Great Achievements in Facebook
After consulting with LGBT advocacy groups, Facebook is finally adding a slew of gender options for users beyond the typical male-female binary.
The social network announced the switch in a blog post yesterday. Now, users can choose male, female or custom under the gender category. To select a custom gender, start typing and a list of options will come up.
Comcast is acquiring Time Warner Cable for the low, low price of a $45.2 billion all-stock transaction. [The Verge]
We all know the folks at Facebook aren’t saints. Just in the past few months, they’ve steamrolled smaller startups, bribed third-rate celebs to use their product, and decided not to allow ads for marijuana. Who’s afraid of a little pot?!
And this viral video (which is blowing up this week) says Facebook’s system of likes for companies might be tainted.
Bitcoin’s value plummeted 20 percent last night after a major glitch hit trading exchange Mt. Gox. [CNBC]
Google laid the ultimate body slam against Russia’s anti-gay laws as it’s about to kickoff the Winter Olympics. The search giant changed its homepage into a colorful logo with a slam at the IOC for not addressing the problems. [Verge]
The FTC approved Google’s $3.2 billion deal to buy fancy thermostat maker Nest. [Recode]
Here’s an honest version of how those Facebook “Look Back” videos should really look like. [BI]
After being snubbed by Spotify, Tesla inked a deal with Rdio to include the service in its vehicles. [GigaOM]
It doesn’t look like a lot of you are going to update your status celebrating Facebook’s birthday. A new survey from Pew Research discovered that only ten percent of its 1.2 billion users change their status daily while just four percent do it more than once a day.
With only a few Faebook users sharing their annoying life announcements, it means that the social network is a one-way conversation “buoyed by Internet voyeurs who relish the ability to document their lives with their friends or the public,” writes the WSJ.
Facebook is turning 10 years old today in case you didn’t know. Here’s an interview with Zuck. [Today]
Google has been ordered to move its mysterious barge currently creeping in the San Francisco waters because of lack of permits. [Recode]
When the government asked for user data, Tumblr gave it out 76 percent of the time according to a so-called Transparency Report. [CNet]
Now any website or developer can make their website compatible with Google’s Chromecast. [ReadWrite]
Please stop retweeting this fraudulent Esurance account on Twitter because it’s not going to help you win millions the company is giving out. [BI]
With Facebook’s track record of introducing dumb features, we should have known that Facebook’s seemingly cool new update wouldn’t go off without a hitch.
Last week, the social media site unveiled Paper, a new aesthetically-pleasing mobile app that strips your Facebook timeline down to the bare essentials. Unfortunately, Facebook seems not Read More
Great Achievements in Facebook
In a continued effort to be more like Twitter, Facebook is offering incentives to a bunch of random kind-of-celebs to participate in a “WatchWith” party during the Super Bowl. Basically, besides seeing all your friends’ annoying updates, you’ll also get to learn what, say, random actor Josh Duhamel, or a bunch of athletes (what are they?) think of the game.
Facebook is releasing a stripped down, aesthetically pleasing app called Paper. This may be the first time in its history the social network has created an upgrade that doesn’t leave users grumbling.
After all, the social network is really good at giving people anxiety. Scrolling through your feed, you’re apt to slog through exes’ engagements, #WAKEUPAMERICA rants, and a dozen BuzzFeed quizzes before you finally give up and check Twitter.
Snapchat has added another 4000 square feet to their L.A. offices, which are located a block from the beach. How nice for them. [The Hollywood Reporter]