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Say Goodbye to Facebook E-mail

Facebook announced Monday that it's getting rid of its e-mail service. E-mail service, you say? Yes, the social network actually had a service for e-mail addresses that users could get when they signed up -- not to be confused with Facebook Messages, Chat, or Messenger. Very few people actually used the service, according to the social network, hence, its retirement.

February 25, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Twitter Buys Open Source Training Company

Twitter announced its latest acquisition, along with a move into offering richer resources to attract better engineering talent to the company. It has bought Marakana, an open-source technical training company; and in turn, Marakana will be the force behind a new effort called Twitter University. School mascot: a blue bird, not a whale.

August 14, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Facebook Announces Searchable Hashtags

Facebook just announced that it is indeed launching ability to follow conversations via hashtags, as was reported in March. To be clear, there was nothing stopping you from including hashtags in your Facebook content before — it’s just that they didn’t have any real functionality. In its blog post announcing the new feature, the company acknowledges that this isn’t exactly a new idea, noting that it will be “similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest” — when you click on a hashtag, you’ll get a feed of comments using the hashtag. Facebook says its capabilities will include searching for hashtags, clicking on hashtags that come from other services, and writing posts directly from the hashtag feed.

June 13, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Twitter to Roll Out New Password Security Control?

After the Associated Press' Twitter account was hacked into on Tuesday and the accounts of CBS News programs "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" were hacked over the weekend, it's been made clear that Twitter needs to boost security. But, it may be doing just that. According to Wired's Mat Honan, the social-networking site has reportedly been working on creating a two-factor authentication for user password verification. Honan writes that the company is currently carrying out internal testing before rolling out the new security control.

April 24, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Facebook Voice Calling for All US Users

Now the Facebook can really start to replace your phone. Today Facebook rolled out its free VoIP voice calling feature to US users of Home and its Android Messenger app. That means even less reason to open your standard “phone” app, and more data for Facebook about who you care about the most. Now all iOS and Android users in the US can Facedial their friends.

April 19, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Facebook Reveals new Social Graph Data

Facebook continues to pull back the curtain on some of the technical details behind its search products, this time with a new look at the Social Graph. The social network's latest reveal is about LinkBench, a new database benchmark for the Social Graph, which is being released this week on GitHub. Touted as a tool for developers who need to benchmark and fine-tune database systems, LinkBench was designed to replicate the data model, graph structure, and request mix of Facebook's MySQL social graph workload.

April 2, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Facebook's Plan B: New Ads in News Feed

Facebook announced that advertisers would be able to pitch members directly from the News Feed with less holistic messages that direct people outside of the social network's walled garden. The launch, which Facebook is calling a "small alpha test," brings Facebook Exchange-targeted (FBX) ads, which are special ad units served to members based on their online browsing behavior, to the desktop version of News Feed for the first time.

March 27, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Facebook Rolls Out VoIP Calling To U.S. iOS Users

Facebook originally started testing a new free (minus and data usage fees you incur from your carrier) calling feature for users of its Facebook Messenger app for iPhone in Canada early this year, and now the service is available to U.S. users as well. The free call button app now shows up in the app for U.S. users, in any conversation where both parties are using the Facebook Messenger app.

January 17, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Facebook Takes on Google with Graph Search

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced Graph Search at a press event yesterday at the company's Menlo Park headquarters, billing it as a new way find people, photos, places and interests that are most relevant to Facebook users. Graph Search is the social network's newest way for users to make sense of its massive base of 1 billion users, 240 billion photos, and 1 trillion connections. The tool is meant to provide people the answers to their questions about people, photos, places, and interests. Zuckerberg said Graph Search is launching to a small number of people and is available only on the desktop and in English for the time being.

January 16, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Microsoft Updates Skype for Windows

Microsoft's Skype division rolled out a new version of Skype for Windows (version 6.1). The updated version is for PCs running 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. (This is not an update for Skype for Windows 8, but since users can run Skype in the Desktop on Windows 8, they can run this update that way if they want.) The 6.1 update allows users to call and chat with contacts directly from Microsoft Outlook; search and add contacts more easily; and manage accounts from a new profile page, according to officials.

January 14, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov