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Facebook rebuilds iPhone app for speed: what’s new, better and still needs work

Facebook today released a much-anticipated update for iPhone that makes loading News Feed, photos, messages and notifications significantly faster. Previously, Facebook built its mobile apps with HTML5, which allowed it to release daily updates without requiring users to download a … Continue reading

Facebook for Android update includes event creation, multi-photo upload and more

Facebook released an update for Android today that includes event creation, multi-photo upload and new features for messages. Android users now have a streamlined way to create new events. Previously, Facebook’s native apps did not have this functionality. The mobile … Continue reading

FTC issues approval for Facebook-Instagram deal to move forward

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has closed its investigation of the Facebook-Instagram acquisition without taking any action, which will allow the deal to move forward. The commission was unanimous in its decision to end investigation into whether … Continue reading

Facebook updates messages layout to look and function more like email

Facebook today announced a new design and features for its messages product on the web. The two-paned layout and addition of keyboard commands makes the update similar to some email clients. When users access messages from Facebook.com, they will see one … Continue reading

Facebook widens Sponsored Results test, makes search ads available through API and Power Editor

Facebook is expanding its test of search-based ads today by making Sponsored Results available through the Power Editor tool, according to an update received by some of the social network’s partners. We’ve also confirmed that Sponsored Results have been added to … Continue reading

Facebook tests larger visual format for Questions

Facebook appears to be testing a new format for its Questions product, which includes large photos that users can click on to respond. We saw the social network testing this on its own “Known Issues on Facebook” and “Facebook Tips” … Continue reading

How Facebook search ads change the competitive landscape for businesses

For years of search marketing, companies have had to bid on their own keywords to protect their brand and avoid losing traffic to competitors. Now they’ll probably have to do it for Facebook, too. Facebook announced its plans to offer … Continue reading

Facebook makes more tweaks to search: tests ‘top hit’ and increases size of results

Some Facebook users noticed changes to the social network’s search feature this weekend, including a larger window for typeahead results and a “top hit” option. With search-based ads called Sponsored Results in beta with partners like EA and Match.com, Facebook … Continue reading

Social reader apps grow as Facebook tests larger ‘trending articles’ display

A number of news apps are experiencing new growth or a resurgence in monthly active users likely attributable to tests Facebook is conducting in News Feed. As we’ve seen earlier this year, tweaks in Facebook’s algorithms or changes in design … Continue reading

What Payvment learned about F-commerce that led the company to start Lish.com

Facebook e-commerce platform Payvment launched social discovery and shopping site Lish.com in beta this week. Lish.com surfaces the top trending products among the more than 4 million products across Payvment’s seller network of more than 175,000 merchants. The Pinterest-esque site optimizes … Continue reading