Facebook starts to encourages text statuses with new colored backgrounds

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Facebook’s core attraction isn’t news articles you could find anywhere, it’s intimate posts from your real friends. That explains why Facebook is trying to make highly personal text statuses as eye-catching as photos with the new test of a colored background option. The feature lets users select a color that appears behind their text status in place of the normally-white background. Several of the color options offer an Instagram logo-style color gradient, which make them more stylish and modern than boring flat colors. Sent to TechCrunch by reader Hoan Do... Read The Rest →

Workplace by Facebook opens to sell enterprise social networking to the masses

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After 20 months in a closed beta under the working title Facebook at Work, (as we predicted it would the other week) today Facebook is finally bringing its enterprise-focused messaging and social networking service to market under a new name, Workplace. It’s not only armed with a new brand: Workplace is launching with a new kind of pricing model based on Facebook-style monthly active user metrics; and some pretty big ambitions after picking up 1,000 organizations as customers while still in its free, pilot mode (up from 100 a year ago). Workplace — which is launching as a desktop... Read The Rest →

Facebook Messenger Has a Hidden Chess Game; Here’s How to Get Started

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Facebook Messenger Has a Hidden Chess Game Facebook Messenger has gained a ton of useful features in the past few years. It’s no longer just a simple chat program. You can send stickers, GIFs, voice messages, money and even play games. The latest game is Chess, which you can now play against a friend in a one-on-one chat with a simple command. All you need to do is open Facebook Messenger, start a chat with the person you want to play against, type @fbchess play and hit enter. Oddly enough, Android... Read The Rest →

Introducing the Facebook Sports Stadium

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Introducing the Facebook Sports Stadium Today we’re launching the Facebook Sports Stadium, a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with your friends and the world. With 650 million sports fans, Facebook is the world’s largest stadium. People already turn to Facebook to celebrate, commiserate, and talk trash with their friends and other fans. Now we’ve built a place devoted to sports so you can get the feeling you’re watching the game with your friends even when you aren’t together. With Facebook Sports, all the content on Facebook related to... Read The Rest →

Facebook Launches Messenger for Web Browsers

  Messenger for Web Browsers Facebook is bringing Messenger, its standalone messaging tool, to the Web. The social network unveiled a Web version of Messenger on Wednesday, a way to chat from a browser tab on a desktop computer as you would using the Messenger app. The product is accessible at Messenger.com and resides outside of Facebook, where users can already chat with their Facebook friends from a Web browser. (It still requires a Facebook account, of course.) Why, then, is Facebook rolling out a standalone Web page for messaging when... Read The Rest →

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