Miley Cyrus Reacts Beautifully to Facebook Fans’ Tales of Homelessness

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They've all been homeless. Tanya lived in van. Tokilupe ate out of dumpsters. Quay slept on buses. Michelle snuck into abandoned buildings for shelter.

After Miley Cyrus used her Video of the Year acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last month to bring awareness to homeless youth, they all shared stories about their own bouts with homelessness on her Facebook page.

Now, they have another thing in common: The "Wrecking Ball" singer has read their stories and responded to their emotional tales via the fairly new Facebook Mentions app. Read more...

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Facebook Launching ‘Mentions Box’ Device During Emmys

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LOS ANGELES — Like a child shaking an Etch A Sketch with both hands, celebrities on Monday's Emmys red carpet will be shaking a new toy created by Facebook.

Facebook told Mashable that on Aug. 25 it will debut the Facebook Mentions Box, an interactive device that stars will wield to answer questions from fans. It's similar to the InstaStop Video Q&A Station that Instagram launched at the Golden Globes in January.

Though the Facebook Mentions Box will be used for the first time at the Emmys, anchor Katie Couric is already slated to use the device during the Sept. 5 Stand Up to Cancer telecast. Read more...

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George R.R. Martin Will Kill Off a Facebook Employee for $20,000

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All men must die, and it's time for a Facebook employee to meet his maker (no, not Mark Zuckerberg).

George R.R. Martin announced a charity campaign last week offering to kill two people in his epic series A Song of Ice and Fire for a cool $20,000 donation to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Facebook employee David Goldblatt jumped at the chance to be offed in the Game of Thrones world.

"I’m fortunate enough to be in a position to do this cool thing, and it's going toward a good cause," Goldblatt tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I don't think I'm doing anything extraordinary." Read more...

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Facebook’s New Shazam-Like Tool Knows What You’re Watching and Hearing

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Facebook recently added a feature that monitors your movements, and now the company will be listening in as well

Facebook unveiled a new audio recognition feature on Wednesday which, when turned on, will identify songs or television shows that you're listening to, in hopes you'll share that information with your friends

With the update, the Facebook app will use the phone's microphone to listen in on noise and sounds nearby. The feature is able to identify millions of songs and TV shows from 160 different stations, according to Aryeh Selekman, a product manager at the company Read more...

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State-by-State Breakdown: Facebook Users Predict Golden Globe Winners

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If Facebook users could vote on which nominees would win at Sunday's 71st Golden Globes, the victors in four major TV and film categories might surprise you

Although in reality, only a handful of members from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association cast votes, many more people at home are placing bets on their predicted winners.

Based on Facebook activity from this week, the following films and shows would be the champions for each U.S. state:

1. Best TV Series, Drama


Overall rankings based on buzz:

  • 1. Downton Abbey

  • 2. Breaking Bad

  • 3. House of Cards

  • 4. The Good Wife

  • 5. Masters of Sex
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Will Smith: ‘Every Young Man Needs an Uncle Phil’

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Will Smith spoke out publicly for the first time over the weekend about the recent death of James Avery, his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costar who played Uncle Phil

"Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery," Smith wrote in a Facebook post (see below). "Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace."

On the popular 1990s show, Avery assumed the role of fill-in father for Will Smith's character. Avery's performance earned him a spot on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time. Read more...

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Twitter: What to Expect in 2014

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Seven years ago, Twitter was just a small, ragtag collection of hackers fighting over the basic premise of the company and struggling to keep the site from crashing every other day. Twitter has come a long way since then.

The company is on track to bring in more than half a billion dollars in revenue this year. It has more than 230 million monthly active users worldwide and some 2,300 employees in offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Dublin and Sao Paulo. It navigated a smooth IPO in November (unlike another social network that shall remain nameless) and is now valued at around $35 billion. Read more...

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Report: Facebook Brings on International TV Partners

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Facebook and Twitter continue their battle over TV viewers' attention. On the same day that Nielsen unveiled its first Twitter TV Ratings report, Facebook announced that the company has partnered with a number of international television networks to provide much of the same information.

Facebook will now offer user engagement data surrounding shows to 10 major TV networks in eight different countries, including France, the UK and India, reports the Wall Street Journal. The social network has monitored interactions — Likes, comments and posts — surrounding popular TV and entertainment topics in the past (like the Oscars and the Super Bowl), and will now share that data directly with TV networks so they can see which shows create the most buzz online. Read more...

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‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Didn’t Quite Break Twitter or Facebook

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Breaking Bad reached its climactic end on Sunday, as fans spilled their emotions about the series finale in droves on Facebook and Twitter. Not seeing a tweet or Facebook status update about AMC's Emmy-winning drama was practically impossible

Nielsen reported that 10.3 million viewers tuned in to Sunday's "Felina" episode — 3.7 million more than the previous week's "Granite State" episode. That's Breaking Bad's highest viewership in series history, but in comparison, it fell short of besting fellow AMC show The Walking Dead, which saw 12.4 million viewers for its season 3 finale in March

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How Instagram Is Guaranteeing You’ll See Celeb Selfies at the Emmys

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LOS ANGELES — What's a modern awards show without a few selfies or photobombs? To ensure viewers of Sunday's Primetime Emmys get a glamorous dose of filtered celebrity selfies, Instagram is setting up "InstaStop" iPad booths on the red carpet and backstage.

"Instagram and Hollywood are a natural pair," Emily White, Instagram's director of business operations, told Mashable. "Over the past several years we've seen media and technology coming together and Instagram is one of the companies at the center of that. Our community is using Instagram to capture those moments — big and small — which gives people a unique and 360-degree look into Hollywood." Read more...

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