With an agreement, Facebook content will now be displayed in Google searches on Android. Google search will begin showing public Facebook profiles, pages, and posts since the social network has handed over access to its data. Content links to the Facebook app.
Shortly after replacing its favorite star button with a heart, Twitter is reportedly testing emoji responses to posts. A developer version of the app now comes with the ability to respond with emojis instead of hearts, allowing people to give better responses.
Facebook has begun testing suggested notifications with some of its mobile users. The suggested notifications are meant to point out what you may care about, just as Facebook tries to optimize and curate your news feed. Facebook has confirmed it is testing the feature.
A Belgian court has ordered Facebook to stop its tracking of non-users through the share buttons used by many websites. The country's privacy watchdog brought a case against Facebook earlier this year and a judge has now ruled the network must stop its tracking soon.
There are now more than 1.5 billion people logging into Facebook and using the network each month. Facebook reached a billion users in September 2012 and it has taken the company a little over three years to increase its user base by another 500 million.
Facebook still isn't a real competitor to YouTube, but its video views are growing quickly. The social network reports it is now up to 8 billion views each day, double the number of daily views from April. Granted, those numbers are bound to be a bit inaccurate.
In a move that already has a lot of people upset, Twitter has changed its favorite icon to a heart, removing the star-shaped icon that people had gotten used to. This change was announced in a blog post and it will apply to posts on both Twitter and Vine.
Facebook is working on a piece of artificial intelligence (AI) that it can use to examine and understand photos. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's CTO, says the AI will determine what's happening in a photo and turn it into a readable natural language output.
Some employees at Facebook will no longer be allowed to use iPhones. Chris Cox, the company's chief product officer, is forcing some members of his team to make the switch because he recognizes they would otherwise use iOS. Cox wants employees to use what most FB users are on.
Twitter's struggle to add and keep new users remains. The social network only added 4 million new monthly active users during the entire third quarter and that lackluster growth was accompanied by a loss of $132 million on $569 million in total revenue.
Facebook has admitted its app has been a cause of battery drain on iPhones and it has addressed that problem with the app's latest update. The company says the battery drain was caused by the app having "CPU spin" and by not managing audio sessions correctly.
When you search on Facebook, you now have access to the majority of the network's content. Facebook has updated its search function to look through 2 trillion posts, meaning that every public post on the network can be found. Searches previously displayed posts from your friends.
Twitter has opened up its polls feature to everyone, adding another way for people to interact with tweets on the network. Each poll can exist for a period of 24 hours and for the time being, you can only create two options. Those who vote will be notified of the results.
If it determines a state-sponsored entity has targeted your account, Facebook will now let you know with a warning. The social network has improved its account monitoring to see if a government has attempted to spy on someone's account or take it over.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the company's next Townhall meeting is going to take place in India. The event has been scheduled for October 28 and it will take place in New Delhi. Questions from Facebook users as well as a live audience.
Notify, a new app from Facebook, is undergoing testing, according to The Awl. The app is reportedly based around real-time news and it is meant to compete with Twitter, the social network many people flock to for news. Users will be able to select publishers for their feed.
As it attempts to build its existing video platform and compete with the likes of YouTube, Facebook is now testing a video-only News Feed. If it's available to you, the feed can be accessed from iOS and the web. Facebook says this feed is for people who only want to watch videos.
Twitter and Facebook have effectively been blocked in Turkey following one of the worst terror attacks the country has ever seen. A ban on broadcasting images of the attack was imposed by the Turkish Supreme Board of Radio, resulting in the social networks being inaccessible.
Twitter's recently launched Moments feature will be monetized. Days after the feature was announced, Twitter has confirmed promoted Moments are going to be a part of the social network. The promoted content will begin showing up sometime this year.
Qualcomm has partnered with Microsoft to bring its solutions to Windows devices and today three new LTE modems are announced. The Snapdragon X12, X7 and X5 LTE modems will be used in the upcoming Windows 10 notebooks, 2-in-1s and tablets later this year.