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Facebook allows millions of people to share texts, photos, videos and stickers through its messaging app, and most recently to send money. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a platform Wednesday that will allow developers to integrate apps into Messenger and an upcoming tool aimed at making online shopping easier. Users will have access to more than 40 new apps, allowing them to send GIFs, e-cards, animations and other content by pushing a “send to Messenger” button.Facebook is also testing a feature that allows Messenger users to get order confirmations, shipping updates and send messages to businesses directly if they change their mind about an order. Facebook, which also plans to allow people to share on their Newsfeed “spherical videos,” which give a 360-degree view of the recorded surroundings, and is releasing a tool to help developers see how often people come back to their apps across multiple devices.

It also unveiled social plugins that would allow for comments shared on a website to simultaneously pop up on the social network’s comment section and for publishers to easily embed Facebook videos on their websites.





How often you chat with someone using Facebook’s Messenger app is what the company determines how to place posts in your feed. If you haven’t chatted with someone in a while on Messenger, and then you start chatting again, posts from that person might appear higher in your news feed.

This information was shared by Facebook engineers during a session Wednesday during the company’s F8 conference in San Francisco.The algorithm Facebook uses to rank posts in people’s news feeds is complicated. If a user shares location data with Facebook, that is also taken into account. Friends who are geographically near may get more prominent placement.A user’s interests and his or her history of activity on Facebook may carry more weight.Some posts from Pages, however, may not always appear in users’ news feeds, if the posts don’t generate a lot activity on the site or if they’re overly promotional. Overall, some of the most important signals Facebook uses for its news feed ranking include the author of the post, the activity around it, and the type of content it includes, like a photo versus text. Photos tend to rank higher

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The second annual Edible Book Festival returns April 1, 2015 will be held at the Evans Library in the first floor Johnette & Elwyn Bass Library Commons. Food lovers and literary fans are invited to create an “edible book,” which is an edible, culinary interpretation of any book, literary pun, book character, or plot, for a chance to win prizes.

The Edible Book Festival is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. A panel of celebrity judges will select winners from seven categories: Puniest, Grossest, Best Construction, Best Children’s Entry (13 and under), Best Staff Entry, Best Texas A&M Student Entry, and People’s Choice. Each winner will receive a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card, and a grand prize winner for Best in Show will receive a $150 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Heres a look at the 2014 Edible Book Festival


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