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  • Philadelphia chocolate store: Tax issue resolved Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. Blasius Chocolate Factory says on its Facebook page that ... More »

  • Brighton Nephew of Guantanamo Detainee, 'Killed Fighting in Syria'
    Brighton Nephew of Guantanamo Detainee, 'Killed Fighting in Syria' Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The Foreign Office says it is investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Abdullah Deghayes, an 18-year-old from Saltdean, near Brighton, in Syria. Deghayes, the nephew of former Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes, had apparently told family he was going to Libya. His father Abubaker Deghayes says he only found out about his death from Facebook: We found out on Facebook.  I hope he died for a noble cause, trying to help Syria, I need to find out. More »

  • Amanda Todd Suicide: Man Arrested in Netherlands
    Amanda Todd Suicide: Man Arrested in Netherlands Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A 35-year-old Dutch man has been charged with offences linked to the case of 15-year-old schoolgirl Amanda Todd, from British Columbia, Canada, who committed suicide after being blackmailed into exposing herself via webcam by someone who then posted the video on her Facebook page. The man's lawyer, Christian van Dijk, said one charge relates to a 15-year-old from British Columbia - believed to be Ms Todd. My name is Amanda Todd." More »

  • British number one Robson to miss Wimbledon, French Open
    British number one Robson to miss Wimbledon, French Open Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    (Reuters) - British women's number one Laura Robson will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after having surgery on her wrist, the 20-year-old announced on Thursday. Robson, who has a world ranking of 64, has not played since losing in the Australian Open first round to Kirsten Flipkens and will travel to the United States for the operation. "I wanted to inform my lovely supporters that I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr. Richard Berger," she said on her Facebook page. Although sadly, I will have to miss the French Open and Wimbledon." Robson got to the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, and reached number 27 in the world rankings in July. More »

  • Tennis-British number one Robson to miss Wimbledon, French Open Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    British women's number one Laura Robson will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after having surgery on her wrist, the 20-year-old announced on Thursday. Robson, who has a world ranking of 64, has not played since losing in the Australian Open first round to Kirsten Flipkens and will travel to the United States for the operation. "I wanted to inform my lovely supporters that I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr. Richard Berger," she said on her Facebook page. Although sadly, I will have to miss the French Open and Wimbledon." Robson got to the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, and reached number 27 in the world rankings in July. More »

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: Cisco Systems Inc. rose .8 percent to $23.21 with 47,542,000 shares traded. Facebook Inc. fell 1.3 percent to $58.94 with 77,145,000 shares ... More »

  • Facebook launches Nearby Friends
    Facebook launches Nearby Friends Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature launched by the company today. More »

  • The Newest Facebook Feature: Sharing Your Location with Friends
    The Newest Facebook Feature: Sharing Your Location with Friends Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Facebook knows a lot about you, including, in many cases, the location you’re posting from. Now the social network wants other people to know where you are, too. More »

  • Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature
    Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. The "Nearby Friends" feature must be turned on ... More »

  • Robson Out Of Wimbledon
    Robson Out Of Wimbledon Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    British tennis No 1 Laura Robson has announced that she is to have wrist surgery and will be forced to miss the French Open and Wimbledon. The 20-year-old has been able to play just two matches this season due to the injury, halting her ascent up the world rankings. And the former Wimbledon junior champion wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday: "I wanted to inform my lovely supporters that I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr. Richard Berger. "Dr. Berger is very confident that I will be able to return to the tennis court pain-free before you even have time to miss me, although sadly I will have to miss the French Open and Wimbledon." More »

  • Twitter broadens advertising reach through app-install ads
    Twitter broadens advertising reach through app-install ads Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc took a significant step Thursday towards broaden its advertising business by offering mobile ads urging people to install apps on its social network as well as through MoPub, the mobile-advertising network it acquired last year. As the mobile app economy grows, app developers have been willing to pay increasing amounts to advertise on major sites like Facebook to boost their app downloads. Twitter said Thursday it could reach 1 billion unique mobile devices through its MoPub network, which places ads inside of hundreds of apps. Twitter, which acquired MoPub last year for roughly $350 million (208 million pounds), reaches a more limited audience of 240 million users through its own Twitter.com Web site and mobile apps. More »

  • Billionaire Usmanov remains Russia's richest tycoon - Forbes
    Billionaire Usmanov remains Russia's richest tycoon - Forbes Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Alisher Usmanov is Russia's richest tycoon for the third year in a row, with wealth of $18.6 billion (11.0 billion pounds), after selling his stake in the social media website Facebook , according to the latest report by the U.S. magazine Forbes. Usmanov is a co-owner of Russia's largest iron ore miner, Metalloinvest , and the country's number-two mobile operator, MegaFon . His worth rose $1 billion from his previous rating after the sale of his and his partners' stake in Facebook for $2.5 billion, according to Forbes. More »

  • Kiev says three separatists killed in attempted storming of base Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Aleksandar Vasovic MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and Kiev said three attackers were killed in the shooting that followed, making it the bloodiest incident so far in a 10 day uprising in the east. There were some women with them, but then they left," said police major Oleksandr Kolesnichenko, deputy commander of the base. We are safe." Heavily armed pro-Russian separatists have seized buildings in about 10 towns and cities in eastern Ukraine. We have verified that one person is dead and more than 10 wounded." Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov said in a post on Facebook that an armed group of about 300 people had attacked the base in Mariupol on the Sea of Azov with guns and petrol bombs. More »

  • Romanian Teenager Uses Facebook to Save Stray Dogs
    Romanian Teenager Uses Facebook to Save Stray Dogs Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A Romanian teenager is using Facebook to save stray dogs in Bucharest from being put down. Some 60,000 stray dogs roam Bucharest. The strays are thought to be a legacy of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's decision to bulldoze Bucharest's historic centre in the 1980s to make way for a gargantuan "House of the People". Ana-Maria uploads photos of the dogs onto Facebook and carefully selects owners from among thousands of would-be pet owners who visit her page (www.facebook.com/anamaria.ciulcu). More »

  • Yahoo shares jump as Alibaba's revenue surges ahead of IPO
    Yahoo shares jump as Alibaba's revenue surges ahead of IPO Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Yahoo Inc's shares rose as much as 9 percent in heavy trading on Wednesday, a day after Chinese internet company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, in which it holds a 24 percent stake, reported a surge in quarterly revenue. At least nine brokerages raised their price targets on Yahoo's shares ahead of Alibaba's IPO filing, expected next week. "We continue to recommend aggressive purchase of (Yahoo's) shares ahead of the Alibaba IPO," Topeka Capital Markets analyst Victor Anthony said in a note. The IPO is set to be the largest in the United States since Facebook Inc's 2012 market debut and it is the most awaited IPO in what's expected to be a record year for U.S. tech debuts after Twitter Inc's successful IPO in 2013. More »

  • The App That Hides Game Of Thrones Spoilers
    The App That Hides Game Of Thrones Spoilers Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Silencer extension allows users to type in specific terms, which are then blocked from Twitter and Facebook feeds. It could be a boon to dedicated fans of hit TV dramas such as Sky Atlantic's Game of Thrones, Mad Men and True Detective. Fans of Game of Thrones were left angry on Monday after a technology website tweeted spoilers minutes after the latest episode aired. The four million Twitter followers of Mashable were sent details of a major event in the most recent episode, followed by an email update. More »

  • Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs
    Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 (89,306.98 pounds) donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. But Bucharest's state-funded wards now hold 2,800 dogs, and 2,000 dogs have been euthanized in the past two months, according to Romania's Authority for Animal Surveillance and Protection. Some 60,000 strays roam Bucharest. More »

  • China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for U.S. IPO next week - sources
    China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for U.S. IPO next week - sources Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is expected to file the prospectus for its U.S. initial public offering next week, sources said on Wednesday, moving closer to what could be the biggest-ever listing by a technology firm. Alibaba's documents could be filed as soon as Monday, added the sources, who couldn't be named because the plans aren't yet public. The IPO could be worth more than $16 billion (9 billion pounds), surpassing the previous record for a technology share sale set by Facebook Inc in 2012, Reuters previously reported. ... More »

  • Fast 7: Paul Walker's Brothers To Finish Film
    Fast 7: Paul Walker's Brothers To Finish Film Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Two brothers of the late actor Paul Walker will help finish Fast & Furious 7 following his death in a car crash. Caleb and Cody Walker will "fill in small gaps left in production", a statement on the film's Facebook page said. His friend Roger Rodas was driving and a police investigation found the Porsche was travelling up to 94mph when it went out of control. Fast & Furious 7, which is directed by James Wan and stars Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson, has been adjusted to include the footage shot with Walker and to give his character some kind of send-off. More »

  • Paul Walker's brothers to fill in for late actor in 'Fast 7'
    Paul Walker's brothers to fill in for late actor in 'Fast 7' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The brothers of actor Paul Walker, who died in November, will fill in for the late action star in order to complete scenes in the upcoming film "Fast & Furious 7," according to a statement posted on the film's Facebook page. Caleb and Cody Walker will help finish action scenes for their brother and "fill in small gaps left in production," the statement said. Walker, 40, died on November 30 in a fiery one-car crash in Santa Clarita, California, northwest of Los Angeles. Walker was on break from filming "Fast & Furious 7" at the time of his death, which led to a temporary halt in production. More »

  • Alibaba's growth quickens in time for landmark U.S. IPO
    Alibaba's growth quickens in time for landmark U.S. IPO Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd accelerated revenue growth in the crucial fourth quarter, the company reported on Tuesday, a timely lift for the Chinese Internet company as it prepares for a highly anticipated public offering. Alibaba's resurgence helped lift shares in Yahoo Inc, which owns about 24 percent of the Chinese company and is highly sensitive to Alibaba's growth prospects and valuation. China's largest Internet company, which is racing to prepare for the largest U.S. IPO since Facebook Inc's 2012 coming-out party, recorded 66 percent growth in sales to $3.06 billion (1.82 billion pounds) in 2013's final three months. Its listing is the most highly anticipated of what's expected to be a record year for U.S. tech debuts, spurred on by Twitter Inc's successful 2013 IPO. More »

  • Cop Dressed As Amish Woman To Catch 'Pervert'
    Cop Dressed As Amish Woman To Catch 'Pervert' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    An undercover cop spent two months dressed as an Amish woman in the hope of scaring off a man exposing himself to Amish children. Pulaski Township Sergeant Chad Adams posted a picture of himself in the Amish attire on the department's Facebook page. Police were unable to charge the man because of a lack of evidence, but Sgt Adams thought it was important to publicise his assignment to deter the suspect or others in the future. More »

  • Camoranesi sent to the corner for criticising teacher
    Camoranesi sent to the corner for criticising teacher Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Midfielder Mauro Camoranesi, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has been dropped from Racing Club's squad for criticising coach Reinaldo Merlo. Argentine-born Camoranesi, winding down his career towards retirement at the end of this season, said Racing were too defensive and depended entirely on goalkeeper Sebastian Saja for their results. "We officially communicate that Camoranesi was removed from the professional squad because of the public remarks he made yesterday (Monday)," Racing said on their Facebook account on Tuesday. "From tomorrow, the player must train at the Tita Mattiussi Compound (where Racing's juniors practice)," they added, probably signalling a premature end to the 37-year-old former Juventus winger's playing career. More »

  • Soccer-Camoranesi sent to the corner for criticising teacher Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Midfielder Mauro Camoranesi, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has been dropped from Racing Club's squad for criticising coach Reinaldo Merlo. Argentine-born Camoranesi, winding down his career towards retirement at the end of this season, said Racing were too defensive and depended entirely on goalkeeper Sebastian Saja for their results. "We officially communicate that Camoranesi was removed from the professional squad because of the public remarks he made yesterday (Monday)," Racing said on their Facebook account on Tuesday. "From tomorrow, the player must train at the Tita Mattiussi Compound (where Racing's juniors practice)," they added, probably signalling a premature end to the 37-year-old former Juventus winger's playing career. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
    Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday April 7, to Sunday April 13, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace
    Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Google has purchased high-altitude solar-powered drone builder Titan Aerospace as part of the search engine giant's efforts to bring internet access to remote areas of the world. Google snapped up the New Mexico company for an undisclosed fee, reportedly fending off rival Facebook which was also said to be interested in the company. Titan Aerospace's website was blocked overnight and now carries a holding page with the Google logo and a short message. "We're thrilled to announce that Titan Aerospace is joining Google. More »

  • US stocks are mixed in afternoon trading
    US stocks are mixed in afternoon trading Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Major U.S. stock indexes were mixed in afternoon trading Tuesday after an early gain faded. A survey on the homebuilding industry weighed on the market most of the day, dragging down homebuilding stocks. Facebook, Google, Apple and other tech stocks also fell. More »

  • US stocks shift lower in afternoon trading
    US stocks shift lower in afternoon trading Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Stocks remained on a downward tack in afternoon trading Tuesday, shedding modest gains from a day earlier. A survey on the homebuilding industry appeared to weigh on the market, dragging down homebuilding stocks. A decline in Facebook, Google, Apple and other tech stocks contributed to the market slide. More »

  • US stocks shift lower in midday trading
    US stocks shift lower in midday trading Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Major stock indexes slid into negative territory in midday trading on Tuesday as investors mulled over a downbeat survey on the homebuilding industry, tensions in Ukraine and the latest batch of corporate earnings. A decline in Facebook, Google, Apple and other tech stocks contributed to the market slide, which wiped out early gains. More »

  • How any actor (even a really nice one) can play a truly evil villain like King …
    How any actor (even a really nice one) can play a truly evil villain like King … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Game of Thrones fans have spent the past few years nursing a grudge against the actors Lena Headey and Jack Gleeson, who make a strong case for being the world's worst mother-son combination: the vindictive Queen Cersei and the despicable King Joffrey. Anna Gunn played Skyler White in Breaking Bad, and the outcry against her and her character was so great that it inspired a Facebook page called "I Hate Skyler White," which still has over 30,000 likes. Theda Bara, Hollywood's first "vamp," was known as a dangerous woman to cinemagoers of the World War I era. In her actual life, Bara was a demure young Jewish woman from Cincinnati whose real name was Theodosia Goodman. More »

  • Don’t fret the falling tech stocks
    Don’t fret the falling tech stocks Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    After climbing 244 percent from its 2009 low, the NASDAQ has dropped over 8 percent. Notable tech stocks like Facebook and Twitter have sunk 18 percent and 26 percent, respectively, since March. Even tech behemoth Google has fallen 13 percent. Facebook's stock has a price over earnings (P/E) ratio of 97.55. More »

  • Facebook plans to provide mobile payment services - Financial Times
    Facebook plans to provide mobile payment services - Financial Times Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is preparing to join the mobile-payments race with remittances and electronic-money services on the social network, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing several people involved in the process. The company is close to obtaining approval from the Central Bank of Ireland to start a service that would allow users to store money on Facebook and use it to pay and exchange with others, the people told the FT. The company has also had partnership talks with at least three London start-ups — TransferWise, Moni Technologies and Azimo — that offer online and mobile international money transfer services, three people involved in the discussions told FT. Facebook's specific plans, including which countries the electronic-money services would be available in, were not immediately clear. More »

  • Google gazumps Facebook over Titan Aerospace drone purchase
    Google gazumps Facebook over Titan Aerospace drone purchase Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Google has bought Titan Aerospace. That's the same high-altitude drone manufacturer that Facebook was reportedly set to acquire last month. The Wall Street Journal has claimed that Google wants to boost its aerial technology. The company has therefore allegedly acquired Titan Aerospace, though a purchase price has not been disclosed. More »

  • Facebook is 'weeks away' from tackling virtual currency in Europe with …
    Facebook is 'weeks away' from tackling virtual currency in Europe with … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Facebook wants to become your main electronic money institution in Europe, it's claimed. According to the Financial Times, which cited unnamed people familiar with the social network's plans, Facebook is “weeks away” from receiving regulatory approval to become a electronic money institution and digital payment processor. It's just waiting on approval from the central bank of Ireland, where Facebook’s has headquartered its non-US arm. Once things get a green light, you'll be able to send money through the social network to Facebook friends or online sellers. More »

  • Facebook reportedly planning money storage and transfer services
    Facebook reportedly planning money storage and transfer services Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Facebook is reportedly planning to take a step into financial services, allowing users in select regions to store money online to use for making payments and transferring funds to others. According to the Financial Times, Facebook could obtain regulatory approval in Ireland to begin offering these services as an "e-money" institution within a matter of weeks. This approval would apparently allow it to operate throughout Europe. More »