Facebook Admits Teen Use May Be Declining



Many have claimed that Facebook‘s hold on the teenage demographic has been slipping. Facebook’s earnings call on Wednesday did nothing to squelch these claims.

Facebook CFO David Ebersman said that while monitoring teen usage is a challenge, daily use among some may be declining

“Youth usage among U.S. teens was stable overall from Q2 to Q3, but we did see a decrease in daily users partly among younger teens,” Ebersman said

Ebersman’s definition of “younger teens” is unclear, as Facebook does not break out its user total by age group. But the comment does speak to the challenge Facebook has faced in retaining the attention of young consumers who are using other social sites like Snapchat, Twitter and even its own Instagram Read more…

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Your Facebook Status Looks Sad Compared to Celebrity Humblebrags



Guilty of using Facebook to not-so-subtly notify your friends about your new job, hot outfit or amazeballs boyfriend? It’s called the humblebrag, and sadly, it has become part of how we interact online.

CollegeHumor imagined some of the amazing Facebook humblebrags of President Barack Obama, Eve (of The Bible) and many others. Check out some funny ones below and the rest on their site

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Image: Mashable composite; Wikimedia Commons Read more…

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Why Facebook Had a Stellar Q3



As Yammer creator David Sacks mused on Twitter on Wednesday, “At this point, Mark Zuckerberg can wear his hoodie wherever he damn well pleases.”

Indeed, Facebook‘s third quarter numbers makes fools of those Wall Street investors who criticized the chief executive’s choice of attire. The company posted its first $2 billion quarter and is now making 49% of its advertising revenues from mobile. The growth and the strong mobile numbers prompted a 17% rise in after hours trading

Image: Getty/Win McNamee Read more…

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How to Make Bitstrips Comics on Facebook — Or Hide Them Forever



There’s a storm coming. It’s a storm of goofy personalized comics, and it’s going to spread like a slightly annoying wildfire through your Facebook News Feed — if it hasn’t already. We’re talking, of course, about Bitstrips.

If you don’t recognize the name, you likely recognize the pictures. Bitstrips are the shareable, customizable comics all over your Timeline, allowing even the worst artists in your friends list to create one-panel digital cartoons.

If you’re looking to start making your own Bitstrips — or find a way to keep them off your News Feed forever, look no further than this guide. Read more…

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Facebook Stock Jumps 15% After Beating Q3 Earnings



Facebook stock surged to a new high in after hours trading after the company beat earnings estimates for the third quarter.

Facebook reported earnings of $0.25 per share on revenue of $2.02 billion, coming in well ahead of Wall Street estimates for earnings of $0.19 per share on revenue of $1.91 billion. Facebook revenue for the quarter was up 60% from the $1.2 billion it earned a year earlier, thanks in part to continued growth in mobile ads

Mobile ads now account for 49% of Facebook’s total ad revenue — or just under $900 million — up from 41% in the previous quarter and 30% in the first quarter, meaning Facebook is very close to being a truly mobile-first company. Read more…

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Report: Facebook Is Collecting Data on Your Cursor Movements



Facebook may be adding to the list of things it knows about you

The social network is reportedly experimenting with new technology that tracks and collects data about a user’s activity on the site, including cursor movements, according to the Wall Street Journal. The technology is being tested now with a small group of users.

The data could be used in a number of different ways, from product development to advertising, Facebook analytics chief Ken Rudin told the Journal

The technology can supposedly determine where a user is hovering his or her cursor on the screen, meaning it could be used to determine the most appropriate places for advertisements. The technology also tracks whether Facebook’s mobile users can see their News Feed at any particular time from their smartphone Read more…

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NSA Infiltrates Google And Yahoo Networks, Report Says


The National Security Agency has secretly taped the networks of Google and Yahoo to monitor real-time communication, according to newly revealed documents from whistleblower, Edward Snowden [PDF].

“The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials,” according to The Washington Post, which obtained the hand-scribbled documents.

Both Google and Yahoo maintain expensive fiber-optic data linkages in strategic data centers around the world to optimize the flow of information. This infiltration would allow the NSA to know “who sent or received e-mails and when, to content such as text, audio and video.”

Upon learning about the NSA tapping into their networks, Google released a statement, saying the company is “troubled by allegations of the government intercepting traffic between our data centers, and we are not aware of this activity.”

Codenamed, MUSCULAR, the surveillance project is operated jointly with British Intelligence agency, GCHQ.

While the NSA already had access to communication through court-sanctioned collection program PRISM, the agency may prefer international territory because it permits them to subvert American privacy law. The NSA is forbidden from spying on Americans without stringent court oversight; international law may be less restrictive.

The Post reports that upon showing this information to two engineers familiar with Google’s system, they “exploded in profanity” and said “I hope you publish this.”

Is Facebook a Truly Mobile-First Company Yet?



Has Facebook finally succeeded in becoming a mobile-first company? That’s the big question heading into the social network’s third quarter earnings results Wednesday

Facebook has impressed analysts and investors in each quarter so far this year by reporting strong growth in mobile ad revenue. The company revealed that mobile ads accounted for 41% of total ad revenue in the second quarter this year, up from 30% in the first quarter and essentially nothing a year earlier. If that growth continues, Facebook could approach or even surpass the 50% mark this quarter

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Users Log in With Facebook Instead of Creating New Accounts Online



Online consumers seem to agree: The more a site or app knows about a user, the better that user’s experience will be.

That mantra has driven the need for personal accounts and logins at nearly every turn, and social sites such as Facebook and Google+ are competing to be your login of choice. Whether you’re signing in to play Words with Friends, or managing your Fantasy Football roster on ESPN, you almost always need a username and password.

New data released Tuesday from Gigya, a social-login provider for large enterprises such as Verizon, Pepsi and ABC, found that people are using their Facebook identity more often than those of other social networks to log in to third-party apps and websites. Data collected over Q3 from the company’s more than 700 clients found that those who have social logins use Facebook 51% of time, followed by Google+ (26%) and Yahoo (18%). Twitter was a distant fourth at only 4% Read more…

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What Do Buddhist Monks Know About Gadgets? Everything



The morning air is still crisp. Buddhist monks, clad in saffron robes, line the front row as a room of people unroll their mats, sit down and close their eyes. A hush spreads, and meditation at the retreat begins.

The monks chant in an ancient language, which resonates and echoes against the walls, helping everyone to focus their thoughts. And as the last verse drifts into silence, the room is quiet again, a cocoon of serenity. And then, a phone rings — the familiar marimba chime of an iPhone.

A few people open their eyes, but a few more stir in their seats. As the ring continues, no one goes to shut it off. Read more…

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