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Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

Facebook is quietly closing down its failed attempt to get its users to switch over to its @facebook.com email addresses. The social network said it would be letting Facebookers know through the site that it would be getting rid of the addresses. Any stray email that is going to an @facebook address will be diverted to folks' …

Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

Facebook has introduced more than 50 gender options its users can select when choosing how they wish to identify themselves. The Social Network revealed the new feature to The Associated Press, where a story features Brielle Harrison, a Facebook staffer who is "undergoing gender transformation, from male to female". It's also …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014
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Facebook cans Windows and Firefox Messenger apps

Facebook took another step away from the desktop on Thursday with the announcement that it’s canning its Messenger app for Windows and Firefox from next week. The social network said support will end on March 3, in the following brief message sent to users: We're sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Feb 2014
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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

Facebook users must switch to the social network's dedicated Messenger mobile app if they want to keep chatting away to their Facebook friends on their phones. A spokesperson confirmed to The Reg that Facebook had started informing people that online chat is moving out of its main social networking app on iOS and Android, and …
Sergey Brin and Marissa Mayer

Google! and! Facebook! IDs! face! Yahoo! login! BAN!

Yahoo! doesn't want to play nice with Google and Facebook anymore. The result: the pair of competing free-content ad networks will be booted off Yahoo!'s turf. The purple-tinged web giant plans to stop its users from logging into sites such Flickr, Fantasy Sports and other Yahoo!-owned stuff using their Google and Facebook IDs …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2014
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Netscape daddy's VC firm dumps $60m of Facebook stock

Facebook director Marc Andreessen's venture capital firm has sold off a chunk of its stake in the social network, netting itself around $60m. Andreessen Horowitz offloaded 1.2 million shares in the firm at between $49 and just over $50, according to a regulatory filing by Facebook. Andreessen helped set up browser firm Netscape …
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Facebook spies Little Eye, gulps it down: They said we needed mobile

Facebook has bought an Indian startup that specialises in testing apps for Google's Android mobile operating system for an undisclosed sum. Little Eye Labs was only founded by a group of program analysis engineers about one year ago. The Bangalore, India-based outfit said that Android developers and testers had been using its …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014

Judge throws out lawsuit lobbed at Facebook for using kids' pics in targeted ads

A judge has thrown out a potential class action lawsuit against Facebook over its use of photos of minors in targeted ads, ruling that the users gave their consent when they signed up for the social network. The suit accused the firm of "commercial misappropriation" of the names and pics of minors who were using the social …
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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has used the occasion of Mark Zuckerberg's acquisition of Oculus VR to unload on the boy wonder's Facebook – and bid farewell to the Rift virtual-reality headset team. Perhaps at least a little miffed that Zuck's personal shoppers arrived a few weeks into an investigation about whether a …

Facebook: US feds probed over 18,700 accounts in six months

The US government asked Facebook for information about 18,715 user accounts between July and December of last year. The social networking giant said in its latest transparency report that law enforcement agencies asked the company to hand over thousands of pieces of information from user profiles as part of criminal …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2014

New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates

Facebook is adding a new application that alerts smartphone users when their chums are nearby, but thankfully the feature is optional. Nearby friends Want to get closer to your friends? "If you turn on Nearby Friends, you'll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up," the …
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2014

Privacy warriors lob sueball at Facebook buyout of WhatsApp

Privacy groups have filed with the US Federal Trade Commission to try to block Facebook's $19bn acquisition of WhatsApp until the social network comes clean on how it's going to use the personal data of the messaging service's 450 million users. Non-profit groups the Electronic Privacy Information Centre and the Centre for …
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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

Facebook has finally offered its users a way of expressing disgust at the drivel their friends post. Zuck's advertising empire has belatedly introduced a "Dislike" button in its messenger app, giving Facebois a glimpse of a more antisocial network. This new thumbs-down icon is part of a "stickers" pack which also includes a …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Dec 2013
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Facebook gets a 'trending topics' box (just what its cluttered pages need)

Facebook is rolling out a new "service" in the form of a Trending box in the top righthand corner of user's home page, which highlights topics that have recently proved popular. Trending Less space for you "The list is personalized, including topics based on things you’re interested in and what is trending across Facebook …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014
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Facebook flashes its One Tool To Rule Them All in security threat analysis

Facebook has bragged about a new internal tool that combines all sorts of live data on internet security threats – such as any new malware doing the rounds and known dodgy URLS. The social network's engineers said the utility, imaginatively dubbed ThreatData, collects software nasties shared by researchers and also throws in …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2014

Facebook KICKS OUT ad stalkers for BREACHING data rules

Facebook has divorced itself from two analytics firms who didn't stick to the free content ad network's policies on data retention. AdExchanger reported that HasOffers and Kontagent have effectively been blacklisted from Facebook's mobile version, after violating their contracts. The stalker outfits had been caught sitting on …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Feb 2014

Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland

Facebook has reportedly swerved a huge corporation tax bill by paying its Ireland-based parent company - Facebook Holdings Limited - €1.75bn in “admin costs” for its intellectual property. According to the Financial Times (£), Facebook recently reported a pre-tax loss of €626,000 after it paid out those expenses. In 2012, …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2013
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FTC: OK Facebook, swallow WhatsApp – but NO selling people's data without permission

Facebook's multi-billion-dollar slurp of WhatsApp has been given the go-ahead by US regulators – with the caveat that the social network sticks to the messaging service's privacy policy. The Federal Trade Commission said in a letter to the two firms that WhatsApp would have to stick to the privacy promises it had already made to …
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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

The internet has seized with glee on a Princeton research paper that suggests Facebook will be a virtually abandoned, tumbleweed-riddled corner of the web by 2017, when the social network's "outbreak" will have run its course. Princeton PhD students Joshua Spechler and Johan Cannarella used epidemiological modelling, …

Facebook lets Russian search czar Yandex suck on its public 'firehose'

Folks without a firm grip on their Facebook privacy settings will now have their posts on the social network added to Russia's biggest search engine Yandex. "Facebook has granted us full access to its 'firehose' of public data," said the Russian firm in a statement. "This means that now, not only can Yandex search for people …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2014
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Facebook snubbed Google's Silicon Valley wage-strangle pact, Sheryl Sandberg claims

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has claimed her company rebuffed Google's attempt to form a pact that would have suppressed engineers' salaries. According to her written testimony to a US court, obtained and published today by CNBC, Sandberg said she met Google executives who were – it is claimed – keen to stop …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Mar 2014

Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

Facebook has announced that it will acquire mobile messaging service WhatsApp in a deal valued at $16bn. The merger was revealed in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission published on Wednesday. According to the paperwork, WhatsApp will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Facebook in exchange for $4bn in cash, …
Neil McAllister, 19 Feb 2014
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Facebook unwraps Paper, a content-hoover application

Facebook has announced a new application that is designed to get more people to donate more information to the social network, and to let more people spend more time viewing the ad-wrapped content. The "Paper" smartphone app was announced by Facebook in a blog post on Thursday as part of a new strategy by the company to gather …
Jack Clark, 30 Jan 2014
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Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

Hundreds of people have been tricked into installing Trojan malware after clicking on a new Facebook scam that falsely promises naked videos of their "friends". The scam – which relies on tricking users into installing a fake Flash player supposedly needed to view the racy footage – can multiply itself rapidly across multiple …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2014
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Facebook seeks WIDE EYES of sports fans to rival Twitter

Facebook is to acquire a San Francisco-based startup that sifts through mentions of sport on social media. Financial details of the planned buyout of SportStream were kept secret. The move is Facebook's latest attempt to compete for eyeballs with rival free content ad network Twitter. It comes after the Mark Zuckerberg-run …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2013

Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India

Who needs China? Facebook this week announced that its active user base in India passed 100 million – the first country to do so since the US of A. The Social Network's VP of “growth”, Javier Olivan, said that the social network would now work with the mobile industry to nudge that figure up to one billion, according to local …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2014

Facebook wants to Zuck up your cash into its mobile payment service

Facebook is planning to launch a mobile payments service that would allow its European users to store and exchange funds via the social network, sources claim. According to a report in the Financial Times, Facebook has filed an application with the central bank of Ireland to become an "e-money" institution under EU regulations …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2014
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Facebook taps up NASA boffins to launch drone fleet, laser comms lab

Facebook has assembled a team of experts in the US and UK tasked with connecting the social network's next five billion users to the website (and the rest of the internet). The Connectivity Lab was revealed on Thursday: it employs "the same engineering talent behind Facebook's infrastructure team and the Open Compute Project," …
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2014
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WhatsApp founder: Privacy WON'T vanish under Facebook

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has insisted that his messaging service's privacy policies will stay the same after it's slurped by Facebook, while lamenting "baseless, unfounded and irresponsible" reports about how the social network may use users' data. "I want to make sure you understand how deeply I value the principle of private …
Bounty hunters

How much is a security bug report worth to Facebook? About $2,100

Facebook wasn't the first to offer security researchers bounties for reporting vulnerabilities – but the social network reports it paid out $1.5m in 2013 for bug reports, and says it is increasing the amount of cash on offer in the coming year. According to the advertising giant, it received 14,763 reports of suspected flaws …
Iain Thomson, 03 Apr 2014

Why BURN Facebook after reading when you can 'save it for later'?

Facebook is reportedly working on a new feature that allows its users to save links to news stories that are shared on the free content ad network so that they can return to read them later. Such a stickability tactic would clearly mean that Facebookers would hang around longer, or come back more frequently to the site. …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Nov 2013
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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

Mark Zuckerberg is furious with US President Barack Obama, who - metaphorically, at least - clasped his hands over his ears and repeatedly said to himself "I can't hear you" when the Facebook boss tried to grumble about spies spying on people. The free content ad network supremo said in a public post on Facebook that he was fed …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2014
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Home-grown server kit saves Facebook 'a BEELLION dollars'

Facebook says it has saved itself more than a billion dollars over the past three years by customizing its data-center hardware. By using gear assembled by the likes of Quanta and Wiwynn, the web giant has saved a significant amount of money, Facebook's veep of hardware engineering Jay Parikh said on Tuesday. The social network …
Jack Clark, 28 Jan 2014
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Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

Facebook has revealed the design for its new data centre, to be built in the Swedish town of Luleå. The new design was discussed at January’s Open Compute Summit. Facebook has now detailed the design and its ambition for a design process “that would look less like a construction project and more like a manufactured product.” …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2014
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Facebook hacks out PHP alternative

The big “HACK” signs reputed to adorn the walls of Facebook offices aren't just a command from His Royal Zuckness: The Social Network also uses a programming language called “Hack” and has just given it to the world. Facebook describes Hack as “a programming language we developed for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP” …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014
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Facebook gives THUMBS DOWN to its OWN design makeover

Facebook has unveiled a design tweak that will change the look of one of the social networking site's most oft-used features. The company said in a note to web developers that it would be debuting new looks for its "Like" and "Share" buttons. Website owners and publishers will be able to embed the buttons directly into their …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2013
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Hands up, who couldn't post to Facebook today? Oh, MILLIONS of you

People have actually started doing proper work this afternoon after Facebook users complained they cannot post status updates on the social network. Many naturally took to Twitter to sound off about the free content ad-network's sudden wobble. The Register asked Facebook to explain what had gone wrong, but for now it is …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2013

Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

Facebook has debuted automatically playing video adverts on the free content ad network. Sound will only be activated on the vid ads if a user clicks or taps on them, the company said in a blog post. But they can't be switched off, either. "The video ads will begin to play as you scroll through News Feed, but if you don't want …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2013
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Facebook bots grope our 'privates', and every wronged user should get $10,000 – lawsuit claims

Two Facebook users have begun a class-action lawsuit that alleges the social network's "private" messaging system is a lie. The pair, Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley, reckon each of the website's estimated 166 million US users should get a payday of up to $10,000 apiece as compensation. The suit, filed in California, states …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jan 2014
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Facebook switches itself off and on again after GLOBAL meltdown

Facebook suffered a huge outage today that prevented millions of people from posting status updates on the giant advertising network for up to two hours. The Register understands that the company had no choice but to get engineers to do the walk of shame to the server room and turn it off and on again. Facebook said: Earlier …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2013
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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

Mark Zuckerberg made his boldest and certainly most physical play for eyeballs yet on Tuesday when Facebook announced plans to acquire virtual reality startup Oculus VR - the outfit behind Rift headsets - for $2bn. It's the latest in a series of brash moves from the free content ad network. Oculus VR now joins the ranks of …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2014
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OMG, like, TOTES AMAZEBALLS: Facebook made me fall into SHARK INFESTED SEAS

A Taiwanese woman was so engrossed in checking Facebook on her phone that she walked off a pier and fell into the sea. The woman was strolling along St Kilda pier in Melbourne at 11.30pm on Monday night when she plunged into the icy waters of Port Phillip Bay. Police launched a boat within minutes and were able to drag the …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Dec 2013
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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

Facebook's updated Android app can read text messages on the user's smartphone. The tweaked software now demands access to SMS and MMS messages, and the change was spotted yesterday by blogger Tony Calileo. "This is just one of a bunch of new permissions the app is requesting for this update, but it's probably the most alarming …
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2014
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Reg snaps moment when Facebook turned air Blu: 1PB box for unloved pics

Facebook has developed an archive storage system that uses Blu-ray discs to stuff a petabyte into a single cabinet. The as-yet-unnamed 42U box was revealed at the Open Compute Summit in San Jose, California, on Tuesday. Facebook's chief of infrastructure engineering Jay Parikh said the social networking giant plans to publish …
Jack Clark, 29 Jan 2014
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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

Facebook's data scientists have schooled two Princeton students who published a paper predicting that the social network would lose 80 per cent of its users by 2017 and go extinct shortly afterwards. In a mock study Mike Develin, Lada Adamic, and Sean Taylor, of Facebook's data team, used the same methods as the original paper …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2014
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Facebook's dying? HA! Get ready for another DECADE of us – Zuck

Facebook raked in revenues of $7.87bn in 2013, up 55 per cent on the previous year, according to company filings published today. The social network's latest finance reports show that in the final quarter of 2013 alone, sales climbed 63 per cent year-on-year to top out at $2.59bn. On the 12 months to December 31, 2013, and …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jan 2014
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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

A Florida dad is $80,000 poorer after his daughter went on Facebook to brag about a court settlement he received – and lost him the lot. Patrick Snay is the former headmaster of Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, and in 2011 he launched legal action against his old employers after his contract was not renewed. Snay claimed he …
Iain Thomson, 01 Mar 2014

Oi, Android devs! Facebook wants your apps to be more secure

Facebook has released the source code of a software library that's designed to make it easier for developers to implement fast, secure cryptography in their Android apps. Dubbed Conceal, the library was developed for a limited range of tasks with the specific needs of Android developers in mind, allowing app makers to include …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2014
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Facebook gov surveillance data kept locked inside, er, Facebook

Facebook has released its first government transparency report, revealing – unsurprisingly – that once again India, the US and Blighty were the countries whose police were most likely to snoop on our online activities. Ironically, anyone wishing to actually access the data, at the time of writing, needs a Facebook ID first. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2013

Fake X-RATED Facebook scam vids of pop minx Selena Gomez: Man sued

Facebook is suing a man accused of flooding the social network with spam posts and fake applications. The website's bosses filed suit this week in a California District Court against a one Christopher Peter Tarquini, of Malton, New Jersey. He is accused of being the brains behind a string of spam campaigns that plagued the free- …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Nov 2013