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Today Facebook co-opts the best thing about Myspace pages — rapid music discovery — by prominently adding a “Listen” button to musician Pages right next to the Like button. When clicked, the artist’s jams will start to play in your most frequently used Facebook music streaming app such as Spotify or MOG.

If you haven’t authenticated any music apps, Facebook will prompt you to set up the one that’s most popular with your friends, or around the world. Now with just a single click of an immediately visible button, visitors to Facebook Pages can sample an musician’s sound and decide if they want to “Like” them.

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The social network announced Monday that it is buying photo-sharing service Instagram, a two year-old San Francisco-based company that has attracted more than 30 million users, for $1 billion in a cash and stock deal.

The deal marks an attempt by Facebook to maintain dominance in an area that has proved one of its stickiest and most popular features: photo sharing. At the end of last year, Facebook users were uploading more than 250 million photos a day, on average, according to Facebook’s filing with the SEC. The social network’s members also spend nearly a fifth of their time on the site browsing photos, a 2011 comScore study found.

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The company on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco against five of its most aggressive spam enablers.

The defendants include JL4 Web Solutions, based in the Philippines and referred to in the suit as “TweetAttacks.” Other defendants include Tennessee-based Skootle Corporation, referred to as “TweetAdder”; “TweetBuddy”; and the individuals James Lucero and Garland Harris.

The lawsuit takes aim at the people building spamming tools, such as software that latches on to trending topics and starts injecting irrelevant marketing messages into the mix.

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Arizona is faced with a dilemma: to possibly curb free speech or be left in a pre-digital age.

The state’s legislature has been under fire the past few weeks for a bi-partisan bill that would revise its telephone harassment and stalking laws, according to the Associated Press. The law was written before the influx of computers and smartphones, and updates would add this modern technology into existing legislation.

On one hand, advocates of this law say it would make it easier to criminalize perpetrators who stalk their victims online or with text messages; but, on the other hand, free speech advocates say the law’s language is too broad making any “annoying” or “offensive” comment made on the Internet illegal.

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Pop singer Lady Gaga recently became the first person in history to amass 20 million Twitter followers.

It should come as little surprise that the Queen of Pop shot to the top: the top seven Twitter users with the most followers are all celebrities. President Barack Obama, with around 12.9 million followers, come in eighth place, just behind Kim Kardashian.

According to TwitterCounter:

Lady Gaga gains an average of almost 40,000 followers per day. Unlike many of the most-followed celebs on Twitter, Lady Gaga actually follows a good number of people herself. The pop star has 150 followers for every account she follows, whereas Oprah Winfrey has over 200,000 followers for every person she follows.

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Messages from brands such as Walmart and Starbucks may soon be mixed in with your Facebook status updates and baby photos from friends and family. Facebook unveiled new advertising opportunities Wednesday to help the world’s biggest brands spread their messages on the world’s largest online social network.

Brands you’ve endorsed by hitting the “like” button will now be able to push deals and other updates right into the news feeds that show your friends’ updates, photos and links. These posts could also show up if one of your friends has interacted with a brand, such as by liking it or commenting on a photo.

The changes come ahead of Facebook’s initial public offering of stock, expected this spring. The IPO could value the company at as much as $100 billion. That means Facebook has to prove it can bring in real advertising revenue from the likes of Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble and other massive brands.

Chris Cox, Facebook’s vice president of product:

The definition of the word ‘advertise’ is to draw attention to. The definition of a story is narration, which you’d think is what people prefer.

This could now change as Facebook moves to integrate brands’ messages into the news feeds of its 845 million users as part of a long-term vision of moving from ads to stories about brands.

Rather than bombarding people with flashy ads, Facebook is urging companies to integrate themselves into what people are already doing on the site — talking to their friends and family, commenting on photos or posting news links.

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Google has added a Google+ share button and notification box that allows you to share your thoughts on the company’s social networking site Google+ directly from the homepage or any search result.

The new addition, which appeared on Monday on the .com and sites, non only breaks the usual minimal design of the Google homepage but allows you, for the first time, to do something other than search while searching.

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Thousands of people have taken part in co-ordinated protests across Europe in opposition to a controversial anti-piracy agreement.

Significant marches were held in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).

Around 200 protesters gathered in central London outside the offices of rights holder representative groups.

Demonstrators argued that Acta will limit freedom of speech online.

However the agreement’s supporters insist it will not alter existing laws, and will instead provide protection for content creators in the face of increasing levels of online piracy.

The treaty has to date been signed by 22 EU members, including the UK, but has yet to be ratified by the European Parliament. A debate is due to take place in June.

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The graffiti artist who took Facebook stock instead of cash for painting the walls of the social network’s first headquarters made a smart bet. The shares owned by the artist, David Choe, are expected to be worth upward of $200 million when Facebook stock trades publicly later this year.

The social network company announced its $5 billion public offering Wednesday afternoon, which is expected to value the whole company at $75 billion to $100 billion. Ultimately, that offering will mint a lot of billionaires and millionaires.

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Later this week, Facebook will file documents with the SEC to announce its intention to go public. People close to the deal expect the company to be valued somewhere between $75 billion and $100 billion when shares finally begin trading in late May.

Facebook is so valuable mainly because more than 850 million individuals use the product each month. Half that number come back every day. In hindsight, something so massive and valuable as Facebook can seem almost historically inevitable.
But the truth is, Facebook’s creation—and even its sustained development—was anything but a foregone conclusion.

We know this because back in college and in the year or so following, Mark Zuckerberg held lots of instant message conversations with friends and confidants about his plans for life and work. Due to a lawsuit or two, these instant messages were preserved. We have viewed some of them.

In one of these conversations, a 19-year-old Zuckerberg confers, during the fall of 2003, with his best friend from high school, Adam D’Angelo—who would become Facebook CTO and later cofound Quora—about which project he should focus on: a “dating site” he was asked to build for some Harvard seniors, or “the Facebook thing.” Zuckerberg and D’Angelo discuss what “the Facebook thing” should be like.

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