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Zuck despises Dislike button (but does Facebook HATE you?)

Updated: We dislike this. Town Hall meeting exposes 'social' company's greed and disdain for users: Mark Zuckerberg -- currently worth $34 billion -- continues to brush off user suggestions. The best he could say was that Facebook...

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Facebook offers thumbs down on 'dislike' button, mulls other options

For those times on Facebook when a "like" won't work, the company is eyeing more options, though probably not a "dislike" button.

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Your in-store shopping affects the ads you see on Facebook

Connecting the dots between the ads users see online and the purchases they make in stores is a key goal of Facebook's advertising efforts.

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Instagram gains user momentum, passing Twitter

Photo-sharing site Instagram said Wednesday that its active monthly user base reached 300 million, a dramatic 50% increase in the past nine months.

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Twitter sees 2014 as year of the celebrity selfie

In 2014, people around the world celebrated, mourned, protested and connected to each on Twitter.

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Facebook adds post searching

Facebook has added significant smarts to its search functionality, letting users track down posts previously shared with them.

'SpoofedMe' attacks exploited LinkedIn, Amazon social login flaws

IBM's X Force security researchers found an easy way to access Web accounts by taking advantage of an oversight in how some social login services are configured.

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Facebook bulks up defenses with Eset

Facebook is adding a third antivirus engine to its arsenal to try to help catch malicious content in the News Feed and messages sent by users.

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Study says social-media analyses are off target

Rigorous methodologies, sophisticated analytic engines can still be wrong if no one corrects for flaws in data fed to them.

Use Uber? Snapchat? Google Maps? Twitter wants to know

Twitter, hungry for new data to fuel its targeted advertising, will start looking at what other apps its users have downloaded.

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Yes, those are digital coupons in your Twitter feed

Twitter Offers, launched Tuesday, lets companies incorporate in-store promotions in ads that appear in users' feeds.

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Facebook's alternative PHP engine attracts Web service providers

Some large Internet services are pressing Facebook's open-source PHP runtime engine into production after being impressed with the performance metrics for the alternative to the ubiquitous open-source PHP package used across the Web.

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Twitter's new super search takes to the air

Social network service Twitter has improved its search engine, allowing users to search through Twitter's entire index of tweets. This represents a vast improvement over the old engine, limited to searching through content less than a...

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Facebook’s new Groups app helps you separate your friends

The social network has launched a Facebook Groups app designed to help people share more easily with all their groups.

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Now you can search every tweet that was ever sent

Twitter is enabling users to search through its massive index of roughly half a trillion public tweets.

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WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption to message service

Ramping up efforts to keep its customers' messages safe from snooping, WhatsApp said Tuesday that it now supports end-to-end encryption for messages sent between users. The end-to-end encryption comes thanks to a collaboration...

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Facebook may be building social network for the enterprise

Facebook may be expanding from a social website where users share photos of their favorite sandwiches and pets, to a network focused on business users.

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Facebook: You post it, we can see it, and that's that

Facebook lets its users control whether other people can see the information they post, but when it comes to controlling what Facebook itself gets to see, privacy-conscious users are out of luck.

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