Facebook 'gifts' launch, users can send presents

Facebook 'gifts' launch, users can send presents

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SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 29: Best Buy gift cards are seen on display at a Best Buy store December 29, 2005 in San Francisco, California. Retailers experience a rise in gift card sales this holiday season and hope that customers will redeem them during post holiday sales since gift cards do not register as a sale until they are redeemed. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Posted on September 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

   NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is launching a new service called Gifts which, as its name suggests, lets users send chocolate, coffee, socks and other real-life presents to one another.

   Facebook Gifts will be available Thursday to a subset of users in the U.S. Users will be able to click on a "gifts" link on their Facebook friends' pages. This will display presents they can purchase, such as a Starbucks gift card, cupcakes or a teddy bear.

   The recipient will be notified through Facebook to enter a shipping address for the presents. Facebook Inc. will take a cut from each item sold.

   Facebook Gifts is the result of Facebook's May acquisition of Karma, a startup based in San Francisco. Karma's mobile app let people send gifts to their friends on the go.
 

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