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  • Turkey 'restricts' Facebook, Twitter at schools
    Turkey 'restricts' Facebook, Twitter at schools 7 hours ago

    Turkey has restricted students from posting pictures and opinions about school life on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, local media said Thursday. More »

  • Facebook's New Logo - But Can You Spot Changes?
    Facebook's New Logo - But Can You Spot Changes? 9 hours ago

    Notice anything different about Facebook? The social network has unveiled a new logo, but only the most eagle-eyed web user is likely to have spotted it. The blue background is still there, complete with the word 'Facebook' appearing as white text. More »

  • Gun-shaped cell phone case: harmless fun or dangerous accessory? 21 hours ago

    The office of Ocean County prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato posted on Facebook photos of the case brandished at the camera, tucked in a woman’s back pocket, and held to her ear. “Please folks – this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea,” reads the post from Mr. Coronato’s office. “A police officer’s job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation. More »

  • California cancer patient with amnesia faces identity crisis 23 hours ago

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media and law enforcement as she struggles to rekindle memory of her own identity and any family she may have. "The amnesia I have is called retro amnesia, and doctors have said they have seen this before with the kind of antibodies from the volleyball-sized tumor that was on my ovary," she wrote on her Facebook page.    "I have been getting chemotherapy treatments, and have lost all of my hair ... My prognosis is not good, and I pray my family will be found soon." She said she has dreams of New South Wales and Perth in Australia, but also has flashes of memory of being in Hawaii. More »

  • Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking & the 'Terminator' Talk Science 23 hours ago

    What scientific questions does Mark Zuckerberg want answered? Stephen Hawking wants to know. In a town hall-style Q&A session held Tuesday (June 30) on Zuckerberg's Facebook profile, the acclaimed British physicist asked the site's co-founder and CEO to share some of the "big questions in science" that he'd like to see answered. More »

  • Denmark strips man of citizenship after terrorism conviction Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A Danish court on Tuesday stripped the citizenship from a Danish-Moroccan bookseller jailed for inciting terrorism, in the first case of its kind in the country. Sam Mansour was found guilty of supporting al Qaeda and Syria's al-Nusra Front in posts on Facebook and for his help in publishing books by Abu Qatada, a Jordanian cleric who was deported from Britain for trial at home. "These comments (in Facebook posts) go way beyond the borders of freedom of speech, which the court also agreed," public prosecutor Kristian Braad Jensen said outside the court. More »

  • Austrian court rejects jurisdiction in Facebook privacy suit Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — A court in Austria has rejected a class-action lawsuit against Facebook alleging invasion of privacy, saying it lacks jurisdiction in the case. More »

  • Austria court throws out Facebook privacy class action suit
    Austria court throws out Facebook privacy class action suit Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Thousands of users are suing Facebook for alleged rights violations, including data tracking More »

  • Some Facebook Users Are 'American Flagging’ Their Profile Pictures In Protest …
    Some Facebook Users Are 'American Flagging’ Their Profile Pictures In Protest … Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    This radio host has been promoting the tool on Facebook (Facebook) More »

  • Austrian student's privacy battle against Facebook suffers setback Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Shadia Nasralla VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian student's legal battle against Facebook, accusing it of helping the U.S. security service collect personal data, suffered a setback after a Vienna court rejected his case on procedural grounds, both sides said on Wednesday. The law student is claiming 500 euros ($556) in damages for each of more than 25,000 signatories to his lawsuit - the latest in a series of European challenges to U.S. technology firms and their handling of personal data. Facebook's lawyer presented a long list of procedural objections to the Vienna court in April, questioning Schrems' status as a private Facebook consumer and whether the 25,000 plaintiffs were legally allowed to confer their rights on him. More »

  • Zuckerberg: The Future Of Facebook Is Telepathy
    Zuckerberg: The Future Of Facebook Is Telepathy Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Facebook is currently throwing everything at instant messaging, but founder Mark Zuckerberg has a far bigger ambition: telepathy. In a question and answer session on his Facebook page, one person asked what the future of Facebook could look like. He said he thinks that one day people will be able to send emotional experiences to each other, which would be "the ultimate communication technology. More »

  • Facebook's Zuckerberg wants to figure out social equation
    Facebook's Zuckerberg wants to figure out social equation Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg figures there could be a formula that explains how people think. More »

  • Wimbledon top grand slam for social media - survey Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Michael Roddy LONDON, (Reuters) - Wimbledon is the top grand slam championship for attracting social media-savvy tennis fans, with more followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than any of the other three, a survey released on Wednesday said. The tournament's 4.1 million followers on the social media websites put Wimbledon on top, with the French Open second on 3.7 million and the U.S. and Australian Opens lagging behind, the study by sports and entertainment intelligence firm Repucom said. The Wimbledon 2014 men's singles final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, was the single most popular grand slam match on social media, with a combined 585,000 posts, almost double that of any other. More »

  • Las Vegas man accused of threatening Obama in Facebook posts Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man accused of posting Facebook threats to harm President Barack Obama was arrested with seven registered guns after being overheard asking about buying a type of fertilizer used in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building 20 years ago, according to court records reviewed Tuesday. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Tue, Jun 30, 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 June 22, to Sunday, June 28, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks Tue, Jun 30, 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 June 22 to Sunday, June 28 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Capital controls mean Greeks can click, but not buy Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The imposition of capital controls on Sunday evening means Greeks are no longer able to purchase goods or services from many big international online suppliers including Google , Amazon.com Inc , Apple and Facebook . Transfers of funds out of Greece were banned to prevent a collapse of the banking system after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected the terms of a bailout offer from international lenders. The controls mean payments via debit or credit cards to accounts outside Greece are prohibited. More »

  • Facebook flag wars. Where should the conversation happen? Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The June 26 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states has had an immediate impact on millions of Americans: It prompted them to add filters to their Facebook profile pictures. Rainbow flags for same-sex marriage supporters, American flags for same-sex marriage opponents, and Confederate flags for those who see the Confederacy as a vital part of American heritage. Each of these symbols has been plastered across Facebook and Twitter. More »

  • Ryanair to allow Greek customers to pay cash Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Europe's largest low-cost carrier Ryanair will allow Greek customers to pay with cash after capital controls caused problems with credit card payments on its web site. The imposition of capital controls on Sunday evening means Greeks are no longer able to purchase goods or services from many big international online suppliers including Google , Apple and Facebook . The Irish airline, which operates out of 11 airports in Greece, said in a statement it was experiencing "high rates of decline" on their credit/debit cards. ... More »

  • Selfless birthday boy asks guests to forget presents and instead donate cash … Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    (Picture credit: Facebook/Mascoteros Solidarios)A selfless birthday boy asked party guests not to... More »

  • Comedian Jason Manford Goes Toe-To-Toe With Britain First On Social Media
    Comedian Jason Manford Goes Toe-To-Toe With Britain First On Social Media Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Manford triggered the stand-off by tweeting about deleting Facebook friends who shared 'racist' Britain First videos. More »

  • 1,000 Runners Get Diarrhoea After Competing In 'Mud Run' Where Animal Faeces …
    1,000 Runners Get Diarrhoea After Competing In 'Mud Run' Where Animal Faeces … Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Some took to the event’s Facebook page to complain about being ill the day after they took part More »

  • Jason Manford targeted by right-wing extremists
    Jason Manford targeted by right-wing extremists Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The 33-year-old comedian tweeted that he had blocked three friends from his personal Facebook account for sharing Britain First videos. More »

  • Facebook Introduces Snapchat-Style Captions And Stickers to Photos
    Facebook Introduces Snapchat-Style Captions And Stickers to Photos Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Facebook has started adding Snapchat-style stickers and text to its photo editing tool. More »

  • New York City teen tracks down wallet's owner on Facebook Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City teenager is being credited with using Facebook to track down the owner of a wallet she found on a city bus. More »

  • Salon app founder uses Facebook to reach her investor Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A salon app creator knew exactly who she wanted to help her business. But she didn't know how to reach him. Enter one timely Facebook post. Kathleen Jennings' BeautyNow app, created in 2013, helps book ... More »

  • Thai ice cream company apologizes for Facebook gay slur Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai ice cream company owned by Unilever has apologized for using a derogatory term for gay men in a Facebook posting marking the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, a spokeswoman said Monday. More »

  • Little-known group claims attack targeting Egypt public prosecutor Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A little-known group calling itself the "Giza Popular Resistance" claimed responsibility for an attack on Monday that wounded Egypt's public prosecutor, according to a statement on its Facebook page. In the statement, the group said it had targeted Hisham Barakat in front of his home in Heliopolis. The group posted pictures that it said were from the attack. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the claim. (Reporting by Omar Fahmy and Ahmed Aboulenein; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Gareth Jones) More »

  • Russian MP urges Facebook blockage over rainbow flag
    Russian MP urges Facebook blockage over rainbow flag Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    A Russian lawmaker, who has strongly backed anti-gay legislation, said Facebook should be shut down in Russia over its support for the US Supreme Court's decision to legalise same-sex marriage. More »

  • Sharon Shannon’s threat to ‘chop the mickey’ off a man pretending to be her …
    Sharon Shannon’s threat to ‘chop the mickey’ off a man pretending to be her … Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    The Facebook status has been liked nearly 20,000 times. More »

  • The Sports World's Slow Embrace of Gay Rights
    The Sports World's Slow Embrace of Gay Rights Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    The Supreme Court’s declaration that same-sex marriage was constitutional triggered widespread jubilation across the United States on Friday, as millions of people took to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to show their support. This enthusiasm was matched by numerous brands, such as Chipotle and Target, who used cleverly produced tweets to trumpet their position on Twitter. The response from the country’s sports teams, by contrast, were relatively muted. More »

  • A photo of a young boy determined to learn goes viral Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A young student in the Philippines found inspiration in an unlikely place, and like most people her age, she snapped a photo. The picture is of a young boy, crouched on his knees on a dirty sidewalk, studying at a makeshift table under the glow of a McDonald’s restaurant. Since Joyce Torrefranca posted the photo to her Facebook page, it has received hundreds of likes and fifteen hundred shares. More »

  • Facebook staff diversity little changed over past year
    Facebook staff diversity little changed over past year Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc released new diversity data Friday that showed the number of women and minorities has remained little changed over the past year. The number of women increased only 1 percentage point, from 31 percent to 32 percent. Diversity among the social network's tech workers was far less even, with 84 percent men and 16 percent women. More »

  • Nauru president says opposition and foreign media tried to topple governmen …
    Nauru president says opposition and foreign media tried to topple governmen … Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The president of the South Pacific island nation of Nauru on Friday said opposition lawmakers and foreign media had attempted to overthrow his government and that three arrested MPs face criminal charges over a protest outside parliament. President Baron Waqa made the claim amid mounting international criticism for banning Facebook, limiting political speech and assembly and the suspension from parliament of several popular opposition lawmakers. Nauru has come under fire in recent years over allegations of corruption and human rights abuses and is key to Australia's controversial immigration policy, with Canberra funding a A$2 billion ($1.54 billion) detention centre on the island. More »

  • Facebook has 'more work to do' in developing workplace diversity Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Facebook has released its employee demographic data for the second year in a row in an update of the progress of its diversity initiatives. The same percentage of employees are hispanic, black, Pacific Islander, or American Indian as last year, but a greater proportion of Asians now make up the company’s work force. Looking higher up in the corporate food chain, the overwhelming majority of Facebook’s executives are still white and male. More »