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Facebook rolls out Graph Search; Apple gives away some popular paid apps

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Remember that announcement in January when Facebook said it would eventually roll out Graph Search, allowing you to find friends with similar interests and browse old photos?

Well, it’s finally here.

The company rolled it out this week with a video that details search capabilities. You can type “my friends who like trail running” into the search bar, and it will give you a list of friends who enjoy this.

As NBC points out, you can also find out some of your friends’ embarrassing interests and hobbies. (You better go edit your music and movie favorites now.)

But not all of the reaction to Graph Search has been positive. As always, people are worried about their privacy settings. Never fear. This is what you need to know.

When I logged onto Facebook last night, it told me about Graph Search and directed me to my privacy settings to upgrade them. I went through the easy process and have my personal information under lock and key.

As NBC reports, you can also limit the visibility of all your older posts and untag yourself in photos.

It’s probably best that you take a look at your settings and older posts anyway to make sure you want them seen by others. A lot has changed since 2004, including the way we use the social network.

In other news, Apple’s App Store opened its digital doors Monday with a surprise.

Good Morning America reports a number of the most popular paid iPhone and iPad apps were available for free to celebrate the store’s fifth anniversary.

You should definitely check out this offer. It looks like there are some pretty good cost-saving deals.

ABC reports Barefoot World Atlas, a beautiful interactive atlas app typically priced at $4.99, was marked as free. Traktor DJ, an app that allows you to mix songs, was also marked as free, down from $19.99.

Apple hasn’t said how long the apps will remain free, but Max Whitby, the CEO of Touch Press, the company that makes the Barefoot World Atlas app, told ABC News that the app will remain free all week.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Traktor DJ was also still available for free. (Yes, I downloaded it. Maybe I’ll embed a track in next week’s column.)

Finally, Netflix users can breathe a sigh of relief. Your favorite CBS shows are not going away.

CNET reports the company extended their multiyear licensing agreement for select library content. The deal adds titles like “L.A. Complex,” “4400,” and “CSI: NY” to its current stock already available for streaming.

Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos also dropped a hint about adding more titles from CBS in the near future.

The news is exciting for Netflix but troubling for Amazon. Can’t these two kids just get along?

That’s all for today. I’ll leave you with these two questions.

What are your favorite shows on Netflix? What shows do you want to see added to streaming service?

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Tiffany Gibson

Tiffany Gibson has worked for The Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the enterprise team and digital desk. In addition to writing and web editing, she creates interactive features for and assists with data visualization and... Read more ›