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Facebook gambles $16 billion on WhatsApp

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube get in on presidential debates

Social media users won't just be taking to Twitter and Facebook to comment and gripe about the presidential debates this fall. They'll be able to watch the three presidential debates on live streams on three of the top social media...

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Twitter changes up rules for 140-character limit

Adding GIFs, photos, videos and other media is a way to expand the character limit without actually doing so.

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Apple's iMessage finally grows up

Apple's iMessage service will have a much bigger impact than you think. It's all about the App Store.

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Facebook, Google gather questions for presidential debates

Technology and social media companies have been tapped to help the American public engage with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the three debates.

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Twitter close to loosening grip on 140-character limit

Twitter will reportedly loosen the reins on its 140-character limit on tweets as soon as next week.

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Facebook privacy class action heads to Europe's top court -- sort of

A class-action-style lawsuit accusing Facebook of targeting advertising based on allegedly illegally processed personal data is heading for the European Union's highest court.

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You can now buy things from Facebook bots

Facebook bots will now be able to conduct business and display their own custom user interfaces, after an update the company announced Monday morning aimed at enhancing its platform capabilities.

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Researchers: Facebook makes you as happy as getting married

Connecting with family and friends, and having them comment on Facebook posts, can be as uplifting as having kids.

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Google+ gets a makeover, but will anyone care?

Google+ got a makeover and new features in a rollout that started Wednesday

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SpaceX launch pad explosion also destroys Facebook’s satellite

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its commercial satellite payload, which Facebook planned to use to beam Internet connectivity, exploded today on the launch pad.

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Facebook to launch Internet connectivity satellite

Facebook will launch a satellite later this week in an effort to bring Internet connectivity to parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Privacy groups complain to FTC about WhatsApp policy changes

Privacy groups in the U.S. have complained to the Federal Trade Commission that changes last week in WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy break its previous promise that user data collected would not be used or disclosed for marketing...

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After bias furor, Facebook replaces people with algorithms

After taking heat earlier this year over allegations of political bias, Facebook announced that it's replacing fallible humans with new algorithms to select items for its "Trending" topics feature.

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Inside Amazon's, Facebook's and Google's self-serving 'philanthropy'

Tech giants don't want to live in a world where someone else makes the world a better place better than they do.

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Apple may be too late to make a big social impact

If Apple is working on a social app, or even eyeing an outright foray into a social network, is it too little too late?

Facebook gambles $16 billion on WhatsApp

Facebook will use Whatsapp users' personal data to target ads

Two years after its acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy to allow it to share more information about its mobile app users with its owner.

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Apple hopes to stake fresh space in social media

Apple developing yet another attempt at social networking -- will it succeed this time, or just create Ping 2.0?

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Proposed ‘social media ID, please' law draws outrage

A plan by the U.S. government to require some foreign travelers to provide their social media IDs on key travel documents is drawing outrage from group who call it un-American.

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