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Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR signals where the social network is going next

We usually see Facebook acquiring apps and services but this time we have something different. Something that could hint us where social network is going next. Facebook’s latest acquisition is Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The deal was valued at $2 billion, $400 million of which will come in cash and the rest in stock. For those who track these things, that’s like two Instagrams. According to Facebook, Oculus will continue to operate independently at its current offices but we’re sure it will move beyond Read more

Facebook persistent notification bar coming to an Android device near you

Facebook is testing persistent notification bar as we speak, TheNextWeb is reporting. This, new way to inform people about cool things happening within their network is already live in a small circle of Facebook employees but chances are the feature will soon be available to every Android user in the world. As you can see for yourself, this notification features user’s profile photo along with the latest info you should know. If you have a nice image — or even better, if you change it often — you’ll like this. Read more

Facebook Messenger Lands on Windows Phone

After months and months of waiting, Windows Phone users can now get their hands on Facebook’s standalone Messenger app. It’s a lot like the Android and iOS versions, but with a Windows Phone look to it. Icons and text are displayed cleanly and prominently, allowing you to see and access recent chats, friends who are active on Facebook Messenger as well as a full contact list. Unfortunately, Chat Heads didn’t make it to the Windows Phone version of Messenger. Chat Heads was originally part of Facebook’s Home software which debuted Read more

Ian Kersey

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion!!!

I was wondering how in the world WhatsApp will ever make some serious money despite offering great service. Now we all know. They just made a ton of cash and then some. Facebook acquired these guys for the record-breaking $19 billion! That’s an impressive amount of money for any company, let along the one that’s been around for just 5 years. Of that sum, $16 billion will come in cash and shares, and an addition $3 billion in restricted stock. Yeah, Facebook is betting big on messaging and wants to Read more

Facebook’s New iOS App ‘Paper’ Now Available for Users in the U.S.

As promised, Facebook has released the Paper app for iOS today, bringing a whole new way to consume media while keeping up with your friends and loved ones. Paper succeeds in blending many features of its Home software with a great looking news aggregator. The content isn’t just plopped in front of your face by a set of algorithms, however. Facebook actually has humans behind the scenes, picking out content to display in the app. Paper commands your device‚Äôs screen real estate and provides slick content delivery, throwing in articles Read more

Ian Kersey

Facebook’s Content Delivery App ‘Paper’ Landing on iOS on February 3rd

Outside of their official Facebook app, Facebook has had a rough go when it comes to the mobile scene. (HTC First, anyone?) The company is looking to change all that by launching a new app for iOS called Paper, which is a news aggregator of sorts. Paper commands your device’s screen real estate and provides slick content delivery, throwing in articles and news and not just your status updates and friend’s baby pictures. The app will deliver news to users based on topics and categories that a user is interested Read more

Ian Kersey

Facebook Paper launching to take on Flipboard?

The personalized magazine space is about to get even more competitive with Facebook apparently looking to enter the space. According to Re/code, the social networking giant will launch its news reader app called Paper in the coming weeks, with features that are comparable to the one Flipboard is offering. In other words, except the app to go through your friends list and check out what they find interesting from all around the web to serve only the news you care about the most. However, unlike Flipboard and some other personalized Read more