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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently confirmed the company is working on adding a "dislike" button to the social network, although he never put it as such. Today, the new options were unveiled and they're rather different than what people expected.

Google aims to make phones load websites 'instantaneously'

Google has announced the start of an ambitious project to make web pages load faster on mobile devices while still protecting ad revenue for the content publishers. Accelerated Mobile Pages is launching as a tech preview from today.

Stories released via Instagram, Twitter could be new wave

A new novel that follows the correspondence of paternal twins on the eastern seaboard initially won't be a physical book; it will be released in installments via Instagram.

YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley dead at 13

Caleb Logan Bratayley's mother has revealed a few more details surrounding the 13-year-old YouTube star's sudden death. Originally, Caleb's mother Katie posted an instagram message stating Caleb died last Thursday of "natural causes."

Facebook says 'imperative' for EU, U.S. to find data deal solution

Facebook urged the EU and US to find a quick solution after Europe's top court struck down a key transatlantic data sharing deal that is relied on by the social media giant and other big firms.

Facebook blow as EU court quashes transatlantic data deal

Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens' personal information to the US after the EU's top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey appointed permanent CEO

Social network Twitter has announced that ousted co-founder Jack Dorsey is to return as the formal CEO of the company. Dorsey has already been acting as interim leader since July when Dick Costolo stepped down.

No more IPv4, now what?

After several false scares and years of warnings, it has finally happened: the Internet has run out of IPv4 addresses. The American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) can no longer satisfy requests for new IPv4 addresses.

Facebook blames engineer for causing net neutrality controversy

A day after controversy heated up over Facebook’s alleged role to end net neutrality in India, the social media giant has come out with an explanation to clear all doubts regarding its part in the Digital India initiative.

Facebook hit by another viral copy-and-paste privacy scam

Another Facebook privacy hoax is currently going viral on the social network, asking users to copy and paste a "privacy notice" to their profile if they want to avoid the social network charging $5.99 to retain access to private posts.

Facebook founder threatening net neutrality in India?

The introduction of a new colour filter to alter profile pictures on Facebook is seen by many netizens in India as a step by the social media giant to end net neutrality in the country.

Twitter experimenting with native polls in tweets

Twitter has confirmed it is working on adding native support for polls in tweets. Voters will be able to click option buttons embedded in the tweet to cast their ballot. The feature is currently being tested with a limited number of users.

Instagram hits over 400 million active users, young lead way

While parent company Facebook has been managing up to one billion users a day of late, Instagram is behind but gaining users daily. Indeed, Instagram reached an impressive milestone of its own: 400 million active users.

Op-Ed: iOS 9 ad-blocking one week on: Developer pulls app from sale

Last week, Apple opened the gates to ad blockers on iOS. Since then, the new genre of apps has dominated App Store charts but also created waves of controversy. One developer has withdrawn his app from sale, describing the situation as a "kind of war."

Fake Facebook 'dislike' buttons are scamming users

Scammers are using fake Facebook "dislike" buttons in an attempt to trick unwitting users into handing over money, having malicious code downloaded to their computers, and liking pages, Digiday reports.

Kim Dotcom extradition hearing opens in New Zealand

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom's long-awaited extradition hearing opened in New Zealand Monday with the flamboyant founder of now-defunct Megaupload confident he can avoid being sent to the United States to face online piracy charges.

Facebook's ad targeting opt-out is not enough, say experts

Facebook plans to sell sharing data to advertisers that serve targeted ads beginning next month. To offset privacy concerns, Facebook offers a new tool to allow users to opt-out of targeted ads.

Facebook confirms it is working on a 'dislike' button

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed the social network is developing a new "Dislike" button as an alternative to the ubiquitous "Like." The company is working to make the new option a better way to "express empathy" for certain topics.

How we use Twitter matches how we talk to friends

Despite the wide use of social media and concerns that, along with it, the English language has been "dumbed-down," most people follow some basic rules of formality depending on the subject and situation.

DOJ seizes the largest illegal music-sharing site in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice has seized control of Sharebeast, the popular music filesharing site. was the largest illegal filesharing site for music operating within the U.S., according to the RIAA.

Wikipedia under fire for relationship with academic publisher

Wikipedia is drawing criticism from open-access advocates for its relationship with Elsevier, a pay-to-access academic database company.

Chicago sued over cloud tax on streaming services

In July, Chicago introduced the cloud tax, which taxes streaming services such as Netflix. Now, Chicago is being sued over it.

Facebook pledges to combat racism on German platform

Facebook pledged Monday to combat racist hate speech on its German-language network amid an upsurge in xenophobic comments online as Germany faces an unprecedented influx of refugees.

EdgeHTML — Microsoft releases a new open source browser

Microsoft is struggling to keep pace with competition in mobile and they are finally looking to go open source, at least with the new EdgeHTML browser.

Op-Ed: FDA sends letter to powdered caffeine distributors — So what?

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of powdered caffeine, claiming their products are sold without regulation as dietary supplements on the Internet.

Ex-Facebookers raise $6 million to bring Internet to more people

In June 2014, Facebook engineers Sam Gadodia, Terry Guo, and Shao Xia left the $250 billion company. The three launched a startup in stealth called LotusFlare to bring internet to more people around the world.

German minister's 'Negro' comment sparks social media storm

A German state minister sparked a social media storm Tuesday after calling a beloved German pop singer a "wonderful Negro" during a TV debate on Europe's migrant crisis.

Greeks fight ballot box fatigue with Internet jokes

Called to the ballot box for the third time in eight months, some Greeks are responding to election fatigue with a bailout-sized dose of Internet humour.

Ashley Madison says site growing, insists women are using

Embattled dating-for-cheaters website Ashley Madison insisted Monday that a massive hack and release of user data had not affected the site's prospects, with hundreds of thousands of new members -- including real women.

Viral video: Can man's funny antics lead to Hollywood fame?

Logan Paul has become a social media celebrity for his funny, offbeat videos, but wants to cross over to Hollywood fame. Now his new video showing him doing the splits across New York has caught attention online.

Zuckerberg: 1 billion people logged onto Facebook on Monday

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that 1 billion users logged onto Facebook on Monday August 24, representing an all-new and very impressive milestone for the social network that has made it to the heart of the Internet.

Instagram just introduced the feature everyone's been asking for

Instagram announced today that it is "thinking outside the square" and will now allow users to post in both landscape and portrait format.

U.S. shooting video shocks Internet in 'new frontier'

It almost looked like a first-person shooter video game: A handgun in a man's grasp comes into view. A woman appears in the gunman's sights. Shots are fired. But this was no game.

'Spam king' hacked 500,000 Facebook users, sent 27m spam messages

A Las Vegas man who called himself the 'Spam King' while he used phishing attacks to gain passwords for 500,000 Facebook accounts before sending over 27 million spam messages has pleaded guilty in court.

Profile of a Digital Journalist: Sarah Gopaul's life in film Special

Writing is a way of life to some people, but arguably few people spend more time on the hallowed art than Digital Journalist and Film Editor-at-Large Sarah Gopaul. If she's not working her day job, she's typing away whenever she has spare time.

Russia lifts Wikipedia ban after it edits drugs entry

Russia's media watchdog said Tuesday it had lifted a short-lived ban on Russian-language Wikipedia over an entry on a form of cannabis.

Google ordered to remove links to stores on right to be forgotten

In a request that has been widely criticised online, the UK has ordered that Google remove links to online news stories that are about it removing links to stories because of right to be forgotten requests. The confusing ruling has not pleased Google.

Bitcoin CEO's arrest leaves trail of unanswered questions

The arrest of MtGox boss Mark Karpeles has begun to shed light on the defunct Bitcoin exchange after hundreds of millions of dollars in virtual currency vanished from its digital vaults last year.

Op-Ed: Ashley Madison: Creating adulterers across the world

When I first heard that a dating site had been hacked and the user information had been stolen I was initially unperturbed. Then I found out what site it was and what it does.

Gripe with the government? Put a review on Yelp

The U.S. government has agreed to receive ratings, reviews, and potentially respond to feedback on the Yelp review website.

Hackers upload 20GB more Ashley Madison data, possibly CEO emails

Hackers have released another massive swathe of data gathered from the servers of cheating site The group, known as Impact Team, have followed 9.7GB of customer records with a 20GB data dump that may include emails to CEO Noel Biderman.
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