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Patton Oswalt responds to Boston Marathon explosions on Facebook

Since the news broke earlier today of the explosions that went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, there has been an outpouring of support online, including from celebrities via Twitter. But at least one celeb was quick to vocalize his thoughts about the tragedy with more than 140 characters. Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt went serious on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon to respond to news of the explosions that have reportedly killed two people and injured dozens more.

Oswalt, known for roles in such films as Young Adult and Pixar’s Ratatouille, first recalled his feelings following the plane hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001. “My reaction was, ‘Well, I’ve had it with humanity,’” he wrote. READ FULL STORY

Facebook introduces 'Home' -- A way to learn what your friends are doing, without having to talk to them

Today Facebook introduced Home, which it calls ”a completely new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps.”

Home, which isn’t really an app or an operating system or anything, ”replaces the lock screen and home screen” of your phone so that from the moment you think ”Hey, what time is it? Let me check my phone”, you can see what all of your friends are doing on Facebook (without you). Home also has ”chat heads,” which pop up with your friend’s face on them, even when you’re using other apps. In general, Home is for anyone who has ever said ”Man, I wish I could look at one app, while looking at another app.”

Home will be available for free at the Google Play Store on April 12, but is so far only available on select GALAXY and HTC phones.

The press release concludes ”We wanted to reimagine the way we all use computing devices to make us more connected and bring us closer to the people we care about.” Another way to do that is to make a phone call, something most phones still do.

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‘New Girl’: Help Jess get to her date with Nick in new Facebook game 

'New Girl': Help Jess get to her date with Nick in new Facebook game -- EXCLUSIVE

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For a while, it seemed like New Girl‘s Jess and Nick needed all the help they could get to realize how great they’d be together. They’re a little more clued into their compatibility now, but Jess can still use your help getting to her first date with Nick.

To promote New Girl‘s special Thursday timeslot this week, Fox has created a Facebook game called “First Date Dash” (in honor, of course, of Jess and Nick’s first date that we can’t wait to see in this week’s episode). EW can exclusively tell you Newbies that the game launches today on the show’s Facebook page. Check it out here.

In the game, players must use their arrow keys to collect heart icons and maneuver Jess on the road to the finish line, where Nick is waiting for her. Naturally, the road isn’t without some obstacles (the feeling stick, puppy in a cup, etc.), placed there by Schmidt and Winston, the roommates who are not too keen on having a romantic couple in the loft.

Watch the promo for this week’s episode below: READ FULL STORY

George Takei, Evan Rachel Wood, Lance Bass, other celebs change their profile pictures in support of marriage equality

Lots of web-surfers today are seeing red, but it’s not at all because they’re feeling irritated, angry, or bull-like. Facebook and Twitter have turned red and pink as the Supreme Court discussed whether to overturn Proposition 8.

On the two social media sites, the Human Rights Campaign changed its blue and yellow logo to a red and pink version of the image of an ‘equals’ sign.

“Red is a symbol for love, and that’s what marriage is all about,” Human Rights Campaign spokesperson Charlie Joughin told MSNBC.com. “We wanted to give people an opportunity to show their support for marriage equality in a public and visible way.” READ FULL STORY

Redesigned News Feed will change everything about the way we Facebook now

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This afternoon, Facebook made an announcement so bold, so incredible, so — dare I say? — groundbreaking that the very foundations of the way we stalk our exes and look to see which of our enemies have gained weight may be forever altered.

The basic gist: Pictures on News Feed — wait for it, wait for itare about to get bigger.

Not just a little bigger — a lot bigger. Like, super big, as you can see from the photo above. Additionally, Facebook will be reducing News Feed’s clutter by allowing users to sort which information appears — it’ll soon be possible to view just updates from all of your friends, just photos posted by your friends, just posts from the properties you “like,” and so on — adding little maps to the posts that appear when a user checks into a location, and changing the site’s interface so that it better resembles Facebook’s mobile interface. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The Surprising Power of 'Pretty Little Liars'

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Television isn’t just about ratings anymore. Now networks are fighting to earn the “most social” title for their hit shows, and one of the savviest series in the social media universe is the over-the-top teen mystery Pretty Little Liars. The ABC Family phenomenon and its digitally-inclined stars — Lucy Hale, 23; Ashley Benson, 23; Shay Mitchell, 25; and Troian Bellisario, 27 — are changing how networks measure success, one photobomb, tweet, status update, and Keek video at a time.

Some of the of their posts may be related to the ABC Family drama, where the girls play an atypically glamorous high school foursome tormented by anonymous and cunning cyberbullies out to punish the friends of a dead queen bee. But the cast’s real gift is for unleashing more personal-flavored details — a video of Benson slinking around to Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” with person-of-interest James Franco; photos of Hale in the studio recording her country album — that serve as a dose of gossip-crack for viewers and fans, which keeps them clicking and tuning in. Pretty Little Liars draws 3.8 million viewers each week, while also maintaining a colossal digital footprint of more than 10 million likes on Facebook, a Twitter handle (@ABCFpll) with a million-plus followers, and four stars who collectively reach more than 5.5 million with a tweet or retweet. (Hale alone boasts 2.2 million Twitter followers.)
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Do you hear the people 'Like'?: 'Les Misérables' and 'Django Unchained' come out on top in Facebook pre-Oscar data

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Les Misérables has a heart full of likes on Facebook. (We can keep these puns coming all day.)  The Tom Hooper movie has the most Facebook fans of any best picture nominee with 1.2 million, followed by Django Unchained with 723,000.

Oscar predictions are all about compiling data (and also who gave the best performance and deserves the award most and stuff like that), but even though Les Misérables has fans on Facebook (and here), it still has only 50/1 odds of winning Best Picture, according to Las Vegas Sports Betting. READ FULL STORY

We 'Like' this: 'Downton Abbey' fake Facebook newsfeed

Credit: HappyPlace.com

Credit: HappyPlace.com

[Spoiler Alert for those who have yet to see this past Sunday’s episode of Downton Abbey.]

Think you’ll never laugh again after witnessing the most recent episode of Downton Abbey? HappyPlace.com feels your pain and is turning it into laughs, however inappropriately timed they might be. The site, which has put up a “Facebook recap” for every episode this season, has gone viral with a fake Facebook newsfeed covering all the characters’ plots on the show from episode 4. All the highs, such as Thomas’ borderline-stalking crush on Jimmy, and lows — obvious — from this past week’s sobfest are there. One million ‘Likes’ for jokes such as “Ethel Parks left a job at Loving You Long-Time.”

For those who were hoping Mary and Edith would finally bury the hatchet after Sybil’s death, this page isn’t for you. For those that agree, however, that Matthew probably has quite a few follow-up questions for Dr. Clarkson (and some ill-timed ones for Mr. Murray) click on over and see when in the hour Mary and Matthew check in to “The Really Crappy and Gross Part of Downton Abbey.”

Does anyone know a good marriage counselor near the Downton area?

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Facebook introduces reusable gift cards: Do you like?

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Remember that goofy “gift shop” Facebook introduced in 2007, which allowed users to pay real money for tiny virtual icons of pizza slices and toilet paper? The social networking giant shut down that initiative in 2010, only to add a new service called Gifts late last year. This revamped store enables users to buy physical presents for their friends via Facebook — and starting today, the site’s members can also purchase renewable gift cards for use at retailers including Jamba Juice, Olive Garden, Sephora, and Target.

Once a user buys a card, the gift’s recipient will be notified immediately; shortly thereafter, a physical gift card (bearing Facebook’s logo) will arrive in the mail. The coolest part of this initiative is that each card can hold multiple gift balances for different stores or restauraunts; users can see their gift balances on Facebook itself, under their account settings. Those balances are updated in real time as amounts are added or spent.

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Facebook Super Bowl map bleeds 49ers red, but what about Mequon, Wisconsin?

Super-Bowl-mapThe San Francisco 49ers are about a 3.5 point favorite to win their sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday, and judging by the finely detailed Facebook map representing Niners/Ravens partisanship, that outcome will please most of the country. Not surprisingly, red spills all over the western half of the country, but there was also little love for the Ravens in the northeast — where Giants and Patriots fans are still licking their wounds after crucial losses to Baltimore.

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