Facebook Drops Little-Known ‘Other’ Message Folder

Facebook is to ditch a messaging feature which put messages from strangers into a folder that┬ámany people didn’t know they had. The company says the new system includes checks to restrict spam or other unwanted approaches. At the moment, messages from people who aren’t either your Facebook friend or a friend-of-a-friend don’t appear in your […]

Premium Broadband May Be Pointless

US broadband providers have been told they must prove their claims of offering “super-fast” connections. Officials believe technical disputes between companies may mean paying extra for fast speeds could be pointless. The demand comes from Tim Wu, who was recently appointed the senior enforcement counsel for the New York state Attorney General. It’s hardly a […]

Nearly A Million Facebook Users ‘Come Out’ In A Year

Facebook reports 800,000 Americans “came out” on the site in the past year. The actual numbers may be affected by Facebook’s chosen definition, but there’s clearly a social trend this year. The number covers both sexuality and gender. The Facebook research team put together the figures by compiling the number of people each day who […]

Amazon Launches Etsy-Like Handmade Store

Amazon has launched a specialist artisan goods marketplace titled Handmade. It’s already been seen as a challenge to Etsy in that sector. Rather than launch the site and hope to pick up some sellers, it seems Amazon launched a recruitment drive beforehand, directly approaching Etsy store owners. As a result it’s launching with 5,000 sellers […]