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Facebook Overhauls News Feed To Prioritize ‘Meaningful’ Posts

Facebook has vowed to prioritize “meaningful interaction” among users with a dramatic overhaul of its News Feed, which it says will now focus more on posts from users’ family and friends and less on viral videos. “We want to make sure that our products are not just fun, but are good for people,” Facebook Chief…

FB Founder Sean Parker: ‘God Only Knows What It’s Doing To Our Children’s Brains’

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, said the social-media platform functions by “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.” At an event in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the erstwhile 38-year-old Napster inventor told Axios, “It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” Parker said he…

Marines Investigated For Sharing Nude Photos Of Female Service Members

Members of the U.S. Marines Corps are being investigated for allegedly sharing naked photos of female service members, veterans, and other women in a closed group on Facebook. Some of the photographs were taken without the women’s knowledge before being shared to some 30,000 members of the group, the Associated Press reported, citing internal Corps…

Charges Expected in Chicago Facebook Live Kidnapping Torture

Chicago police say charges are expected Thursday for four people in custody for a Facebook Live video that appears to depict a group holding a young man hostage. The young man is kicked and hit, while his mouth is taped shut. The suspects in the video also shout “Fuck Donald Trump! Fuck white people!” and…

Facebook Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz Commits $20M To Help Beat Trump

A co-founder of Facebook is donating $20 million of his fortune to Democratic coffers in a late and likely consequential move to help defeat Republican candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. …………………………… “This decision was not easy, particularly because we have reservations about anyone using large amounts of money to influence elections,” Moskovitz…

3 Men Wounded in Facebook Live Shooting [VIDEO]

Three men were shot inside a vehicle on Tuesday in Norfolk, Virginia, and the event was captured in a Facebook Live video stream. The men, who have not been identified, are said to be in their late twenties and were taken to a local hospital with “significant injuries,” according to police. All three of the…

Orlando Gunman Mateen Pledged to ISIS on FB

According to a letter sent to Facebook on Wednesday by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Orlando shooter Omar Mateen posted Facebook messages pledging allegiance to the leader of ISIS. Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, wrote that Mateen vowed there would be more attacks on the U.S. The letter asks for Facebook’s help in…

Facebook To Revamp ‘Trending Topics’

Facebook says it will switch up the top 10 list of sites it uses to determine its trending topics, but claimed there was no political bias in the process. The changes are meant to give editors clearer guidelines for the process as well as more reviews for the procedure. The move comes after Facebook CEO…

Zuckerberg Meets With Conservatives Leaders [VIDEO]

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement thanking conservatives for meeting with him at the company’s headquarters on Wednesday. “Thank you to everyone who rearranged their schedules and made sacrifices to be here today. It’s important that Facebook remains a platform for all ideas and that we continue to give every person a voice,” Zuckerberg wrote.…

Facebook to Launch Satellite in 2016 [VIDEO]

Facebook is planning to launch a satellite to bring Internet access to remote parts of Africa, Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday. The social network is teaming up with French-based provider Eutelsat and aims to launch the first satellite in 2016. The initiative is part of its Internet.org project, which critics have said gives the social network…

Facebook Launches Natural Disaster Service [VIDEO]

Sometimes Facebook’s lack of respect for privacy can have good consequences. The tech company is launching a new service called Safety Check, which will allow people to register themselves as safe when a major disaster happens. It works by Facebook sending the user a push notification if their current location is in an area where…

Coalition Led By Tech Giants Urges FCC To Ensure Net Neutrality

A large coalition of technology companies challenged a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal on Friday that would threaten net neutrality. The group, led by giants including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, released a letter urging the FCC to maintain an open internet. The letter marks the first time the companies have formally taken a stance…

Facebook to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion

Facebook on Tuesday said it agreed to acquire Oculus VR, a virtual-reality company that uses glasses to simulate game play, for $2 billion in cash and stock. “Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” said Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. “Oculus has the chance to…

Facebook headquarters cleared after false threat

Police flooded Facebook’s headquarters in Northern California to investigate a threat they later found wasn’t credible. Menlo Park police Commander Dave Bertini says Facebook’s campus was locked down Tuesday night after San Francisco police passed along a report of a threat shortly after 7 p.m. Bertini says the threat was found to be unsubstantiated and…

Facebook ‘Could Lose 80% Of Users By 2017’

Facebook has hit its peak and could lose the vast majority of its users within three years, Princeton University academics say. Interest in Facebook has peaked and the social network could lose up to 80% of its users by 2017, researchers say. Academics at Princeton University used theories on the spread of disease combined with…

Apple, Google, Facebook, and Other Companies Launch a Campaign to Reform Government Surveillance

A group of tech companies — AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo — has written an open letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress calling for a reform of government surveillance following numerous revelations about the NSA’s data collection practices. The coalition presents five core principles to inform future surveillance…

Hackers Stole 2Million Facebook, Google Passwords: How to Protect Your Accounts

Any time you logged into Facebook, Google, Twitter, or a host of other popular web services the past month, there may have been a hacker peering over your digital shoulder, sneaking a peek at your password. The information security company Trustwave has revealed that the passwords to 2 million different accounts have been compromised. The…

Google Stock (GOOG) Tops $1,000 a Share

It was a milestone Friday for Google, as its stock price surpassed $1000—a rare feat in the business world. The search engine has come a long way since its $85 dollar initial public offering in 2004. Google joins the likes of Priceline.com and the turkey and hog processing company Seaboard in the small but mighty…

Beware of Social Media: NSA is tracking you on Facebook and Twitter

The policy was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, according to an NSA memorandum from January 2011. The agency was authorized to conduct “large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness of every email address,…

Facebook Apologies For Dating Ad Showing Rehtaeh Parsons

Facebook has apologised for publishing a dating ad featuring a photo of a 17-year-old who had killed herself after complaining of being cyber-bullied. Canadian Rehtaeh Parsons took her own life in April having been severely bullied after a separate photo, showing her alleged rape by four boys, was circulated online, her mother has said. Her…

Facebook Announces Video For Instagram

Facebook has announced video for Instagram, saying it aims to make video as easy to create and share as possible. Users can record up to 15 seconds of video. The updated app is available for iOS and Android, and the app includes 13 filters. Verge

Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday

Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo! and Youtube will be named in the suit, attorney says Former Justice Department prosecutor Larry Klayman amended an existing lawsuit against Verizon and a slew of Obama administration officials Monday to make it the…

Nasdaq Paying $10M To Settle Facebook Disruption

Nasdaq has agreed to pay a $10 million penalty to settle federal civil charges after regulators said its systems and decisions disrupted Facebook’s public stock offering last year. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that the penalty is the largest ever imposed against an exchange. Nasdaq also has had to pay $62 million in…

Facebook Announces New Search Feature, Graph Search

JUST IN: Facebook says it will be releasing a new search feature for its site called Graph Search. Graph Search is designed to take a precise query and deliver an answer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. He said it isn’t a Web search service, and that user privacy has been taken into consideration, according to…