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Why Facebook Says Your Video Ads Should Be Silent
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Why Facebook Says Your Video Ads Should Be Silent

The social-media giant has new features and recommendations to help businesses make videos that can be watched without sound.
Catherine Clifford
Marc Andreessen Apologizes for Tweets About India
Marc Andreesen

Marc Andreessen Apologizes for Tweets About India

The prominent venture capitalist and Facebook board director had condemned the Indian government for banning the social-media company's free Internet service.
4 Data-Backed Reasons You Need to Offer More Parental Leave
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4 Data-Backed Reasons You Need to Offer More Parental Leave

The U.S. is notorious for being one of the worst countries in the world for work-life balance. Let's change that.
Matt Straz
What People Really Think When They See Your Profile Picture for the First Time
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What People Really Think When They See Your Profile Picture for the First Time

Most won't admit it, but we humans are quick to form opinions based on something as shallow as a hat or the distance from the camera.
Liraz Margalit
India's New Net Neutrality Rules Bars Facebook's Free Internet Program
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India's New Net Neutrality Rules Bars Facebook's Free Internet Program

The program offers pared-down Internet services on mobile phones, along with access to the company's own social network and messaging services, without charge.
5 Ways Mark Zuckerberg Took Risks, for Better or Worse
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5 Ways Mark Zuckerberg Took Risks, for Better or Worse

Not every risk will pay off, but we can learn from all of them taken over the years by the king of social media.
Joel Comm
Indirect Data Is the Travel Industry's Secret Weapon
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Indirect Data Is the Travel Industry's Secret Weapon

If travel marketers pay attention to what potential clients are searching for on the Internet and social media, they'll have their best season yet.
David Steinberg
WhatsApp

WhatsApp Becomes First Messaging App With 1 Billion Users

Its user base has more than doubled since Facebook bought it back in 2014.
8 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Need More Business Relationships and Fewer Friends
Networking

8 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Need More Business Relationships and Fewer Friends

Social networking has changed the definition of "friend." But successful networking isn't about how many friends you have.
Martin Zwilling
Facebook Launches Periscope Challenger for iPhone Users Nationwide
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Facebook Launches Periscope Challenger for iPhone Users Nationwide

The move could bolster the 100 million hours of video users already consume daily on Facebook.
Geoff Weiss
Facebook May Have a Ridesharing Service in the Works
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Facebook May Have a Ridesharing Service in the Works

A just-published patent outlines a system that would allow users to carpool to events.
Geoff Weiss
Facebook Revenue Surges, Boosted by Ad Sales
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Facebook Revenue Surges, Boosted by Ad Sales

The social-networking giant's total revenue rose 52 percent in the fourth quarter.
Did Mark Zuckerberg Really Take 'Paternity Leave?'
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Did Mark Zuckerberg Really Take 'Paternity Leave?'

Facebook's founder is back at work after a high-profile respite. It's worth asking if he ever truly left.
Ray Hennessey
Facebook's 5 New Emoji 'Reactions' Are Coming Soon.
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Facebook's 5 New Emoji 'Reactions' Are Coming Soon.

A fresh new set of feels, for when 'like' isn't enough. 'Yay' not included.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
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Facebook is the largest social networking site worldwide.

The site was co-founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while still a student at Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass. Membership was initially limited to Harvard students but the site eventually opened to other college and high school students. Membership was extended to anyone with a valid email address in 2006.

Some of Facebook's early investors included PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Microsoft. Napster founder Sean Parker was Facebook's founding president.

Facebook allows users to create profiles than can include photos, personal interests and contact information. Users can communicate over a variety of public and private posting features.

The site has also become a useful marketing tool for businesses and brands, including Entrepreneur Magazine.

Early on, Facebook was often compared to Myspace, another social networking site. Other popular social media sites such as Twitter and Google+ rival Facebook in terms of users and features.

Facebook went public in 2012 and raised more than $100 billion.

Here are some of our most popular Facebook articles:

This Is the 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Just Turned Down $3 Billion From Facebook

Facebook Is a Fundamentally Broken Product That Is Collapsing Under Its Own Weight

Where Are They Now: Meet Facebook's First 20 Employees

How to Build a Killer Facebook Page for Your Retail Company

Facebook Facepalm: In Big Real-Estate Buy, Mark Zuckerberg Seeks Personal Privacy, Then Removes Online Privacy Feature