was too busy checking Facebook on her mobile phone. To make matters worse, the woman wasn't a good swimmer, though she did manage to float for around 20 minutes until a high-speed boat arrived.
Eight companies collaborate on an open letter to Washington
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, Aol, and LinkedIn have teamed up to call for global government surveillance reform. Rival companies and services are working together to put pressure on Washington to start the path towards reforming government surveillance and maintaining individual privacy.
Sick of seeing that same badly-Photoshopped meme about 'Merica with bald eagles and something or other about freedom for the third time? What about pictures of babies? Great news -- Facebook is working to prioritize "high quality" news stories on user feeds rather than memes or similar types of content.
Entries must be submitted prior to December 2, 2013
When AMD originally announced its expanded game bundles for the holiday season, there was a bit of confusion surrounding which Radeon R9 Series product owners would receive a free copy of Battlefield 4. The original wording made it sound like anyone who purchased an R9 Series card starting on November 13th would be eligible, as long as it was from a participating vendor, but AMD later clarified that it would be up to each individual hardware partner and retailer to decide which SKUs qualify. To make up for the miscommunication, and also as a 'Thank You' to gamers who purchased a card prior to November 13th, AMD said it would be giving away 1,000 free copies of Battlefield 4. Here's how you can toss your name into AMD's hat for a shot at getting one.
Menlo Park, we have a problem. Users are reporting issues with posting status updates to Facebook this morning, as apparently a sitewide error is disrupting the service. Not only are some users hampered from posting status updates, they also can't send messages, upload photos, or even "Like" posts. In other words, for those affected, the interactivity portion of Facebook is not working.
Less privacy restrictions for Facebook users under 18
Younger Facebook users will now have much more freedom from the more adult-oriented social network. Previously, 13 to 17-year-olds who signed up were previously restricted from sharing updates, photos, and comments with the public, but now Facebook is relaxing its stance in an apparent bid to compete with other networks that allow younger users much more freedom.
Opting out of search is now impossible—unless you’re a minor
At one point in time, it was possible to keep your Facebookprofile nearly invisible. Using a now defunct setting called “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” users were able to remove their name from search results. The feature’s been gone for people who weren’t using it, but it’ll be permanently removed for everyone in the next few weeks.
Facebook can't leave well enough alone, what with video ads, new search methods, and the various changes the social network juggernaut is continually kicking around. Now it at least appears to be attempting to alleviate the sting of ads by showing users only the ads they want to see. Thank you Facebook, as your "targeted" ads were more than a little insulting, more often than not.