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Oculus chief scientist: 'Our experience of the world is illusion'

Michael Abrash, chief scientist at Facebook’s virtual reality company Oculus, gave a presentation at the annual F8 Conference in California on optical illusions, implications to the future of VR technology and our understanding of physical reality.

Muslims leaders partner with tech companies to counter militants

Los Angeles - Fearing that social media and other online recruitment activities are being used to lure young Americans into the ranks of Islamic State fighters, US Muslim leaders are teaming up with leading tech companies in a bid to fight extremism.

Facebook plans to allow third-party apps onto Messenger

Facebook is planning to open up the Facebook Messenger app to third-party apps and services that will run on top of the service, continuing the large-scale expansion of Messenger that the company has started in the past year.

Private photos could be available to hackers with Facebook flaw

A security researcher has uncovered a flaw in Facebook that allowed apps to access and store photos that were meant to remain private, The Register reports.

Feacebook reveals user data to a handful of advertising partners

Facebook has access to a wealth of information about its user base, but until recently only a restricted view of that information has been available to advertisers on Facebook’s platform.

Facebook removes 'feeling fat' emoji

On Tuesday, Facebook removed the "feeling fat" emoji from the list of statuses you can choose to use. This comes after a petition called for it to be removed.

Facebook aims to give free web access to 100 countries this year

Social network giant Facebook has announced an aggressive expansion of its internet.org program that aims to connect more people to the web. It means that 100 developing countries could get free net access this year.

Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical Facebook post

Yangon - A journalist in Myanmar was detained by police Friday after he posted a satirical image on Facebook that depicted renewed hostilities between government forces and an ethnic rebel group in the country's northeastern Shan State, reports say.

Girl, 14, killed in fight that started on Facebook

Birmingham - A 14-year-old Alabama girl's life was cut short Friday when she was shot and killed in an argument that started on the Facebook social media site.

No charges over Dane's 'Je suis' gunman comment

Copenhage - A Danish man whose Facebook comments appeared to back the gunman behind the deadly Copenhagen attacks will not face charges of condoning terrorism, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Facebook up to 2 million advertisers, mostly small businesses

Small to medium-sized business owners know how difficult and expensive it can be to advertise. However, with social media giants such as Facebook, this super platform can be the most viable and popular way for most to reach their targeted audience.

CIA plans to increase spying on Facebook, Twitter

Washington - The Central Intelligence Agency is seeking to expand its cyber espionage capabilities so it can increase surveillance of social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.

Op-Ed: Hoax – Priest who never existed claims he died, saw female God

Boston - So lately, tongues have been wagging due to a recent story of an elderly priest who died and had a conversation with God, and a female God at that. The story has been dancing around on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.

Facebook to improve advertising with relevance scores

Paid advertising on Facebook has grown a great deal over the past several years, to the point where it’s becoming a major rival to pay-per-click Google ads.

Op-Ed: Problems with ISIL? Just Nuke 'em says Republican Senator

Bigelow - Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has the solution for putting ISIL in its place: Nuke the jihad out of them! Rapert fired off this salvo on his Facebook page by trotting out the idea that "God is love."

S. Carolina inmate gets 37 years in solitary for Facebook updates

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) is punishing inmates with decades of solitary confinement—a recognized form of psychological torture—for Facebook posts.

Facebook name policy is discriminating against Native Americans

Facebook's policy of only allowing accounts with "authentic" names is resulting in Native American users being blocked from using their real names.

Facebook 'legacy contact' will manage your account after death

Menlo Park - Facebook has introduced a new feature that allows users to choose a 'digital heir' to manage parts of their accounts after they die.

Facebook convinces another YouTube creator to make Facebook show

Facebook’s strategy to lure YouTube stars over to create original video content for its platform is now well underway, CMO Today says.

Facebook founder Zuckerberg, wife give $75 million to SF hospital

San Francisco - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his physician wife have donated $75 million to pay for equipment at San Francisco's largest public hospital, which is being rebuilt.

Facebook versus Twitter: The other Super Bowl showdown

Even as the Patriots and Seahawks fought out the incredible battle to take the Lombardi trophy, a second contest was going on in social media that had even more at stake.

Video of a lifetime shows B.C. orcas up close and personal

Vancouver - An encounter with northern resident orcas has given an amateur videographer a gift he will never forget. He was able to capture rare footage of the strikingly marked marine mammals rubbing themselves on beach stones in B.C.'s Discovery Islands.

Nick Bateman surpasses two million fans on Facebook

Actor and model Nick Bateman has a digital milestone to celebrate. He has surpassed two million fans on his Facebook page.

France wants to make Facebook, Google accountable for hate speech

France is hoping to make internet companies such as Google and Facebook accountable for social media posts promoting terrorism, Bloomberg reports.

Department of Justice settles over fake Facebook profile lawsuit

The Justice Department reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after the Drug Enforcement Administration used her information to set up a fake Facebook profile to track other suspects.

Donations pour in to help quadruplets after Arizona mom dies

Phoenix - Worldwide, thousands of dollars in donations have flooded in to help pay for the care of newborn quadruplets whose mother died after giving birth to them, according to a fund raising website set up in the woman's name.

Facebook may know you better than friends and family, says study

A recent study from Stanford University and the University of Cambridge has found that a computer with data from a person's Facebook “likes” was better able to predict that individual's personality than most of their friends and family.

Facebook founder in Colombia to promote affordable Internet

Estanzuela - Improved Internet access can be a force for peace, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said during a trip to Colombia to promote his project to boost web availability for two-thirds of the world not yet connected.The project "Internet.

Facebook adds Amber alerts to news feeds

Menlo Park - Social media giant Facebook announced Tuesday that it will begin including missing child advisories, known in the United States as Amber Alerts, in users' news feeds.

Facebook takes another step in bid to replace need for YouTube

New statistics released by Facebook demonstrate the rapid growth of video sharing on the social network—and underscore the company's ambitions to be a serious rival to YouTube in the video space.
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