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Court: Facebook “Like” Is Protected by the First Amendment

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a former deputy sheriff in Hampton, Va., who said he was sacked for “Liking” the Facebook page of a man running against his boss for city sheriff.

Like, 4 Real

We will burn the Golden Like and thus bring the act of liking to where it belongs.

— Dutch painter and performance artist Dadara (a.k.a. Daniel Rozenberg), referring to the 30-foot sculpture of a Facebook “Like” that he created for Burning Man this year, where it was widely misinterpreted as a Facebook endorsement

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When “Likes” Can Shed Light

Facebook users’ patterns of “Likes” on the social-networking site can unintentionally expose political and religious views, drug use, divorce and sexual orientation, researchers said Monday.

Facebook’s Ever-Evolving Campus Welcome Sign

Like. Poke. Search. It all ends up on Facebook’s front door at some point.
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Facebook Continues Testing Free Wi-Fi With Cafe Partners

Facebook is in the midst of a small program with a handful of cafes in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley areas. In the program, first noticed by Inside Facebook, Facebook provides its partner cafes with free routers, and customers check in to the business on Facebook in order to access the Internet. The service is being tested inside Philz Coffee in San Francisco, according to Hunter Walk, as well as a handful of Palo Alto cafes.

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Facebook Tests Pinterest-Like Feature With Retailers

Facebook is currently testing a new layout with a handful of retailers, letting users “Like,” “Want” and “Add” product photos to a favorite list. Dubbed “Collections,” the feature is strongly similar to Pinterest’s user interface and feel, as both are focused heavily on buyable items with large potential for a move into e-commerce. Retailers in the test include such recognizable fashion brands as Nordstrom, Old Navy and Macy’s.

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Why the “Want” Button Doesn’t Work for Social Commerce

People aren’t enthusiastic about broadcasting their product purchasing intentions/preferences to their social network.

You Know Twitter’s “Favorite” Button? It Could Have Been Called “Thanks.”

To “Favorite,” to “Thank” or to “Like” — that is the question.
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Sorry, Developers: Don’t Expect Facebook’s F8 Conference This Year

Facebook’s State of the Union address to its developers won’t be coming in 2012.
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TheFind’s Glimpse App Makes Facebook’s “Like” Button Pay Off

“Like” something just because? No thanks. “Like” something and get a discount? Why not?
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On Facebook, We Get More Love Than We Give

+1 Gets a Minus

Everyone's an Innovator

Pulse News App for iPad Gets Social

PayPal Introducing "Social Way to Shop"

Myspace: A Place for Facebook Friends

Meebo Foursquarifies the Web with Check-ins