Facebook to Receive Flat-tastic Facelift in Version 4.0 Update

Users of Facebook could see an update available for the world’s largest social network sometime soon, bringing the app to version 4.0. Inside the update are a number of changes, the largest being a completely new UI, one that will remind everyone of a similar look that Twitter implemented to their application recently and an overall iOS 7 look. Flat flat flat.

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Updated Facebook Messenger With Refreshed UI Now Available to More Users

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Back in October, Facebook launched an updated and sexified version of its Messenger app. The update was only available for a small amount of test users, and even for some that did get the update, it was later updated yet again to remove the improvements. It was a sneaky and upsetting move to users, but Facebook was clearly looking out for its users’ best interests.  (more…)

Facebook Reportedly Offered Snapchat $3 Billion in Cash for Acquisition, Was Denied

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According to the Wall Street Journal, a recent attempt by Facebook to acquire Snapchat with an all-cash offer of $3 billion has been turned down. Real quickly, we want to sum up what a $3 billion idea apparently looks like. Snapchat is an app that allows you to send images and videos to friends that are then deleted after a determined amount of time once they are opened by the receiver. The longest a photo can stay alive after being viewed is 10 seconds, so think of it as a ticking time bomb attached to sent pictures.  (more…)

Bad News: Instagram Bringing Ads to Your Feed

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A whole ton of weak sauce just got poured all over your Instagram feed. Today on the company’s blog, Instagram announced that US users will soon see sponsored posts in their feeds, from brands and companies they do not follow. At first, Instagram will ensure that the photos and video advertisements will be “beautiful and high quality,” but I think in general it’s safe to say that this sucks.  (more…)

Beta Testers: Facebook Home Update Brings Support for Instagram, Pinterest, and More

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If you are part of Facebook’s Android Beta program, a new update that is rolling out today allows you to add feeds from Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Flickr to your Home lockscreen. When you wake your device, you will be greeted with great content from the folks you follow, then when you’re are done, simply unlock and continue with your day. It’s a good addition, one that Zuckerburg said was coming during his interview at Disrupt.  (more…)