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Facebook has just reported its Q2 2014 earnings, showing growth in revenues, income and user numbers. As for the financials, Facebook saw a 61 percent jump in revenue over Q2 2013 to $2.91 billion, with net income also jumping to $791 million, a boost of 139 percent over last year. Operating income, operating margin and EPS were all up substantially from last year.

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ZEN & TECH is Mobile Nations' lifestyle podcast where we work on centering our inner geeks and using technology to help reduce stress and live better connected lives. In today's episode, Georgia and Rene talk about the recently reported Facebook psychology experiments, how social affects our moods, and how to handle online anxiety.

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It may be a holiday here in the US, but that doesn’t mean the official Facebook app for Windows Phone can’t get an update. Facebook is a long time works project, evidently, meaning it needs lots and lots of love from Microsoft. This morning, we being bumped to version 8.1.6.0, up from 8.1.5.9 just three days ago.

Like most of these Facebook app updates, this is a small version change as you can tell from the numbering. That means we’re expecting some teeny tiny fixes for something you may not noticed (and ‘seems faster’ is probably not the right answers).

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After a spurned attempt to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion last year, Facebook is gearing up to launch its own ephemeral messaging app, internally codenamed "Slingshot". The app, which is said to have a "simple and speedy user interface" (not unlike Snapchat) is designed to take on Snapchat with short video and photo messages that disappear after one viewing. The app has reportedly been in the works for several months, and might launch as early as this month.

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Depending on your circle of friends, Facebook might be the primary way for getting events organized and planned. Leave your feelings about Facebook at the door, it’s a great platform for getting an event up and running with a group of friends. The official Facebook app for Windows Phone is certainly serviceable in handling events, but what if there was something better? An app that just focused on a killer experience for events on Facebook? There most definitely is. LocalEvents for Facebook is a brand new app that deserves your download.

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Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore is knee deep in his Reddit AMA at the moment, and a few interesting bits are being revealed. In a question targeted at apps lagging behind on iOS and Android, Belfiore singled out Skype and Facebook as examples of apps they’re working on.

Specially, a new Skype app is being tested that is supposed to help with performance. In addition, an update to the Facebook app is slated for June with “improvements to performance, having full-width photos in the newsfeed, and seeing photos & comments at the same time”.

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Rejoice, Facebook users, as your favorite (or not so favorite) app has received yet another small update today.

Facebook for Windows Phone, including those on the 8.1 Preview, will get bumped from version 8.1.4.4 to version 8.1.4.25. That is not a momentous increase, and tells us that this is probably just some small bug fixes and improvements, possibly related to 8.1 performance.

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Windows Phone 8.1 has a lot going on under the hood, from unified app stores with Windows 8.1 to new tools for developers. One of those tools is dubbed the ‘Social Extensibility Framework’ and while an odd term, it will have vast consequences for Windows Phone users going forward.

In case you’re wondering, this is the ‘What happened to Facebook in Windows Phone 8.1?’ discussion. While some of you have lamented the changes, no doubt due in part to habit, in the long run this improved architecture alteration will give companies a more consistent and unified approach to Windows Phone.

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Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use the core Facebook app to do their chatting. Though this change will be rolling out globally, there will be exceptions in place for lower-powered Android devices that apparently can’t handle the Pure Awesome of the Facebook Messenger standalone app, and for Facebook’s relatively fresh news app, Paper.

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