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August 27, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- You can thank former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden for a new report from Facebook on the inquiries it gets from governments around the world for information on its more than 1 billion users. According to the giant social network, governments in 74 countries sought information on more than 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of 2013. More than half of those requests came from the United States -- about 20,000 to 21,000 -- and Facebook said it produced some data in response to 80% of those requests.
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July 31, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Expect to see more Facebook in your life whether you want to or not. The Menlo Park social media giant announced that users will soon be able to embed public Facebook posts as easily as they can embed tweets and YouTube videos on websites. PHOTOS: 10 tech projects getting a boost from Kickstarter Check out the photo at the top of the post to see a screenshot or look below to get an idea of what to expect. It will look sort of like this, but it will be a Facebook post.
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July 24, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Facebook Inc.'s shares are surging after the social network reported a 53% increase in revenue and strong advertising growth in the second quarter. The social network reported profit of $333 million, or 13 cents a share, on revenue of $1.81 billion. For  the second quarter of 2012, Facebook reported a $157-million loss on revenue of $1.18 billion. After adjusted for one-time events, Facebook earned 19 cents a share. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? That's better than Wall Street expected.
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July 13, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Words such as “like,” “post” and “share” have taken on new meanings worldwide because of Facebook and its 1.1 billion users. But Venice artist Matthew LaPenta wants to remind people of the old meaning of those words, and he's turned to the easily recognizable blues and white of Facebook to send his message. LaPenta exhibited a series of paintings at FactoryLA during Thursday's downtown Los Angeles Art Walk. (View photos of them in the gallery above. Click "show captions" to see LaPenta's explanation of each piece.)
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July 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tumblr has tapped into parents, and some Facebook users are going to great lengths to get the perfect profile picture.  Moms are joining Tumblr : Since Tumblr was bought by Yahoo, users have created 14 million new blogs. It seems many of those users are moms, or "mumblrs. " Facebook users in India get plastic surgeries for perfect profile pictures : Some people use Photoshop to fix their profile pictures, but many young users in India reportedly are turning to plastic surgery to improve their image on social networks.
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July 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
How much would you pay for the perfect profile picture? In India, young Facebook users are reportedly paying thousands of dollars for plastic surgeries solely for the purpose of improving the way they look on Facebook and other social networks. A report by Vocativ, a news media start-up, says that India, the country that invented the nose job thousands of years ago, is now also pioneering a new trend called "Facebook facelifts. " "We are very much accepting of looking good through so-called artificial means," said Anip Dhir, a plastic surgeon, in the video above.
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June 26, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- A lot of people heard the news on Facebook that the U.S. Supreme Court had issued rulings striking down the federal law that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman and paving the way for again permitting same-sex marriages in California. And, no matter which side of the issue they fell, they couldn't wait to share it with friends. Soon the giant social network was flooded with status updates, likes and comments. The company estimated more than 4 million mentions by 1 p.m. Pacific time.
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June 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook will make a major announcement Thursday morning about a new addition to its service and viewers will be able to watch the event live on the Web. The event will start at 10 a.m. As with previous press announcements, the company plans to stream the presentation live . PHOTOS: Top music subscription services The latest reports say Facebook may announce the addition of video for Instagram, the company's photo-sharing...
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June 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram is gearing up for battle against Vine, announcing on Thursday that it will give users the ability to record and share short videos. "What we did to photos, we just did to video," said Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom as he announced the new feature. Users will be able to share and edit videos up to 15 seconds long using Instagram, which Facebook purchased last year. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Unlike Vine, though, users will also be able to add filters to their videos.
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June 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With Facebook probably getting ready to announce video features for its Instagram, the creators of Vine are not standing by idle -- they're taking to their social network to tease new features they have in store. Dom Hoffman and Rus Yusopov debuted several six-second Vines on Wednesday to show new features and a possible redesign of some features of the popular Twitter-owned service. Among the features is one that would allow users to create multiple versions of a Vine and let them preview each one before deciding which one to post.
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