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3 ways Facebook’s Paper app outperforms other news aggregators (and 3 ways it doesn’t)

Paper, the first app from Facebook’s Creative Labs available now for iPhones, could challenge Flipboard, Zite and Feedly in the business of aggregating news on mobile devices. Not only does it beautify your Facebook newsfeed, but it also … Read more

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Reports: 83% of web surfers have Facebook; 80% of them will soon abandon it

The Wall Street Journal | Time

Well, which is it? Is Facebook more dominant than ever or is it in danger of collapsing? (more...)
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Facebook adds autoplaying video ads in News Feeds; will they annoy?

The Wall Street Journal | TechCrunch
Facebook will start selling video ads in News Feeds starting this week, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users on desktop and mobile will see them beginning Thursday, according to the Journal's unnamed sources.

The ads will autoplay in users' feeds, reflecting a change others, including TechCrunch, had noticed being rolled out to all users last week for native Facebook videos after a test period earlier in the year. (more...)
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Viral strategy behind WaPo’s Know More blog won’t blow your mind; read this anyway

A two-month-old viral blog by The Washington Post (y’know, the venerable 136-year-old newspaper and venerable 17-year-old website) seems to have tapped into the shareable content trend of the moment.

And even if viral content’s a bubble bound to burst — … Read more

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FILE This July 16, 2013 FILE photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday. The social-networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers. Microsoft and Google have done the same. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Want to comment on HuffPost? Just give Facebook your phone number first

Huffington Post Grab your pitchforks and text art tanks: Huffington Post is doubling down on its anonymity crackdown. The site's new commenting system, explained by Tim McDonald, HuffPost's director of community, requires users to have a Facebook account:
Here's how to get started under this new system. When you log in to your account and go to make a comment, you will be prompted to link your commenting account to your verified Facebook account. Then, choose how you'd like your name to be displayed. You can either display your first and last names, or your first name and last initial. This is the only information that will be viewable to the community at large, and you will have control over your private information via Facebook's privacy settings.
How do you get your Facebook account verified? You have to enter a confirmation code sent to you by Facebook via text message. So to comment on Huffington Post, you need to give Facebook your phone number, and you need to give HuffPost access to your Facebook account, which, Facebook says, must list your real name. Then, you can choose to post HuffPost comments under your full name or just your first name and last initial. (more...)
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Facebook page aims to help find journalists who’ve dropped off the map

Sean Howe traces the start of his Committee to Detect Journalists page to his quest to locate Tom Burke, who once wrote for Rolling Stone, Esquire and other publications. He and Grantland writer Alex Pappademas bought Burke's book and spent two or three years "trying to figure out what happened to him," Howe said in a phone call with Poynter.

"It’s really surprising that people whose names are out there and Google-able, how hard it can be to find out what happened to them." Howe's new Facebook page aims to solve that problem through crowdsourcing: Surely someone knows what happened to some of these folks, he reckons. But for it to work, he'll need a lot more people to join -- currently 35 people have liked the page. (more...)
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Is Facebook’s latest News Feed algorithm really intended to save us from ourselves?

Facebook | AllThingsD | BuzzFeed | Forbes
News that Facebook is altering its News Feed algorithm to put more "high quality content" in front of users has publishers fretting for good reason. News Feed changes are often complicated, rarely transparent and always nerve-racking considering the impact of Facebook referrals on site traffic.

The latest change should be particularly worrisome for news sites less focused on in-depth news than on the click bait increasingly flooding the site, according to an AllThingsD interview with News Feed manager Lars Backstrom:
Are you paying attention to the source of the content? Or is it solely the type of content?

Right now, it’s mostly oriented around the source. As we refine our approaches, we’ll start distinguishing more and more between different types of content. But, for right now, when we think about how we identify “high quality,” it’s mostly at the source level.

So something that comes from publisher X, you might consider high quality, and if it comes from publisher Y, it’s low quality?

Yes.
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Three simple Google tools journalists can adopt to draw traffic

Google is increasingly emphasizing the ways it can be of service to the media, and the company held a summit in Chicago last week sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association and Northwestern University’s Knight Read more

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Is viral content the next bubble?

The Wire | PandoDaily | The Wall Street Journal The website Viral Nova emulates sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy, and was in October "already nearly half the size of the sites that inspired it," Alex Litel writes. Its success suggests specializing in viral content "can be reverse engineered fairly quickly by anyone with a careful eye for emulation — which is to say everyone on the Internet." Viral Nova publishes articles with headlines like "This Puppy Taught Me More In 1 Minute Than Anyone Else Has Done In A Lifetime" and "Yes, This Is A Boy Chained Up Like A Dog. And The Reason Why Is Even More Heartbreaking." (more...)
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KATU reporter wants to know if it bothers anyone that the president watched basketball Sunday

President Obama attended the University of Maryland-Oregon State University basketball game Sunday, and KATU-TV anchor Anna Canzano asked viewers on Facebook: "Hi, it's Anna Canzano KATU. Does it bug you to see President Obama taking in college hoops with his family today (even if he was watching the OSU) ?"

Oregon State coach Craig Robinson is the president's brother-in-law. "No. what does bug me is a news station baiting for angry comments," said one commenter. "As the Chair of the Multnomah County Republican Party, this doesn't bug me at all," wrote another.

Canzano also posted the question on Twitter: (more...)
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