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Facebook Wanted to Buy Instagram, Will Release Photo Filters Instead

Following a failed attempt to acquire Instagram, Facebook will roll out up to a dozen photo filters in a mobile application release, according to a report from The New York Times Bits Blog.

Several Instagram-like photo filters are ready for release, two unnamed Facebook engineers cited in the report say, but the release date is unknown at this time.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pushing engineers and artists “to create more filters before releasing the new product” Bits reports. “Facebook will also try to introduce new styles of filters with the hopes of drawing users away from other photo apps.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Facebook photo filters. TechCrunch reported in June that Facebook was working on a spin-off photo-sharing application for iPhone. Screenshots obtained by the blog indicated the app would have “location elements, likes and comments, multi-picture mode, filters, multi-user albums, face-tagging, and more…

more to come… follow this post for updates (Mashable)

Eminem beats Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to 30 million Facebook followers

Eminem beats Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to 30 million Facebook followers

But rapper is losing out in the Twitter stakes, still

Eminem has beaten Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to become the first musician to secure 30 million followers on Facebook.com.

The Detroit rapper’s Facebook page, facebook.com/eminem, is the most popular artist profile on the social networking site.

Lady Gaga is not far behind, with her followers currently numbering 30 million at facebook.com/ladygaga. Justin Bieber has just over 23 million followers at facebook.com/justinbieber.

Eminem’s achievement is made all the more remarkable as, according to AOL Music, one year ago he had only 2.7 million followers.

This figure was less than artists including Rihanna, Bieber and Shakira boasted at the time.

Lady Gaga does have a much bigger Twitter presence than Eminem, though. 8.7 million people follow her at twiter.com/ladygaga.

Eminem has 3.4 million followers of his page, Twitter.com/eminem.

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Facebook Privacy Notice

Facebook Privacy Notice

Facebook has come up with “Instant personalisation” so what’s this? This allows partners to access your public information (Surely it enhances your experience on other specially selected 3rd party sites?) as it says:
We’ve partnered with a few websites to provide you with great, personalised experiences the moment you arrive, such as immediately playing the music you like or displaying friends’ reviews. To tailor your experience, these partners only access public information (like your name and profile picture) and information available to everyone.” – Facebook

To turn off instant personalisation on all partner sites, un-tick the box and follow:
Go to Account > Privacy Settings > Apps & Websites >Instant Personalization > edit settings & uncheck “Enable” (if available for you!) It shares your information with other website(s)

after all, they can’t just share information with third party sites surely without our consent surely?

New Facebook comments system rolled out to websites

Facebook looking for comments

Facebook has unveiled it has refreshed its commenting plug-in that allows Facebook users to comment on websites using their own names.

There are a number of sites already using the Facebook plug-in, including TechCrunch, and it seems that you can now publish the comments you make on articles to your own Facebook feed, allowing your friends to view what you think about particular stories.

It’s an interesting concept that completely opens up the idea of story commenting – something that is usually done through a pseudonym.

Like most commenting systems, a publisher who uses the plug-in can censor certain comments made, including the blacklisting of words and users.

To add the commenting system to a site you will only need a line of code and the ranking of comments will be done through how many Likes a comment gets.

This is not the first major change Facebook has made to its API this week. It also changed its Like button, making it more like the site’s Share feature.

via, PiadContent

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