Facebook iOS app update allows users to choose friends to share photos with

iOS8PhotoShare650Facebook rolled out an update to its flagship application for iOS, version 8.0, and the one major change is the ability to select specific friends to share photos with, in addition to the already existing options of all friends and smart friend lists.

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Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers launches

MessengerBecomeATester650Facebook Messenger for Android became the latest application to get the beta-testing treatment, as the social network announced in a post on its engineering blog that the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers program is now live.

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Exclusive TED 2014 content to be featured in Ideas section of Facebook’s Paper app

PaperTED1The Ideas section of Facebook’s Paper iPhone application will be the home to exclusive content from TED 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday through Thursday as part of a collaboration between the social network and the nonprofit conference series.

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Adi Soffer Teeni joins Facebook as GM, Israel

IsraelFlag650Facebook has a new general manager for Israel, as The Jerusalem Post reported that Adi Soffer Teeni, chairman of English grammar and spelling tool Ginger, will assume the post at the social network’s office in Ramat Gan.

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Facebook’s new like, share buttons now available to all pages; width can be set on embedded posts

VinDieselEmbeddedPostFacebook announced Wednesday that the redesigned like and share buttons it introduced last month are now available to all pages, and that page administrators can now adjust the width of embedded posts to anywhere from 330 pixels to 750 pixels.

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Facebook joins mobile carrier trade group GSMA

GSMALogo650Facebook officially joined mobile carriers association GSMA, marking the first social network to join a wireless trade group, FierceWireless reported.

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Facebook to roll out shared photo albums

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Multiple Facebook users will be able to upload photos to the same albums with Monday’s introduction of shared photo albums by the social network.

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LifeStreet Media expands app-monetization efforts beyond Facebook

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LifeStreet Media carved a nice niche for itself in the Facebook application ecosystem, with more than 3,500 developers using its self-service publisher portal to add display adds to their apps. Starting Monday, the company is looking beyond the social network, expanding the use of its platform to all mobile apps.

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Regifted: No more physical products in Facebook Gifts; focus shifts to Facebook Card gift cards

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One of the main reasons behind the explosion of the gift-card industry is how easy it makes the process from both ends: The gift giver avoids the process of traveling to stores, choosing gifts, transporting them, wrapping them, and making sure they get to recipients; recipients, in turn, can choose exactly what they want to spend the amount of the card on, and they are spared the hassle of returning unwanted gifts. Logistical reasons also fueled Facebook’s decision to scrap physical gifts from its Gifts offering and shift its focus to its own gift card, the Facebook Card.

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How does Facebook determine whether posts from pages are high-quality?

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When Facebook announced changes to its News Feed algorithm earlier this month, it promised to continually update its Facebook for Business page on all things News Feed. The newest installment, posted Friday, aims to clarify for page administrators how it determines which posts qualify as high-quality content.

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