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Facebook to kill in-app messaging in favor of using dedicated Facebook Messenger app

Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use the core Facebook app to do their chatting. Though this change will be...
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Facebook Messenger reaches v4.1 and enables Wi-Fi calling for all

Although Facebook previously had Wi-Fi calling enabled on their Facebook Messenger app, the option to use it was limited to the US, UK and Canada. To expand on that capability, Facebook has now updated Messenger to v4.1 and is offering free calls over Wi-Fi wherever you are. What's New in...
How to invite someone to a Facebook event on iPhone and iPad

How to invite someone to a Facebook event on iPhone and iPad

Once you've created a Facebook event it's time to start adding members to it. While it's easy to add people while creating an event, what if you forgot someone and need to go back and add them? Or perhaps it's an open event created by someone else and you want to invite someone. In either...

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Facebook reportedly ready to launch their own mobile ad network this month. Anyone excited?

Facebook reportedly ready to launch their own mobile ad network this month. Anyone excited?

Facebook, the world's most popular social network, is reportedly looking to get into the lucrative mobile ad game, perhaps as early as their F8 developers conference set to kick off in San Francisco on April 30, 2014. Facebook has been serving their own ads for a long time now, but this would be...
Facebook wants you to know when your friends are nearby, if they're cool with that

Facebook wants you to know when your friends are nearby, if they're cool with that

Facebook has announced an interesting new feature called Nearby Friends which does pretty much exactly what you think it does. User can optionally turn on broad proximity notifications, so you and your friends can get a notice when your friends are nearby. You can set specific friends and friends...
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Facebook to kill in-app messaging in favor of using dedicated Facebook Messenger app

Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use the core Facebook app to do their chatting. Though this change will be...
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Facebook for iOS updated to 9.0 with better group management and more

Just one month after their 8.0 update, Facebook has updated their app to version 9.0, bringing some new commenting and group management features to the app. The News Feed on iPad has also been updated, and posts about trending topics will now be highlighted. You can now reply directly to...
Facebook Paper breathes dynamic new life into your timeline

Facebook Paper breathes dynamic new life into your timeline

Facebook Paper is now available for free in the US and drastically changes the way you interact with Facebook, but in a good way. It brings with it beautiful full screen photos and status updates, a gesture driven design, and all new ways to curate your content based on what you care about most...
Facebook goes all in on the Oculus Rift, buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

Facebook goes all in on the Oculus Rift, buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

The Oculus Rift is an amazing piece of technology and the company behind it all, Oculus VR, has become a leader in the immersive virtual reality space with a ton of attention being sent their way and it’s about to increase Oculus has now announced an agreement to be acquired by Facebook. The...
Best WhatsApp alternatives for Facebook haters

Best WhatsApp alternatives for Facebook haters

If Facebook buying Whatsapp means you're busy looking for a new instant messaging app to call your own then here are the best alternatives for you to consider! Let's be clear — if you used WhatsApp today, very little will change today and likely tomorrow. According to WhatsApp's statement, not...
Facebook buying Whatsapp... for $16 billion!

Facebook buying Whatsapp... for $16 billion!

Facebook has just announced that they're buying the popular instant messaging (IM) app WhatsApp for an incredibly cool 19 billion-with-a-b dollars. That's $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in shares, and $3 billion in restricted stock for the founders and employees that'll divest over the next 4...
Latest Facebook update buggy or crashy or not even downloading for you? You're not alone!

Latest Facebook update buggy or crashy or not even downloading for you? You're not alone!

Facebook is one of the most popular iOS apps of all time, so when its crashy, buggy, not downloading, or otherwise causing grief to even a small percentage of the people using it, we hear about it. This time it's with version 6.7.1, released on November 8, which won't download and keeps spitting...
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Facebook taking action against spammy posts in your News Feed

Get ready to see fewer spam posts in your Facebook News Feed. Taking to its official blog, Facebook is letting everyone know that it's taking a harder stance on not showing posts that people deem "spammy." The new effort comes down to blocking out three main types of posts: Like-baiting,...

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UPDATED: Facebook for iPhone app getting major update with Groups, Places, Deals

During the livestream of Facebook's special mobile event today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook for iPhone would be getting a major update, including support for Facebook's new Groups feature and improvements to Places integration -- making it more intuitive and easier to check your friends into a specific venue.

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Facebook holding event on Wednesday

Like our sibling site, Android Central, TiPb has been invited to a mobile event at Facebook HQ this Wednesday, November 3. If it had just been AC, I'd have started wondering about that Facebook phone. Just TiPb and I might have thought iPad app. Both Android and iOS at the same bash and maybe Facebook is ready to make some bigger cross-platform waves. With former Android lead Eric Tseng and former iOS developer Joe Hewitt busy in the mobile division, who knows what they have up their social little sleeves?

Speculate in the comments!

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Farmville HD for iPad Released!

Farmville by Zynga is finally available to iPad owners, in all its HD farming goodness. First made popular on Facebook, we saw Farmville for iPhone. The iPad version is also a free download and as usual, all your normal stuff from your Facebook profile should come down just like it does on the iPhone version. I'm personally not a Farmville user, but I'm sure Leanna is jumping up and down right about now.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg have dinner, talk Facebook for Ping

It looks like Apple's Steve Jobs and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg recently sat down over dinner to talk Ping. The LA Times reports:

Apparently Jobs invited Zuckerberg for dinner at his house to talk about Ping two weeks ago. That's when a tipster spotted them on a stroll in Palo Alto.

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Facebook announces new Groups, data portability, application control

During a press event today, Facebook announced new Groups, which aim to simplify and make social interaction more communal, data portability which sounds like it takes a little of the wall off Facebook's garden, and application control, which should let you better decide who gets your data.

Mashable's got the goods on all of it:

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Apple and Facebook continue to pong over Ping

Facebook CTO Bret Taylor is "very confident" Facebook and Apple will be able to come to terms on integrating Apple's social music network with Facebook's social people network.

Ping launched with Facebook Connect so you could more easily find your friends, but the service was blocked by Facebook and then pulled by Apple, with rumors following the two had been going back and forth over a deal for up to 18 months and Steve Jobs complaining Facebook wanted "onerous" terms.

While Apple improved Ping with iTunes 10.0.1's inclusion of a sidebar and the ability to Ping music you already owned from within iTunes, the service is still off to a rocky start. It remains inaccessible from a web browser when you're away from your desktop iTunes and don't have an iPhone with you (blasphemy, but it could happen), and otherwise still feels like a work in progress.

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iPhone live 118: Got voice?

Google Voice returns to the App Store and brings some Basic and some Ringtones along for the ride. We're talking Facebook phones, Verizon rumors, Apple buying Faces and Guides, and more. Get social folks, it's iPhone live.

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Facebook down

Facebook is down. Now don't panic, the world isn't ending, no one forgot to pay the interwebs bill, and no, it didn't catch a bug from the Facebook for iPhone app -- it's just down.

These things happen. Luckily our iPhones can still call people for really real.

Hold to hope, it should be back soon. Let us know when you can access it again in the comments.

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Facebook 3.2.3 for iPhone - yet more bug fixes!

Facebook 3.2.3 for iPhone and iPod touch has just hit the iTunes App Store and once again, it's all about the bug fixes:

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After 18 months of courtship, did Facebook leave Ping at the altar?

Apple and Facebook were in discussions for 18 months before ultimately failing to come to terms on integrating the world's most popular social network with Apple's upstart Ping music service.

While we don't know the details of their discussions, it makes sense that Apple may have wanted to build Ping as a music-tracking and sales service on top of Facebook's social graph. This could have allowed Apple to get what it wanted out of the relationship -- more iTunes and iPod sales -- without having to build a social network from scratch.

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Facebook is absolutely working on a phone (or they're nuts)

Facebook phone was the big internet flurry of the weekend -- are they making one, are they not making one, what does a Facebook phone even mean?

Techcrunch, who claim the Nexus One vindicated their longstanding assertions of a Google phone, now say Facebook is also working a branded device.

Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project. Or rather, they’re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware.

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Facebook Places now in UK. Are you still using it?

Facebook Places has gone live in the UK. It lit up in Japan a few days ago as well. No love for Canada or many other countries yet. Still, even in locations where Facebook places has launched, it doesn't seem to have slowed down FourSquare or Gowalla at all.

Is Facebook Places available where you are? Are you using it? If so, let us know how it's been working for you, if not, tell us what's kept you away.

[Thanks English Mike!]

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iTunes Ping- Where is the Facebook Integration?

Facebook connect for Ping made a very brief appearance during Steve Jobs' iTunes 10 demo and some early users were able to catch (and use) it to find friends on Apple's new social music network. However, a short time later the Facebook integration was missing. What happened?

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iPhone live podcast 114: What's that guitar mean anyway?

Apple announces annual special music event for Sept. 1, Jobs says iOS 4 on iPhone 3G is getting fixed, More on LiquidMetal, and Facebook releases 3 updates in a week. And what does that guitar mean anyway? This is iPhone live!

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Facebook for iPhone 3.2.2 -- Login fixed?

Facebook promised a fix for ailing iPhone users and here it (apparently is) -- Facebook for iPhone 3.2.2.

They claim it fixes the login issue, which seems to have been primarily caused by conflicts with some Jailbreak apps.

We'll let you be the judges of that, however. Working now?

[iTunes link]

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Facebook for iPhone not playing nice with Jailbreak, fix coming soon

If you read the comments on our Facebook 3.2 and Facebook 3.2.1 posts, you might see that the latest version(s) of the uber-popular social networking app is having a little trouble on Jailbroken iPhones. Looks like Facebook is aware of the problems and working on a fix:

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Facebook for iPhone updated to 3.2.1 to fix bugs, deny Places to those outside US

Yesterday saw the launch of Facebook 3.2 with Places support for iPhone, and today sees Facebook 3.2.1 with bug fixes and the explanation that Places is being rolled out slowly and is currently not available outside the US.

If this update solved any problems you were having, or clarified any confusion -- did it give you Places?! -- let us know!

[Thanks @shlov1]

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So will you be using Facebook Places?

Facebook has launched their own location-based check-in service called Places, and updated their iPhone app to support it, but will you be using it?

Some people maintain sharing your life, and your location, allows for "serendipitous" discovery -- people who you may never otherwise know or meet see you're nearby and take the opportunity to say hello. Others think it's pretty much a gateway to everything from embarrassment to stalking.

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How to prevent your friends from checking you into Facebook Places

Facebook Places not only lets you "check in" to various locations (a la Foursquare or Gowalla) but it allows your friends to check you in as well, which could be a little creepy. Luckily for those of us who prefer to keep where we are private, our good friend Phil Nickinson from Android Central tells us how to "just. stop. it.":

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Facebook 3.2 brings Places to iPhone

Facebook's iPhone app has been updated to version 3.2 and, among other things, brings support for the new Places service that lets you see where your friends are and what location-based social activities they're up to. (At least in the US, when I tried it it said it wasn't yet available in my region.)

What else is new?

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