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  • Young widows speak out about managing grief, seeking support
    Young widows speak out about managing grief, seeking support Thu, May 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nine days after her husband died unexpectedly, Sheryl Sandberg took to Facebook to describe her return to the sidelines for her daughter's soccer game. There, a grandmother who had been widowed prematurely years earlier offered her a chair. More »

  • 10's a crowd? GOP prepares for double digits on debate stage Thu, May 21, 2015

    The first Republican presidential debate will feature no fewer than 10 candidates. That's according to guidelines released Wednesday by debate hosts Fox News and Facebook, which offer the first clues as ... More »

  • Adebayor: I considered suicide over bitter row with family
    Adebayor: I considered suicide over bitter row with family Wed, May 20, 2015

    The Spurs striker has taken to Facebook once again. More »

  • Is the mysterious Movie on the Beach event in Dublin really happening?
    Is the mysterious Movie on the Beach event in Dublin really happening? Wed, May 20, 2015

    The event is being advertised on Facebook, but questions have been raised about its authenticity. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Tue, May 19, 2015

    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 May 11, to Sunday, May 17, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks Tue, May 19, 2015

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday May 11 to Sunday, May 17 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Israel jails Palestinian over incitement on Facebook
    Israel jails Palestinian over incitement on Facebook Tue, May 19, 2015

    An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian from east Jerusalem to eight months in prison for "inciting to violence or terror" on his Facebook page. More »

  • Young Mum Becomes Facebook Sensation After Asking Friends, 'Who is David Ca …
    Young Mum Becomes Facebook Sensation After Asking Friends, 'Who is David Ca … Tue, May 19, 2015

    Devon Boon, 21, was left baffled by the number of posts on her Facebook newsfeed about David Cameron, who she'd never heard of More »

  • Facebook app 'threatens neutrality'
    Facebook app 'threatens neutrality' Tue, May 19, 2015

    Facebook's free mobile data scheme Internet.org has been criticised by digital-rights groups from around the world, who say the initiative is unfair and threatens net neutrality. More »

  • Dublin women tied up and beaten after “meeting men on Facebook”
    Dublin women tied up and beaten after “meeting men on Facebook” Mon, May 18, 2015

    The girls had met the men on Facebook three weeks ago. More »

  • Missouri siblings named nation's top small business persons Mon, May 18, 2015

    Alan Doan's entrepreneurial dreams were to start the next Facebook or Google. Instead, the 32-year-old laid off software worker started a quilting business with his sister, Sarah Galbraith, 35, in rural ... More »

  • Man Plotted To Attack New York Muslim Village
    Man Plotted To Attack New York Muslim Village Mon, May 18, 2015

    Robert R. Doggart, 63, planned to commit mass murder in Islamberg using an M4 rifle, pistol, explosives and a machete, according to phone calls intercepted through FBI wire taps. He was arrested by the FBI on 10 April in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and accepted a plea deal on a charge of interstate communication of threats last month. Doggart, who ran as an independent candidate for the 4th Congressional District of Tennessee in 2014, had spoken about his plans to attack targets in Islamberg during phone calls and also on his Facebook page. "We're gonna be carrying an M4 with 500 rounds of ammunition, light armour piercing, a pistol with three extra magazines, and a machete. More »

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Arachnids? 'Spider Rain' Explained
    Cloudy with a Chance of Arachnids? 'Spider Rain' Explained Mon, May 18, 2015

    Millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were suddenly covered with not only the creepy critters, but also mounds of their silky threads. This month's spider downpour in the country's Southern Tablelands region is just the most recent example of a phenomenon commonly known as "spider rain" or, in some circles, "angel hair," because of the silky, hairlike threads the spiders leave behind. Ian Watson, who lives in the region affected by the spooky shower, took to Facebook to describe what this strange "weather" looks like, according to the Goulburn Post. So, here at Live Science, call a scientist (or two) is exactly what we did. More »

  • This man’s mates glued their pubic hair to his face for a stag party
    This man’s mates glued their pubic hair to his face for a stag party Mon, May 18, 2015

    And now he’s going viral on Facebook. More »

  • Facebook 'tramples on privacy laws'
    Facebook 'tramples on privacy laws' Fri, May 15, 2015

    Facebook "tramples" on privacy laws in Europe by tracking people online without their consent, Belgium's privacy watchdog has claimed. More »

  • Facebook "tramples European privacy law" - Belgian watchdog
    Facebook "tramples European privacy law" - Belgian watchdog Fri, May 15, 2015

    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's privacy watchdog accused Facebook on Friday of trampling on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodging questions from national regulators. The Privacy Protection Commission (CPVP/CBPL), which is working with German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, launched the blistering attack after trying to find out more about the U.S. social media giant's practices. It urged Internet users to install privacy software to shield themselves from Facebook's tracking systems, whether they have an account with the social network or not. It said in a statement that Facebook had refused to recognise Belgian and other EU national jurisdictions, insisting it was subject only to the law in Ireland, the site of its European headquarters. More »

  • Shares In Candy Crush Maker Fall By 10%
    Shares In Candy Crush Maker Fall By 10% Fri, May 15, 2015

    Shares in the maker of hit smartphone game Candy Crush Saga fell more than 10% after-hours as the number of people spending money in-game falls fast. London-based King Digital beat investor expectations in its latest results but warned that revenues for the current quarter would be "seasonally softer" and by hit by currency fluctuations. But King Digital said the amount of people spending money in-app in the second quarter will be below what investors are hoping for. Candy Crush Saga and other titles are available to play on Facebook but traffic to the site has dwindled as the focus moves to mobile. More »

  • Ukraine accuses Facebook of pro-Russia bias
    Ukraine accuses Facebook of pro-Russia bias Fri, May 15, 2015

    A senior aide to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Facebook of political bias, ahead of a question-and-answer session with co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, pictured here on September 18, 2013 in ... More »

  • The Latest on Amtrak crash: Engineer's Facebook page changed
    The Latest on Amtrak crash: Engineer's Facebook page changed Thu, May 14, 2015

    11:30 a.m. The Facebook page of the engineer of the derailed Amtrak train was changed within hours of the crash to substitute his profile picture with a black rectangle. Friends of Brandon Bostian seemed ... More »

  • The Latest on Amtrak crash: Engineer changed Facebook page
    The Latest on Amtrak crash: Engineer changed Facebook page Thu, May 14, 2015

    11:30 a.m. The engineer at the helm of an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia changed his Facebook profile picture to a black rectangle within hours of the crash. Friends of Brandon Bostian seemed ... More »

  • Footballer Ronaldo campaigns for Nepal but $8 million donation is false - c …
    Footballer Ronaldo campaigns for Nepal but $8 million donation is false - c … Thu, May 14, 2015

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Football idol Cristiano Ronaldo has actively campaigned to help raise funds for victims of the Nepal earthquakes but he has not donated $8 million (£5 million) himself as widely reported, the charity Save the Children said on Thursday. The 30-year-old Real Madrid striker appealed to his 100 million-plus Facebook followers to donate to the charity after the first of two quakes struck, killing more than 8,000 people. "The global ambassador for Save the Children, Cristiano Ronaldo, has used his voice and global visibility to raise awareness of the problems that the most vulnerable children around the world, including those affected by the earthquake in Nepal, face," said a statement from the charity. More »

  • Jamie Oliver And Stars Sing For Food Revolution
    Jamie Oliver And Stars Sing For Food Revolution Thu, May 14, 2015

    Jamie Oliver has enlisted the help of music stars and Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman for his latest food campaign. The celebrity chef has published a music video on his Facebook page which features artists including Ed Sheeran, Sir Paul McCartney and Professor Green. Oliver has labelled 15 May as Food Revolution Day and is hoping to get one million people to sign a petition to educate children about food and inspire people to cook healthy meals. The video shows Oliver rapping about the problem of obesity and malnourishment before other stars such as Aleesha Dixon and Jamie Cullum join in. More »

  • Sarah Brightman's Trip To Space Called Off
    Sarah Brightman's Trip To Space Called Off Thu, May 14, 2015

    Sarah Brightman says she has postponed her trip to the International Space Station. The British singer spent up to 16 hours a day training in Star City near Moscow and was due to blast off in a Russian Soyuz rocket on a tourist flight on 1 September. However, a statement on Brightman's Facebook page said her plans had changed for "personal family reasons". Eric Anderson, co-founder and chairman of Space Adventures, which was organising the trip, said on the Facebook statement: "Since 2012, Sarah has shared her story of a lifelong dream to fly to space. More »

  • Facebook raises minimum pay for contractors to $15 per hour
    Facebook raises minimum pay for contractors to $15 per hour Thu, May 14, 2015

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook raised wages for its contract workers, such as cafeteria staff and janitors, to a minimum of $15 per hour amid rising tension over the wage gap between the technology sector's elite and the lower-paid workers. Contractors will also receive a minimum of 15 days of paid vacation days and a $4,000 new child benefit for parents who do not receive parental leave, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a Wednesday post on Facebook. Facebook implemented the wage increase for some workers at its Menlo Park headquarters as of May 1. The company declined to say how many contract workers it employs or name any of its vendors. More »

  • Facebook pushes to improve benefits, pay for contractors Wed, May 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees. More »

  • Singer Sarah Brightman calls off flight to space station
    Singer Sarah Brightman calls off flight to space station Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - British soprano Sarah Brightman called off plans for a flight to the International Space Station, citing family reasons, the singer said in a statement on Wednesday. Brightman began training in Russia’s Star City in January for a ride aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule and 10-day stay on the station, a $100 billion (63.5 billion pounds) research laboratory that flies about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth. The trip would have cost her about $52 million, said Space Adventures, the privately owned U.S. travel agency that arranged the expedition. “Ms. Brightman said that for personal family reasons her intentions have had to change and she is postponing her cosmonaut training and flight plans at this time,” a statement on the singer’s Facebook page said. More »

  • Facebook dives deep into news with publisher deal
    Facebook dives deep into news with publisher deal Wed, May 13, 2015

    Facebook has teamed up with nine news publishers to launch a feature that will allow them to publish articles directly on the network's mobile news feeds More »

  • Crowds cheer as Burundi army officer says he has deposed absent president
    Crowds cheer as Burundi army officer says he has deposed absent president Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Njuwa Maina BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - A Burundian general said on Wednesday he had deposed President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office and was forming a transitional government, after more than two weeks of protests against the re-election bid. With Nkurunziza having gone to Tanzania to discuss the crisis with East African leaders, the presidency dismissed the declaration by Niyombare, who had been fired as Nkurunziza's intelligence chief in February, saying on Facebook that the coup had been "foiled". "We consider it as a joke, not as a military coup," presidential aide Willy Niyamitwe told Reuters. A Tanzanian official said he had not attended the talks in Dar es Salaam, and had left to return to Burundi. More »

  • White House praises new Facebook minimum wage policy for contractors
    White House praises new Facebook minimum wage policy for contractors Wed, May 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday praised Facebook's new minimum wage and family leave policy, which raises minimum hourly salaries for contractors to $15 (£9.5) per hour. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Tuesday announcement from the social media company is an example of the kind of leadership on such issues now seen with more frequency from the public sector. (Reporting By Julia Edwards) More »

  • News outlets handed Facebook boost
    News outlets handed Facebook boost Wed, May 13, 2015

    Facebook is to let nine news publishers post articles directly onto mobile news feeds as sharing becomes more and more common on the social network. More »

  • Unclear if Islamic State runaways can return to Britain - minister Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British interior minister Theresa May declined on Wednesday to say whether three British teenage brides of Islamic State fighters in Iraq who are reported to have escaped the militant group would be allowed back into the country. Asked about the teenagers, May said that attempts by such people to return from Syria or Iraq would be decided on a case-by-case basis. The girls were reported to have escaped the militants by Mosul Eye, a blog that says it reports events in the northern city of Mosul, captured by Islamic State last year. It is believed that those girls have escaped," Mosul Eye posted on its Facebook page on May 2. More »

  • Facebook launches 'Instant Articles.' Will it change how we read ne … Wed, May 13, 2015

    Facebook came one step closer on Wednesday to changing the way we read the news. After months of closed-door negotiations between the Internet giant and nine major media companies, Facebook will begin to host its new partners’ articles directly on its site through a page called Instant Articles. “The New York Times has been cautious about the Facebook program, viewing it as an experiment that could help it learn more about subscribers and potential subscribers who are reading its articles on Facebook,” wrote Vindu Goel and Ravi Somaiya for The New York Times. Along with the Times, American news outlets Buzzfeed, National Geographic, the Atlantic, and NBC News will participate in the instant articles project, as will European media companies the Guardian, BBC News, Bild, and Spiegel Online. Starting Wednesday, each of the nine partners will post articles to the Instant Articles page. More »

  • Tencent first quarter revenue beats estimates as video, social ad sales drive …
    Tencent first quarter revenue beats estimates as video, social ad sales drive … Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd, China's biggest social network and online entertainment firm, posted higher-than-expected first quarter revenue as a drive to sell more advertising on its social networks and entertainment services began to pay off. Tencent's social networks are as ubiquitous in China as Facebook Inc is in many parts of the world, and the company has said it wants to emulate the success of its U.S. peer in using social networks for advertising. More »

  • Tencent Q1 revenue beats estimates as video, social ad sales drive gains
    Tencent Q1 revenue beats estimates as video, social ad sales drive gains Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd, China's biggest social network and online entertainment firm, posted higher-than-expected first quarter revenue as a drive to sell more advertising on its social networks and entertainment services began to pay off. Tencent's social networks are as ubiquitous in China as Facebook Inc is in many parts of the world, and the company has said it wants to emulate the success of its U.S. peer in using social networks for advertising. More »

  • Facebook hooks up with publishers for 'Instant Articles'
    Facebook hooks up with publishers for 'Instant Articles' Wed, May 13, 2015

    Facebook has teamed up with nine news publishers to launch a feature that will allow them to publish articles directly on the network's mobile news feeds More »