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Facebook is making a tiny tweak to display logos from publishers more visibly

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"I saw it on Facebook" is a response uttered far too often by people that get their news via the social network.

And while that may seem like an innocuous answer, it's a major problem for publishers, who are dissociated for the stories they write when someone assumes that their news just comes from "Facebook."

But on Tuesday, Facebook is finally releasing a way to fix that.

The platform is now putting publishers' logos alongside articles in its Trending and Search sections, offering a bit of branding as context with the content on its platform. Read more...

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A look back in IPO: Facebook’s trailing profit and mobile intrigue

 In our series A Look Back In IPO, we’re diving back into the S-1 documents of tech’s biggest players. What were today’s giants like back when they first filed to go public? After looking into Amazon, Microsoft and Google, we’re peeking at Facebook.  Read More
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The eclipse caused people to look away from their screens

Turns out all it takes for people to put down their phones is a once-in-a-lifetime event. In case you missed it, the eclipse took over the sun (and our lives) yesterday. Flocks of people headed to the towns and cities within the path of totality to c...
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Teens favoring Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook, says eMarketer

 Facebook is losing appeal among teens and young adults which is contributing to generally slowing growth for the platform, according to the latest projections from research firm eMarketer. Read More
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ACLU taps tech to help the public hold district attorneys accountable to criminal justice reform

 Many people don’t pay much attention to their district attorneys, let alone realize district attorneys are elected officials, says Ana Zamora, the criminal justice policy director at the ACLU of Northern California. That was the genesis for MeetYourDA. The campaign, which launched today, aims to build power in local communities to hold district attorneys accountable to criminal… Read More
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WhatsApp borrows Facebook’s colorful status updates

Now you can switch your WhatsApp status update to suit your mood. You can stitch photos and videos together to make it look like Snapchat -- or you can make it look more like its parent company's status updates. The chat application has updated its i...

A new report from eMarketer released Monday predicted Facebook usage by 12-to-17-year-olds will decline this year — the first time it’s estimated a drop in Facebook usage for any age group, ever.

The report also says audiences under 25 are using Facebook less. Meanwhile, they are flocking to Instagram and Snapchat more. 

“Outside of the Facebook-cutters, teens and tweens remaining on Facebook seem to be less engaged – logging in less frequently and spending less time on the platform. At the same time, we now have Facebook-nevers, many children aging into the tween demographic that appear to be overlooking Facebook altogether, yet still engaging with Facebook-owned Instagram," eMarketer forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco said in a statement.  Read more...

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Facebook could lose younger teens for the first time ever

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Bad news for Facebook: American teens aren't interested anymore. 

A new report from eMarketer released Monday predicted Facebook usage by 12-to-17-year-olds will decline this year — the first time it’s estimated a drop in Facebook usage for any age group, ever.

The report also says audiences under 25 are using Facebook less. Meanwhile, they are flocking to Instagram and Snapchat more. 

“Outside of the Facebook-cutters, teens and tweens remaining on Facebook seem to be less engaged – logging in less frequently and spending less time on the platform. At the same time, we now have Facebook-nevers, many children aging into the tween demographic that appear to be overlooking Facebook altogether, yet still engaging with Facebook-owned Instagram," eMarketer forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco said in a statement.  Read more...

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WhatsApp adds colorful text-only updates to Status

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WhatsApp's Snapchat Stories clone is getting a new text-only feature.

Now, instead of just photos and videos, you can update your WhatsApp Status with colorful, meme-like text posts.

The feature, which is rolling out now, is a lot like Facebook's colorful status updates: write a snippet of text, pick a background color, and customize the font. You can also link out to other websites from within a text post.

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This feature is specifically for the Snapchat Stories-like version of Status, and is different from the old-school text-only statuses the app re-introduced earlier this year. Those text-only updates still only allow you to share simple messages like "busy" or "available." Read more...

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A 55 and over Facebook group where friends are made

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It’s not easy getting older: Joint pain, bad knees, trouble hearing — the kinds of problems that get more challenging when there’s no one in your life to help you out. Whether your family lives far away or you’ve made the choice to not have children, not everybody out there has access to a typical support system. One woman is hoping to change that.    

Carol Marak, writer and editor for a website called SeniorCare.com, has built a community for childless or “unbefriended” adults to chat, share stories, and eventually become friends. And it’s all happening on Facebook.    

The group is called Elder Orphans and is comprised of more than 6,000 men and women who are without a close family. While the rules to join are strict (“If you are a member and married, please bow out”) the group is meant to bring those together who have no one else to rely on. The need for the group came from Marak’s own experience caring for her parents and the notion that she might not have anyone to care for her if she were to get sick.  Read more...

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Facebook makes Safety Check a permanent feature

Facebook is acting on its promise to make Safety Check a permanent feature. The social network is rolling out a dedicated Safety Check hub that helps you find any ongoing crisis without first being prompted to declare yourself as safe. It's not exa...