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Actually, I didn't install adblockers because of ads but because of all the clutter that Facebook litters on every page. People, films, TV shows, musicians, books, celebrities, sports teams, on and on and on ad nauseum (no pun intended). They are filling up the right column, appearing next to your messages, and hiding under the comments when a photo is full screen.
At the time, Facebook's ads were primarily on the right, small and easy to ignore. But the rest of that crap? It had to go. I laugh at the stories about the trending stories errors, but am lucky enough to only see them in the news not on my screen.
TechCrunch doesn't seem to be doing any original research on the matter, instead quoting surveys and studies by other groups. Add in the fact that their comments are powered by Facebook and that their "message" button is primarily signing you up for bot messages via Facebook's Messenger app and little wonder that they have no interest investigating much further than the surface.
One's Facebook experience isn't predicating on whether one is or isn't annoyed by ads alone, but by how Facebook presents itself to the user during a visit. Facebook's ads are really the least of my concerns with that company.
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This testing is in Australia. Be prepared to tell them you'll delete the app if they move it beyond testing.

You've been warned.
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This is Facebook's third attempt to parlay old posts (or merely recent ones) into videos, videos that are the very definition of reruns. I was already thinking of keeping my birthday hidden this year and this might be the tipping point. Is there a way to delete this?
First there was Memories, then there was Friends Day, and now there's Facebook's Birthday Videos.
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The idea no one asked for except for retailers, banks and credit cards who only want to control ever more data and fees.
Mastercard is just the latest financial behemoth to jump into the mobile wallet game, but it's not clear if anyone is winning in this space.
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Beth Howland, best known as Vera on TV's "Alice", was already a Broadway veteran when she sang "Getting Married Today" by Stephen Sondheim for "Company". This is from a film of the cast recording the album for "Original Broadway Cast", a failed pilot for a series about recording cast albums that was shown as a special.
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I told you that Google Photo's autogenerated albums were trouble.
We are not lazy and don't need your "suggestions" or "help" with our photos.
The pictures and videos I captured during my first trip to Palestine in October 2010 came at a cost that included several hours of detention and interrog...
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Yes, we do lose.

RIP Gene Wilder.
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AHH! Planet of the Apes is coming true!!

WATCH THIS ORANGUTAN MAKE SOUNDS THAT RESEMBLE HUMAN SPEECH
http://goo.gl/axyY2S

It's Dr. Zaius' ancestor! Is a baby Caesar (or Milo) next?
XD
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Get ready. It's coming. Go to your My Activity link and check out what you want them to use for advertising. The focus will be mobile ads, you can count on it.
The internet search giant has a lot of data on you (and every other user), but it's been hesitant to use it in sending you ads. Until now.
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Instagram goes algorithmic for all users.
Well, looks like I am never getting Instagram now. I sure am glad I deleted it off my phone.
In March, we announced a new way of ordering posts in feed so you’ll see the moments you care about first. On average, people miss 70 percent of their feeds. It’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share as Instagram has grown. Over the past few months, we brought this new way of ordering posts to a portion of the community, and we found that people are liking photos more, commenting more and generally engaging wit...
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I will think about it Ben. I am trying to narrow down all these communities I joined.
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"Different!"
I just love poking (Poke! - haha!) fun at Facebook, a site that is really rather mediocre underneath all of the flash and glitter they throw at users and the media. It's just a collection of mostly mismatched services that truly don't interest the majority of users (Notes anyone? How 'bout Rooms?).
14 seems kind of high after reading the story because I would consider some of the "times" to be overlaps or even hair-splitting but, eh, I'm just sharing not the author.
Facebook may not have been able to buy Snapchat, but that hasn’t stopped the social network from co-opting many of the messaging app’s features.
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