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Facebook stock picks up slightly after all-time low – Facebook shares closed at $21.09 today, up slightly from their all-time low earlier this week of $19.82. The stock has taken a beating since its second quarter earnings report and it … Continue reading

Could A New Coupon App Bring Facebook One Step Closer To Retail Commerce?

redplum social savings valassisThere have been some signals coming from Facebook that point to how it could one day become a platform for e-commerce beyond apps and virtual goods on Facebook itself. There are its patent holdings, and there is the code for a (not live) “Want” button to use on posts for particular products that could trigger a purchase. Today comes one more opening on this front, but from a third party rather than Facebook itself: couponing giant Valassis, which already works with some 15,000 advertisers to create electronic coupons, has launched a new Facebook app that lets brands offer coupons that can be printed or downloaded directly within Facebook itself, without taking users off the site — a first for Facebook, according to Valassis’ chief digital officer Jim Parkinson.

Still Protesting? Facebook Will Soon Force You To Switch To Timeline

No Old Facebook Profile DesignOver the next few months, anyone still refusing to voluntarily switch to the Timeline profile redesign will be automatically migrated, Facebook tells me. Users could choose to adopt the redesign starting in January, but there have been some hold-outs who didn’t want their whole life becoming easier to access, or just hated change.

Soon they won’t have a choice, though. Facebook revealed to me it plans to complete the Timeline rollout by this fall as part of its photo revamp this morning. By waiting to minimizing the number of users it’s forcing to switch, and doing it all gradually, Facebook will have successfully avoided the wildfire protests that characterized its early years.

Facebook brings activity log to mobile devices so users can delete stories and check privacy settings

Facebook recently added an activity log feature to some mobile devices, allowing users to see all their recent activity, verify their privacy settings and delete individual stories. Activity log was a key new feature that came with the introduction of … Continue reading

Facebook begins rolling out Timeline for pages on mobile devices

Facebook has started to bring the Timeline design for pages to its mobile versions this week, more than four months since it introduced the new layout for desktop. We haven’t seen Timeline for pages on our own devices, but a … Continue reading

Facebook creates new feature to announce weddings and engagements on homepage

Facebook today announced the launch of a new weddings and celebrations feature to make it easier for users to see important events in their friends’ lives and share their congratulations. When someone changes their Facebook status to engaged or married, … Continue reading

Facebook adds music sharing feature, total Spotify plays, top videos and more to artists’ pages

Some artists’ Facebook pages now include an option for fans to search for and share Spotify links to their favorite songs, as well as a way for users to see which songs, videos and news stories related to an artist … Continue reading

Facebook roundup: Yahoo patent dispute resolved with new partnership; stock rises, same-sex marriage icons and more

Facebook and Yahoo have resolved their patent disputes out of court, agreeing to cross-license their patent portfolios and begin a new advertising partnership, according to a press release. All Things D, which broke the news this morning, says the settlement does … Continue reading

Facebook Adds BBC As Latest Partner For Summer Sports Push With A New Streaming App

bbc facebookLast week, Facebook staked out its claim as a prime destination for people looking for this summer’s Olympics coverage online. Today, the BBC threw its hat into the social media ring, too — it’s putting its sports coverage into a new Timeline app. The app, which is only accessible by UK users, is in beta form (pictured here) and live already: people can currently access streams of Wimbledon. That will get ramped up in coming weeks for Olympics coverage, when it will offer some of the most comprehensive coverage yet seen on the social network — 24 streams in all — and marks the first time that the BBC will stream live events using Facebook.

The move comes at a time when the BBC is ramping up its digital activities in long-view bid that this will need to become a much stronger part of its business as more traditional revenue streams continue to decline.

Timeline still optional for Facebook users more than 6 months after global launch

More than six months after Timeline launched for users around the world, Facebook still hasn’t made the new profile mandatory. Timeline, like most Facebook changes, has a large group of critics. But unlike most Facebook changes, this one has been … Continue reading