Facebook Tinkers With Users’ Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry
2014-06-30 04:42:01 UTC
To Facebook, we are all lab rats.
Facebook routinely adjusts its users’ news feeds — testing out the number of ads they see or the size of photos that appear — often without their knowledge. It is all for the purpose, the company says, of creat...
US created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest
2014-04-03 18:06:33 UTC
The US created a text-message social network designed to foment unrest in Cuba, according to an investigation by the Associated Press news agency.
ZunZuneo, dubbed a "Cuban Twitter", had 40,000 subscribers at its height in a country with limite...
Facebook testing video advertisements
2013-12-18 07:52:12 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are giving a thumbs-up to the idea of Facebook making hundreds of millions in new revenue from video advertisements, but some users argue that the social network is already too cluttered and has become more about commerci...
Instagram launches direct messaging feature
2013-12-13 10:13:23 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Instagram has added a new feature that lets users share photos and videos with up to 15 people rather than everyone who follows them on the popular Facebook-owned photo-sharing app.
Called Instagram Direct, the feature is availa...
Europe to U.S. companies: Face drastic sanctions
2013-10-22 01:45:02 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Parliament committee on Monday approved sweeping new data protection rules that would strengthen online privacy and outlaw the kind of data transfers that the United States used for its secret spying program.
Instagram, other sites go down
2013-08-27 20:32:12 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's unit that runs Web servers for other companies had problems Sunday that coincided with outages or slowdowns on several popular websites.
AirBnB says its site was one of those affected. Other services that were slow or u...
UK police arrest man over Twitter threats
2013-07-30 19:41:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British police on Tuesday arrested a second man in connection with an investigation into violent threats made against a lawmaker and a feminist campaigner on Twitter.
Labour Party legislator Stella Creasy was targeted with threats...
How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages
2013-07-11 23:21:48 UTC
• Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism
• Outlook.com encryption unlocked even before official launch
• Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls
• Company says it is legally compelled to comply
Facebook plays major role in Indonesia terror case
2013-06-21 05:53:20 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Sefa Riano didn't try to hide his plans or his beliefs. A Facebook page that police traced to him is plastered with photos of bearded men in camouflage uniforms holding rifles and banners hailing "The Spirit of Jihad....
Facebook introduces video on Instagram
2013-06-20 20:25:04 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is adding video to its popular photo-sharing app Instagram, following in the heels of Twitter's growing video-sharing app, Vine.
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said Thursday that users will be record and share 15-se...
Guardian: NSA leaker Snowden live chats in hiding
2013-06-17 17:10:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden is defending his disclosure of top-secret U.S. spying programs in an online chat Monday with The Guardian and attacking U.S. officials for calling him a traitor.
"The U.S. government is not go...
Web giants get broader surveillance revelations
2013-06-15 07:00:46 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and Microsoft Corp. representatives said Friday night that after negotiations with national security officials their companies have been given permission to make new but still very limited revelations about government...
Hillary Clinton joins Twitter
2013-06-11 04:36:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter, meet (at)HillaryClinton.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Twitter on Monday, describing herself with a dash of humor as a "pantsuit aficionado" and a "hair icon."
The former New York se...
Israeli military plans social media clampdown
2013-06-06 17:45:01 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Some Israeli soldiers will soon be unfriending Facebook following a new crackdown on social media use.
The military said Thursday it will soon issue new restrictions on the use of Facebook and other social media sites. A draft ...
Maine teens wary of social media after homicide
2013-06-01 05:49:22 UTC
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The death of a 15-year-old Maine girl allegedly killed in a bizarre kidnapping plot involving a fake Facebook profile has prompted some of her classmates to scale back their social media use — or ditch it altogether.
Nasdaq paying $10M to settle Facebook disruption
2013-05-30 05:18:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nasdaq has agreed to pay a $10 million penalty to settle federal civil charges after regulators said its systems and decisions disrupted Facebook's public stock offering last year.
The Securities and Exchange Commissi...
Give Locally grows through gaming, social media
2013-05-29 16:35:01 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew "Bo" Young III, son of former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, is carving out his own path for social change courtesy of a mobile app designed to help real families through the purchase of virtual goods.
Young and Ca...
Cuban blogger returns home to unknown future
2013-05-29 16:20:37 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — One of Cuba's most famous names is returning from a prolonged global tour on Thursday, but don't expect well-wishers, flowers or marching bands.
Most islanders won't even know about it.
When Yoani Sanchez touches down on ...
Ivory Coast techies elect new 'Web Mayor'
2013-05-28 04:42:07 UTC
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A 22-year-old who lives with his parents is the new mayor of Ivory Coast's largest city, at least according to the West African nation's active community of self-described Internet geeks.
Abidjan's budding ne...
Twitter adds security measure to logins
2013-05-24 16:27:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is adding an extra security measure to users' accounts in an effort to prevent unauthorized logins.
Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program. For those who...
Poll: Teens migrating to Twitter
2013-05-21 17:44:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that teens are sharing more about themselves on social media. They're also moving increasingly to Twitter to avoid their parents and the "oversharing" that they see on Facebook.
In the Pew Research Cen...
Google boosts photo offerings to rival Facebook
2013-05-18 05:25:49 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is digging deeper into its technology toolkit to turn its social networking service into a more formidable threat to Facebook, sprucing up its photo features at a time when sharing snapshots online and on mobile...
A year after IPO, Facebook aims to be ad colossus
2013-05-18 05:17:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It was supposed to be our IPO, the people's public offering.
Facebook, the brainchild of a young CEO who sauntered into Wall Street meetings in a hoodie, was going to be bigger than Amazon, bigger than McDonald's, bigger...
Syrian hackers compromise FT blogs, Twitter feeds
2013-05-17 17:47:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A clutch of blogs and Twitter accounts maintained by the Financial Times were hacked Friday, the latest in a series of cyberattacks claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-government group which often attacks media organ...
Tech, labor spar on immigration
2013-05-16 18:53:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — To the U.S. technology industry, there's a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it's more sinister: Th...