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Study: A week without Facebook leads to a happier, less angry, less lonely life

The Happiness Research Institute released findings from a study showing how a group of participants who quit Facebook for a week were happier, less worried, and less lonely than a group who stayed on the social network.

Google makes Hangouts calls to France free in aftermath of Paris attacks

Tech companies have a knack for rising to the occasion in the aftermath of tragedies. Hours after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Google announced on its social media channels that it’s making Hangouts calls to France free.
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Paris attacks: Facebook puts its ‘Safety Check’ feature into action

Facebook activated its Safety Check feature on Friday night following multiple terror attacks across Paris. The service gives Facebook users with friends in the city an easy way to check up on their safety.
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Facebook Instant Articles aren't doing that well, and publishers aren't pleased about it

Not everything Facebook touches turns to gold. Facebook Instant articles has now drawn the ire of heavy-hitting publishing partners like the Washington Post and The New York Times.
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Artist creates thousands of fake Facebook profiles to fight ‘user commodification’

Artist Constant Dullaart creates thousands of fake Facebook profiles by using the names of dead 18th-century soldiers to address Facebook policies and point out how the platform commodifies user identities.
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Facebook enables 360-degree video for iOS and Gear VR

Facebook has enabled 360-degree video support for iOS and, for those ambitious enough to adopt virtual reality early, Samsung's Gear VR. Only a few select content producers can upload 360-degree video at this time.
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No thanks, Facebook: Here’s how to permanently delete your account

Follow these steps to delete your Facebook account permanently.
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Government data requests submitted to Facebook at all-time record

Facebook is receiving more and more government data requests. Its latest report for the first half of 2015 shows 18 percent growth in the number of requests compared to the first half of 2014.
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Facebook launches Notify, a standalone iPhone app for breaking news

Facebook has launched Notify, a standalone iOS app that alerts users to breaking news and other stories as notifications. It's launching with a several major outlets, including the Washington Post and CNN.
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Facebook’s Photo Magic reminds you to send friends their pics

Facebook's new Photo Magic feature uses facial recognition to scan your camera roll, and sends you reminders to share relevant photos through Messenger with the friends it recognizes.
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Belgium tells Facebook to stop tracking non-users all over the Internet

A commercial court in Brussels ordered Facebook to stop tracking non-users of the social network. Unsurprisingly, Facebook plans to appeal the decision, though it's unknown when exactly the appeal will be heard.
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President Barack Obama joins Facebook

Although President Barack Obama has been active on social media, he made his first post with a video today to his very own Facebook page. The new page is attracting thousands of likes per minute.