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Facebook discontinues it’s relationship with Bing

2014-12-17 16:03

The discontinuation of this relationship between the Microsoft search engine and Facebook was inevitable as Facebook will ultimately have to challenge Google in the search engine space, writes Neil Pursey.

Facebook doesn't love 'dislike' button idea

2014-12-13 11:42

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg wants people to quickly express broader ranges of feelings on the online social network, but a "dislike" button doesn't make the cut.

Facebook boosts search on mobile, desktop

2014-12-10 10:29

Facebook is rolling out upgraded search capabilities for mobile and desktop users who want to find favourite posts from their friends on the huge social network.

ISIS threatens Pakistani lawyer over Facebook case

2014-12-05 16:26

Militants claiming to be members of ISIS have threatened a Pakistani lawyer for defending a university professor accused of posting blasphemous remarks on Facebook.

Selfies driving up demand for plastic surgery

2014-12-01 16:00

Selfies have risen in popularity along with smartphones and social media sites, resulting in a growing number of people turning to plastic surgeons.

Facebook Groups app a 'reaction' to online rivals

2014-11-19 10:20

Social networking giant’s move to launch a separate ‘Groups’ application is a response to other fast-growing services such as LinkedIn moving in on its turf, says an expert.

Facebook to curb promotional posts on timelines

2014-11-15 10:11

The social media giant on Friday said it is making the changes in response to users' demands for fewer advertisements.

Facebook: Government info requests spike

2014-11-05 12:45

Facebook has said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014.

Egypt jails eight gay men for three years

2014-11-01 20:06

An Egyptian court has jailed eight men for three years over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding.

WhatsApp founders jump into rich list

2014-10-30 14:00

WhatsApp founders have received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9bn when they sold their messaging service.

Hong Kong civil servants show support for protests

2014-10-23 09:19

Hong Kong civil servants have taken to Facebook to anonymously voice support for ongoing democracy protests on a public page.

FB unveils disaster safety tool

2014-10-16 21:45

Facebook has unveiled a "safety check" tool to allow users to alert friends and family about their status in emergencies.

Ronaldo tops Facebook charts

2014-10-15 09:11

Cristiano Ronaldo just hit 100 million likes on Facebook, making him the most liked athlete on the platform.

Now you can tweet money transfers too

2014-10-14 18:43

One of France's largest banks has launched a service to allow its customers to transfer money to other people via tweets on social network Twitter.

Facebook closes $19bn buy of WhatsApp

2014-10-06 19:35

Facebook has completed its $19bn buy of WhatsApp, appointing one of the startup's co-founders to the social network's board as part of the deal.

'Buy' buttons coming to Facebook and Twitter

2014-10-05 15:34

They're not just for sharing any more: Facebook and Twitter are now looking to play a bigger role in shopping.

Facebook tightens reins on research after scandal

2014-10-03 07:45

Facebook has tightened the reins on its research methods in the wake of an outcry by members who felt manipulated by a secret study into how posts affect moods.

2 000 UK supporters rally behind Hong Kong

2014-10-02 12:23

From London to Taipei, thousands have rallied around the world to support the protests in Hong Kong, many clutching umbrellas and holding up brightly-lit smartphones in solidarity.

Facebook set to win WhatsApp bid - sources

2014-09-25 18:46

Facebook will win unconditional EU regulatory approval for its $19bn offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, two people familiar with the matter say.

What's your brilliant tech idea worth? Not much

2014-09-22 11:01

A technology idea is just that; and has no intrinsic value until someone has invested to extract commercial value out of it.

Vietnam to punish inmate for drug photos on Facebook

2014-09-08 14:44

Vietnamese authorities have vowed to "seriously punish" a prisoner caught posting photographs of drugs alongside status updates on Facebook from a smartphone smuggled into jail.

Facebook rolls out 'privacy check-up'

2014-09-05 13:34

Facebook has begun rolling out its "privacy check-up" aimed at helping users of the social network better manage sharing their information and postings.

WhatsApp 'taking over' SA mobile chat

2014-09-01 12:03

South Africans are hooked on WhatsApp as the instant messaging chat application has taken a dominant market share in the country.

Social media users shy away from opinions

2014-08-27 07:29

People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline.

That awkward social media moment

2014-08-25 09:53

Social media faux pas are great for a laugh – until it happens to you, writes Sam Brighton.

 

After Google, Facebook investigated over privacy

2014-12-17 10:30

A Dutch government-affiliated watchdog is probing changes in Facebook's privacy policy, the latest skirmish in a wider fight over the commercial use of online personal data.

Instagram is now bigger than Twitter

2014-12-11 06:58

Instagram, the photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, announced on Wednesday it has more than 300 million users.

Business to take a hit from new Facebook rules

2014-12-02 10:34

The new emphasis on relevant quality content will hit lame self promotional Facebook pages hard, explains Neil Pursey.

Prince pulls vanishing act on social media

2014-11-26 12:59

Prince, whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known, has abruptly disappeared from social media after tentative efforts to promote his two new albums.

WhatsApp messages get end-to-end encryption

2014-11-19 07:51

An online privacy tool endorsed by Edward Snowden is being used to protect WhatsApp messages from snooping by encrypting them.

Facebook's privacy update: Five things to know

2014-11-14 08:59

The social media company is trying to simplify its privacy policy to address criticisms that it's too complex and lengthy.

SA men, women equal in Facebook use

2014-11-03 14:37

There is significant gender equality in South Africans' use of Facebook, a report on social media has found.

Facebook shares dive as Zuckerberg eyes future

2014-10-30 14:25

Facebook has reported its quarterly profit nearly doubled but saw its stock pounded after outlining a plan to invest heavily in the future instead of revelling in short-term riches.

Facebook launches Rooms for chats

2014-10-24 08:27

Facebook has released its new app Rooms, which allow users to enter chat rooms using pseudonyms.

Facebook takes on Google over advertising

2014-10-15 12:02

For years, Google has been the undisputed leader in online advertising, but Facebook is gaining quickly in the fast-evolving market.

Facebook, Apple find novel way to help women

2014-10-14 21:48

Facebook and Apple are covering the costs for female employees to freeze their eggs to delay childbearing which could hamper their careers, NBC News has reported.

Zuckerberg presses Indonesia leader on web access

2014-10-13 14:47

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has pressed Indonesia's incoming leader to improve internet access in the sprawling archipelago.

Facebook steps up battle on 'fake likes'

2014-10-06 07:51

Facebook said it has stepped up its battle against spammers who promise to deliver "likes" to its members, and warned users on using such scams.

EU approves merger of Facebook with Whatsapp

2014-10-03 15:37

Facebook's $19bn purchase of the communications platform WhatsApp does not hamper competition, say European Union regulators.

Facebook changes real-name policy

2014-10-02 14:46

Facebook said it would change its policy requiring users to go by their real names on the social network.

Facebook apologises to drag queens for name policy

2014-10-02 08:46

Facebook is apologising to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names.

Court orders woman to remove Facebook comments

2014-09-25 12:22

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court has ordered a woman to remove defamatory comments about her ex-boyfriend and father of her child from her Facebook page.

Facebook 15 on trial for speed-trap warnings

2014-09-13 16:14

If a person tells a friend: 'Look out, there's a speed-trap south of Bloem' is that a crime? Extend that to telling 10 000 people on Face book - is that a crime? Seems to in France...

Facebook hits 100 million mark in Africa

2014-09-08 14:35

One hundred million people or 10% of Africans are logging on to Facebook every month.

Fighter jet crash kills 5 in Libya

2014-09-04 08:49

A Libyan security official says a military jet has crashed in the country's eastern city of Tobruk, killing the pilot and four other people.

Facebook to host Cape Town hackathon

2014-08-28 14:50

Facebook will host its first ever hackathon in Africa with a Cape Town event, the global social network announced.

Worried US parents keep kids off Facebook

2014-08-25 14:07

Some US parents with privacy and safety concerns have begun avoiding posting content of their children on Facebook.

My name is Violet, and I’m a Facebook addict

2014-08-21 10:54

Violet, unable to deny the fact that she has a problem any longer, joins a support group where she can finally admit the truth: She's addicted to Facebook.

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