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In a move that surely induced cringes in teens and twenty-somethings the world over, Bill de Blasio tweeted a profoundly corny dad joke about Facebook last night.
The missive was deployed at 8:58 p.m. and was both topical and punny. Referring to both Facebook’s new offices and its recent acquisition of WhatsApp, the mayor said: Read More
Great Achievements in Facebook
On the off chance that disaster strikes on your commute home, you might want to delete your more incriminating tagged photos. Facebook has tweaked its policies to make more of your profile information available to the general public after you die.
Previously, when a user’s account was “memorialized” after their death, it was virtually sealed off so that only friends could view their information, a Facebook blog post says. Now, their privacy settings will be preserved so that even if their account is memorialized, other users will still be able to view whatever information they made public.
After consulting with LGBT advocacy groups, Facebook is finally adding a slew of gender options for users beyond the typical male-female binary.
The social network announced the switch in a blog post yesterday. Now, users can choose male, female or custom under the gender category. To select a custom gender, start typing and a list of options will come up.
Boom. That right there is what Metropolitan Transit Authority employee Stephen C. Herbert thinks of you and your morning commute. Read More
Bloomberg Businessweek unveiled a cover story on Facebook’s ten year anniversary. ”Facebook Hits Puberty,” reads the headline, layered over a large photo of Mark Zuckerberg, clad in his signature hoody, arms crossed.
Plaid shirt. Ironic tattoo. Warby Parkers. Outdated mustache. A one-bedroom in Williamsburg. What makes a hipster? Read More
It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.
‘Tis the season for giving—but only to people with sweet punning skills.
After a decade and a half of the Internet wreaking havoc on the way we live our lives, the literary world has decided it’s time to tackle its influence. Hard on the heels of Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon’s take on Silicon Alley’s first tech boom, we have The Circle, a patched-together dystopian fantasy by Dave Eggers, who is quite clearly very worried about the pernicious influence of Facebook and its ilk.
Many, many words have already been devoted to the ways Mr. Eggers misunderstands Silicon Valley, and they’re justified. The novel reads like it’s cobbled together from what Mr. Eggers has overheard in the bars, coffee shops and parks of San Francisco. He’s nailed the sound of the tech world’s delusions of grandeur, but he doesn’t see them for the delusions they usually are.