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An explanation of this Facebook Bitstrips nonsense and how you can block it

The new annoyance to hit Facebook is here and it's called Bitstrips. For some reason, the comic strip app has taken off and is filling News Feeds everywhere. Here's how you can get rid of it.
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Getting to know my fake Facebook friends

After a swam of too-similar fake friend requests filled up Facebook, I tried to find the thread connecting them - but mostly just ended up driving myself crazy.
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Everything you need to know about a little app called FBStalker

If you thought you were protecting your Facebook as much as possible, think again. A new app called FBStalker uses your friends list and Graph Search to find the most unfindable data.
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These are all of the things Facebook doesn’t want you to see

Facebook has pulled a viral beheading video after user outrage - originally the site had said the video could remain live. Here are all the things that are not OK, even though the incredibly violent video was (at least for a moment).
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New extension blocks annoying Facebook-created ads … but we have some concerns

Sick of game suggestions and requests to rate movies? This Adblock Plus tool can get rid of them - but there could be cause for concern, given the fact the Adblock Plus isn't averse to working with ad creators.
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Is Facebook trying to dethrone Yelp?

You can now review places on Facebook -- is the social network trying to compete with Yelp? And if it is, will you use the social network to review businesses?
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Did Facebook mass execute its News Feed Ticker? [Update: It’s back]

The (mostly) hated Ticker sidebar that so easily enabled stalking is missing from many Facebook profiles this morning. Did Facebook finally put it out of its misery?
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Nick Bilton, you’re a smart guy but you’ve got this Twitter ‘like’ button thing all wrong

A recent call to action for Twitter to add a Like button is mistaken. Why Like when you can Fave? Both tools serve the same functions, and the overlap will just make our digital social lives even more complicated then they already are.
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Facebook isn’t like a regular mom, it’s a cool mom: Teens now have the option to post publicly

In a move to reengage the younger users it's reportedly losing to competitors like Twitter and Snapchat, Facebook will allow teen users between 13 and 17 to make public posts.
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Here’s a Facebook game where nobody’s a winner

If you have nothing better to do, give yourself a refresher on Facebook security through this new game. Prepare to get a little scared.
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Try not to smile when an ESL student uses memes as writing prompts

Trying to teach English? Why not let Grumpy Cat help. One English teacher has been communicating with a student via Skype, sending her memes to describe, and documenting it all on Tumblr. These are the times we live in.
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Can Facebook cure the Internet of comment section trolls – and if so, should it?

A new study says Facebook comments are more civil than newspaper sites, but things are always so black and white when it comes to comment sections. The report raises issues about anonymity, online identity, and that old Internet favorite…