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Russia orders Facebook, Twitter and Google to register as social networks -- or be blocked

Russia's communications regulator has ordered Facebook, Twitter and Google to join a register of social networks or face being blocked in Russia.

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How to Use Facebook’s New Privacy Checkup Tool

Facebook’s privacy checkup tool aims to simplify how you control and manage your content. Here’s how to make the most of the new tool in just a few minutes.

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Was Facebook & OKCupid’s research treating users like guinea pigs illegal?

Is it illegal to be guinea pigs for online research without our consent? A Maryland law professor says Facebook and OKCupid's psychological experiments were unethical and also illegal.

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Without mandatory signups, is Google+ adrift?

Now that Google has backed away from requiring new Gmail users to automatically sign up for Google+, analysts wonder whether the company is giving up on its social network.

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Facebook turns its feed into a popularity contest

Facebook users will soon start to see more posts higher in their feeds tied to popular events or topics of conversation, with less relevant posts getting pushed further down.

TwitPic acquired by unknown buyer

TwitPic, the image-hosting company that two weeks ago said it would shut down after a trademark fight with Twitter, has apparently been acquired, keeping its service alive.

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BitTorrent opens Bleep peer-to-peer encrypted chat program to public testing

Nine months after revealing plans to develop a decentralized and encrypted chat application, BitTorrent opened public testing for Windows, Mac and Android versions of the program. Called Bleep, the application supports voice...


Have a spare $9,000? Join Facebook for the rich

Want to talk about your Porsche, your takeover of a company or your new jet but uncomfortable doing it on Facebook? There's a new social network for you.

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Don't blink! Facebook tries out disappearing posts

Facebook is testing whether to offer disappearing posts and comments with a small group of mobile users.

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Twitter sets its platform ambitions high with new 'Flight' conference

The event will help outside developers build apps using Twitter tools

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Twitter testing a 'buy button'

Twitter is testing a way for its users to purchase digital music and other products through the social networking application, with the goal of making mobile shopping easier, the company said in a blog post.

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LinkedIn beefs up account security with session management, detailed alerts

Professional networking site LinkedIn is rolling out new features that allow users to easily manage authenticated sessions across multiple devices and better understand what caused security-related changes on their accounts.

Twitter launches bug bounty program

The company will pay researchers at least $140 for privately reporting serious vulnerabilities in its Web services and mobile apps

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Facebook tries to quell Messenger rumors

Facebook is going on the offensive, trying to do damage control for its Messenger app.

Facebook moves to rid its feed of click bait

Facebook will reduce "click-bait" posts of outside links that try to lure users with eye-catching headlines.

Facebook moves to rid its feed of click bait

Facebook will reduce "click-bait" posts of outside links that try to lure users with eye-catching headlines.

How to understand Twitter's bad new direction

Twitter this week made two small changes that indicate a big shift in direction for everybody's favorite microblogging service

Security spending gets boost from mobile, social and cloud, says Gartner

The increased adoption of mobile, social and cloud computing is driving growth in security spending among organizations that are also becoming more aware of threats on all those fronts.

Tweets about Ferguson, Mo., shooting show Twitter's quick grip on the news

Is social media in general and Twitter in particular speeding up the news cycle?

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