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Facebook refuses to wear the label of 'media company'

Facebook is a social network. Facebook is a conglomerate (it owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus VR). Facebook is a hardware company. Facebook is a software company.

Snapchat is introducing behavioural targeting

Snapchat is planning to introduce behavioral targeting for advertisers, the company's director of revenue operations Clement Xue revealed in an eMarketer report published earlier this week.

Spectacular talks new song, mixtape, book, social media platform Special

New York - Former Pretty Ricky and hip hop star Spectacular sat down and chatted with me in Manhattan about his latest projects, which include a new single, book, mixtape and social media platform, Adwizar.

Univision is shutting down Gawker.com

Univision, which bought Gawker Media for $135 million in a government-ordered auction, is shutting down Gawker.com, the company's flagship site, founder Nick Denton told staffers on Thursday. Gawker.com will shutter next week.

What will happen to the $135 million from the sale of Gawker?

Gawker Media has been sold — and with the sale comes questions of what happens next. Late Tuesday, Univision purchased the media company for $135 million following a bidding war with Ziff Davis.

Facebook to make your News Feed more interesting and informative

Facebook has announced it is tweaking its News Feed to show you more "personally informative" stories. The company is aiming to make the News Feed more interesting for each user, increasing engagement by only showing content relevant to each individual.

Australian police cracking down on social media drug dealing

It is not new or unique, but the South Australian Police announced they have arrested four men alleged to have used social media to openly sell drugs. And police say a crackdown on this activity will continue.

Facebook to banish clickbait and spam from your News Feed

Facebook has announced it is updating its News Feed to hide more clickbait stories with deliberately misleading headlines. It said it realises the benefits of authentic communication and is making the change based on extensive user feedback.

Instagram introduces Stories, an almost total Snapchat clone

Instagram has announced a new feature called Stories, a name which might sound a little familiar. There's more in common with Snapchat Stories here than just the name though, as Instagram has almost completely copied Snapchat's original idea.

Social media helps drive healthy eating choices

Birmingham - Regular exposure to healthy eating and good food choices via social media drive changes to the eating habits of people, such as consuming more fruit and vegetables and eschewing fatty food. This is according to a new study.

Twitter, Facebook took stronger action to block pro-attack posts

San Francisco - Social media giants Twitter and Facebook took unprecedented steps last week to stop some users from celebrating carnage from the suspected terror attack in Nice, France.

Smile! Today is World Emoji Day

There's a day for everything, it seems. Today is the turn of social media with World Emoji Day. Events are taking place on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay.

3 arrested for social media threats to kill cops, whites

On Friday, one day after five police officers were killed in Dallas, three individuals were arrested and charged after it was alleged they threatened to kill police officers and whites. These threats were all made on social media.

Facebook announces encryption is coming to Messenger

Facebook has begun a trial of protecting Messenger conversations with end-to-end encryption, preventing them from being intercepted by third parties before they reach their intended recipient. It will allow it to rival other encrypted apps.

Facebook expands video with trial of offline playback

Facebook is testing a new feature with some users that could reduce your phone bill by allowing you to save videos offline for later viewing. Facebook views video as integral to the future of its platform and has moved to emphasise video content.

From fake photos to fake fireworks, social media speaks out

The live fireworks display over Washington D.C. aired by PBS Monday night weren't exactly live, as many social media users were quick to notice, while in Nepal, a picture of a couple from India claiming they climbed Mt. Everest may have been altered.

Facebook Paper is closing down

Facebook has announced it is closing down its news-reading app Paper. The app failed to emulate the success of news aggregators like Flipboard and will be closed down next month two years after its launch. The app has already been pulled from iOS.

DHS wants visitors to U.S. to provide social media accounts

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing visitors to the United States from countries whose citizens do not need visas be asked, on a voluntary basis, to provide social media handles and usernames.

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.
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