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September 26, 2012

Dropbox and Facebook team up to make filesharing easier

The new feature aims to make file sharing easier for businesses on the social networking site by allowing members to share within Facebook groups.

By Tineka Smith

Dropbox feature on Facebook

The partnership means that Facebook users are now able to share files from Dropbox right inside Facebook Groups.

The new feature will allow notes, schedules, photos and videos to quickly be shared from anyplace.

People part of a Facebook Group will be able to like or comment on anything shared from within the group. Members of a Facebook group will also receive updates automatically if a file is edited after it has been shared.

Once a user links Facebook to their Dropbox account they will be able to search through Dropbox and choose what they would like to share.

"To share with your Facebook group, click ‘Add File’ on the group’s page," said Dropbox in a blog. "Docs, photos, and videos shared from Dropbox will show up on the group’s wall and can also be viewed on a smartphone or tablet."

The feature will start rolling out to all Facebook members today.

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Whether Facebook members and businesses will be comfortable doing regular filesharing on the site has yet to be seen.

Facebook has denied claims of a recent privacy breach after members claimed their old private message were being publically re-published on the site.

The social network admitted old messages were appearing on profiles but denied any type of breach and said the messages were simply old public messages.

Dropbox recently experienced a security breach in August this year when passwords stolen from other services were used to access Dropbox accounts including a Dropbox employee.

Dropbox users first began reporting an increase in spam in early July. The company was quick to respond and launched an investigation.

"Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts," Dropbox said in a statement on its website.

"A stolen password was also used to access an employee Dropbox account containing a project document with user email addresses. We believe this improper access is what led to the spam. We’re sorry about this, and have put additional controls in place to help make sure it doesn’t happen again," Dropbox added.

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