The line was in reference to Facebook's practice of showing a user's public profile picture, comments, and "likes" with ads. Opponents said the language assumed that minors had previously discussed the terms of the site with their parents or guardians, according to The Wall Street Journal. The issue ultimately landed with the Federal Trade Commission in the form of a complaint.
Facebook argued that the language was not intended to expand its marketing reach.
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Microsoft and Facebook are making it possible for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 developers to add Facebook Login access to their applications.
Microsoft and Facebook announced on Thursday that developers can get access to the documentation and the application programming interfaces (APIs) through Microsoft's Windows Developer, Windows Phone Developer and Facebook developer sites and blogs.
"Facebook Login for Windows 8 is ready to use in production applications, and for Windows Phone 8, Facebook Login is being launched today as a beta. We expect the beta period to last 60 days or less and encourage developers to try … Read more
Two-year-old Snapchat is playing a high-stakes game of Blackjack, betting that its business won't bust with the turn of an unwelcome card. The company reportedly refused a $3 billion cash buyout offer from Facebook, a decision that may forever define the future of Snapchat and Evan Spiegel, its 23-year-old CEO.
Venice, Calif.-based Snapchat traffics in disappearing messaging -- 350 million of them per day, to be exact. An unknown number of people, youngsters in particular, turn to the smartphone application to do what young people like to do: goof off. Here they send photos and videos, innocent or … Read more
Facebook on Wednesday released an updated iOS Messenger app and announced that its Android version would become more broadly available after two weeks in limited testing.
The updated standalone app, which was released for Android in late October, sports a new look and functionality. Among those updates is the ability to see which friends are currently using the mobile app, with the help of an icon that appears in a users' contact list.
The update also adds the capability of communicating with Messenger app users who aren't Facebook friends, using only their registered telephone number. It also introduces a … Read more
Facebook made Snapchat, maker of an app for exchanging ephemeral messages, an offer of lasting value: $3 billion in cash, according to The Wall Street Journal. Snapchat, true to its form, discarded the deal just as it does the 350 million messages it handles every day.
The rebuffed offer, more than three times the value of Facebook's successful bid for Instagram, comes as 2-year-old Snapchat explores a massive funding round at around a $4 billion valuation.
Though the Venice, Calif.-based company doesn't make money or disclose the exact size of its user base, Snapchat has managed to … Read more
You may have been one of the many Facebook users contacted by the company last week about the demise of the "Who can look up your Timeline by name" search setting. The Facebook e-mail announcing the discontinuation of the feature goes on to explain how to limit what information you share on the service. Unfortunately, there's no longer a way to limit globally the personal information Facebook shares with everyone; you can do so only for each separate post using the audience selector.
The Facebook Help Center states the following:"Your name, gender, username, user ID (… Read more
Facebook wants to help you find the fastest way to reach your friends. For instance, "contacts that also use Messenger ... are denoted by a little blue lightning bolt badge," said CNET's Jennifer Van Grove.
Among other major changes, you'll find that SMS support is gone. However, you can send messages to people in your address book that you haven't connected with on Facebook yet. (Yeah, this part sounds a little scary for the stalker types.) This process requires that the recipient provided a phone number on his or her Facebook profile, and that you have … Read more
Facebook is a new member of the GSM Association.
The news, which was confirmed Monday by both Facebook and the GSM Association to FierceWireless, means the world's largest social network will now have a say in the regulations and issues affecting wireless carriers around the world. In a statement to FierceWireless, Facebook spokesman Derick Mains said that the membership "ensures our continued tight alignment with operators worldwide."
Facebook has been making a significant mobile push over the last year. The company has been building out its mobile apps and associated advertising services. Facebook also announced earlier this … Read more
Do you ever get tired of looking at Facebook in your browser and long for a separate program for this purpose? We don't, but if you do, you might want to give iFacebook for Mac a try. The program is essentially just a browser, itself, but with no address bar, it will only take you to Facebook or links that you click while using Facebook. We're not sure of the purpose, but if it sounds like something you need, we can at least say that it's functional.
iFacebook for Mac launches with the Facebook homepage, where you … Read more