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  • Facebook tests solar-powered drones
    Facebook tests solar-powered drones Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Facebook has completed its first test of a solar-powered drone that carries internet signal in the skies above the UK, the social network's chief Mark Zuckerberg has announced. More »

  • Photo of Myanmar’s reclusive former dictator surfaces on Facebook
    Photo of Myanmar’s reclusive former dictator surfaces on Facebook Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar’s reclusive former military dictator, Than Shwe, appears to have surfaced in public for the first time in almost four years in a photograph on Facebook showing him being taught to use an iPad by a young girl. On Thursday, Than Shwe’s grandson, Nay Shwe Thwe Aung, posted an undated photograph of the 82-year-old sitting in an opulent room looking intently at an iPad as a young girl, identified in local media as his granddaughter, points to the screen. "Senior General Than Shwe and his iPad coach," reads the caption, followed by three emoticons of yellow smiley faces with sunglasses. The photograph cannot be authenticated by Reuters and Nay Shwe Thwe Aung did not respond to a message requesting comment. More »

  • Sailing-New Zealand, Italian America's Cup challenges in doubt Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    New Zealand's challenge for the next America's Cup could be in doubt, while the Italian challengers Luna Rossa have also threatened to withdraw after the organisers changed their minds on the type of boat to be used for the 35th regatta in 2017. Organisers said on Wednesday they had changed the size of the boat for the next regatta in Bermuda from the previously agreed AC62 foiling catamarans to the smaller AC45 in order to cut costs for the syndicates. The decision has sparked a crisis for Team New Zealand, who were beaten by holders Oracle Team USA in San Francisco in 2013, because part of the trade-off from downsizing the boats was to cancel a challenger series planned for Auckland before the final regatta in Bermuda, the team said on Friday. "The proposal was to go down to AC 45s, a much smaller boat, and lose Auckland as the qualifier... or stay with the 62s and come to Auckland as the qualifier," Team New Zealand head Grant Dalton said in a video statement on their Facebook page. More »

  • Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets
    Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook Inc to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its clearest explanation so far for technology projects that have puzzled some investors and analysts. Facebook executives made the case on Thursday, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, that initiatives such as its $2 billion (1.3 billion pounds) purchase of virtual reality headset maker Oculus last year, and the hiring of aerospace experts make sense for the 1.4-billion member social network. While virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift suggest video games and entertainment, the gadgets could transform how people communicate on Facebook, they said. More »

  • Women pictured on Penn St. frat's Facebook page talk to cops
    Women pictured on Penn St. frat's Facebook page talk to cops Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Some women pictured nude or seminude in photos posted to a Penn State fraternity's secret Facebook page have come forward, and some frat members are now cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation, police said. More »

  • Zynga must face U.S. lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO
    Zynga must face U.S. lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Zynga Inc must face a lawsuit that accuses the gaming company known for its "FarmVille" game of defrauding shareholders about its prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering. Ruling 13 months after dismissing an earlier version of the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in San Francisco said on Wednesday that shareholders could pursue claims that Zynga concealed declining user activity, masked how changes in a Facebook Inc platform for its games would affect demand and inflated its 2012 revenue forecast. Zynga's market value slid by several billion dollars between March 2, 2012, when its share price peaked at $15.91, and July 26, 2012, when the price dropped below $3 after the company posted disappointing earnings and cut its outlook. "Confidential witnesses all corroborate that the updates on game users and spending data was readily accessible to Zynga's management." White rejected a claim over Zynga's alleged product launch delays, saying it was mere "business puffery" for the company to call its game pipeline "strong," "robust" and "very healthy." Shareholders led by David Fee also claimed that Zynga hid its weaknesses to enable insiders to sell $593 million of stock before a post-IPO lockup was to expire, and avoid a roughly 75 percent drop in its share price over the next four months. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks Thu, Mar 26, 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, March 16 to Sunday, March 22 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
    Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Thu, Mar 26, 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 March. 16, to Sunday, March 22, via Facebook, ... More »

  • Bakery pulls Lee Kuan Yew bun after social media roasting Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    A bakery chain apologized for a bun commemorating Singapore's long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew and pulled it from stores after being accused of poor taste. BreadTalk said on its Facebook page that its bun ... More »

  • Commemorative Lee Kuan Yew bun causes backlash in Singapore Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    A bakery chain apologized for a bun commemorating Singapore's long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew and pulled it from stores after being accused of poor taste. BreadTalk said on its Facebook page Thursday that ... More »

  • Singaporeans say BreadTalk's Lee Kuan Yew bun is in poor taste
    Singaporeans say BreadTalk's Lee Kuan Yew bun is in poor taste Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Bakery chain BreadTalk Group apologised and pulled a bun commemorating the city-state's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, from its stores after drawing flak from social media users who said the baked goods were insensitive. "We would like to convey our deepest apologies with regard to the commemorative bun ‪#‎rememberingLKY‬ which was introduced at BreadTalk outlets today, 25 March 2015," the company said on its Facebook page. "Our intent was to create a commemorative product in memory of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew whom we deeply respect. Together with all Singaporeans, the passing of our Founding Prime Minister is deeply felt by all of us at BreadTalk," it said. More »

  • Facebook bets on Messenger app, opens it to developers
    Facebook bets on Messenger app, opens it to developers Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduces a new messenger platform at the F8 summit in San Francisco, California, on March 25, 2015 More »

  • Zayn Malik Quits One Direction To Feel 'Normal'
    Zayn Malik Quits One Direction To Feel 'Normal' Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Zayn Malik has left One Direction, saying he wants to feel like a "normal 22-year-old". The group said they would continue as a four-piece for their world tour and record their fifth album this year. Malik, who was with the group for five years, said in a statement posted on the group's Facebook page: "My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. Malik quit the boyband's world tour last week because of "stress", while declaring his love on Twitter for fiancee Perrie Edwards after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman. More »

  • Facebook's Messenger app to mix business with more pleasure
    Facebook's Messenger app to mix business with more pleasure Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Facebook's Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next. In an effort to pull off ... More »

  • American in United Arab Emirates Facebook case returns to US Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    TAMPA, Florida (AP) — A helicopter mechanic whose Facebook post complaining about his employer in the United Arab Emirates got him arrested has returned home to the United States. More »

  • Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service
    Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as the Internet company seeks to expand its reach. The new features mark Facebook's latest effort to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with the same pull with consumers and businesses as its flagship 1.4-billion user social network. Facebook unveiled the new features at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, for the first time allowing developers to create apps that function inside the Messenger service used by more than 600 million people. Messenger will feature more than 40 different apps in the next few days, allowing users to send each other sports clips, animations and other items, Facebook said. More »

  • Facebook's Messenger app adding more ways to connect
    Facebook's Messenger app adding more ways to connect Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications hub as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company's ... More »

  • Zuckerberg unveils new software
    Zuckerberg unveils new software Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out the social network's plans for the coming months at the F8 developers conference. More »

  • The reason why Facebook wanted people to get Messenger is now clearer
    The reason why Facebook wanted people to get Messenger is now clearer Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    It’s now a platform, and Facebook has big plans for it. More »

  • Facebook in virtual reality move
    Facebook in virtual reality move Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Facebook is to begin supporting virtual reality on its newsfeed, with users able to put on an VR headset and explore a virtual location. More »

  • Malik quits 'One Direction', says wants normal life
    Malik quits 'One Direction', says wants normal life Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Zayn Malik said on Wednesday he was quitting the best-selling pop band One Direction because he wanted to live a normal life and apologised to fans of the hugely popular British-Irish group for doing so. The decision by Malik to quit came after he dropped out of an Asian tour due to what he said was stress when pictures of the singer, who is engaged to Perrie Edwards of Little Mix, were published showing him partying with another woman in Thailand. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight," Malik said in a statement on One Direction's Facebook page. One Direction's biggest hits include "Best Song Ever", "Kiss You", "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Story of My Life". More »

  • Facebook woos media giants: Will social media control the future of news? Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Over recent months, the social media giant has been holding closed-door discussions with at least half a dozen media mammoths such as The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and National Geographic, etching out the details of a proposed plan to host news content inside Facebook, instead of making users go to an external site. “The company’s [Facebook’s] news feed algorithm is an increasingly important news filter, particularly for younger 'millennials.' That means any deeper partnerships with media groups to host their stories could be controversial, with publishers that do not sign up likely to complain vociferously if Facebook’s algorithm penalises their stories as a result,” wrote Stuart Dredge for the Guardian. The ability of small publishers to reach their audience has already diminished even without the preferential treatment that Facebook’s potential media collaborators could receive. In 2012, Facebook announced that organic page reach was just 16 percent. More »

  • Senator resigns as committee chair after Obama-IS group post Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine state senator who was criticized for a Facebook post that linked President Barack Obama to the Islamic State group is stepping down from his post as chairman of a legislative committee. More »

  • Bosses can't get even when staffers gripe on social media
    Bosses can't get even when staffers gripe on social media Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Bosses can get mad when staffers vent on social media about their jobs, but they may not be able to get even. When one of Bert Martinez' employees posted gripes about her job and the boss on Facebook last ... More »

  • Sponsor Saxo urges Tinkoff to find Riis solution
    Sponsor Saxo urges Tinkoff to find Riis solution Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Saxo Bank's CEO has urged the Tinkoff-Saxo cycling team to find a solution to the crisis which has seen Danish team manager and former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis suspended. Danish media reported on Sunday that the 50-year-old had been suspended over poor team performances but Tinkoff-Saxo issued a statement on Tuesday saying that was not the reason. Saxo co-founder Lars Seier Christensen used Facebook to reassure fans Saxo would honour its sponsorship commitments and to call for Riis and Tinkoff to solve the current crisis. "I obviously respect that as the owner of the team, Oleg (Tinkoff) is entitled to make the arrangements that he wants to, but I would also like to emphasise that Bjarne Riis' proven leadership is a significant driver behind Saxo Bank's sponsorship of the team throughout eight seasons," he wrote. More »

  • Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites
    Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - If Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn't an issue for Chinese who "don't like" sites like Facebook and Twitter, an official said on Wednesday. China keeps a tight rein on its Internet. The government has warned that social media, particularly foreign services, could be a destabilising force for Chinese society or even affect the country's security. Popular foreign social media sites like Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook as well as Google Inc's main search engine and Gmail service are all inaccessible in China without specialised software to vault what is known as the "Great Firewall". More »

  • Fugitive's dad tells why he thinks son fled in Facebook case Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    A fugitive facing charges he falsely claimed he's owed a majority ownership in Facebook fled after complaining he was being treated unfairly in courts, his father said Tuesday. Carmine Ceglia told a Manhattan ... More »

  • Family of alleged Facebook fraud fugitive to forfeit bail - U.S. judge
    Family of alleged Facebook fraud fugitive to forfeit bail - U.S. judge Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The family of a New York man who became a fugitive after being criminally charged with trying to defraud Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half of the social media company was ordered on Tuesday to forfeit his bail. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan entered a $250,000 judgement against Paul Ceglia's parents and brother after previously revoking his bail. Broderick said he might reduce the penalty if the family helps locate Ceglia, who disappeared more than two weeks ago. A prosecutor said Ceglia could face new fraud and bail jumping charges soon. More »

  • Why Facebook's Offer to Host News Is So Terrifying
    Why Facebook's Offer to Host News Is So Terrifying Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Now, Times stories are everywhere, and the news organization has not only the paper but also a bustling website and a range of apps. The New York Times is considering publishing some of its stories directly to Facebook, according to a story in the paper Tuesday. These stories would look somewhat like a normal news story in a user’s News Feed, but instead of sending users to NYTimes.com servers, they’d send users to Facebook’s own. We still don’t know how (or even if) Facebook will share revenue with its partners, and how those deals could change in the future. More »

  • Facebook as a Press Baron
    Facebook as a Press Baron Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Now, Times stories are everywhere, and the news organization has not only the paper but also a bustling website and a range of apps. The New York Times is considering publishing some of its stories directly to Facebook, according to a story in the paper Tuesday. These stories would look somewhat like a normal news story in a user’s News Feed, but instead of sending users to NYTimes.com servers, they’d send users to Facebook’s own. We still don’t know how (or even if) Facebook will share revenue with its partners, and how those deals could change in the future. More »

  • Novelist Pat Conroy starts new chapter with opening of fitness gym Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - After bad health habits nearly killed him, "The Prince of Tides" author Pat Conroy said he is opening a fitness studio near his South Carolina home to help him stay healthy enough to write several more books. Conroy announced the new business venture on Facebook last weekend and acknowledged it was an odd move for a 69-year-old writer who in 2009 published a cookbook featuring recipes for breakfast shrimp and grits and beefsteak Florentine. "But I'm doing it because there are four or five books I’d like to write before I meet with Jesus of Nazareth, as my mother promised me ... and I can't write them unless I'm healthy." In a related post on his blog, Conroy said he stopped drinking and began dieting on the advice of his doctor after nearly dying three years ago from "my own bad habits." The novelist said he also joined the YMCA in Beaufort, South Carolina, where he met a trainer who has whipped him into shape. More »

  • Dad: Fugitive son afraid his Facebook trial wouldn't be fair Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The father of a fugitive accused of falsely claiming he's owed a majority ownership in Facebook says his son doesn't trust the criminal justice system. Carmine Ceglia (SEHG'-lee-uh) told a Manhattan judge ... More »

  • Afghan police official fired for mob-killing Facebook comment Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's interior ministry fired the spokesman for Kabul's police chief on Tuesday for Facebook comments that seemed to try to justify the mob killing of a 27-year-old woman falsely accused of burning a Koran. The woman, named Farkhunda, was killed and set on fire last week in front of police officers after she was accused of burning a Koran, Islam's holy book. Protesters in Kabul painted their faces red on Tuesday to represent Farkhunda's bloodied face as filmed by mobile phones as she was beaten to death. "We have come here to register a very deep sense of anger and frustration with the process of reform," said Afghanistan's former spy chief, Amrullah Saleh, who was at the protest. More »

  • Accel launches $305 million Indian start-up fund Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - Accel Partners, the venture capital firm that has backed the likes of Facebook and Flipkart, is launching a $305 million (204 million pounds) India-focused fund to capitalise on the country's favourable conditions for start-ups. A rising number of smartphone users, cheaper Internet and a vast middle class have turned India into one of the hottest markets for investors such as Accel, Singaporean wealth fund Temasek Holdingsand Japan's SoftBank Corp, fuelling growth of technology start-ups including Flipkart, Snapdeal and Ola. Investors pumped $4.5 billion into the Indian Internet space in the 13 months to February, Morgan Stanley said in a report, while sources have told Reuters of heightened competition among investors as they scout for India's next billion-dollar business. More »

  • Battle for African Internet users stirs freedom fears
    Battle for African Internet users stirs freedom fears Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people. Africa's Internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360 million smartphones on the continent by then, roughly double the number in the United States currently, Mckinsey Consultants data shows. Africa had 16 percent Internet penetration and 67 million smartphones in 2013. This growth is attracting interest from Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Wikipedia, which are striking deals with service providers such as Vodacom, MTN, Bharti Airtel and Safaricom to offer users free, or 'zero-rated' access to their sites and services. More »