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  • How traffickers in Malaysia and Thailand used Facebook to lure victims Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    A Malaysian man and two Thai women were arrested Friday for using Facebook to trap women from abroad into a prostitution syndicate, the Associated Press reported. The traffickers would lure women to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by promising them work in restaurants, spas, and karaoke bars, Thai police Lt. Col. Komvich Padhanarath told the AP. The Malaysian man, Kheng Hsiang Low, and the two Thai women face charges of human trafficking, forced prostitution, and participating in a transnational crime network, the AP reported. More »

  • Facebook partnership a boon for video technology firm Bidalgo
    Facebook partnership a boon for video technology firm Bidalgo Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Facebook marketing partner Bidalgo targets a tripling in sales in 2015 as its new technology to automate the process of making personalised online video advertising benefits from Facebook's growing share of the video market. Facebook is becoming a leader in the video market as users prefer to watch video ads over static images, said Peleg Israeli, general manager of Bidalgo's Israeli operations. More »

  • Oklahoma stabbing: Why social media is so critical to investigations Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Have you ever searched for a criminal’s social media trail for a glimpse into their thoughts? On Wednesday, 18-year-old Robert Brever of Broken Arrow Oklahoma allegedly stabbed his parents and three siblings in a late-night attack. Now, police are searching Mr. Brever’s social media accounts, including Facebook and Pinterest, to find clues about his motives. More »

  • Winklevoss twins file paperwork to operate Gemini bitcoin exchange Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss earlier this week filed paperwork to operate a bitcoin exchange called Gemini for both individual and institutional investors in New York state, a spokeswoman said on Friday. The twins, best known for accusing Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, want to make the digital currency mainstream in the United States. The Winklevoss brothers filed an application on July 21 with the New York State Department of Financial Services to operate as a trust company. More »

  • Facebook defeats shareholder litigation over IPO
    Facebook defeats shareholder litigation over IPO Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday said Facebook Inc officials including Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg cannot be sued by shareholders who said the social media company concealed threats to its growth prospects before its May 2012 initial public offering. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said investors who lost money on shares they bought after the $16 billion IPO lacked standing to sue Facebook directors and underwriters led by Morgan Stanley, over alleged inadequate disclosures made before the company went public. Shareholders said Facebook should have publicly revealed its internal projections on how increased mobile usage might reduce future revenue, rather than quietly warn its underwriters, which then cut their earnings forecasts. More »

  • Flash back, Flash forward Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    After a highly publicized data breach of a surveillance technology contractor contained a flood of previously unseen vulnerabilities in Flash, security professionals as prominent as Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos Flash's called for Adobe to bury the multimedia player. Recommended: Passcode How well do you know hacker movies? More »

  • Get Perfect Nails In Under A Minute From A Vending Machine
    Get Perfect Nails In Under A Minute From A Vending Machine Fri, Jul 24, 2015

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  • Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack?
    Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack? Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to ... More »

  • Malaysian, Thais arrested in Facebook human trafficking bust Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a Malaysian man and two Thai women accused of luring other Thai women into prostitution overseas via Facebook, officials said Friday. More »

  • Video of Girl, 12, Being 'Beaten Unconscious' For Wrong Trainer Choice …
    Video of Girl, 12, Being 'Beaten Unconscious' For Wrong Trainer Choice … Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Katie Morris says she required hospital treatment after the assault at Ivanhoe College, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. The assault was filmed by a bystander, and has since gone viral after Katie’s mum, Antonia King, posted the clip on her Facebook page. More »

  • Jessica Lawson: Pupil Died On School Trip
    Jessica Lawson: Pupil Died On School Trip Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A 12-year-old British schoolgirl has died in a swimming accident on a school holiday in France. Jessica Lawson, a pupil from Wolfreton School in Hull was among a group of 24 students and three staff visiting an adventure centre in the Massif Central region. Her sister Polly Lawson, who is in France with the family, said on Facebook: "It's a huge loss but we are remembering how beautiful she was and still is and how she was just a joy to know. More »

  • Mum Refuses To Apologise After Posting Picture Of Down’s Syndrome Boy In Washing …
    Mum Refuses To Apologise After Posting Picture Of Down’s Syndrome Boy In Washing … Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Courtney Stewart, 21, posted the picture of the boy - who she was looking after at the time - on her Facebook page More »

  • Benefit Fraud Probe Targets 400 Facebook Users
    Benefit Fraud Probe Targets 400 Facebook Users Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Facebook has been forced to turn over photos from the accounts of nearly 400 users suspected of committing disability benefit fraud. The record number of search warrants was issued by prosecutors who want to see whether people who are claiming disability benefits have posted photos of themselves taking part in vigorous activities. In the past, Facebook photos showing people riding jet skis, playing golf and performing martial arts have led to successful prosecutions. More »

  • Higher costs to attract eyeballs weigh on Yahoo forecast
    Higher costs to attract eyeballs weigh on Yahoo forecast Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Yahoo Inc forecast lower-than-expected revenue for the current quarter as it struggles to revive its core online advertising business and spends more to attract users to its websites. Shares of Yahoo were marginally down at $39.34 in after-market trading. Yahoo has been developing content for its mobile platform to drive user engagement and ad sales as its core online advertising business struggles in the face of stiff competition from Google Inc and Facebook Inc . More »

  • Facebook loses in clash with prosecutors over users' data Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Facebook can't block nearly 400 search warrants seeking users' postings for a criminal fraud investigation, an appeals court said Tuesday, but the judges said they understand the social networking site's ... More »

  • Cambiasso bids farewell to Leicester after rejecting deal
    Cambiasso bids farewell to Leicester after rejecting deal Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Esteban Cambiasso has rejected a new deal with Leicester City and will not return to the Premier League club, the former Argentina international said on Tuesday. Cambiasso, 34, joined Leicester last August on a short-term contract that has now expired. "I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City," he said in a statement on his Facebook page. More »

  • Facebook must hand over New York users' info to prosecutors, court rule …
    Facebook must hand over New York users' info to prosecutors, court rule … Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Facebook Inc cannot challenge search warrants New York prosecutors used to get information from its site on hundreds of users suspected of Social Security fraud, a state appeals court said on Tuesday, in a decision likely making it harder for New Yorkers to keep their digital lives private. The warrants, which applied to 381 users' photos, private messages and other account information, could only be challenged by individual defendants after prosecutors gathered evidence, the Manhattan-based court unanimously ruled. Facebook was backed in the case by a group of large Internet companies including Google Inc and Microsoft Corp , which argued the case could set a troubling precedent giving prosecutors access to all kinds of digital information. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Tue, Jul 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 Friday July 10, to Thursday, July 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks Tue, Jul 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 Friday July 10 to Sunday, July 16 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Here’s how Anne Hathaway responded to a joke made about her in Amy Schumer’s …
    Here’s how Anne Hathaway responded to a joke made about her in Amy Schumer’s … Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The actress responded to the joke on Facebook last night. More »

  • Chicago-area man accused of threatening Emanuel, others Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A driver for a ride-sharing service used his Facebook page to threaten Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others, hinting that he hoped to commit an act of violence before traveling to Pakistan, according ... More »

  • Weapon found on prisoner who was recaptured after posting to Facebook
    Weapon found on prisoner who was recaptured after posting to Facebook Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    He wrote on his Facebook page, “Who else is out today haha”. More »

  • Hundreds Watch Fight Arranged on Social Media
    Hundreds Watch Fight Arranged on Social Media Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Two teenage girls have been arrested in Belfast after what police say was a fight arranged on social media that brought 200 youths on to the streets. Police said the two teens, both 14, were held for disorderly behaviour and will be reported to the Youth Diversion Officer. The fight between two girls was believed to have been arranged on Facebook and took place on Sunday afternoon in the city centre. More »

  • 'Inglourious Basterds' star slams Facebook anti-migrant tide
    'Inglourious Basterds' star slams Facebook anti-migrant tide Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Germany's most popular film star blasted fans who left dozens of anti-immigrant comments on his Facebook page, feeding a feverish national debate on asylum policy Monday. More »

  • Little Mix's Jesy Engaged To Rixton's Jake
    Little Mix's Jesy Engaged To Rixton's Jake Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Ed Sheeran has helped his good friend Jake Roche organise a surprise proposal for his girlfriend Jesy Nelson from Little Mix. Boyband Rixton member Roche got down on one knee on stage at the Manchester Arena in front of Nelson as Sheeran sang the couple's favourite song, Tenerife Sea, nearby. A picture was posted on Rixton's Facebook page showing a shocked Nelson covering her mouth with clasped hands as he opens a box with a ring inside. More »

  • Franklin Graham's Turn Toward Intolerance
    Franklin Graham's Turn Toward Intolerance Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    In a post on his Facebook page this past Friday, the younger Graham proclaimed that all Muslims should be barred from immigrating to America and treated like the Japanese and Germans during World War II. Muslims who come to America have the “potential to be radicalized” and participate in “killing to honor their religion and Muhammad,” he said in response to the murders of four Marines in Chattanooga on Thursday. This is only the latest disturbing comment from Franklin Graham, a man whose rhetoric seems to be growing more extreme and whose behavior seems to be growing more erratic. The son of America’s most prominent evangelist was once known as a leading humanitarian, but he has now traded that legacy for a pot of partisan porridge. More »

  • Police Face Secret Facebook Racism Claims
    Police Face Secret Facebook Racism Claims Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations that officers used a secret Facebook group to make racist comments about travellers. Some of the comments were reportedly made after the presenters of Top Gear were cleared of any wrongdoing for using the word "pikey", a derogatory term for travellers, on the TV show. Responses from members of the group included statements such as "I f****** hate pikeys" and described the traveller community as "despicable people", the Independent On Sunday said. More »

  • Serena to rest for a week due to elbow injury
    Serena to rest for a week due to elbow injury Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    (Reuters) - Serena Williams will rest for a week after withdrawing from the Swedish Open due to an elbow problem but is confident the injury will not derail her preparations for the U.S. Open. Williams, who will bid to complete a rare calendar grand slam at Flushing Meadows, withdrew ahead of her second-round match against Klara Koukalova after sustaining the injury during practice. "As much fun as we have been having the past 8 or so weeks I have to take some time to let my elbow heal," Williams said in a post on her Facebook page. More »

  • Google gains billions in value as YouTube drives ad growth
    Google gains billions in value as YouTube drives ad growth Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Google Inc's shares closed up 16.3 percent at $699.62 on Friday, adding about $65 billion (42 billion pounds) to its market value, as strong growth in YouTube viewership eased investor concerns about Facebook Inc's push into video. Google's class A shares chalked up their largest single-day percentage change in more than seven years on Friday. The rise in Google's market value was more than the total market capitalization of Caterpillar Inc , the world's biggest construction equipment maker. More »

  • Google shares soar as YouTube growth allays fears over Facebook
    Google shares soar as YouTube growth allays fears over Facebook Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Google Inc's shares surged as much as 15.7 percent on Friday, adding nearly $63 billion to its market value, as strong growth in mobile ad revenue allayed concerns its YouTube business could be hurt by Facebook Inc's push into video. The surge in the stock, which sent the Nasdaq composite index to a record intraday high, came a day after Google reported better-than-expected revenue and profit for the first time in six quarters. Google's share price rise added more to its market value than the combined market capitalization of Twitter Inc and LinkedIn Corp. Shares of Google, the world's most valuable company after Apple Inc, hit a record high of $696, valuing the Web search giant at about $466 billion. More »

  • Yeah right! Sarcasm poses problem for computer algorithms in U.S. election
    Yeah right! Sarcasm poses problem for computer algorithms in U.S. election Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld same-sex weddings in the same week that South Carolina debated keeping a controversial Civil War battle flag, Twitter user @xTomatoez posted “Gay marriage and the Confederate flag going down everywhere. Tough week for your redneck uncle on Facebook.” The poster had no idea his tweet was one of many scrutinized by an analytics firm, whose algorithm took his mocking message seriously and decided it was negative toward gay marriage. In the race for the White House in 2016, election campaigns rely on such research to help them tailor advertising and other outreach to particular groups of voters. More »

  • Minimum 20 years for man who killed wife after Facebook search for replacem …
    Minimum 20 years for man who killed wife after Facebook search for replacem … Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    A "manipulative" and "devious" Pakistani immigrant who murdered his young Bulgarian wife after he had already trawled Facebook for her replacement has been jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years. More »

  • Yeah right! Sarcasm poses problem for computer algorithms in US election Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld same-sex weddings in the same week that South Carolina debated keeping a controversial Civil War battle flag, Twitter user @xTomatoez posted “Gay marriage and the Confederate flag going down everywhere. Tough week for your redneck uncle on Facebook.” The poster had no idea his tweet was one of many scrutinized by an analytics firm, whose algorithm took his mocking message seriously and decided it was negative toward gay marriage. In the race for the White House in 2016, election campaigns rely on such research to help them tailor advertising and other outreach to particular groups of voters. More »

  • Facebook's Oculus buys Israel gesture recognition firm Pebbles Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Facebook's Oculus unit said on Thursday it has agreed to buy Israeli gesture recognition technology developer Pebbles Interfaces for an undisclosed amount. The announcement was made in a blog posted by Oculus. Israel's Calcalist financial news website said the deal was worth tens of millions of dollars. While other companies pioneering the virtual reality field focus on full-body movement, Pebbles' technology detects and tracks hand movement. It is aimed primarily at gamers but also has applications for TV, computers, or smartphone operation while driving. ... More »

  • Ukraine passes laws to unlock $3.2 billion in foreign aid
    Ukraine passes laws to unlock $3.2 billion in foreign aid Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    By Alessandra Prentice and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament has passed all the laws needed to receive a new tranche of loans amounting to over $3 billion under an IMF-backed bailout programme, Finance Ministry official Artem Shevalev said on Thursday. Ukraine has so far received $5 billion from the International Monetary Fund, out of an overall pledge of $17.5 billion. "Thanks to the MPs for being responsible - all currently outstanding IMF and World Bank laws (have been) approved," Shevalev said in a Facebook post. More »