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Mugger arrested after victim spots him on Facebook’s ‘people you may know’ section

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In a somewhat bizarre story which proves that truth is often stranger than fiction, a serial mugger in England was arrested after one of his victims spotted him under Facebook's "People you may know" section. Originally reported by the BBC, 21-year old Omar Famuyide had a long history of theft, muggings and armed robberies to his name. Not too long ago, Famuyide brandished a knife and stole a car. Flash forward a bit, and the victim of said car robbery was recently shocked to see Famuyide's face pop up as a suggested friend he might want to add on Facebook.

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Yoni Heisler

May 29th

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Watch Mark Zuckerberg call the International Space Station on Wednesday

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Facebook will be getting social with astronauts next week. The company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, will be chatting live with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, and viewers will be able to both watch and submit questions for him to ask, NASA announced Friday. Interested parties on Earth can tune into NASA’s Facebook page for the 20-minute video call, which will begin at 12:55 p.m. EDT on June 2. Zuckerberg will be speaking with two NASA astronauts on the ISS, Jeff Williams and Tim Kopra, as well as Tim Peake of the European Space Agency.

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May 28th

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Vietnam Allegedly Restricted Facebook Access During Obama Visit

It was a big deal for the people of Vietnam when the President of the United States visited their country earlier this week . But sadly, posting about the event on Facebook proved rather difficult.

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Jamie Condliffe

May 27th

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Facebook denies manipulating trending news, but changes its policies anyway

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Facebook said in an official response to US Senator John Thune that it has found no wrongdoing following an internet investigation into allegations that the social networking giant was manipulating stories in its trending news section to block conservative political content. At the same time, however, the company said that it is making big changes to the processes that power its trending news section, sending mixed messages in the process.

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Zach Epstein

May 24th

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How to see who’s tracking you on Facebook (aside from Facebook)

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Being tracked on the internet is something that’s only to be expected, since advertising is still the biggest online moneymaker out there. Google and Facebook are two of the biggest companies that make money by being able to tell advertisers what we like, and there are many others who track our every move online. Some of these companies offer you ways to limit the amount of data they collect, and they also offer some amount of transparency for their advertising programs. While you might never evade Google or Facebook completely, there are ways to see everything Google knows about you, and you can also find out which companies are tracking you on Facebook... aside from Facebook itself, that is.

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Chris Smith

May 20th

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This is why you shouldn’t livestream your baby’s birth on Facebook

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A Facebook Live stream made headlines on Monday, as father-in-the-making Kali Kanongata'a livestreamed his baby's birth on Facebook Live. Only, Kanongata'a didn't realize he was livestreaming to 120,000 people -- he thought it was just going out to friends and family. As People reports, Kanongata'a just "intended to share the video on Facebook so that his family on the Polynesian island of Tonga could share in his joy." They did -- but they were joined in their joy by 120,000 other random strangers off the internet. But the video at least has a happy ending for him:
"We just see it as a positive. I know some people are mad that it's not private, but I'm from the island [of Tonga], and years ago, we would have water births in public. I wasn't too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this for thousands of years."


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Chris Mills

May 19th

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Facebook Admits Its Trending Section Includes Topics Not Actually Trending on Facebook [Update: Zuck Speaks]

This story was originally published at 6:35 p.m. EST. It has been updated to add Mark Zuckerberg’s comments.

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Michael Nunez

May 13th

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Facebook will soon let you post 360-degree photos to the News Feed

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Hot on the heels of bringing 360-degree video to its social network, Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will also be giving users the ability to post 360-degree photos on the News Feed in the coming weeks. As with 360-degree videos, you'll be able to click and drag on the photos in order see them in full.

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Jacob Siegal

May 12th

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How do computers know what they’re looking at?

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Computers have become so advanced that they can recognize the contents of the photos you take with your iPhone or Android smartphone, meaning you’ll be able to easily find a certain picture by simply describing it to a computer in the future. It’s all possible thanks to advanced deep learning techniques that train computers to recognize all sorts of shapes and objects in regular images.

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Chris Smith

April 18th

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Facebook Is Building Its Own Antennas So That More People Can Use Facebook

Yesterday, Zuckerberg waxed poetic about the future of global connectivity, and now day two of Facebook’s F8 developer conference is giving us more details. Two terrestrial based programs—no nifty drones needed—hope to technically leapfrog fiber with throughput speeds maxing out at a blazing 2.1Gbps.

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Darren Orf

April 13th

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