Facebook Hoping to 'Friend' Nokia
According to the Wall Street Journal, social networking web site Facebook and Nokia are discussing a potential partnership. The deal would have Nokia embed portions of Facebook's services into Nokia's phones, according to the WSJ's sources. One example cited would be having the phone use a person's Facebook contacts as the main set of contacts on the phone, including the ability for users to see the online status of other users, send them messages and post on their walls. Discussions between the two companies have been on-going for months, and it doesn't appear that they are ready to make a formal announcement. Some issues still being ironed out include how much user information Facebook would be able to access, such as web browsing history or buying habits. The companies plan to announce something at the Mobile World Congress show, but final details of this partnership won't be included in that news.
Facebook Allowing Users to Designate Legacy Contact
Facebook today added a tool allowing people to name a family member or friend who will be able to manage their account if/when they pass away. Legacy contacts will be permitted limited access to a deceased user's account.
Facebook to Display Amber Alerts
Facebook today said it has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will begin to push Amber alerts to users' Facebook news feeds. Facebook said it was inspired to create the service after an Amber alert posted to Facebook by a user resulted in the recovery of an abducted child.
Facebook for Windows Phone Receives Major Facelift
Microsoft has made available a new version of Facebook for the Windows Phone platform. The latest update to the social networking app mixes in several new features that were previously only available in the beta, as well as overhauls both the user experience and performance.
Facebook Releases 'Lite' App for Android Phones
Facebook today announced Facebook Lite, a version of the social network that uses less data and will work on less-robust network connections. The Facebook Lite app is just 1MB to install, and Facebook claims it loads quickly and offers core features, such as News Feed, status updates, photos, and notifications.
Facebook Wants People to Talk About Holidays and Events
Facebook today said it plans to offer people conversation starters about holidays, programs, and events that take place locally as well as around the world. The new Messages from Facebook will populate the top of users' News Feeds and each will focus on a specific moment or event.
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