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How to remove spammy notifications from your Facebook feed

Recently I installed Goodreads on my Android phone. It's kind of rough around the edges compared with the iOS version, but no matter -- the service is invaluable for keeping track of the books I'm reading and want to read.

So today, when I added Nic Pizzolatto's "Galveston" to my "now reading" list, imagine my surprise at discovering the following Goodreads post on my Facebook feed: "Rick Broida is now reading 'Galveston.'"

I don't really mind anyone knowing that, but I don't like it when apps share things on … Read more

Chrome extension lets you save Facebook posts to read later

One of my least favorite parts of Facebook is combing through my News Feed for a post I skipped past earlier in the day, or worse, earlier in the week that I now want to share or read. If I can't remember who shared it or I didn't like or comment on it when I first encountered it, then my search efforts meet with little success.

Thankfully, I found a Chrome extension via AddictiveTips today that helps solve this problem of how to keep track of News Feed items I may want to return to later. It won'… Read more

Facebook to marketers: Expect drop in News Feed distribution

Facebook has been alerting marketers that they will likely see the organic reach of their Page posts decline over time, CNET has confirmed with the company.

The social network has been known, especially of late, to fudge with the formula that picks and chooses the content to push to members in News Feed. The company did not cite any specific changes to the News Feed algorithm that would be harmful to Pages, the equivalent of profiles for brands, but it is telling clients that their regular status updates will reach fewer people.

"Over the past few months, we have … Read more

Sony steps closer to VR with Project Morpheus

CNET Update takes the blue pill:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn more about Sony's Project Morpheus, a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4.

- Smile for the camera: Facebook is able to identify your face among millions of photos with technology called DeepFace.

- Use Skype on Android without killing your battery life.

- Pay more for commercial-free Pandora One, starting in May.

- Upgrade an older home into a smart home with the Aros window-mounted air conditioner.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for … Read more

Facebook sees surge in mobile ad sales -- report

Google still owns the biggest slice of mobile ad sales. But Facebook is increasingly carving up more of that pie, according to eMarketer.

The two giants together snagged more than two-thirds of last year's $17.96 billion in mobile ad sales, eMarketer reported Wednesday. Mobile ad spending worldwide surged by 105 percent last year and is forecast to jump another 75 percent this year to $31.45 billion.

Google is by far still the top recipient of all that spending, grabbing 49.3 percent of mobile ad revenue last year. But that number showed a small dip from 2012 … Read more

Facebook's security chief on a post-Snowden 'silver lining'

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Edward Snowden's disclosures haven't changed much about security for one of the biggest Internet companies in the world.

"We haven't fundamentally changed the way we do things," said Joe Sullivan, Facebook's chief security officer.

It's just that issues of security and privacy have been front and center since Snowden, a former NSA contractor, leaked a trove of documents to the press last year, he said. Sullivan, who spoke to a group of reporters at Facebook headquarters here, seemed pensive when discussing the new post-Snowden reality.

He was hesitant to … Read more

Visualize shared links, trends with BuzzSumo

If your job requires you to know which topics are the most discussed on social media or if you are simply a curious denizen of the Internet, BuzzSumo will show you which links are making the rounds.

Head to the BuzzSumo Web site and enter a topic or domain name. BuzzSumo will return a list of articles that are the most shared across five social media networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. You can sort the results by an individual network or by an aggregate total shares.

On the left-hand panel, you can filter the results by article type … Read more

Facebook's DeepFace aims to see you for who you really are

Facebook is working on artificial intelligence software called DeepFace that is capable of matching faces in images with nearly the same accuracy as humans.

The social network's DeepFace system uses a 3D modeling technique to detect faces, and crop and warp them so that they face front, a method known as frontalization.

The software, currently in testing, is a facial verification system and differs from facial recognition in that it matches faces in large data sets, as opposed to assigning identity to faces. In essence, DeepFace can scan millions of photos, virtually rotate and correct the images, and find … Read more

Courtney Love: I may have found missing Malaysian plane

Rarely have so much knowledge and so much ignorance melded to produce so much speculation.

Malaysian Airlines flight 370 might be somewhere or nowhere. It might have crashed or been hijacked. Extraterrestrial explanations seem not too far-fetched.

In confusion such as this, what you need is an enterprising attitude and a level head. Unsurprisingly, Courtney Love has stepped in to offer her services.

In a post to her Facebook page, Love says she has participated in the Tomnod challenge to see whether she can scour the seas to find evidence of the plane.

Lo, she believes she might have beheld … Read more

Facebook opens access to early builds of Messenger for Android

Facebook said Monday that it has created a Facebook Messenger for Android beta program, meaning the social network will give anyone who wants to help bug-test its messaging app early access to a prerelease version of Messenger.

The company has promised its Messenger testers multiple updates per week and access to experimental features. Facebook even hinted that its Messenger for Android guinea pigs might get to test new types of sharing, though the company left out specifics.

The Messenger beta program is similar to the company's Facebook for Android beta testing initiative, which the social network kicked off this … Read more