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Facebook adds Safety Check for when your friends are caught up in disaster areas

Have you ever seen a big disaster on the news, and worried that your family and friends might be in the middle of it? Brilliantly, Facebook has just added a new tool that will put minds at ease. Safety Check will activate when there's a disaster and Facebook knows that you're nearby - either through…

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James O'MalleyFacebook adds Safety Check for when your friends are caught up in disaster areas
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Is Facebook about to launch a system for paying friends cash?

Lending your friends money could be about to come a whole lot easier thanks to Facebook, which is apparently planning an in-app payment system for Facebook Messenger. We've all been there: After a meal with a few people in a restaurant it comes down to settling the bill, and it becomes unbearable everyone scrabbles around…

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Facebook experiments with disappearing posts

Facebook is taking a leaf out of Snapchat's book and testing out self-destructing posts. The social network is running a pilot programme where it allows users to schedule an expiration time for posts they publish. The time frame varies from one hour to seven days. After that, Facebook's servers take up to 90 days to delete…

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Instagram launches “Hyperlapse” app

Instagram has this evening launched a new app - "Hyperlapse" is designed for creating short timelapse videos. Apparently the way it works is by slowing the frame rate at which video is recorded, so that when you play it back events happen much quicker. It also appears to apply some smoothing algorithms (not unlike this)…

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Facebook got annoyed by click-bait and you’ll never believe what happened next…

Facebook has announced a tweak of its newsfeed algorithm that will cut down on the amount of "click-bait" you see on your news feed. You might never see Upworthy ever again. Apparently Facebook's intention is to give users more information when deciding whether to click on something - rather than have slightly misdirected "Upworthy" style…

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James O'MalleyFacebook got annoyed by click-bait and you’ll never believe what happened next…
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Police investigated over social media breaches

Hundreds of police officers in England and Wales have been accused of breaches social media guidelines that include making racist and threatening comments, posing images of colleagues in compromising positions and sending Facebook friend requests to victims of crime. The BBC reports that research by the Press Association found that of 828 cases from 2009…

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Facebook testing a “Satire” tag on shared links – no, this isn’t a joke

Facebook doesn't think its users are too bright. At least, that'd be a reasonable conclusion to draw following the news that the company is testing a "[Satire]" tag that would be automatically displayed on articles from the likes of The Onion. Screenshot from Ars As Ars Technica reports, at the moment…

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James O'MalleyFacebook testing a “Satire” tag on shared links – no, this isn’t a joke
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WATCH: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg poor a bucket of ice water over his head

Yes, you read that right. It appears that erstwhile "Neknomination" phenomenon is being revived for a good cause. But rather than ask people to down drinks irresponsibly, the ALS Association in the US is raising awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by getting rich celebrities to drench themselves on camera. You can watch Mark Zuckerberg below,…

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James O'MalleyWATCH: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg poor a bucket of ice water over his head
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Facebook for Android adds Wearable support

Android Wear just became even more useful. The new smartwatch platform has just won the support of Facebook - which will be pushing notifications to watches from version 9 of the app (so expect that to land in your app updates soon). According to Facebook's Ian Lake (posting on, umm, Google Plus, presumably out of…

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Beware of these Facebook malware scams

Would you like to find out how many people have visited your Facebook page this week? Or do you want to change that blue colour of your Facebook page? If so, be very wary of clicking on any related links in your Facebook news feed. The digital security company BitDefender has compiled a list of…

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