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Facebook Announces Rollout of Save Feature (AllFacebook)
After several tests of a save feature, Facebook announced Monday that it will officially roll out Save to all users via the Web, iOS and Android “over the next few days.” Tests of a save for later function first began appearing on Facebook in July 2012, and a save option was spotted on select pages one month after that. Inside Facebook By tapping/clicking the arrow in the top right corner of the post, people can indicate that they want to save the content. To go back to this content, users can go back to the “More” screen (the button on the right side), and scroll down to “Saved.” There, Facebook organizes saved content by type. USA Today Facebook says the saved pages will remain completely private unless the pages are shared by users. The feature follows a line of “read later” apps like Pocket and Instapaper that let users save Web links to read later. Users also have the option to read articles offline. TechCrunch You’ll need web connectivity to visit any links you Save, as Facebook isn’t currently caching them. Facebook will remind you to check out what you’ve stored with occasional News Feed posts featuring carousels of your Saved content. Forbes
This feature will be useful for keeping Facebook users engaged and getting them to come back often. Generally people save items that they find on Facebook by bookmarking it on the web browser, opening it in a new tab, pinning it on Pinterest, storing it on Evernote or emailing it.
Here Is All of the New Information to Come Out of Hillary Clinton’s Facebook Q&A (National Journal)
Hillary Clinton is swinging through Silicon Valley this week on her Hard Choices book tour. As part of the tour, she stopped at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and held a Q&A with users on her book’s Facebook page.
Weird Al Knows How the Internet Works (SocialTimes)
For eight days in a row, Yankovic has released a new song and video every day to generate the maximum buzz for his album, and it seems to be working. In addition to releasing new work, Yankovic has been spreading the content around, from PopCrush to Nerdist’s YouTube channel to Funny or Die. Yahoo Screen is even getting in on the action.
Woman Posts Facebook Pic in Allegedly Stolen Dress (Store Notices) (CNET)
I’ll say it again: If you’ve done something bad, there’s little benefit in making a show of it on Facebook. People notice. They tell other people. Some of those other people might work for the authorities. You might, as a result, get arrested.
NASA Taking CBS’ Instagram to Space (LostRemote)
This week, “CBS This Morning” is partnering with NASA to take its social fans to space. The first photo, posted on “CTM’s” Instagram, shows an image of a solar flare.
Oculus, Facebook, Close Virtual-Reality Deal (The Wall Street Journal/Digits)
Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR has closed, Facebook announced Monday. Facebook announced plans to acquire the maker of virtual-reality headsets in March for $ 2 billion, including $ 400 million in cash.
Changes are Coming to Twitter’s Direct Messages (AllTwitter)
Good news for those who have been pulling their hair out over Twitter’s clunky Direct Message system: the company has announced that it’s revamping the way you send your private messages. In a tweet, Twitter’s support account announced that it is upgrading its Android and iOS apps to offer users a more consistent DM experience.
Late to the Mobile Game, Yahoo Starts Catching Up with Flurry Purchase (VentureBeat)
Google and Facebook account for two-thirds of the mobile ad spending tally worldwide, and by purchasing mobile analytic outfit Flurry Monday for a price that hasn’t been disclosed, Yahoo is hoping to level the playing field. It will be a daunting task to catch up, but the Flurry acquisition finally shows that Yahoo is serious about becoming a “mobile first” operator, at least in the eyes of chief executive Marissa Mayer, whose tenure at Yahoo so far has been mixed.
mCouple Gives Users Access to Smartphone Activity of Romantic Partners (SocialTimes)
London-based firm mSpy makes apps that let parents spy on their children and bosses spy on their employees via their smartphones. Its newest offering, mCouple, gives users complete access to their significant others’ location, Facebook and text messages, photos, videos, Skype activity and even voice conversations.
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