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Facebook’s Weekly Change

As we all know, Facebook enjoys to change features and details on their website on a weekly basis and this week has made a couple more changes.

One of the new features introduced is the “subscribe” option.  This allows the user to see a person’s “public updates” without having to be that particular person’s friend.  This new “subscription” feature is somewhat similar to that of following someone on Twitter or Google+ in an attempt to be able to connect with a broader audience such as athletes or celebrities.  Starting Wednesday, Facebook users will see a button (labeled “subscribe”) next to the “message” and “poke” buttons on Facebook profiles. Once the button is pressed, the user will begin to see status updates on their news feed just as if they were Facebook friends.

The new subscription feature is also handy for people who want greater control over what appears in their News Feed. Facebook says the feature will help users decide what they want to see and what they don’t.

The next change Facebook has made is changing the way it handles its friend lists.  The new feature changes the way it handles its friends lists, the features that lets users sort their friends into broad categories and share content selectively.

According to a recent blog post from Facebook, they have built in three new list features that will be available to all users this week.

The first features is “smart lists” which automatically populate groups based on those who have the same workplace listed as you, those who’ve attended the same school as you, family members, and friends who live nearby.  Users will have the ability to add or remove friends manually if they so choose.

The other two list features are the “close friends” and “acquaintances” options which let you control what you see on your news feed.  Adding someone to the “acquaintances” list effectively mutes their posts in your news feed except for “big events”.


Facebook Music Service?

It seems that competition with Google+ is starting to scare Facebook.  In what looks to be an attempt, reports say that Facebook will be launching their own music service on September.

The headline is the only thing that we know of right now but multiple sources have confidently stated that Facebook will in fact be launching their own music service.  The September date lines up to around when Facebook’s developer conference (f8) will be going on so this new music service can be one of the major things being announced at the conference.

Facebook Paying Hackers

If you haven’t heard yet, Facebook actually WANTS you to hack their site.  Facebook stated that they have paid over $40,000 already to its new “bug bounty” security initiative that was launched three weeks ago.

The new security initiative invited security researchers (both professional and unprofessional aka hackers) to send details of any vulnerabilities in Facebook’s security.  If any bugs are found, Facebook will pay the finder a fee of at least $500 and is willing to pay higher for any impressive findings.

“We’ve already paid a $5,000 bounty for one really good report,” Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan wrote in a blog post. “One person has already received more than $7,000 for six different issues flagged.”

Security researchers from over 16 countries have successfully reported Facebook bugs.  Facebook’s “thank you” list names all of the finders.

Facebook also assures that no legal action will be taken against those who found bugs through less-than-legal routes.

So if you have any experience in online security and are looking to make some extra cash, try searching for security vulnerabilities on Facebook.

Minor Facebook Changes

Earlier this week, Facebook announced some new security features to their site in which a user will have to accept or reject posts, pictures, or videos that they have been tagged in before the post appears on their wall and Facebook’s news feed.

One more minor change that Facebook has introduced is the change of size of default uploaded pictures from 720 pixels to 960 pixels.   Any photos that have already been uploaded before this change will automatically be resized to fit the higher resolution.  Another side note, photos will apparently be loading into user’s browsers twice as quickly as before.

Finally, Facebook made some changes to its photo viewer.  Besides changing the position of the navigation arrows, Facebook also decided to dim the background (moving away from the complete black background from before).

These minor changes are starting to make people wonder what big changes Facebook will be bringing to their developer’s meeting in September.

Facebook Developer Conference

Thursday morning, Facebook announced the date of their much anticipated developer’s conference (also known as f8) which will take place on September 22nd.

The conference will be held at the San Francisco Design Center and will be announcing new exciting features coming to Facebook.  Although they will be announcing new features, Facebook has not discussed anything publicly yet or even as to why this year’s meeting is later than meetings before.

Just to remind people out there.  At the last “f8” conference, Facebook announced the “like” button as well as other plugins for other third party sites.

Facebook is sending out invitations to the event to a lucky few.  You can sign up for tickets here.

New Facebook App From Miramax

Film studio, Miramax has just a new Facebook app (Miramax eXperience app) that allows you to stream acclaimed movies such as Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and No Country for Old Men.

With 20 movies to rent (for now), the Miramax app is now among one of the largest movie streaming apps to hit Facebook.  Among these other video streaming apps are companies like Warner Bros., Paramount, and Universal.

“No question there will be more content and more markets,” Miramax CEO Mark Lang said in a blog post. “Our plan is to use this as an enabling platform, including eventually as a digital locker cloud service.”

Users of this new app will be allowed to watch movies on their PC, iPad, or Google TV browser.  Most movies are free but if you so choose to rent one, it will cost you 30 Facebook credits or around $3.