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November 13, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
Just when you thought Facebook had been taken over by the coupled up, hitched and with child folks of the world, Facebook ups the ante by updating a largely unused feature for those in relationships. Though “friendship pages” have been available for some time--a timeline of events, photos and interests you share with a Facebook friend, be it a platonic friend or someone you're in a relationship with--Facebook launched an updated look for these pages, as well as a handy URL for those in romantic relationships to view an even more special timeline of events.
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November 19, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
What WOULD you say? A new Facebook app developed by Princeton students in a 36-hour hackathon is making the rounds, and it's eerily accurate at copying how users talk on the social networking site. What Would I Say asks users to login using their Facebook, and using fancy terminology like bigram and unigram probabilities, trains a “bot” to mimic any given users way of speaking. Past comments and status messages are mashed up, and the results range from dead-on accurate to hilariously bizarre.
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February 21, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Dead users' Facebook profiles won't be private anymore.  In an announcement Friday , Facebook announced "memorial" pages for deceased users would no longer become private and only accessible by friends. Instead, the company said, privacy settings they chose before their death would be kept.  "Starting today, we will maintain the visibility of a person's content as-is," the company said in an announcement. "This will allow people to see memorialized profiles in a manner consistent with the deceased person's expectations of privacy.
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June 13, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Smart phone. After a South Lawndale teen robbed a woman of her smart phone on Tuesday, he took a photo of himself with it, state prosecutors said. That photo became his undoing, they said, when the phone automatically posted it to his victim's Facebook account. Jesus "Bam Bam" Anaya was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with theft, robbery, and indecent exposure after police officers saw him urinating in the street near his West 21st Place residence and recognized him as resembling the alleged phone robber, according to court records.
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August 1, 2013 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
I'm set to meet someone this week I met via OKCupid (one of the few times I've felt inclined to actually reach out). We've exchanged some pleasantries and seem to have a very similar background. She's offered up her Facebook profile already. My concern is this: I'm very reluctant to add anyone on FB unless I've actually met them in person or have a very, very, very good connection to them. How would be a good way to say, "Let's just wait till we meet in person before we Facebook stalk each other?"
NEWS
July 2, 2012
Same-sex couples will now be able to announce their marriages on Facebook without the presence of a heterosexual symbol. The social media site has added icons for same-sex marriages to replace the standard bride and groom icon, according to Mashable . The new feature first gained attention when a blue icon of two grooms appeared over Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes' timeline announcement of his marriage to partner Sean Eldridge. Read the full story here .
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May 1, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Let's get digital. Mayor Emanuel tonight will host his third Facebook town hall meeting to discuss topics such as food trucks and education reform. The hour-long event is set to begin at 6 p.m., livestreaming at facebook.com/chicagomayorsoffice and livestream.com/chicagomayorsoffice . Seven hundred people submitted more than 300 questions at askchicago.org for the session, said Kevin Hauswirth, Emanuel's director of social media. Participants voted on which questions the mayor should address.
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January 18, 2014 | RedEye staff
Juan Pablo Galavis, the star of this season's "The Bachelor" on ABC, is causing some controversy. And no, it's not about to whom he did or did not give a rose on the show. The star attended an ABC party Friday night in Pasadena, Calif. and interviewed with some media outlets, according to this Los Angeles Times story. But it was the interview with Sean Daly from The TV Page that sparked quite a bit of negative reaction. (Listen to the full interview here via TheTVPage.com)
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November 26, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
Guess what? That thing your friends, weird coworkers and confused relatives have been sharing on Facebook is pretty much a useless chain letter. Surprised? You shouldn't be. That thing I'm referring to, specifically, is the “copyright notice” being copy-pasted into Facebook statuses for the past few days that claims to claim copyright of the poster's content on Facebook, despite the new Proposed Statement of Rights and Responsibilities Facebook posted last week , along with the decision from Facebook HQ to end the feature that allows users to vote in or out new proposed features and privacy or usage statements.
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May 16, 2013 | By Riley Blevins and RedEye
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