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  • Two Nigerian soldiers die in accidental explosion - army Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Two Nigerian soldiers were killed accidentally in an explosion in the central Plateau state on Saturday as they transported ammunition meant to be destroyed, a military spokesman said. "Some of the unserviceable ammunitions exploded in the process of moving them to the demolition site in the bush," Colonel Sani Usman said on Facebook. "Unfortunately, two soldiers lost their lives and one sustained injuries." Nigeria's military has been fighting a six-year insurgency by Islamist group Boko Haram which has killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds in a battle to establish a caliphate. With help from armies in Chad, Niger and Cameroon, Africa's largest economy has sought to crush the group in the past two months, pushing them into what the army says is their last known stronghold in Nigeria's Sambisa Forest. More »

  • San Diego man accused of making false statements about Syria Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego man has been arrested after admitting to federal agents that he fought alongside militant Islamic fighters in his native Syria, and Facebook postings and photographs indicate he worked for a Sharia court known for meting out cruel punishment, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. More »

  • Nasdaq to settle Facebook IPO lawsuit for $26.5 million
    Nasdaq to settle Facebook IPO lawsuit for $26.5 million Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By John McCrank NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a first for a U.S. stock exchange, Nasdaq OMX Group on Thursday agreed to pay $26.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit involving its bungling of Facebook Inc's $16 billion initial public offering, the plaintiffs' lawyers said. The lawsuit said Nasdaq violated federal and state laws by not disclosing technology weaknesses in its IPO systems and failing to properly design and test them for the Facebook offering. The settlement is significant because exchanges are responsible for policing their own markets and therefore are legally immune from private liability for damages incurred when they are performing regulatory functions like conducting an IPO. "This is the first case that we are aware of where a class of investors has sued an exchange for market disruption, and the court has sustained those claims," said Vincent Cappucci, one of the lawyers representing retail investors harmed in the IPO. More »

  • Strong dollar squeezes company earnings
    Strong dollar squeezes company earnings Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Procter & Gamble and Facebook seem to have nothing in common. One deals in razors and toothpaste, the other in "likes," self-promotion and embarrassing family photos. But this week, they shared ... More »

  • Facebook Revenue Growth Fails To Impress
    Facebook Revenue Growth Fails To Impress Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Facebook shares fell after-hours in New York on Wednesday night after a 46% jump in quarterly revenue to $3.54bn (£2.35bn) failed to impress investors. There was a 13% rise in user numbers to 1.44 billion on the same period a year ago, with 24% more people accessing Facebook via a mobile device at least once a month. Facebook showed it had made further strides in mobile advertising to capture that shift in consumer behaviour, with 69% of its advertising revenue now coming from mobile ads. Analysts had forecast revenue of $3.56bn while profits fell to $642m as its mobile app development spend contributed to an 83% rise in expenses in the period. More »

  • Hello? Facebook launches phone-calling app for Android Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hello? Anyone there? Facebook unveiled a new voice-calling app for Android phones on Wednesday, the same day that its WhatsApp messaging service introduced voice-calling for iOS devices. More »

  • Still got it: Facebook mobile ad revenue continues to surge
    Still got it: Facebook mobile ad revenue continues to surge Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Nearly three-quarters of Facebook's advertising revenue now comes from mobile ads, as many more users access the social network on smartphones and other hand-held gadgets. On that front, the company is ... More »

  • Facebook revenue growth slows, costs weigh on profit
    Facebook revenue growth slows, costs weigh on profit Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc posted its slowest growth in quarterly revenue in two years and higher spending on research and development ate into profits. Facebook has warned of heavy investments in 2015 as it steps up efforts to expand a collection of products that include messaging service WhatsApp, photo-sharing service Instagram and virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift. As a result, Facebook's operating expenses rose 83 percent in the first quarter as R&D costs jumped 133 percent and marketing and sales spending nearly doubled. The cost rise is one thing that can derail this story," said Macquarie Research analyst Ben Schachter. More »

  • Facebook profit down but revenues, user base grow
    Facebook profit down but revenues, user base grow Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Facebook says that profit in the first quarter fell by 20 percent from a year ago to $509 million, but reported healthy growth in revenue and its user base More »

  • Nokia's maps unit draws further bidders - Manager Magazin Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Nokia's maps business has drawn interest from potential buyers including Facebook and a consortium of German carmakers made up of BMW , Audi and Daimler , a German magazine reported on Wednesday. Citing people familiar with the matter, Manager Magazin also confirmed an earlier report that online taxi service Uber is looking at the books of HERE, Nokia's mapping unit, and that U.S. private equity firm Hellman & Friedman was also interested. Nokia is also trying to drum up interest from Apple Inc , Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Amazon.com Inc , Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. More »

  • Facebook brings down top end of expenses growth forecast Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that foreign exchange rates would likely cut revenue in the current quarter by more than 10 percent due to the strong U.S. dollar. The world's biggest online social network also said its expenses this year would increase by about 55 percent to 65 percent, a slight decrease at the top end from its previous forecast of 55 percent to 70 percent growth. (Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Jonathan Oatis) More »

  • Facebook profit down, but sees revenue, user growth
    Facebook profit down, but sees revenue, user growth Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Facebook says that profit in the first quarter fell by 20 percent from a year ago to $509 million, but reported healthy growth in revenue and its user base More »

  • Facebook starts testing mobile calling app "Hello"
    Facebook starts testing mobile calling app "Hello" Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    REUTERS - Facebook Inc said it started testing its mobile calling app 'Hello' on Android, which allows users to connect with Facebook to see the identity and information about callers even if the number is not saved on the phone. Hello, built by the messenger team, can pull information people and businesses have shared on Facebook. (http://bit.ly/1DBdqCU) The app also gives the option of blocking calls, which then go to a voicemail feature. Facebook said in March that it would add a feature to its messaging app that allows friends to send and receive money through it. ... More »

  • Yemen Houthis say seek U.N. peace talks after Saudi-led bombing ends Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Yemen's Houthi rebel movement said on Wednesday it wanted to return to United Nations-sponsored peace talks but only after a complete halt to a month of Saudi-led air strikes on the group. "We call for - after the complete cessation of the brutal aggression on Yemen and the total dismantling of the blockade on its people - the resumption of political dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations," the movement's spokesman, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, wrote on his Facebook page. The statement appeared after the Arab alliance announced on Tuesday it was stopping its campaign but would continue to target Iran-allied Houthi rebel movements inside Yemen as needed, and enforce an air and sea blockade to prevent weapons shipments. More »

  • Ben Affleck: I was 'embarrassed' about my slave-owning ancestor
    Ben Affleck: I was 'embarrassed' about my slave-owning ancestor Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The star has commented on the controversy on his Facebook page. More »

  • Why LeBron James is quitting social media Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    With a third NBA championship ring within reach, LeBron James has no room for distractions, so he is going off the grid: no Twitter, no Facebook, no phone. As James heads to the playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he is going on a temporary social-media lockdown in order to focus on the upcoming games. "I don't have no phones, no social media, I don't have anything," LeBron told the Associated Press. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
    Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Tue, Apr 21, 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 April 13, to Sunday, April 12, via Facebook, ... More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks
    Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks Tue, Apr 21, 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 April 13 to Sunday, April 19 via Facebook, ... More »

  • Twitter To Let Anyone Send You Direct Messages
    Twitter To Let Anyone Send You Direct Messages Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Twitter will now let anyone send you a direct message - not just the people you're following. The new feature is turned off by default but can be switched on in the settings menu. The move appears to be part of a move by Twitter to muscle in to the lucrative mobile-messaging market, which Facebook has recently made a big push into with its Messenger app. Users can also send direct messages - known as DMs - to people who follow them, even if they do not follow them back and have not turned on the feature in the settings menu. More »

  • Fugitive fails to revive Facebook lawsuit, block criminal case
    Fugitive fails to revive Facebook lawsuit, block criminal case Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday forcefully rejected the fugitive Paul Ceglia's effort to revive what U.S. prosecutors have called his fraudulent lawsuit to extort social media company Facebook Inc and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said "overwhelming forensic evidence" showed that a 2003 "Work for Hire" contract that Ceglia claimed entitled him to a 50 percent stake in Facebook was forged. Facebook's market value was about $226 billion as of Friday's market close. "We believe the facts plainly show that the Work for Hire contract is authentic." A spokeswoman for Facebook said: "We are pleased that the truth has prevailed." A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan declined to comment. More »

  • Scaling the firewall: Ways around government censorship online Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    When Turkey temporarily blocked more than 100 websites — including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube — earlier this month in an effort to censor a photo that authorities there called "terrorist propaganda," the blackout generated an uproar across the Web and #twitterisblockedinturkey became a top trending hashtag on Twitter. Online censorship is something the Turkish people are becoming accustomed to, and are increasingly finding ways around. Countries such as China, Ethiopia, Bahrain, and Cuba regularly censor online content. Which tool a user chooses depends on what kind of censorship they are up against and what they are doing online. More »

  • Israel sees migrant tragedy as validating policy of keeping them away Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Israel said on Monday the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away. Yisrael Katz, transport minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outgoing cabinet, called the deaths in the Mediterranean a "tragedy that shocks all humanity" which also showcases Europe's difficulties in handling the migrant flow. "Look at how correct the (Israeli) government's policy was to build a fence along the border with Egypt to block the way to labour migrants from Africa from reaching Israel," Katz, added in a post written on his Facebook page. Israel reinforced a border fence with Egypt, its land bridge with Africa, in 2012, largely curtailing a flow of migrants that had been stealing into its midst for much of the past decade. More »

  • Sheriff: Cannot yet arrest woman bragging of killing cat Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas sheriff said Saturday that he could not arrest and charge a veterinarian shown in a Facebook post bragging about killing a cat with a bow and arrow unless an investigation determines the picture of the dead cat is genuine. More »

  • Vet Posts Pic Of Cat She Killed With Arrow
    Vet Posts Pic Of Cat She Killed With Arrow Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    A veterinarian has been fired after posting a boastful picture on Facebook of her holding a dead cat she had killed with a bow and arrow. Kristen Lindsey, of Brenham, Texas, wrote alongside the image: "My first bow kill, lol. Her post quickly went viral and prompted a barrage of angry calls to Brenham Police Department and Washington County Animal Control. Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes told local news channel KBTX he was disturbed by the photo. More »

  • Dutch amateur banned for 10 games for alleged bite Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    An amateur player in the Netherlands has been banned for 10 games for biting after pictures of the mark he left were posted on his alleged victim's Facebook site. Jerry van Staa of amateur club DETO was suspended by the Dutch FA (KNVB) after Thomas Smedema published a photo of the teeth marks left on his back. "During the derby against DETO a player bit me in the back," Smedema posted on his page. Such a person has no place on the football field." Van Staa denied the accusation in a newspaper interview, saying he lost balance after being shoved and fell with his mouth in Smedema's back. More »

  • Former president defiant as humanitarian toll mounts in Yemen war
    Former president defiant as humanitarian toll mounts in Yemen war Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Mohamed Mokashaf ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Friday he would not leave the country, dismissing reports in the Gulf Arab media that he was seeking a safe exit as Saudi Arabian war planes bomb troops loyal to him and their Houthi militia allies. The United Nations, meanwhile, said about 150,000 people had been driven from their homes by three weeks of air strikes and ground fighting and more than 750 people killed. The Iran-allied Houthis, a Shi'ite Muslim movement from northern Yemen, have formed an alliance of convenience with Saleh, who is widely believed to be plotting behind the scenes to make a comeback on Yemen's tumultuous political scene. The person who can say to Ali Abdullah Saleh 'leave your country' has not been and will not be born," he wrote on his Facebook page. More »

  • Remote corner of Bosnia to declare itself 'Town of Twins'
    Remote corner of Bosnia to declare itself 'Town of Twins' Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Daria Sito-Sucic BUZIM, Bosnia (Reuters) - When Nedzib Vucelj's wife Emira gave birth to twins at the height of the Bosnian war, it was impossible to buy a suitable baby stroller: their hometown of Buzim was surrounded by rival armies. Trying to track down Buzim's twins, scattered around the world by the war, Vucelj launched a Facebook page - "Buzim - The Town of Twins". More »

  • Former Yemen president Saleh says will not leave country
    Former Yemen president Saleh says will not leave country Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would not leave the country in a post on his official Facebook page on Friday, contradicting reports in the Gulf Arab media that he sought a safe exit. The person who can say to Ali Abdullah Saleh 'leave your country' has not been and will not be born," he wrote. A Saudi-led alliance has been bombing Yemen's Iran-allied Houthi rebels and army units loyal to Saleh for three weeks, fuelling speculation that he might seek a political settlement that protects him and his powerful family. More »

  • Police Warning Over Suffocating 'Sleeper' Craze
    Police Warning Over Suffocating 'Sleeper' Craze Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A warning posted Greater Manchester Police North on their Facebook page said: "Attention all parents/guardians. We have received reports of a new craze called 'Sleeper'. More »

  • Iraqi PM seeks more security for Reuters bureau in Baghdad
    Iraqi PM seeks more security for Reuters bureau in Baghdad Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Thursday he had asked for more protection for the Reuters office in Baghdad after the news agency's bureau chief left the country due to threats. Abadi, who has been in Washington meeting with President Barack Obama to seek support in fighting Islamic State militants, said he was seeking more information after last week's departure from Iraq of Reuters bureau chief Ned Parker. "We want more information so that I can take action," he said at an event organised by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. After a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit, a post on a Facebook page linked to armed Shiite groups demanded Parker be expelled. More »

  • Accused Facebook fraud fugitive still missing, U.S. appeals court hears
    Accused Facebook fraud fugitive still missing, U.S. appeals court hears Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for a New York man who disappeared ahead of his criminal trial over charges he tried to defraud Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg told a U.S. appeals court his client was like the fugitive protagonist of "Les Misérables." Joseph Alioto, the lawyer for Paul Ceglia, made the statement on Thursday as he urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to revive Ceglia's civil lawsuit seeking half ownership of Facebook under a purported contract with Zuckerberg. Ceglia was set to face trial on May 4 but disappeared in March, along with his wife, two children and his dog. More »

  • Doug Hughes and his gyrocopter: under the radar to make a political point Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    It was no secret that Florida postal worker Doug Hughes intended to fly his gyrocopter through restricted airspace in Washington – a federal offense that can result in arrest or even being shot down by nearby fighter jets on alert or ground-based missiles. On his website, Mr. Hughes had announced his intention to make the illegal flight as a protest against government corruption connected to campaign contributions. He’d given long interviews to the Tampa Bay Times, his hometown newspaper, which posted updates on Facebook and Twitter. He pulled off his protest stunt Wednesday, flying his gyrocopter (at about 45 miles per hour) from an outlying airfield and through restricted airspace, landing on the US Capitol lawn, where he was promptly arrested. More »

  • Bomb attacks kill soldier, wound five in Egypt's Sinai Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    An Egyptian soldier was killed and five wounded on Thursday when roadside bombs hit two military armoured vehicles in the Northern Sinai region, medical and security sources said. Two bombs hit an armoured vehicle in the town of Sheikh Zuweid killing a noncommissioned officer and wounding three other soldiers, an army spokesman said in a statement on his official Facebook page. In response, a military helicopter killed three "terrorist elements" in a car while fleeing the scene, he added. North Sinai is at the heart of an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since 2013 when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. More »

  • Crafts website company Etsy valued at $4 billion in market debut
    Crafts website company Etsy valued at $4 billion in market debut Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Shares of Etsy Inc, an online marketplace for handmade goods and crafts, more than doubled in their debut on Thursday, valuing the company at about $4 billion (2.6 billion pounds). The company's offering of about 16.7 million shares raised about $267 million, after it was priced at the top end of the expected range of $14-$16. Brean Capital started with a "buy" rating, citing Etsy's "differentiated products" and popularity on social networks such as Facebook. Founded in 2005 by Robert Kalin, Etsy has grown from a website selling wooden goods to an online community offering handmade items. More »

  • European privacy watchdogs join forces to probe Facebook
    European privacy watchdogs join forces to probe Facebook Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Facebook is under fresh scrutiny from European data protection authorities More »