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September 22, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Vevo, an online music video start-up, is pressing play on its latest product — a Facebook app that lets bands and musicians showcase their music, sell albums and merchandise, live stream concerts and collect mail addresses from their fans, among other things. The New York company, jointly owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, is the latest player to dive into the crowded do-it-yourself market for apps and services for musicians. Digital start-ups such as ReverbNation, RootMusic, Bandcamp, Topspin and Songkick, as well as established giants such as Live Nation Entertainment, are rushing to be the online broker between bands and fans on Facebook and other digital platforms.
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April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook began notifying users of its mobile app Wednesday that it will soon disable the app's messaging feature. The Menlo Park, Calif., tech giant is instructing users to download the Facebook Messenger app -- a distinct entity from its main app -- if they wish to continue messaging friends from their smartphones. The Facebook Messenger app has been available for a number of years, and users who have both apps installed already can only message others through the separate app. But soon, all users will be forced to download the second app if they want to be able to message friends.
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November 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The latest update to the Facebook iOS and Android apps will now let you tag your friends in status posts and comments. The feature, which has long been available on the Facebook website, can be activated by typing "@" followed by the name of the friend you want to tag in your comment or status update. You can use this feature on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or any Android device running the latest version of the Facebook app. Quiz: The week in business Facebook has also added a "Share" button next to the "Like" and "Comment" buttons.
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February 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
One day before its 10th anniversary, Facebook released Paper, an app that gives iPhone users a new way to see the content their friends post on the social network. Paper is laid out like a magazine, with numerous sections for users to turn to. The first section includes posts from users' friends and the pages they follow -- it's essentially a new take on the News Feed. Users can customize the Paper app to add whichever sections they want. The available options range from top headlines, tech and sports to Pride, a section about gay rights.
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July 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
TheFind, an e-commerce company, has introduced a service that emails Facebook users when items they Like go on sale. As part of TheFind's Facebook app, Glimpse, Universal Price Alerts will keep track of what products you Like around the Web, and when they go on sale, the feature will email you. Siva Kumar, TheFind's chief executive, said that until now there hasn't been as much of a purpose in Liking an item's product page as there has...
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April 2, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
That Retina display on the new iPad is both a blessing and a curse. Sure, it offers superior color accuracy and clarity of detail. But it really does make bad photos look just a little bit worse. Does the update of the Facebook iPad app make the photos there look any better? Sort of. The high-resolution photos and HD videos sparkle. The rest, well, they're as bad as they ever were. Blame the photographer. In the 4.1.1 update , the user interface has become sharper.
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March 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
You can do a lot with smartphones these days, but unless you're downloading the best apps for your device, you aren't really using it to its full potential. So if you aren't sure what to download, just make sure you have these 10 apps on your iPhone or Android device. Google Maps This app comes preinstalled on Android devices and should be the first app downloaded on iPhones. Besides top-notch design, the app is the best free voice navigation app for driving directions.
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May 24, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Facebook, on the heels of buying Instagram, launched a new camera app for iPhone on Thursday to "share photos in a snap. " When you open the app, it recognizes you if you're already logged in to the Facebook app and asks you if you want to continue under that login. And it asks for your permission to stalk you and geolocate your photos. It's very clear from the start that this app is about photos and photos only. Across the top of the home screen you get a camera at top left of a small preview of your phone's album.
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May 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon Wireless and Jennifer Lopez teamed up Wednesday to launch Viva Movil, a new brand of cellphone retail store that will target Latino customers. The brand launched its website and a Facebook shopping app Wednesday and will roll out physical retail stores in the next few weeks. The first few stores will launch in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. The stores will be staffed with biligual employees, but the phones and plans sold by Viva Movil are the same as Verizon's.
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May 24, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
  Facebook has launched its fourth individual iPhone app, and this time it's a camera, the company announced Thursday. Facebook Camera is an app intended to enhance the Facebook photo experience on smartphones, a company spokeswoman said. The app will allow Facebook users to view a feed that focuses solely on pictures. It will also allow them to upload multiple photos at the same time as well as edit the pictures with captions and filters. "When you launch the app, you'll see a feed of just great photos from the people you care about," the company said on its site . "You can swipe to see more of any album or tap to enlarge an individual photo" The app is supposed join Apple's App Store later Thursday and will be available for free.
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February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for some. But not for FiftyThree, the maker of a popular app called Paper. The startup is spitting mad that Facebook on Monday rolled out a new app also called Paper. Facebook should get, well, more creative with the name of its new mobile news app, Georg Petschnigg, chief executive and co-founder of FiftyThree, said in an interview. His company's iPad app is all about the human need to create, he said. The drawing app lets tens of millions of people share their ideas all over the Web -- and on Facebook.
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June 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Facebook users, expect to see a whole lot more pictures in the news feed. The social network quietly launched a new feature Wednesday that lets users attach a photo when commenting on status updates. The tool appears to enable JPEG and PNG image files to be uploaded and inserted. Although animated GIFs can be uploaded, they'll display like a still image. Although not a direct stab at Twitter, the feature will give users an easy way to crowd-source images - something Twitter users have been able to do for a while.
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May 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Verizon Wireless and Jennifer Lopez teamed up Wednesday to launch Viva Movil, a new brand of cellphone retail store that will target Latino customers. The brand launched its website and a Facebook shopping app Wednesday and will roll out physical retail stores in the next few weeks. The first few stores will launch in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. The stores will be staffed with biligual employees, but the phones and plans sold by Viva Movil are the same as Verizon's.
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May 15, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - It may be too soon to call Facebook Home a flop. But it's clearly not the breakout hit that some expected. One month after its splashy debut, fewer and fewer people are downloading Facebook's new mobile software. It took weeks for Facebook Home to hit 1 million downloads - less than 0.1% of its 1.1-billion monthly active user base. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? And many who have loaded it onto their smartphones don't like it. Home has a two-star rating in the Google Play store, with more than half of the 17,000-plus reviews giving Home just one star, the lowest possible rating.
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April 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is releasing an update to its iPhone and iPad apps Tuesday that will include many of the new features it has promised over the last several months. The social network said the apps will now feature the redesigned News Feed it announced in March. Facebook says the change will be most notable in its iPad app; the new design will emphasize photos more than it has in the past. The app update also adds a new feature called "Chat Heads" that Facebook introduced earlier this month when it announced Facebook Home, its new interface for Android smartphones.
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April 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
MENLO PARK, Calif. - Mark Zuckerberg has set into motion his most ambitious plan yet to make Facebook Inc. the world's dominant form of communication. Facebook's chief executive on Thursday unveiled Facebook Home, software that transforms smartphones and tablets into devices ruled by the giant social network. It digitally shoves aside every other app on the device and allows Facebook to take over the home screen with status updates, photos and messages. For years it was rumored that Facebook - spurred by a firestorm of doubt about its ability to make the business leap to mobile devices - would design and manufacture its own phone.
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August 7, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Tired of being friended and poked on Facebook? Just not that into your followers on Twitter? Google+ making you feel less than totally happy? Here's how to unplug from three popular social networking sites. Facebook It's the most popular social networking site on the Web with more than 750 million users. There are three ways to tune out or turn off Facebook. •Take a break If there's a chance you might make up with Facebook, this is a good temporary option.
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July 1, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Facebook Inc. is preparing to launch a major new feature next week. Andrew Bosworth, Facebook director of engineering, told The Times this week, "We are working on a number of exciting things that we have not yet announced, but stay tuned for next week. " On Wednesday, Facebook's chief executive and founder, Mark Zuckerberg, told reporters during a visit to the company's Seattle office that Facebook planned to "launch something awesome" next week. The project was developed at the 40-person office that is Facebook's only major engineering hub outside of its Palo Alto headquarters, Zuckerberg said.
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April 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has officially announced Facebook Home to make Android-powered smartphones more Facebook-centric. It's a free interface Android users can download as of April 12. "With Home you see your world through people, not apps," Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday at the Facebook Home launch. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us as we talk about Facebook Home at 2 p.m. With Facebook Home, users see the latest content shared by their friends on the lock screen of their phones.
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March 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
You can do a lot with smartphones these days, but unless you're downloading the best apps for your device, you aren't really using it to its full potential. So if you aren't sure what to download, just make sure you have these 10 apps on your iPhone or Android device. Google Maps This app comes preinstalled on Android devices and should be the first app downloaded on iPhones. Besides top-notch design, the app is the best free voice navigation app for driving directions.
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