Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Surveillance Systems Put the Internet as We Know it Under Threat

Social network kingpin Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out against the US government's use of surveillance systems to track web users, calling it a "threat" to the internet. Read More >>

The NSA Has Impersonated Facebook to Spread Malware

So the NSA is spying on you. You've known that for quite some time now. What you might not know much about is exactly how they're doing, and a new report from Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald offers up some pretty grizzly details about the agency's worldwide, automated malware network. Read More >>

WhatsApp Purchase Challenged Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook's recent acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp took a great many people by surprise, and unsurprisingly a number of people have raised concerns about the implications the purchase will have on user privacy. This is Facebook, after all. A complaint filed with the US Federal Trade Commission has demanded that the deal be put on hold until Facebook can shed light on its plans for user data. Read More >>

Facebook's Latest Feed-Jiggling Redesign Now Live

Facebook's reorganised the deckchairs on its promenade again, introducing a complete redesign of its desktop site that supposedly brings the big view in line with the mobile versions. It's whiter and a bit more text-based, but still seems to be the same people talking about their running, alcohol dependency and babies. Read More >>

Facebook and Instagram in Gun Sale Post Clampdown -- But Will FB Friends Really Become Grasses?

Facebook and Instagram announced on Wednesday that they would tighten policies to make it more difficult to buy and trade illegal guns on their websites. Because sharing cat memes on social networks obviously just won't cut it these days. Read More >>

How Zuckerberg Courted and Won WhatsApp

How do you woo one of the world's biggest messaging apps? Flirty emails, whisky and billions of dollars, as it turns out. Read More >>

Facebook Messenger Hits Windows Phone

Who said Windows Phone doesn't have any apps? Facebook Messenger is finally available on Windows Phone—a mere two years after it made its way to iOS and Android. Though it's never existed as a standalone app on Windows Phone, the platform previously featured Messenger integration in the operating system itself. That was removed with Windows Phone 8.1, hence this new standalone version. Read More >>

Yahoo to Stop You Logging in With Google and Facebook IDs

Use your Google or Facebook account to log in to any Yahoo services? Not much longer you won't: soon, you'll need a Yahoo sign-in to access any of Yahoo's products. Read More >>

Rumour: Facebook to Get its Own Drones to Fill the Skies With Internet

TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is in discussions to purchase Titan Aerospace—in a bid to secure its own fleet of endurance drones to take internet to the air. Read More >>

Idiot Child's Facebook Boast Costs Dad £50k Settlement

A US teen blabbed about her dad's financial win after a lengthy legal settlement, only to cost poor dad the money by breaking a confidentiality clause. By bragging "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT" on Facebook, the teen's ex-headmaster dad lost his age discrimination payout with Gulliver school. Whoops. [Miami Herald via Metro] Read More >>

Facebook is Retiring its Email Service

Facebook is finally giving up on its email service, which is a great opportunity to remind you that Facebook has had an email service this whole time. Read More >>

WhatsApp is Adding Voice Calling, as Zuckerberg Says $19bn Was a Cheap Buy

If Facebook buying WhatsApp was all that was needed for the messaging service to add voice communication, then so be it -- especially if it's Skype-like. Maybe that's why Mark Zuckerberg believes it's worth over $19bn to Facebook, believing it could be the first service to reach one billion users. Read More >>

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The $19 Billion WhatsApp Sale Was Planned Around an Airmiles Flight

You'd think that a $19 billion business deal would be a good reason to change your travel plans—after all, what's it to a billionaire? But according to WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, finalising the Facebook sale was organised around a plane ticket he couldn't change because it was booked with airmiles. Read More >>

Facebook Might Actually be Good for Your Brain (if You're Dyslexic)

I'm not a kid anymore, but I can only assume today's parents are telling their kids "Facebook will rot yer brains". In fact, the opposite might be true, according to a teeny, tiny little study. Especially for kids with dyslexia. Read More >>

Facebook's Changing What Happens to Your Page When You Die

Are you currently playing pretty fast and loose with your Facebook privacy options? Probably! Against our best judgement, must of us do at some point or another, whether it's an unwise public status or an embarrassing profile picture. We just hope you're at peace with those choices; now, those poorly thought out public tidbits could be viewable long after you're gone. Read More >>


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