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Annoyed by Facebook? Sorry, it's sticking around, study says

I tend to think Princeton researchers -- and, more importantly, CNET readers -- are a pretty bright bunch. But if a new study from Carnegie Mellon University is to be believed, both groups are dead wrong, at least about the future of Facebook.

Late last month, a widely publicized Princeton study (PDF) using computer models derived from studying the spread of disease predicted that Facebook would lose 20 percent of its users between 2015 and 2017. Facebook immediately blasted the study, in a pretty humorous way, saying that if it used the same methodology as Princeton, the college itself would have no students by 2021.

During this kerfuffle, CNET asked readers if they thought Facebook would still be thriving in 2017. As you can see for yourself, 50 percent believed the social-media mammoth was going to go the way of the, well, mammoth.

Now, the latest study that's turned its attention to this oh-so-pressing problem, says the Big F, which just turned 10, will still be here for the foreseeable future.… Read more

The 404 1422: Where we quit the pick-up tip (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- No more swipe and sign credit cards starting October 2015.

- Related: Bank of America mails credit card offer to "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire."

- Agree It app: now you can be a payday lender to Facebook friends!… Read more

Facebook to allow edits to 'A Look Back' videos

Facebook A Look Back videos are everywhere on the social network right now. But users have found that they can't edit the videos. That will soon change.

Speaking to TechCrunch on Wednesday, Facebook said that users will soon be able to edit the videos to change moments included in the clips. The company's spokesperson said that Facebook doesn't yet "have exact timing" on the edit launch.

"This will enable people to remove a post from the movie that was pre-selected and change it to a different one," the spokesperson told Facebook.

Interestingly, Facebook'… Read more

Facebook ordered to take down anti-Semitic page

Facebook is under fire from the Anti-Defamation League about a page titled "Jewish Ritual Murder." The group, which battles anti-Semitism and racism, has ordered the social network to remove the page.

"The 'Jewish Ritual Murder' page on Facebook perpetuates age-old anti-Semitic propaganda, and it should be removed immediately," ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement. "It is profoundly offensive, has no socially redeeming value, and adds nothing to any legitimate marketplace of ideas."

The page in question hasn't had much action from users. It only has a handful of likes, … Read more

Facebook 'looking back' parody shows true value of first 10 years

Facebook has been with us for a decade now, forever redefining the meaning of "social" in the process. With all the tributes and looking back going on, we came across one parody of Facebook's own "A Look Back" feature that seems to capture what the social network is really all about -- hilariously inappropriate and not really safe-for-work photos.

Perhaps most disturbingly, I recognized at least one of these crude images from having also shared it on my own Facebook photo stream at one point. I refuse to tell you which one. … Read more

Jimmy Kimmel to Facebook: Happy birthday, you're horrible

Facebook has become an old joke.

Now that it's 10 years old, is there anything left to mock? Not even Mark Zuckerberg's hoodie seems funny anymore.

Still, Jimmy Kimmel felt obliged to try and squeeze the last vestiges of humor from our greatest social utility.

Reminding his audience that Tuesday was Facebook's birthday, he began: "What do you get for the Web site that makes you hate everything?"

And then he tried and tried to prize a little more fun out of Facebook, when so many have already given up.

One Kimmel effort: "Just … Read more

Too much Facebook can make you unfaithful

They always told me that freedom was all about choice.

Then I got that choice and realized that things weren't so easy.

How is one supposed to choose when one has 300 TV channels or 150 bars or 500 million members of one's target sex on Facebook?

We are not equipped for discernment. We are mere chemicals trying to get through the day.

Now, the worst has been confirmed by science. A study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking says that the more time you spend on Facebook, the more your eyes will wander toward … Read more

Review: Paper - Stories From Facebook

Facebook Creative Labs' debut release, Paper, aims to change the way you interact with Facebook on your phone. The app has removed the cumbersome buttons long associated with the original app and replaced them with a cleaner interface and a tacked-on newsreader. But will this be enough to bring fleeing users back to Facebook?


Stylish controls: Although Paper's swipe navigation is nothing new, it makes browsing your feed easy. Swipe left and right to navigate, swipe up to expand, and swipe down to collapse. It couldn't get any easier. Imagine Flipboard but with all the stories from … Read more

Back then: Facebook's Greek drama

Editor's note: In honor of 10 years of Facebook, CNET is republishing our first story about the social network from October 17, 2005. At the time, Facebook was only open to college students, and few realized the impact it would have on the Web. This story has been edited for format.

The campus influence of Facebook -- from study session scheduling to late-night homework procrastination -- has not gone unnoticed.

The outrageously popular social-networking site, in fact, features its press coverage prominently on its About page. But even Facebook's college-age officers seem unaware of how much the site … Read more

Microsoft looks forward with new CEO

CNET Update is afraid to Look Back:

In this episode of Update:

- Get to know Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella. His biggest challenge could be figuring out mobile.

- Look back on your old status updates and photos with Facebook's Look Back video feature.

- Learn why the government wants future cars to "talk" to each other.

- Imagine what could be in store for the Chromecast, now that Google opened it up to all developers.

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