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Facebook to emphasise friends above pages, harming publishers

Facebook has announced it is changing the algorithm used for News Feed posts once again, this time to place your friends' status updates above those of publishers and groups. It said it wants to make Facebook a more personal place, emphasising closeness.

Florida mom uses social media to get son to take out the trash

A mom had trouble getting her son to do his chores such as taking out the garbage. The 20-year-old was so engrossed on the Internet he never got around to it so his mother used social media to get his attention.

Mom arrested for allegedly 'whipping' sons who committed burglary

Baton Rouge - After a 30-year-old mom gave an interview with a local TV station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the interview went viral got the attention of the Louisiana Attorney General who said he will review her case.

WhatsApp voice calls prove wildly successful, 100m made each day

The hugely successful smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has announced over 100 million voice calls are made over its network every day. The company has over 1 billion monthly active users and is reportedly gearing up to launch another major update.

Instagram tops 500 million monthly active users

Over 500 million people now use photo-sharing service Instagram every month, the company has revealed. The news comes shortly after it switched to using algorithms to sort photos in feeds and launched a controversial redesign of its app and icon.

Southwestern U.S. records four deaths as heatwave becomes lethal

Summer's advent was a scorcher today for over 30 million people living in the southwestern part of the U.S. and the National Weather Service is forecasting more life-threatening extreme heat to continue for several more days.

Facebook thinks its site will be 'all video' within five years

A Facebook executive has made some bold predictions for the future of the social network. The site expects to be "all video" within the next five years as people reduce their reliance on text and move towards more visual ways of expressing themselves.

Daycare smartphone experiment: 'Put those cell phones away'

Technology today is getting so easy to use that even a baby can figure it out. This is what a little experiment at an Ottawa daycare center discovered recently.

Facebook Messenger is getting a radical redesign with a new home

Facebook has announced a major redesign of its standalone Messenger app for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. The company has added an all-new home screen to the app that uses a modular design. It replaces the current list of recent conversations.

Man falls into Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park - A search is under way for a man in his 20s who wandered about 225 yards off the boardwalk surrounding the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park and was spotted falling into the hot springs.

Facebook tries to be Twitter with a new kind of post

Facebook is testing a new kind of post that works similarly to tweets on Twitter. The company has developed a feature that lets you permanently hide a post from your timeline right from the moment it's created, making it disappear more quickly.

Social media is not helping in illegal organ trafficking in India

Delhi - With the recent arrests of five people, including the personal secretaries of one neurologist at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, India, police unearthed an elaborate kidney trading racket.

Social media blamed for sexual teacher/student relationships

Houston - Inappropriate relationships between teachers and students are on the rise in Texas and legislators and others believe social media is to blame or at least plays a part in this increase.

Revealed: How social media influences the brains of teenagers

A new research study, looking at the brains of teenagers who use social media regularly, has found that the responses in the brain to things like Instagram likes is similar to eating chocolate or other "pleasure responses."

Facebook might be monitoring everything you say using your phone

Facebook's mobile app could be continually recording your conversations with other people using your phone's microphone, an expert has claimed. The company is allegedly using the data to tailor advertisements to you based on your interests.

Social media helps spot kids with alcohol problems

Analyzing data captured via social media can effectively identify children at risk from alcohol abuse, according to a new research study.

Twitter lets you speak more freely with new 140-character rules

Twitter has announced a significant revision of its 140-character Tweet rule. The company will soon exclude replies, mentions and media such as photos and videos from the restrictions, giving you more characters to type your own message with.

UK young offenders could see longer sentences for bragging online

UK young offenders between 10 and 17 years old could see longer sentences if they film their crimes and post them online, or brag about them on social media.

Journalist sentenced to two years in prison for helping Anonymous

Sacramento - A popular social media journalist received a sentence of two years in federal prison Wednesday after being convicted of allegedly conspiring with the hacker collective Anonymous to break into the Los Angeles Times' website in order to alter a story.

Instagram rolls out longer videos to the public

Roughly two years after launching the video feature to the public, Instagram has made another big step, 60 second videos.

Google to join the livestreaming space with YouTube-branded app

Google is reportedly building its own livestreaming app for iOS and Android devices. The service will be branded as YouTube Connect and is designed to rival services including Twitter's Periscope and Facebook Live as livestreaming gains in popularity.

Waffle is a new collaboration-oriented social network by Samsung

Samsung is building its own social network that aims to bring people together and inspire collaborative content creation. Users create a feed of expandable, image-based content arranged in a grid, giving the app its quirky name 'Waffle.'

Warden, guard injured in Alabama prison riot posted on Facebook

Atmore - A prison in Alabama was placed on lockdown Saturday when a riot involving about 100 inmates erupted, according to the state Corrections Department. The warden and a guard were stabbed in the melee at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility.

Brooklyn shop's Rainbow bagels have become the latest food craze

Brooklyn - A rainbow-colored bagel has become an Internet sensation after a video of the multi-colored creations went viral in February. A baker in Brooklyn, New York had been making them for 20 years, but the instant publicity turned his life upside-down.

Study to mine social media to identify signs of mental illness

Ottawa - Every minute of every day there are about 347,000 tweets on Twitter. On Facebook there are 293,000 statuses. Four hundred hours of YouTube videos are uploaded.

New study proves social media abuse can be detrimental to sleep

Can't sleep at night? Maybe you're spending too much time on Facebook or Youtube. A new research found an association between sleep disturbances and Social Media (SM) abuse.

Facebook wants everyone to livestream their day

Facebook has announced it is expanding Facebook Live to users of Android phones and more countries around the word. The service lets people broadcast live video of themselves to friends, competing with apps like Twitter's Periscope.

Taylor Swift gives $250K to Kesha after court ruling

Taylor Swift is providing fellow pop star Kesha with a financial shoulder to lean on, having donated $250,000 as a "show of support" in her legal battle with Dr. Luke, whom the singer alleged sexually assaulted her.

Twitter bug may have shown email addresses of thousands of users

Twitter has patched a "password recovery bug" on its main website that may have revealed the account details of almost 10,000 users. The security issue let outsiders see email addresses and phone numbers associated with the affected accounts.

Twitter adds built-in GIF feature

Twitter teams up with GIPHY and Riffsy to allow GIFs be added to Tweets and Direct Messages through a searchable library.
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