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Just Like the Share Price, Facebook Goes Down After Being Hacked (Daily Mail)
Facebook experienced service outages for portions of its 900 million users Thursday after the social networking site was apparently targeted by a hacking group. The mass outages for the famously reliable social networking site capped off a topsy-turvy two weeks for co-founder Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook’s stock closed at $29.60 per share on Thursday, down 22 percent from its offering price of $38. The New York Times On Valentine’s Day, Nick Bergus came across a link to an odd product on Amazon.com: a 55-gallon barrel of … personal lubricant. He posted the link on Facebook, adding a comment: “For Valentine’s Day. And every day. For the rest of your life.” Facebook — or rather, one of its algorithms — had seen his post as an endorsement and transformed it into an advertisement, paid for by Amazon. VentureBeat If you have a great idea or application that uses the Facebook platform for human rights, the company just might give you a sweet $20,000 prize for your efforts. The cash is part of the Access Innovation Prize and is offered in partnership with Access, the tech human rights organization. Mashable A recent Facebook update lets page administrators schedule posts in advance, similar to the scheduling functions of HootSuite and other third-party apps. However, users quickly noticed flaws in the user interface — that is, if they could even find the feature at all. CNET Facebook has apparently booted Google’s Chrome browser off of its supported browser list, instead highlighting Opera, according to Favbrowser, which managed to cache a page with the note (the page no longer appears). The switch is particularly poignant with speculation flaring up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera. AllFacebook The question of whether registered sex offenders should be allowed to use Facebook and other social networks found its way into a courtroom again Thursday, this time in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, Ind., where Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said she would rule within one month on whether a state law banning the practice is constitutional.

Hands on With Windows 8 Release Preview: It’s All About the Apps (Wired)
Windows users are one step closer to getting a major system facelift — and if the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system build tells us anything, it’s that the company is putting the system’s strongest focus on home-grown software. Because Bing has agreements with Twitter and Facebook — the world’s two biggest news-sharing social networks — the News app can pull what people are sharing across search, Facebook and Twitter, and present more accurate results for trending content. ABC A year ago, Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion. But the first real integration between the companies looks like it will come with Windows 8. “We are going to double down on Windows 8,” Skype’s CEO, Tony Bates, said at the All Things D conference. LAPTOP Magazine Though consumers have been able to test a pre-release version of Windows 8 since the consumer preview launched in February, the new iteration has some subtle but important improvements worth noting, including support for new touchpad gestures and improved touch-support for Internet Explorer 10.

New Bing Now Available in the United States, Includes Deeper Facebook and Twitter Integration (The Verge)
Microsoft has announced that its new Bing design is now available. The new Bing includes a layout of three panels that’s very similar to a Metro style Windows 8 app, including search results, snapshot, and a social sidebar.