Facebook Home rents space to Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr

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Mark Zuckerberg has said that different kinds of content will be available on Facebook Home. That’s coming soon, as Facebook announced Thursday that beta testers of Android will see highly visual content from Instagram, as well as Pinterest, Tumblr and Flickr on the Facebook Home cover feed.

Users who are within the Android beta test group can swipe through Home to see content from these apps.

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Facebook for Android update has privacy walkthrough

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Facebook released a minor update to its Android app Wednesday, bringing the structured status updates to more users and giving Android users more access to privacy information.

Now, similar to its education on desktop, Android users can easily tap through to figure out how to control privacy settings on posts and figure out how to block or report harassing users.

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Android, web update allows Facebook users to edit posts

1376149_10100887627399617_1469113737_nOne of the most hotly-requested features is finally coming to Facebook: the ability to edit posts.

Previously, users could edit their own comments, but there was no way to go back to fix a typo or mistake in a post without deleting it.

An update for Facebook’s Android app now allows users a re-do. By tapping the carrot in the top-right corner of the post, mobile users can edit the text. This will soon be available for the web and for Facebook’s iOS app.

Facebook told Inside Facebook that this feature, “will be available on upcoming events on Pages & photo album creations.”

Users have had the ability to edit text on photo posts, but now they can do so on link posts and status updates.

Update the Android app here. Update the iOS app here.

Readers: How happy are you that this capability is available now?

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook still believe in Home

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Although many consumers have branded Facebook Home (the social network’s Android platform) a flop, the program still has a very important fan — CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg told a packed crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt Wednesday that Facebook is still fully supportive of Home, and teased that Instagram and other social content will be coming to the cover feed soon.

Facebook made a big push with Home in April, but many users who downloaded Home were frustrated and unsure of what exactly it was. Many people complained through Google Play reviews that Home was taking over their phone, quickly deleting it.

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Facebook’s consumer and mobile marketing chief leaves for Twitter

KateJhaveri-327x285Kate Jhaveri, formerly Facebook’s head of consumer and mobile marketing, started her new job Tuesday at Twitter, where she is now the senior director of consumer marketing, according to AllThingsD.

Jhaveri spent three years at Facebook, where she led marketing for the company’s preferred marketing developers program, as well as platform and credits. Prior to Facebook, Jhaveri spent seven years doing marketing for Microsoft, and a year with Apple.

Jhaveri was the main person behind the marketing push for Facebook Home, the social network’s Android platform.

Facebook confirmed Jhaveri’s departure to AllThingsD:

Kate was a valuable member of Facebook’s team and we wish her the best of luck in the future.

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Android update: Facebook adds animation to certain stickers

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Facebook released an update to its Android app Thursday, giving life to some of the stickers — a popular feature. Now Android users can see Pusheen (above) jiggle in a message. The update is currently available in the Google Play store.

With Android version 4.0.2 and higher, Pusheen, Beast (named after Mark Zuckerberg’s dog) and Anooki are animated. Facebook also fixed bugs on likes, comments and page recommendations.

Facebook also updated Home, which allows for users to control the music they’re listening to right from the lock screen (screenshot below the jump).

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Facebook updates Android SDK, adds Share Dialog and easier Open Graph integration

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Facebook is working hard to improve experiences on Android devices, as the company recently released an update to its Android Software Development Kit (SDK). This update will bring the native Share Dialog to Android, as well as the Object Application Programming Interface.

Here’s what’s in the latest update, courtesy of Facebook:

  • Share Dialog for Android offers a lightweight and consistent way to enable sharing, without needing to login to Facebook first. With one line of code, developers can enable people to skip three extra steps and immediately share to Facebook.
  • Object API that makes it easier to integrate Open Graph into Android apps. Developers can now directly create Open Graph objects, and no longer need to host webpages with Open Graph tags.
  • Beta launch of the ability to publish and measure app events for Android apps. Developers can now measure the aggregate number of times a predefined action was taken within an app, to help developers understand the engagement and ROI coming from mobile adds on Facebook.
  • Redesigned Login UI that looks better, and converts at a higher rate.

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Facebook mobile update: table reservations, movie and TV showtimes, hashtags on iOS

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Planning a dinner and a movie date night? Facebook can help.

The company announced Monday two upgrades to its mobile pages product: the ability to book a table on a restaurant’s Facebook page, and view showtimes on movie and TV show pages. While the table reservation feature is available for Android and iOS users, only those on Apple devices will be able to check showtimes for TV shows and movies from their phone.

Facebook partnered with popular reservation platform OpenTable to strengthen its mobile pages product, a Facebook spokesperson noted:

OpenTable is working with Facebook to allow individuals to book a table via a restaurant’s Page on mobile. From discovery to booking (whether it’s with Nearby or going directly to a restaurant’s Page), everything is within the native Facebook app – no need to visit a mobile site or open OpenTable’s app. This feature is available on Pages of restaurants that support OpenTable in the U.S.(~20K restaurants). This integration will open up OpenTable to more people on Facebook, as you don’t need to be an OpenTable member to book a table on mobile Pages.

Another major mobile update: hashtags are now live on the iOS native app.

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Instagram 4.1: more video capabilities, import video from phone library

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In the first major update for Instagram since the company added video capabilities, Instagram is bringing video to more devices and allowing users to upload videos from their phone and post them.

Just like how users can take photos taken with their phone and import them to Instagram, while cropping and adding filters, they can now do the same thing with video. The newest upgrade for Instagram will allow users to import video already on the phone, cut out the 15-second snippet they want posted, and add specialized filters.

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Facebook hires mobile-minded CMO: Gary Briggs

Gary_pictureSeeking a formal figurehead for marketing the company, Facebook hired its first Chief Marketing Officer: Gary Briggs, formerly the chief marketer for Motorola Mobility before Google acquired the company in 2010 — according to AdAge.

Facebook is playing to its strengths, adding a mobile-minded executive to head Facebook’s marketing team. According to AdAge, Briggs was Google’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing before heading up the company’s Motorola division. With Motorola, Briggs was an advisor to CEO Dennis Woodside and CMO Bill Morgan. He was one of the lead minds behind the marketing efforts for Chrome, Google+ and other prominent Google products. Before joining Google, he was the CEO of gift card startup Plastic Jungle and the Vice President of Consumer Marketing at eBay, among other roles.

It will be interesting to see if Briggs will pump up the marketing behind Facebook Home, which was not very popular in its infancy, but the company is rapidly improving its Android platform.

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