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Topic: Facebook

Facebook brings right-hand column to iPad with new discovery features

06/16/2014, 01:06 pm

Social networking behemoth Facebook on Monday updated their iPad app with a new right-hand column that brings tablet users faster and easier access to trending content and games.


Creator of Apple's Core Animation leaves for new role, likely at Facebook

05/22/2014, 03:05 pm

John Harper, the creator of of Apple's Core Animation tool for developers and the inventor credited with designing gesture and scrolling animations in iOS, has apparently taken a new position at social networking giant Facebook.


Facebook's iOS app now listens for identifiable TV & music when posting status updates

05/21/2014, 12:05 pm

Facebook on Wednesday launched a new, optional feature that allows its iPhone application to use the device's microphone to listen for and identify television and music content when posting a status update.


Facebook yanks Poke and Camera standalone apps in bid to consolidate titles

05/09/2014, 07:05 pm

In what appears to be a continued paring down of extraneous apps in its iOS software ecosystem, Facebook on Friday removed Poke and Camera from the app store.


Moves app reneges on privacy promise, will share data with Facebook

05/06/2014, 09:05 pm

When fitness tracking app Moves was purchased by Facebook in late April, both companies sought to allay worries of privacy-minded users by saying there would be no data "commingling" between the software and the giant social network. It appears the statement was only partially true.


Facebook Messenger gets new sharing options, McDonald's updates Happy Studio app for kids

04/29/2014, 12:04 am

iOS users who keep in touch with friends and relatives using Facebook Messenger now have easier ways to share photos and videos with each other, while McDonald's added a slew of new entertainment options to its Happy Studio app for children.


Facebook buys 'Moves' fitness tracking app for Apple's iPhone

04/24/2014, 11:04 am

Yet another Silicon Valley power entered the "quantified self" race on Thursday when Facebook acquired the developers behind Moves, an iPhone app that allows users to create an "activity diary" by automatically recording walking, cycling, and running.


Facebook updates Paper app with notifications, photo comments, 'new story' buttons, more

04/18/2014, 07:04 pm

Facebook on Friday rolled out a an update to its newsreader-style alternative Paper, adding a number of new features that bring the app more in line with the company's flagship iOS title.


Facebook unveils new 'Nearby Friends' geolocation meetup feature

04/17/2014, 02:04 pm

Facebook users will now have an easier time meeting up with friends at social events or planning group activities using the social network's new Nearby Friends feature, an opt-in service that alerts friends when they are close to each other.


Facebook said to be readying electronic payment system, could preempt Apple entry

04/14/2014, 02:04 pm

Social media behemoth Facebook is reportedly nearing a deal with Irish authorities that would allow the company to offer its European users electronic payment and remittance services ahead of Apple's hotly-anticipated entry into the market.


Oculus co-founder defends sale of company amidst backlash, says Facebook a better home than Apple

03/26/2014, 03:03 pm

After word broke that virtual reality pioneer Oculus will be bought by Facebook for $2 billion, enthusiasts responded negatively, questioning the merits of the deal and future of the Rift headset. That led the co-founder of Oculus to take to the Internet to defend the sale, in which he argued Facebook is a better landing spot for the company than Apple or Microsoft.


Google made last-ditch effort to block WhatsApp-Facebook deal, was willing to pay more than $19B

02/20/2014, 03:02 pm

As talks between Facebook and WhatsApp began to draw to a close, Google Chief Executive Larry Page made a last-ditch effort to block the deal, and was even willing to outdo the $19 billion agreement the messaging app eventually reached with Facebook.


Google bid $10B for WhatsApp, made separate 'odd' offer before Facebook deal was struck

02/20/2014, 10:02 am

Before WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook this week for some $19 billion in cash and stock, the messaging service was being aggressively pursued by search giant Google, which reportedly offered $10 billion and also made a unique offer in attempt to ensure it wouldn't be outbid.


Facebook to buy messaging app WhatsApp for $16B plus $3B in RSUs

02/19/2014, 05:02 pm

Facebook on Wednesday announced its intentions to acquire popular messaging app WhatsApp in an initial cash and stock deal worth some $16 billion, not including an additional $3 billion provision for restricted stock units.


Pocket adds AirPlay support, Facebook tests mobile ads in third-party apps

01/22/2014, 03:01 pm

Popular 'DVR for the web' app Pocket was updated Wednesday to add support for AirPlaying saved videos to Apple TV, while social media behemoth Facebook announced a mobile ad pilot program that may be the company's first step toward competing with Apple's iAds.


Facebook 6.5 to launch today with refreshed, iOS 7-savvy design

09/18/2013, 04:09 pm

Facebook is launching an iOS app update today that includes a new menu at the bottom of the app for enhanced navigation, along with design elements inspired by Apple's just released iOS 7.


First malware in the wild found exploiting Bluebox's Android app signing flaw

07/25/2013, 02:07 pm

Just three weeks after Bluebox Security first announced the discovery of a key flaw in Google's Android with the potential to turn devices into a "zombie botnet," Symantec has reported finding rogue apps that take advantage of the vulnerability.


Facebook updates iOS app with verified celebrity check marks, introduces Instagram Web embeds

07/10/2013, 08:07 pm

Facebook on Wednesday rolled out a small user interface update to its iOS app for verified public figures, and also debuted a new Instagram feature that allows users to embed photos and video into Web posts.


Most popular Android app caught harvesting users contacts: Facebook

07/01/2013, 05:07 pm

Facebook, the top-ranking free app in Google Play, has taken advantage of Android's weak platform security to collect users' phone numbers as soon as the app is installed, highlighting core differences in Apple's approach to protecting users' privacy and those of social-advertising firms like Facebook and Google.


Facebook bug exposes personal information of 6M users

06/21/2013, 05:06 pm

A Facebook security bug that has been in existence since last year was discovered this week, but only after the contact information of six million users had been exposed.