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Facebook Friends Are Now Physically Accessible With ‘Nearby Friends’ Feature

Your Facebook friends are now looking for you in the real world, using the Anroid app’s new feature – Nearby Friends, which assumes that you have more than one friend. Don’t worry anti-social Facebook users, there are ways to turn off this feature, especially if you’re trying to avoid professional Facebook stalkers. Nearby relationships are bi-directional.
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Facebook Removes All Chat Features From App

Facebook MessengerFacebook Messenger is enjoying a momentous ride to the top of the Android App store, now that Facebook is removing all chat services from its main app, Facebook. It is #2 in the Android Play Store and #6 in the App Store.

Chatting in Facebook Messenger may be cleaner, easier, but users will now have to download both apps if they are to keep using the full service. By keeping the services separate, Facebook can keep it leaner, but no doubt the company will bloat it with advertising or in-app purchase options.

This change will not be affecting all phones – older Android devices, windows phones and tablets, and if you want to keep one app for Facebook, you can look into its Paper app.

Facebook Acquires Oculus Rift for $2 Billion

Virtual reality headset makers, Oculus Rift have been purchased by Facebook for approximately $2 billion in cash and Facebook stocks. Oculus Rift is primarily used by gamers for immersive virtual reality experiences. The headset was originally funded on Kickstarter for over $2.4 million by 9,522 backers, some of whom are not the least happy about the acquisition. The negative comments on Kickstarter are getting heated:
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Like Facebook? Become an Android Tester for Facebook Messenger App

facebook messengerFacebook is seeking beta testers for its Android Facebook Messenger app in a new public testing program. Those who sign up will be given early access to the app’s new features in order to provide useful feedback on bugs, glitches, and user experience.

Facebook is one of the most popular app on the Android platform, and has been a mainstay of our top ten list for weeks. Facebook Messenger has also been a regular in the top ten most popular apps along with Whatsapp and Snapchat. Facebook Messenger 3.0 had a new redesign last year, and this testing program might signal another major overhaul. Read more

Facebook Acquiring Drones to Connect Africa to the Internet

Social network giant, Facebook, is seeking to deliver the internet to parts of Africa using 11,000 Solara drones. The unmanned aerial vehicles would behave as low flying satellites, capable of streaming internet data to underdeveloped regions that currently have limited access. The drones will come from Titan Aerospace, a company that Facebook is looking to acquire. Below, you can view a video of the technology behind Titan Aerospace’s Solara.
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Facebook Bringing Online Courses to Rwanda With Affordable Nokia Smartphones

internet  dot orgFacebook’s pilot program, SocialEDU, is on a mission to bring education to young students in Rwanda. The online education program is a joint partnership between the Rwandan government, Airtel telecom company, Nokia mobile company, online education provider edX, and Facebook.

Based on the success of MOOCs (Massice Open Online Courses), the joint venture is an extension of the’s mission to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that does not have digital access. The MOOC-list is a huge database where students can find open-access courses available online. They are free, but do not come with course credits. Read more

Facebook Acquires Whatapp for $19 Billion After Turning Down a Job for its Founder

The biggest news yesterday was from one of the largest acquisition in technology companies in recent history – the purchase of Whatsapp for $19 billion by Facebook. What’s more, $3.2 billion of that cash purchase went to one of Whatsapp’s co-founder, Brian Acton, an engineer who was turned down by Facebook in 2009.

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Once Again, ‘Facebook’ Leads the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

FacebookWith Flappy Bird and its clones gone from the Android app store, Facebook has taken control of the top free apps category for the second week in a row, followed by Pandora and Facebook Messenger. If you were a big Flappy Bird fan, check out Clumsy Bird, the #4 app in the top 10 list this week. The graphics are more detailed than Flappy Bird, but the concept is still identical.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Facebook Celebrates 10 Years With a Personalized Video of All Your Best Moments

Facebook turns 10 years old today and to celebrate, the social network is sharing personalized videos of your best engagements on the site. For those who have been longtime users, such as myself, the videos were rather superficial in time – that is, it doesn’t actually go back to ten years of use. Perhaps is this good, since the video allows sharing, and potentially romantic things from previous relationships might be awkward if they suddenly appeared in my profile.
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‘Facebook’ and ‘Flappy Bird’ Leads the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

FacebookFacebook for Android leads the top free Android apps list this week again, according to research from Google Play, followed closely by Flappy Bird, the top free game.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more