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Chamath Palihapitiya: Facebook can help bring mass adoption to Bitcoin

imageAccording to former Facebook executive and venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, adding identity to the pseudo-anonymous Bitcoin currency will help legitimize it. In it’s current state, Bitcoin transactions are anonymous to an extent. Bitcoin addresses and transactions don’t carry any identity, and could be kept anonymous by the owner if they wanted. But in the public Bitcoin ledger, the block chain, all transactions can be viewed and analysed by anyone.

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A sum-up of social networks

Social networks continue to evolve. From the early days of Friendster and Myspace, to the big days of Facebook, social networking is changing all the time. Especially with the advent of Twitter, short bursts of information both visually and textually are popular.

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Facebook is planning to launch their own drones

Yes, you read that right. Drones aren’t just for the secretive work of the government. Drones although still very expensive to own and operate, are increasingly becoming more available to organizations that want to be able to monitor from the skies above. 

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Why does Facebook want Whatsapp?

imageFacebook bought the mobile messaging app WhatsApp for a groundbreaking $19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark deal that places the world’s largest social network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users into the fold.

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Facebook may soon let you be anonymous for the first time

imageFor the entire history of Facebook, there’s one thing that has always been pushed on it’s users - real identity. Facebook is known for using identity verification for user accounts, and users having to use real names.

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World Map of Facebook, err, Social Networks

imageEach year Vincenzo Cosenza posts his World Map of Social Networks, showing which networks are the most popular by region. He recently posted his December 2013 edition, showing the most popular networks according to Alexa website traffic data. 

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You can now donate to nonprofits through Facebook

imageFacebook just launched a new feature on the social network, that will allow anyone to make charitable contributions to participating nonprofits through Facebook. Using the new Facebook Donation Button, nonprofits can accept donations from Facebook users, through the site.

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Facebook, Google, and Twitter, all have this in common with Bitcoin

imageWhat does Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other huge tech companies all have in common with Bitcoin? Or even more crazy, what do rats or bacteria have in common with Bitcoin? You will be surprised to see, they all have very much in common.

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Hackers steal 2 million passwords from Facebook, Twitter, and Google

A massive hack that has been discovered shows that 2 million passwords have been stolen from users of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.

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Soon you will be able to send your Facebook friends bitcoins

imageBlockchain.info posted a new way to send bitcoins on the web. Outside of the normal way of using an exchange to send bitcoins peer-to-peer within the exchange using a Bitcoin address, Blockchain.info now offers a few different ways, including a way using Facebook.

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Facebook testing software to track your cursor movements

Facebook is the biggest social network to ever come across this planet. So, analytics play a huge role in the overall user experience. From clicks to pages, Facebook monitors every single piece of user interaction with the site, in hopes to make it better - and of course - to be able to market advertiser dollars to their users more effectively.

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Tech giants have their most formidable opponent yet: The NSA

imageIn a new set of documents released by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, more information is being discovered about how the NSA is tapping into big tech companies data.

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Growing pains: Ads are making their way to Instagram

The inevitable is going to be happening soon on Instagram. It should have been apparent when Facebook went public, and just prior they acquired Instagram. Facebook/Instagram needs to be sustainable, and in order to do that, the commonplace is to have ads on the network.

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Facebook no longer has the largest social network - the NSA does

Mark Zuckerberg, it’s time to move over. There is a new king of social networks, and it’s not Facebook anymore. New information released by the infamous NSA leaker Edward Snowden shows that the NSA is mapping a social network that takes up to 20 billion records - seventeen times the amount of Facebook’s 1.2 billion recorded users.

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See all 1.2 billion Facebook users in one single image

Is it possible to get all 1.2 billion Facebook users on one single image? Apparently so, with The Faces of Facebook web page. Created by freelance designer Natalia Rojas, The Faces of Facebook web page at first looks like a screwy TV screen with a bunch of static and noise.

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