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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.

Facebook announces 'M' — a human-powered virtual assistant

Facebook has announced its own virtual assistant to rival Siri, Cortana and Google Now. 'M' will live inside Messenger and is supervised and enhanced by real people, giving it a unique advantage over its all-digital competitors.

'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.

Syrians use Facebook to plan, document journey to Europe

Kos - When Wael and his relatives from Syria climbed into an inflatable boat in the dead of night to cross the sea from Turkey to Greece, they abandoned all their belongings -- except their smartphones.

Facebook announces plans to revamp Events and Notes

Facebook has unveiled plans to reinvent its "Events" feature after realising it is used for public gatherings as often as the private ones it is designed for. The little-used Notes is also being completely revamped to rival platforms like Medium.

Op-Ed: Something funny? Use 'LOL' and you're old fashioned

London Colney - Just as the way language changes, so does social media etiquette. The once popular initialism LOL is no longer the preferred means of expressing merriment on Facebook.

Everything you need to know about global Facebook-ad performance

Facebook is leading the pack when it comes to ad efficacy, as studies tell us, but ad performance varies country to country.

Less 'lol' and more 'haha' used on Facebook, study says

Internet language continues to evolve and how users share laughter has changed from "lol" to "haha" and emoji, according to a Facebook study.

Social media is becoming increasingly influential on consumers

There have been numerous debates about the actual effectiveness of social media in regards to consumer purchases, but the reality is that Internet users are more likely than ever before to become influenced by things they see on Facebook and Twitter.

Germany orders Facebook to allow fake user names

Hamburg - A privacy watchdog in Germany ordered Facebook to allow users to join the site using pseudonyms. The order challenges Facebook's authentic name policy.

Facebook beats YouTube at getting ad clicks, says report

A new report from Adobe shows that when it comes to getting users to click on ads, Facebook is doing a better job than YouTube and other competitors.

Facebook working on a shopping assistant dubbed 'Moneypenny'

Facebook is apparently working on creating its own digital assistant. Unlike Siri, Cortana or anything else, "Moneypenny" will not be focused on productivity but rather something else entirely: shopping.

Thousands flock to 'sin-free Facebook'

A special "sin-free" social networking site has drawn 100,000 members in a month of operating. Created by a group of Brazilian Evangelical Christians, swearing and erotic content is banned and blessings, prayers and inspirational quotes encouraged.

Mother reunited with son abducted in 1999 thanks to Facebook pic

Campbell - A photo posted on Facebook helped reunite a northern California mother with her son who was abducted 15 years ago when he was just 3 years old.

Facebook wants to launch a 'unique' music service

Just days after Apple Music launched in a new iOS update, a report has indicated that Facebook may be in talks with a view towards launching its own streaming service too. It will bring yet another tech company to an increasingly crowded market.

Facebook expands payments on Messenger across the entire U.S.

Everybody in the United States can now send and receive payments using Facebook Messenger after a large expansion made the feature mainstream. Users of the app can transfer funds with their friends quickly using just a compatible debit card.

Austria court throws out Facebook privacy class action suit

Vienna - An Austrian court has rejected a class action case against Facebook for alleged privacy breaches, saying it lacks jurisdiction to decide the matter, court officials said on Wednesday.

Facebook must hand over 'revenge porn' ID, Dutch court rules

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Thursday ordered Facebook to hand over the identity of someone who posted a revenge porn video on the social network, or face having its servers opened up to an outside investigator.

You can now use Facebook Messenger without Facebook

You can now use Facebook Messenger without having a Facebook account by using just your name and phone number. It represents another move by the social network to capitalise on the success of the app in its reinvented form as its own standalone platform.

Facebook's facial recognition can recognise you without your face

Facebook's facial recognition has become so accurate that it is now able to identify you in a photo even if you have your back to the camera. The system is not available on Facebook's public site but should be coming soon for any photo that you upload.

Facebook wins privacy case in Canada

After losing an earlier case which ruled Facebook had violated user's privacy, the tech giant wins appeal at Canadian Supreme Court.

Facebook's new Moments app highlights photos of friends

Facebook has released a new photo management app that uses facial recognition to detect forgotten pictures of your friends in your camera roll. It then suggests tags, syncs the friends and tags to the photo's subject and shares the images with friends.

Facebook had a secret plan to build a $500m satellite

A report has claimed that Facebook has been considering launching a satellite into orbit to help its plans to provide Internet access to developing countries. The secret plans were scrapped recently due to the prohibitive $500 million cost.

Mourning Sandberg gets personal in Facebook post on late husband

Los Angeles - Facebook number two Sheryl Sandberg, whose husband David Goldberg died suddenly last month, said Wednesday in an emotional post that in mourning she had become sadder and wiser."I have lived thirty years in these thirty days. I am thirty years sadder.

Facebook opens an artificial intelligence lab in Paris

Facebook has opened an artificial intelligence laboratory in Paris, France — its third — as the race is on to build smarter machines that can make better sense of our huge amounts of data.

Op-Ed: More inaccurate news floods minds

Denver - If you believe a widely circulated news report, young people are getting their political news from an unlikely source: Facebook. This is the same site the Supreme Court ruled this week can allow threatening posts be published.

Op-Ed: The ridiculous attack on Deborah Drever

Calgary - There’s legitimate political controversy, and there are non-issues that cause political careers to be unnecessarily put in peril. The latter is on full display as newly elected MLA Deborah Drever continues to be jumped on before she's been sworn in.

Ukraine accuses Facebook of pro-Russia bias

Kiev - A senior aide to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday accused Facebook of political bias, ahead of a question-and-answer session with co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Woman who shamed innocent man over Darth Vader selfie apologizes

Melbourne - A woman who shamed a man on Facebook because she erroneously believed he was photographing her kids when he was just taking a selfie has apologized after receiving death threats.
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