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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller says reporters should stop holding him to the same standards as a news organization when he posts fabricated news stories on his Facebook page .

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The Election Day win of President-elect Donald Trump has left pollsters, journalists and many others looking for lessons learned. Among the men and women who prepare tomorrow’s journalists, there is also some soul-searching. Many are looking to recalibrate.

Editor's Note: This story contains images and language that some readers may find disturbing. Mark Zuckerberg — one of the most insightful, adept leaders in the business world — has a problem. It's a problem he has been slow to acknowledge, even though it's become more apparent by the day. Several current and former Facebook employees tell NPR there is a lot of internal turmoil about how the platform does and doesn't censor content that users find offensive. And outside Facebook, the public...

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In the photo, a curly-haired woman stares into the camera wearing a red lifeguard bathing suit, holding a long, red rectangular flotation device over her shoulder.

This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. ET on March 6. Facebook said Wednesday that it will limit minors' access to pages and posts that offer firearms for sale, along with other measures intended to curtail illegal gun trafficking. "This is something we've been working on for a while," says Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld. "We want to balance the interests of people who come here to express themselves while promoting an environment that is safe and respectful." Posts advertising sales with "no...

Ten years ago, when Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook at Harvard, Noah Buyon was only nine years old. Facebook started out as a site exclusively for college students, so it took Buyon a few years to find out about it. But when his older brothers got accounts, he wanted one too. "It became kind of the cool thing to have," Buyon says. "I couldn't hold out any more — and I got it, and I've been saddled with it ever since." That's not an entirely positive sentiment. Now that he's in college, a...

Did you travel in 2013? Perhaps you went to Disneyland. Or maybe you met someone special or watched the Super Bowl. Those moments of commonality are being highlighted by Facebook, which today released its list of the year's most popular topics, events and places. After we spent a few moments reviewing the most common life events people reported in 2013, the list reads a bit like a 10-sentence short story — perhaps a fable or a coming-of-age tale. See what you think: Here are the events...

Justin Carter, the 19-year-old who was arrested and jailed in February after making a Facebook comment about a school shooting, is out of jail. An anonymous donor posted the $500,000 bond to allow Carter to go home. Carter plans to stay near New Braunfels, Texas, to await his trial on a felony terroristic threat charge. "He's glad he's out. His family is ecstatic. He feels good. He is relieved. It's been an ordeal," said Don Flanary, Carter's attorney. Flanary said he got a call Wednesday...

Facebook Unveils Big Changes to Your News Feed

Mar 7, 2013

Update at 1:31 p.m. ET. Larger Images, Mobile Oriented: Facebook announced today that it was overhauling its "news feed." This is significant on two fronts: First, this is truly the first big makeover for the feature since its inception. Second, its users — some 1 billion worldwide — are known to be very touchy about changes. Reuters said the new news feed is "visually richer" and "mobile device-oriented." It means the feed will look the same on your computer as it does on your mobile device....

Users of Facebook will soon have a new search tool at their disposal, the leaders of the company announced Tuesday during a live event. The new Graph Search feature will let those on Facebook sift through photos, people, places, and business pages. The new search ability will join Facebook users' newsfeed and timeline as "pillars" of their experience, said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who predicted Graph Search would become an "amazing resource." As for what that resource might help users...

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a settlement with Facebook in which the social media leader agrees to get users' approval before making any privacy changes and agrees to periodic third-party audits for the next 20 years on how it handles user privacy. We told you about this settlement back in November, but today, Reuters reports, after a period of public comment, the settlement has become official. Here's a bit of background from our previous post on the topic: "The FTC claims that...

Update at 4:33 p.m. ET. Right At Expectations: Facebook reported slightly stronger than expected profits. For the second quarter, it reported a net loss of $157 million or 11 cents a share. But when it adjusted its earnings to remove stock compensation charges related to its IPO, Reuters reports, Facebook actually made 12 cents a share. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company met analysts' expectations. But its stock dove in after-hours trading. "Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters...

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A spokesman for Facebook confirms that the founders of Austin-based Gowalla are joining the social networking giant. But, while Josh Williams, Scott Raymond and members of their development team will close the service next month to join Facebook , both sides are quick to point out that the move is not a takeover move by Facebook. Were excited to confirm that Gowalla co-founders Josh Williams and Scott Raymond, along with other members of the Gowalla team, are moving to Facebook in January to...

Facebook is killing its daily deals business in Austin and other pilot cities, according to a statement emailed to the Reuters news agency. We think there is a lot of power in a social approach to driving people into local businesses, Facebook added in the statement. Weve learned a lot from our test and well continue to evaluate how to best serve local businesses. The worlds largest social network chose Austin and four other cities in April to launch its own version of daily deals coupon sites like Groupon , Living Social , and Localiter .

Facebook has selected Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, San Diego and San Francisco to launch its own version of daily deals coupon sites like Groupon , Living Social , Localiter , and dozens of others. Facebook users in those five cities will be able to buy Facebook Deals like a kayak ride on Lady Bird Lake with Live-Love-Paddle for $25 (normally $42) or a photo booth party with up to six friends at South Austin Gallery for $30 (normally $75). You can find the coupons by looking for the deals link in...

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Texas House District 48 Race Still in Limbo Democratic Incumbent Donna Howard maintains her position by only 15 votes. Many wonder when or if her Republican challenger Dan Neil will ask for a recount. Neil released a comment on his Facebook last night: It will be several days before every legal vote has been received and counted, including the votes of our servicemen and women defending our freedom overseas. After campaigning for this seat for a full year, I want to ensure every legal vote is...