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Facebook Puts Mobile Ad Network on the Back Burner

December 20, 2012
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Facebook watchers — particularly those of the Wall Street variety — are eager for the social network to launch a third-party ad network that will eventually take on Google's AdMob for mobile and Google's AdSense for the web in general. The idea, talked about for a while, is that Facebook will mix the data it receives from websites plugged into the social network — think every time you "share" or "like" something — with data it has from within Facebook to serve up ads across the web....

 

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Instagram Changes Course After Public Backlash
December 19, 2012 From NBC Chicago

Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service now owned by Facebook, said Tuesday that it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements. The language in question had appeared in updated policies announced Monday and scheduled to take effect Jan. 16. After an outcry on social media and privacy rights blogs, the company clarified that it has no plans to put users' photos in ads.

 
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Facebook Jumps Into Local Search
December 19, 2012 From Website Magazine

Facebook just took a giant leap into local search. The world's largest social network has updated the "Nearby" feature in its iOS and Android applications. The update makes it easier for users to discover places that their friends "like" while on the go. To use the feature, users simply need to tap the Nearby tab on the vertical menu bar. The feature will then display local spots that friends have recommended, checked into or liked. Moreover, users can also filter results by categories, such as restaurants, hotels or shopping.

 

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