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  • US Open 2015: Maria Sharapova withdraws from Flushing Meadows with leg inju …
    US Open 2015: Maria Sharapova withdraws from Flushing Meadows with leg inju … 3 hours ago

    Maria Sharapova has confirmed that she will not compete at the 2015 US Open at Flushing Meadows after failing to recover sufficiently from a leg injury. The world number three has not played since losing 6-2, 6-4to eventual champion Serena Williams in the semi-finals at Wimbledon last month. In a statement released via her official Facebook page, Sharapova wrote: "Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this years US Open. More »

  • Egypt muezzin suspended over 'Facebook prayer call'
    Egypt muezzin suspended over 'Facebook prayer call' 4 hours ago

    An Egyptian muezzin has been suspended by the authorities after being accused of intoning "Prayer is better than Facebook" in his early morning call for people to pray. More »

  • Bono is richer than Madonna and Paul McCartney after Facebook investment earns …
    Bono is richer than Madonna and Paul McCartney after Facebook investment earns … 6 hours ago

    When U2 frontman Bono isn't busy making music or immersing himself in his philanthropic work, the singer is making smart business moves. The 55-year-old musician has become the world's richest pop star after a Facebook investment he made when the social media group was taking off back in 2009 paid off. According to reports, the Beautiful Day hitmaker has racked in £940m ($1.5bn) after buying a 2.3% share in the social media network for £56m with the investment group that he co-founded, Elevation Partners. More »

  • Video shows Palestinian women, Israeli soldier scuffling
    Video shows Palestinian women, Israeli soldier scuffling 18 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian youths and women at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the territory. More »

  • Israeli minister says IDF soldier should have fired on unarmed Palestinian  …
    Israeli minister says IDF soldier should have fired on unarmed Palestinian  … 22 hours ago

    An Israeli minister has said that the Israeli soldier seen being bitten and struck by Palestinian women and children in a viral video released earlier this week, should have been able to fire on them. Israel's Culture Minister Miri Regev condemned the group of Palestinians for assaulting the soldier in order to prevent the detention of the child and lamented the fact that the soldier had his hands tied legally and could not shoot at the women and children. "I was shocked to see the video this morning of Palestinians hitting an IDF soldier," Regev said in a Facebook post. More »

  • U2's Bono now world's richest rock star after raking in £1bn from F …
    U2's Bono now world's richest rock star after raking in £1bn from F … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    U2 singer Bono has overtaken former Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney to become the richest musician in the world – thanks to a canny investment he made in Facebook when the social media group was first taking off back in 2009. Bono invested £56m to acquire a 2.3% share in the company which according to reports is now worth some £940m. The bonanza means Bono has now earned more in the last six years from his canny business deals than he has amassed in his whole career in music, including almost 40 years as a singer U2. More »

  • Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila begs for second chance
    Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila begs for second chance Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The sex tape star Tila Tequila wants another chance to re-enter the Celebrity Big Brother house. On Facebook, she also referred to Hitler as a "good man" and said "it's time" for the Jewish people to "forgive and forget". More »

  • Facebook facelifts: Indians turn to cosmetic surgery in quest for perfect profile …
    Facebook facelifts: Indians turn to cosmetic surgery in quest for perfect profile … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Indians are spending big bucks on cosmetic surgeries and skin in a bid to get that perfect look for Facebook photos. The trend is being called "Facebook facelift" by doctors. More »

  • Donald Trump talks to Sarah Palin. Will he ask her to run for VP? Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Donald Trump is talking to Sarah Palin tonight on the One America News network, Ms. Palin announced today on her Facebook page. Is it possible Trump could even sound out Palin on the prospect of running as his VP? “She really is somebody who knows what’s happening and she’s a special person,” Mr. Trump said of Palin during a talk radio appearance last month. More »

  • Black Lives Matter and the Virginia shooting: Movement of the moment or battle …
    Black Lives Matter and the Virginia shooting: Movement of the moment or battle … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The horrific murders in Virginia of the WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and her colleague Adam Ward, sounded the latest chapter in America's endless turmoil over race. This included the controversial American TV radio host, Glenn Beck who wrote on his Facebook page, "A small American town unfortunately knows that ALL LIVES MATTER. Who will be the first politician not to tweet about guns, but instead talk about the black on black violence and the violence that has come through racist movements like "black lives matter". More »

  • What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day
    What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population. More »

  • INTERVIEW - Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed - m …
    INTERVIEW - Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed - m … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook will have to abide by German laws banning racist sentiment even if it might be allowed in the United States under freedom of speech, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Reuters. Maas, who has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist and hate posts on its social media platform, said that Germany has zero tolerance for such expression and expects the U.S.-based company to be more vigilant. "One thing is clear: if Facebook wants to do business in Germany, then it must abide by German laws," Maas told Reuters. More »

  • Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed - minister
    Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed - minister Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook will have to abide by German laws banning racist sentiment even if it might be allowed in the United States under freedom of speech, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Reuters. Maas, who has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist and hate posts on its social media platform, said that Germany has zero tolerance for such expression and expects the U.S.-based company to be more vigilant. "One thing is clear: if Facebook wants to do business in Germany, then it must abide by German laws," Maas told Reuters. More »

  • Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads
    Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Instagram has added new layout options in addition to its signature square for pictures and videos in a bid to attract more advertisers and to stop users defecting to more flexible services such as Snapchat. The move is the first major alteration to the photo-sharing, social media service since Facebook Inc bought it for $1 billion in 2012, and addresses the wishes of many of its 300 million users, who have been constrained by the square format. "It boils down to giving advertisers and users more options," said Debra Aho Williamson, a social media marketing and advertising analyst. More »

  • U.K. Cyclists to Deliver Bikes, Supplies to Calais Refugees
    U.K. Cyclists to Deliver Bikes, Supplies to Calais Refugees Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Sarah Morpurgo has no idea how many people will join her on a 65-mile bike trip this weekend to deliver critical supplies to refugees and migrants living in a camp known as "the New Jungle" in Calais, France, but she's feeling optimistic. On Tuesday, the Facebook page for Critical Mass to Calais, an informal bike ride being led by Morpurgo and her friends, said 993 people planned to attend, although she acknowledged that many of those might be "solidarity clicks" in support of the journey. "It's going to be a bit of a surprise as to how many people will turn up," Morpurgo, 25, told Newsweek. More »

  • Salman Khan: Bajrangi Bhaijaan star gets a cute marriage proposal
    Salman Khan: Bajrangi Bhaijaan star gets a cute marriage proposal Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A three-year-old girl named Nitya has declared her love for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the sweetest way possible. In a video, the toddler can be seen expressing her feelings for the actor, who replied to the post saying, "So Sweet", and then shared it on Twitter and Facebook . In the video, which is in Hindi, the three-year-old says, "I want to marry you, Salman Khan." Nitya's mother recorded her wish and sent the video to the "love of her life". More »

  • One Billion People Used Facebook On Monday
    One Billion People Used Facebook On Monday Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    One billion people have used Facebook in a single day, founder Mark Zuckerberg has said, in the latest milestone for the world's largest social network. Mr Zuckerberg, who famously launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm, made the announcement in a post on his profile. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day. More »

  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says social media platform users hit over 1 …
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says social media platform users hit over 1 … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    For the first time since Facebook was started, over a billion people used the social media platform on a single day, the company founder Mark Zukerberg said. The milestone was hit on 24 August when "one in seven people on earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he said in a post on his Facebook page. Although Facebook as nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month, this was the highest volume recorded in a single day. More »

  • Mark Zuckerberg hails Facebook's one billion visitors in single day
    Mark Zuckerberg hails Facebook's one billion visitors in single day Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    One billion people have used Facebook in a single day for the first time in the site's 11-year history. More »

  • Facebook's Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads
    Facebook's Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Instagram has added new layout options in addition to its signature square for pictures and videos in a bid to attract more advertisers and to stop users defecting to more flexible services such as Snapchat. The move is the first major alteration to the photo-sharing, social media service since Facebook Inc bought it for $1 billion in 2012, and addresses the wishes of many of its 300 million users, who have been constrained by the square format. "It boils down to giving advertisers and users more options," said Debra Aho Williamson, a social media marketing and advertising analyst. More »

  • One in Seven People on Earth Use Facebook in Single Day
    One in Seven People on Earth Use Facebook in Single Day Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    "We just passed an important milestone," Mark Zuckerberg announced on his personal Facebook page Thursday afternoon. Zuckerberg plans to connect the whole world using everything from provides a bundle of free, basic services to people in developing countries. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day.On... More »

  • For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a day
    For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a day Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page, saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged ... More »

  • German justice minister asks Facebook to delete racist posts Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Germany's justice minister says he wants Facebook to delete racist content faster amid a surge in anti-migrant pages and comments on the social networking site. Minister Heiko Maas on Thursday invited ... More »

  • Mars Hoaxes: Why We Believe
    Mars Hoaxes: Why We Believe Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Any emails or Facebook messages to the contrary are, alas, nothing but a hoax. Rumors that Mars would appear as large as the moon first emerged in 2003, when the Red Planet was actually passing closer than usual to Earth. Since then, the hoax has circulated every year and is going around yet again, despite multiple attempts by NASA to debunk this myth. More »

  • German justice minister takes aim at Facebook over racist posts
    German justice minister takes aim at Facebook over racist posts Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Germany's justice minister has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist posts and hate comments on the social media platform and has proposed a meeting next month in Berlin with top officials from the company in Europe. In a letter to Facebook public policy director Richard Allan in Dublin obtained by Reuters, Heiko Maas said he had received many complaints from users that their protests on racist posts have been ignored. "Facebook users are, in particular, complaining increasingly that your company is not effectively stopping racist 'posts' and comments despite their pointing out concrete examples," wrote Maas, a member of the center Social Democrats (SPD). More »

  • Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally
    Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Malaysia will block websites attempting to spread information about a two-day rally due to be staged in three cities this weekend by a pro-democracy group demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a post on its official Facebook page on Thursday that it would block websites that "promote, spread information and encourage people to participate" in the protest organised by the civil society group Bersih. Najib has been embroiled in a political storm amid allegations of graft and financial mismanagement at debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), whose advisory board he chairs. More »

  • Sony leak reveals Xperia Z5 Premium will be the world's first 4K smartp …
    Sony leak reveals Xperia Z5 Premium will be the world's first 4K smartp … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The Sony Georgia Facebook page has just published details of the three phones which the company will launch in Berlin which include what is set to be the world's first smartphone with a 4K display. The post says Sony will launch the Xperia Z5 compact featuring a 4.6in HD display, the Xperia Z5 with a 5in Full HD display and the Xperia Z5 Premium which will feature that 5.5in screen featuring a 4K (or Ultra High Definition) resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, giving it a pixel density of over 800 pixels per inch (ppi). Considering the current highest resolution smartphones - such as the LG G4 - have a pixel density of 538ppi it is clear that this is a significant jump in screen quality. More »

  • Facebook Trials 'Human Powered' Rival To Siri
    Facebook Trials 'Human Powered' Rival To Siri Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Facebook has begun testing a new service to rival the likes of Siri and Cortana – with human supervision to satisfy the most complicated tasks. Named "M", the virtual assistant has only been made available to a few hundred users in San Francisco so far. The tool is embedded into Facebook Messenger, which currently boasts more than 700 million users. More »

  • Ukraine PM announces 'good financial news', calls special government …
    Ukraine PM announces 'good financial news', calls special government … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said that Ukraine had received "good financial news" and he called a special government meeting for later on Thursday. His announcement, in a Facebook post late on Wednesday, came against a background of protracted negotiations between the Ukrainian finance ministry and major creditors to restructure payment terms for approximately $19 billion (12.26 billion pounds) of foreign debt. "For Ukraine, there is good financial news. Tomorrow at 12 noon there will be an extraordinary session of the Ukrainian government," he said. ... More »

  • Facebook unveils M assistant for Messenger
    Facebook unveils M assistant for Messenger Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Facebook has unveiled a virtual assistant that is built into its Messenger service. The text-based service, named M, responds to questions typed into the Messenger app and completes tasks. The social network giant hopes the service can rival Apple, Google and Microsoft, who already offer similar facilities on their iOS, Android and Windows mobile platforms. More »

  • Facebook testing personal digital assistant inside Messenger
    Facebook testing personal digital assistant inside Messenger Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called "M" within its Messenger service that can answer questions with live human help and perform tasks such as buying gifts online and booking restaurants. M is "powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people," David Marcus, vice president of Messaging products, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Rival services like Apple Inc's Siri, Google Inc's Google Now and Microsoft Corp's Cortana rely entirely on technology to answer questions. More »

  • Rape suspect wrote he used 'every trick' for sex with girl
    Rape suspect wrote he used 'every trick' for sex with girl Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former student charged with raping a freshman girl two days before he graduated from an elite New Hampshire prep school acknowledged Wednesday that he deleted a Facebook message to a friend in which he wrote he used "every trick in the book" to have sex with her. More »

  • Ex-NFLer Martin says he attempted suicide multiple times
    Ex-NFLer Martin says he attempted suicide multiple times Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Former NFL tackle Jonathan Martin posted on Facebook that difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times, and he wanted to share his struggle with social isolation to help others. More »

  • Facebook testing its own virtual assistant in messaging app Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is the latest technology company to offer users a virtual assistant service. More »

  • Feds take case of 'dark' humor preschool threat on Facebook Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man faces federal charges over a Facebook post threatening to kill preschool children even after telling investigators he merely has a dark sense of humor and didn't plan to carry out the threat. More »