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As Facebook moves to gather more and more data from its users, some people are getting rather anxious to know what Facebook really knows about them. Turns out, you can actually get Facebook to send you a CD with a PDF of all of your activities on the network – as long as you are in Europe. Europe vs....

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Facebook kicked off its F8 developer conference with a large number of product announcements by the company's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives and developers today. Here is a rundown of all the major announcements. New From Facebook: Timeline, Music Apps, Lightweight Status Updates As Zuckerberg noted at the beginning of his keynote, the early years of social...

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Facebook today announced a major new feature that could put renewed pressure on Google+ and Twitter to out-innovate the social networking market leader. Facebook users can now choose to allow others to asymmetrically follow them thanks to the new (and optional) “subscribe button”– just like on Twitter and Google+. This is an opt-in feature, so you may not see it on every Facebook profile. The fact that Facebook even decided to go into this direction, however, shows that it may be changing its views on how “relationships” on the service should work and that it took a closer look at the success that Twitter and Google+ are having with this model.

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Anonymous, the loose-knit organization of hackers and activists that grew out of the 4chan messageboard, has claimed responsibility for a number of high-profile hacks, defacements and denial of service attacks in the past. Among the groups’ targets were sites from major organizations like New Corp., Iranian government websites and the sites of the IMF. Now, according to a so-called...

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Facebook just announced the launch of its new messaging app for Android and iOS devices.

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In some corners of the Internet, the battle between Google’s +1 buttons and Facebook’s and Twitter’s equivalent sharing tools has already been decided. According to Enterprise SEO company Brightedge, however, all of these tools still have a lot of room to grow when it comes to distribution on the top 10,000 websites. Google’s buttons are currently only in use...

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It’s long been rumored that Facebook is working on adding some kind of music product to its feature set. What exactly that will look like remains to be seen, but Jeff Rose, an enterprising developer just discovered some code in the application Facebook uses to distribute its new video chat plugin that the company just launched yesterday. In this code, he found a reference to “Facebook Vibes.” While it’s not clear what Vibes will do, the fact that it will be a downloadable piece of software points toward an experience that will be similar to Google Music or iTunes in the Cloud (assuming, of course, that “Vibes” is really a music product).

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During a press conference at its Silicon Valley headquarter today, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the company’s new Skype-powered video chat feature. Thanks to this new feature, Facebook users can now easily start video chats directly from Facebook. To use it, Facebook users will have to install a small application on their desktop machines. Easy Install, Great Video Quality I just...

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There has been a lot of discussion around Facebook’s face recognition-based photo tagging feature lately, but putting your picture up on Facebook can have other unintended consequences as well. In two German states (Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia), police agents now regularly use Facebook to ensure that they’re sending traffic tickets that were generated by automated speed enforcement cameras to...

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Facebook today announced the launch of its improved Comments Box plugin. Among the highlights are improved moderation tools for publishers and a new algorithm that pushes comments from your friends and friends of friends, as well as the most liked and active comment threads to the top of the queue. While Facebook launched its first commenting plugin back in...