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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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Android botnet relies on Twitter for commands

Twitter users aren’t the only ones checking the microblogging service for important updates. Android malware is starting to do so, too.

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Facebook renews search for elusive younger users with Lifestage

Facebook has released a new stand-alone app, called Lifestage, that lets young users share videos with other people in their schools.

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Twitter suspends 360,000 accounts for terrorist ties

The social network today said it has suspended 235,000 accounts just since February for violating policies related to the promotion of terrorism.

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Instagram Event channels -- another Snapchat clone?

Instagram is at it again -- lifting ideas right from Snapchat's playbook. This time it's Event channels, which sounds suspiciously like another Snapchat feature.

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What it's like to experience the internet

The technology-using public now demands more than mere information. They want to feel like they're really there.

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The Facebook vs. Adblock Plus showdown -- what's happening

Facebook and Adblock Plus are engaged in a little turf war. So who's going to win?

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Twitter found not liable for ISIS activity on its service

Twitter is not liable for providing material support to the Islamic State group, also referred to as the ISIS, by allowing its members to sign up and use accounts on its site, a federal judge in California ruled.

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Brands, take note: Customers still struggle to reach you

In any given year, more than 80 percent of consumers try to reach a brand and, for most of them, it's an exercise in frustration, according to new data from The Northridge Group.

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Facebook changes News Feed algorithm to reduce clickbait

Facebook is making it harder for people to grab your attention by making a false promise or not providing an answer in a headline.

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Tinder swipes too much personal information, says EU lawmaker

Some mobile apps' terms of use breach European Union privacy laws, according to Marc Tarabella, a member of the European Parliament.

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Facebook's Area 404 -- what we know

The U.S. government has Area 51 -- Facebook has Area 404. Here's what we know about it.

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Slideshow: Take a peek inside 'Area 404,' Facebook's brand-new hardware lab

Facebook used to design its servers and other hardware at labs scattered across the company, but they've now been consolidated in a state-of-the-art facility at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters.

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How to keep Facebook, Twitter from being terrorists’ hunting grounds

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that, if elected, she would try to curb terrorists from using the Internet as a recruiting tool. But her statement raises questions over what can be done to prevent terrorists from...

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Instagram creates a near carbon copy of Snapchat Stories

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Instagram is flattering the hell out of Snapchat.

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Make a wish! Facebook rolls out Birthday Videos to help you celebrate

Facebook is all about video these days, so the social media giant is creating more of them to put on your timeline.

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