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  • Sheryl Sandberg and LeBron James 'Lean In' for feminism: Will it wo … 18 hours ago

    Introducing the idea of “choreplay,” bartering household chores and child care for marital intimacy, may have undermined the already limited effectiveness of a partnership between Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and the National Basketball Association (NBA) to use pro basketball stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and others to further the cause of women's rights at home and at work. "Gender equality doesn't just benefit women, it benefits men in lots of ways," Sandberg told the AP. More »

  • Boston Survivor To Accused: You Saved My Life
    Boston Survivor To Accused: You Saved My Life 18 hours ago

    Rebekah Gregory DiMartino wrote in a Facebook post addressed to the accused that she had turned the ordeal of losing her leg into a positive experience. Ms DiMartino's former partner, Pete DiMartino, was also wounded in the bombings. Despite having her leg amputated as a result of her injuries, Ms DiMartino is training for the Boston marathon in April this year. More »

  • Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women
    Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at ... More »

  • Bunglebrag: Facebook Boast Robber Caught
    Bunglebrag: Facebook Boast Robber Caught Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Andrew Hennells posted "Doing. Over" on Facebook at 7.25pm on 13 February, 15 minutes before Norfolk Police were called by a member of the public who witnessed a man demanding money at a branch in King's Lynn. Sgt Pete Jessop, from King's Lynn CID, said the Facebook post helped investigators build the case against Hennells. "The pictures and posts on Facebook helped us confirm what we already knew. More »

  • Robber trapped by Facebook boasts
    Robber trapped by Facebook boasts Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A dim-witted robber boasted on Facebook about plans to raid a supermarket minutes before being caught red-handed by police. More »

  • Zuckerberg Reveals His One Rule When Hiring
    Zuckerberg Reveals His One Rule When Hiring Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has revealed the one rule he uses when hiring staff. Asked what he looks for in a prospective employee, the social network's founder said: "I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person. Facebook is one of the toughest technology companies to get hired by because it has a relatively small staff compared with other Silicon Valley firms. Mr Zuckerberg said: "The most important thing is to keep your team as small as possible. More »

  • World Press Photo award withdrawn after controversy Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    World Press Photo withdrew one of its leading global awards for photojournalism on Wednesday after a controversy over standards that focused on allegations about the ethics of an Italian prizewinner. The Amsterdam-based organisation said in a statement that Giovanni Troilo had been disqualified because one of the images in his winning pictorial essay on post-industrial blight in the Belgian city of Charleroi had been shot 50 km (30 miles) away in Brussels. Disquiet among photojournalists that some images had been staged for the camera gathered pace after Charleroi's mayor complained that Troilo's series "The Dark Heart of Europe", awarded first prize last month in the Contemporary Issues - Stories category, presented a distorted view of his city. "The story was not in compliance with the entry rules and therefore the award must be revoked," the 60-year-old World Press Photo said in a statement on its Facebook site. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks Wed, Mar 4, 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, Feb. 23 to Sunday, March 2 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
    Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Wed, Mar 4, 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 Feb. 23, to Sunday, March 2, via Facebook, ... More »

  • Pre-teen who called out Obama gets kicked off Facebook Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Pearson, under Facebook’s minimum age requirement of 13, was upset to find out that he was locked out of his account. After failing to get into his personal page, he created a new one, according to a Fox News blog post. “Due to the fact that approximately 7.5 million kids (under the age of 13) log in to Facebook, I would most definitely have to say the removal of my account was due to partisan politics, rather than actually upholding their actual Terms of Service agreement,” Pearson wrote in an email interview. In all likelihood, Pearson’s skyrocketing profile, which has recently included interviews on Fox News, drew unwarranted attention from Facebook’s user agreement enforcement apparatus and it was an opportunity for the company to flex its muscles, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. More »

  • Man accused of faking Facebook account for teen sex photos Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A New York man used a fake Facebook account to coerce a teenage girl into sending him nude photos and videos of herself and traveled to New Jersey to have sex in a park with another teen girl he met online, ... More »

  • Fellow inmates: Facebook killing suspect told us he did it Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Fellow inmates of a man accused of luring a 15-year-old girl to her death via Facebook testified Wednesday that he told them he killed her. More »

  • Will Facebook make a car? Zuckerberg: Focus on the network Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — No cars and solar power for Facebook, it seems. More »

  • Facebook's Instagram rolls out new 'carousel' ads
    Facebook's Instagram rolls out new 'carousel' ads Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Instagram will let brand marketers showcase more images on its photo-sharing smartphone app, the Facebook-owned service’s latest move to expand its money-making advertising features. The new ad service marks the latest step in Instagram’s effort to position its mobile service as an online marketing channel. More »

  • Lesbians face jail for killing girl
    Lesbians face jail for killing girl Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A woman and her lesbian lover are facing years behind bars for torturing, abusing and finally killing her eight-year-old daughter while in the grip of a "sophisticated web of lies and deceit" on Facebook and in text messages. More »

  • Two Malaysians identified in IS beheading video from Syria Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Malaysian authorities have identified two Malaysians in a video by the Islamic State of a beheading that is believed to have taken place in Syria. Mohd Faris Anuar and Muhamad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi, aged 20 and 25 respectively, were identified as the men involved in the beheading of a Syrian man in a video posted to Facebook on Feb. 22, said Ayub Khan Mydin, the police counter-terrorism division's deputy chief. Wanndy travelled with his wife Nor Mahmudah Ahmad to Syria on Jan. 26, while Faris went last September, said Ayub Khan. More »

  • Feingold's post-State plans: Wisconsin listening tour Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold is sending signals that he may be considering another run for office, telling his Facebook followers that he plans to travel around Wisconsin extensively to talk about his future after he leaves his State Department post this week. More »

  • Chronicle of a Death Surveilled
    Chronicle of a Death Surveilled Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    When a video clip of Los Angeles police officers shooting a homeless man on Skid Row went up on Facebook on Sunday, it immediately went viral—an overused, cliched term at this point, but it's the best description of the way a random bystander's cellphone footage could spread to hundreds of thousands of people in just a few hours. Watching police argue with a man who acquaintances described as mentally ill, it's impossible not to wonder what could have been done differently to avoid getting to the point where the man was on the ground and reaching for a pistol. More »

  • Facebook's Zuckerberg seeks peace with telcos on Web-for-all push
    Facebook's Zuckerberg seeks peace with telcos on Web-for-all push Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Eric Auchard BARCELONA (Reuters) - Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg was on hostile turf on Monday as spoke to executives at the world's biggest annual gathering of the mobile industry, renewing attempts to win their backing to help reach billions of users with no Internet access. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zuckerberg sought to make peace with the telecoms industry, often some of his company's biggest critics, calling them "the folks who are here leading the charge to bring the Internet to the world." It was a turnabout from last year when Zuckerberg made waves at the event by showing up shortly after buying free communications service WhatsApp for $19.2 billion. His comments come amid an increasingly rancorous debate in which telecom and cable firms complain Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Google Inc that offer Web services are freeloading on the big investments they make in mobile and fixed-line networks. More »

  • Google, Facebook update contrasting plans to connect world
    Google, Facebook update contrasting plans to connect world Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook want more people online, searching around and clicking on ads. And they are finding new ways to make it happen — from selling smartphone ... More »

  • WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: New phones, new ways to connect
    WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: New phones, new ways to connect Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week's wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too. Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are working on giving people more ways to use those devices. More »

  • Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list, Michael Jordan joins
    Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list, Michael Jordan joins Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Bill Gates stands atop Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's richest people, as Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg joined the top 20 and basketball star Michael Jordan plowed new air by making the list for the first time. Gates' net worth rose to $79.2 billion from $76 billion a year earlier, putting the Microsoft Corp co-founder at the top for the 16th year in the last 21, Forbes said on Monday. Mexico telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu ranked second, worth $77.1 billion, while Berkshire Hathaway Inc chief Warren Buffett was third, at $72.7 billion. More »

  • Iran's Guard monitored 8 million Facebook users Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says the powerful Revolutionary Guard has massively monitored activities on Facebook accounts of Iranian members of the social network. More »

  • Woman: Ex-beau charged in Facebook killing told me he did it Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of a man accused of using Facebook to lure a 15-year-old to her death testified Monday that he confessed to committing the killing. More »

  • Journalist jailed for online post freed from Myanmar prison Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A journalist who was arrested for a Facebook post mocking Myanmar's leaders was freed from jail Monday without charge. Aung Nay Myo expressed relief after walking out of Monywa prison, saying the charges ... More »

  • Iran's Guards increase monitoring of social media - state TV Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Iran monitored 8 million Facebook accounts with new software and will watch other social media sites for content that contravenes the Islamic Republic's moral codes, state television reported on Monday. The Centre for Investigation of Organised Crime, a branch of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), accused Facebook of spreading immoral content and said it had arrested several users. "[Facebook] is trying to push its users towards immoral content via its suggestion system, by making them choose harmful, decadent and obscene content over beneficial and educational subject matter," the IRGC said in a statement cited by state TV and other Iranian media. More »

  • Mother of ‘Kill All Taigs’ facepaint girl will not be prosecuted
    Mother of ‘Kill All Taigs’ facepaint girl will not be prosecuted Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Prosecuters were not able to prove who posted the photo on Facebook. More »

  • Myanmar president hosts rare Suu Kyi talks amid constitution debate Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar President Thein Sein had a rare meeting on Monday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss constitutional changes and the first election under the country's new democratic system, a minister said. It was the fifth round of talks between the two since the Nobel laureate's release from house arrest in 2010 and coincided with a sharpening debate over a constitution that grants a powerful political role to the military but bars Suu Kyi from becoming president. "It was a one-on-one meeting and they discussed matters concerning constitutional amendments and holding a free and fair general election," presidential spokesman and information minister Ye Htut said on his Facebook page late on Monday. Thein Sein approved a constitutional referendum law last month following domestic and international pressure to reform a political system long stacked in favour of the military. More »

  • Bangladesh Man Held Over US Blogger's Murder
    Bangladesh Man Held Over US Blogger's Murder Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A Bangladeshi blogger who criticised atheism has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of an American who wrote about religious intolerance. Attackers armed with meat cleavers hacked Avijit Roy to death and left his wife seriously injured in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka last Thursday. The police's elite Rapid Action Battalion unit named the suspect as Farabi Shafiur Rahman. According to the authorities, he had threatened Roy in Facebook postings, writing: "Avijit Roy lives in America, so it's not possible to kill him right now. More »

  • Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud
    Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Eric Auchard BARCELONA (Reuters) - Telecom equipment maker Ericsson and chipmaker Intel have agreed a partnership deal to help network operator customers build datacentres, putting them on a more competitive footing against big, cloud-based Internet firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon. "We will build datacentre equipment which will actually have the same performance as many of the big cloud providers are doing for themselves," Ericsson's chief executive, Hans Vestberg, told a news conference at the Mobile World Congress telecoms trade show in Barcelona on Monday. Ericsson, the world's leading maker of mobile network equipment, said it will help its global base of major telecoms companies to shift to cloud computing using Intel datacentre designs to compete more actively with Web rivals. More »

  • Netflix eyes entering tricky China market on its own
    Netflix eyes entering tricky China market on its own Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    U.S. video service provider Netflix Inc is likely to enter the Chinese market without a local partner, which could make it harder to do business in the world's biggest internet market widely known for censorship and strict regulation. The firm, known for its U.S. political thriller "House of Cards", also plans to look at exporting content produced in China to the rest of the world, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told reporters at a talk in Shanghai on Monday. Global firms are eyeing a slice of China's fast-growing entertainment market, but have often faced a rocky reception. Google Inc, YouTube, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have all been blocked in the country. More »

  • Israeli activists pitch tents in pre-election housing protest
    Israeli activists pitch tents in pre-election housing protest Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Dozens of Israeli social activists pitched tents in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on Sunday protesting about a housing shortage which is a key issue in campaigning for a March 17 election. The protest on a main boulevard erupted four days after the nation's auditor published a report finding "significant deficiencies" that have pushed up housing prices - a problem dogging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid for re-election. Shai Cohen, the activist who spearheaded the protest, said on his Facebook page he was calling the event to protest his own inability to afford to buy a flat. The protest was reminiscent of a similar demonstration against a housing shortage in 2011 that ignited social protests of unprecedented size in Israel. More »

  • Thousands protest against march of UK branch of German anti-Islam PEGIDA
    Thousands protest against march of UK branch of German anti-Islam PEGIDA Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Around 2,000 people protested on Saturday in Newcastle, northeast England, against a march held by the British branch of Germany's anti-Islam group PEGIDA which drew up to 400 people, a Reuters witness said. Northumbria police, which kept the two protests apart, said five people were arrested for alleged offences from assault to being drunk and disorderly, but that largely both demonstrations passed without any problems. The German organisation 'Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West' (PEGIDA), has for months been warning that Germany was being overrun by Muslims and held marches mostly in the city of Dresden. Although in Britain the local branch has had little exposure in the national media, the Facebook page of PEGIDA United Kingdom shows it has had over 17,000 "likes". More »

  • Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar on Saturday arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country's leader. More »

  • Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's 'Mr. Spock,' dies at 83
    Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's 'Mr. Spock,' dies at 83 Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Leonard Nimoy, who won fame and fans with his portrayal of logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" TV series and movies, died on Friday. Nimoy, who had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), died in the morning at his home in Los Angeles' Bel Air section, his agents, Bob and David Gersh, said in a statement. "We return you now to the stars, Leonard," fellow "Star Trek" cast member George Takei wrote on Facebook. More »