Buzz Aldrin: We’ll Be on Mars ‘Before 2040′

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Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin has walked on the moon , and now he's touched down in Menlo Park. Aldrin, one of three astronauts who were part of the historic Apollo 11 space mission that successfully landed on our gravitational neighbor on July 20, 1969, stopped by Facebook headquarters for a Q&A on Friday. See also: 'The Eagle Has Landed:' The Apollo 11 Mission, 45 Years Later Post by Buzz Aldrin . Aldrin responded to all sorts of questions from Facebook users — ranging from technical questions regarding NASA's past and current space endeavors to the future of traveling to Mars to what his favorite sandwich is (note to Buzz: we're not sure a quesadilla really counts as a sandwich, but they are definitely the most delicious). Read more »

#IStandWithPalestine vs. I <3 IDF: A War of Photos Between Supporters

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Updated July 25, 2014, 4:15 p.m. ET to include comment from StandWithUs . As fighting in Gaza continues between Israeli forces and Hamas militants, users of Instagram and Facebook are getting creative to voice their support for Israel and the Palestinians. See also: Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War Beginning July 10 an international non-profit organization called StandWithUs asked people to send in photos from around the world “standing with Israel against Hamas,” a spokesperson with the group tells Mashable . But things really picked up when they began getting messages from Muslim countries saying that they support Israel taking a stand against human rights violating Hamas, but are afraid to speak out in their own countries, she says Read more... More about Us World and World Read more »

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Agreed to via Terms of Service

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The terms of service, also known as the document you're supposed to read before signing up for a site or platform, is a treasure trove of legal guidelines, rules and permissions that few people really care about. But there are a few things you're agreeing to, hidden within the jargon, that might change the way you use the web. Some permissions, like keeping personal information, protecting copyrights and preventing impersonation, are well-known and relatively innocuous. That said, there's a chance you're violating a term of service without even realizing it. See also: This App Deletes Your Personal Information From the Web Read more... Read more »

Facebook Revenue Surges to $2.91 Billion in Q2, Beating Wall Street Estimates

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Facebook revenue surged to nearly $3 billion in the June quarter on the strength of its ad sales, handily beating Wall Street estimates. Facebook reported earnings of $0.42 per share on revenue of $2.91 billion for the June quarter, compared to the consensus estimate among analysts for earnings of $0.32 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion. See also: Who Won the World Cup: Facebook or Twitter? Revenue for the quarter was up more than 60% from the same quarter a year ago thanks largely to strong growth in ad sales. Total ad revenue for the quarter hit $2.68 billion, a 67% increase year-over-year. Mobile ads, one thought to be a weak point for Facebook after its IPO, now account for 62% of ad revenue. Read more... More about Facebook , Stocks , and Business Read more »

William Shatner Slams Facebook App Designed for Celebs Like Him

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Memo to Mark Zuckerberg: next time you launch an app aimed at making Facebook easier for celebrities, consider asking William Shatner to beta-test it first. Shatner — yes, that Shatner, the singer, raconteur and sometime starship captain — launched a blistering broadside against Facebook Mentions on his Tumblr account Tuesday. "I’m not quite sure why Facebook released this app," Shatner concluded at the end of a comprehensive review of its features. "It seems to be ill conceived." See also: William Shatner: My Problem With Twitter's Verified Accounts If you don't know what Facebook Mentions is, that's probably because you're not famous enough Launched last week , the app is supposed to make life on the social network easier individuals who command large numbers of fans. They get to swoop in on conversations where fans mention them as well as conduct Q&As from the comfort of — well, anywhere. Read more... More about William Shatner , Social Media , Facebook , and Facebook Mentions Read more »

Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War

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The picture from Gaza seemed like so many other conflict zone photos — until you began to notice the details. The lifeless arm of a Palestinian boy cradled by an adult running across the beach. The sand studded with what looks like brush, but is really pieces of something shattered. A small child lies face down in the sand, legs jutting out at odd angles, seemingly struck dead. See also: In Pictures, Worldwide Protests Against Israeli Military Action in Gaza Tyler Hicks/ @nytimes pic.twitter.com/KMRP8YzGRz — Carlos Saul Duque (@saulduque) July 17, 2014 The picture, shot by the New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks, quickly became one of the most discussed pictures of the conflict. With heartbreaking clarity, it showed the faces of a few of the Palestinian civilian victims killed by Israeli rockets, and quickly ricocheted around Twitter and Facebook Read more... Read more »

Flexible Printed Batteries May Soon Power Wearable Tech

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A California startup is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers.  Imprint Energy , of Alameda, California, has been testing its ultra-thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels and environmental sensors. The company’s approach is meant to make the batteries safe for on-body applications, while their small size and flexibility will allow for product designs that would have been impossible with bulkier lithium-based batteries. Even in small formats, the batteries can deliver enough current for low-power wireless communications sensors, distinguishing them from other types of thin batteries. Read more... More about Energy , Wearables , Battery , Tech , and Dev Design Read more »

Here Comes the Social Networking Bride

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Today’s bride is leveraging her social networking skills to make her dream day come true. A quick scroll through your Facebook News Feed and you’ll probably spot her recording every step of the way. It all starts with the engagement status. Within hours of saying “yes,” 28% of brides-to-be update their social media statuses, while 24% do so the next day Mashable partnered up with TheKnot.com to conduct a social and tech wedding survey in which we asked couples about their digital habits during the wedding process. Our results show that brides are digitizing their big day in a big way See also: How to Nail Your Viral Video Wedding Proposal Read more... More about Wedding , Social Media , Features , The Knot , and Infographics Read more »

WSJ’s Facebook Page Hacked With Fake Air Force One News

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A false report about the loss of Air Force One was posted to The Wall Street Journal 's Facebook page early Sunday morning. The newspaper later said its page had been "compromised." See also: 'The Wall Street Journal' Turns 125: Here's What the First Issue Looked Like The WSJ deleted the fake posts, but not before several users captured screenshots of the apparent hacking: Image: Imgur , Krishna Sapkota Image: Imgur , Krishna Sapkota The newspaper then posted a message saying it was "looking into" the situation: Post by The Wall Street Journal . "We acted quickly to remove erroneous material and have secured the account," a WSJ spokeswoman said later on Sunday morning. Read more... More about Facebook , Wall Street Journal , Hacks , Media , and Us World Read more »

Did Facebook’s Slingshot Miss Its Target?

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Slingshot began with a misfire, and hasn't fared much better since then Facebook accidentally released its Slingshot app on June 9, then quickly removed it from Apple's App Store. Eight days later, the social network officially released the app on iOS and Android, which lets users send playful photos and videos that then disappear Now, one month after its official launch, Slingshot has effectively disappeared from App Store rankings See also: Facebook Plans to Launch More Standalone Apps Like Messenger The app briefly cracked Apple's list of top 50 free apps in the United States the day after it launched, but began a sharp decline after that, according to data from App Annie , which tracks mobile apps. Slingshot has since fallen out of the top 1,000 free apps on iOS in the U.S. Read more... More about Facebook , Apps , Business , and Slingshot Read more »