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  • Facebook plans to provide mobile payment services: Report 15-04-2014 10:32 AM

    Bangalore: Facebook Inc is preparing to join the mobile-payments race with remittances and electronic-money services on the social network, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing several people involved in the process. The company is close to obtaining approval from the Central Bank of Ireland to start a service that...
  • India tops list of requests for blocking content on Facebook 13-04-2014 12:22 PM

    New Delhi: Indian law enforcement agencies requested Facebook to block content in 4,765 instances citing local laws between July and December last year, the largest by any country. The social networking giant said it blocked content after government officials and the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (ICERT) reported that such...
  • 'If you are an Internet troll, the children around you will act no better': Police chief's brilliant letter to online haters goes viral 11-04-2014 10:32 AM

    A police chief, not known for mincing words, has written a heartfelt and direct letter to online haters. Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver wrote a Facebook post mourning the multiple stabbings incident at Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania. Soon after a string of abusive comments started, prompting him to...
  • What I couldn't say through the ballot

    Palki's Space |  Palki S Upadhyay
    No ink on my finger, no selfie on my Facebook page. I did not vote today. My name did not figure on the voters list...

  • Voters flaunt inked fingers on Facebook, Twitter 10-04-2014 06:00 PM

    New Delhi: Expressing pride and exuberance after casting their ballot, voters - young and not so young - have taken to the social media across India, flaunting their inked finger as proof of exercise of their democratic right and are urging others to vote. Pictures of inked finger, with accompanying...
  • Facebook to soon show bigger ads in the right-hand column 10-04-2014 12:52 PM

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it is switching to fewer but bigger ads on the right-hand column of the desktop PC version of its website because users respond more frequently to them. The new right-hand display ads will be the same proportions as the so-called News Feed ads,...
  • Facebook to require separate mobile app for sending and receiving messages 10-04-2014 12:17 PM

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc will no longer let users send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, and will require that users install a separate messaging app, the Internet company said on Wednesday. Facebook began notifying users in France, England and several other European countries on Wednesday that...
  • Facebook launches 'I'm a Voter' feature for Indian users 10-04-2014 10:44 AM

    New Delhi: Facebook users in India can now update their status after casting their ballot with a new "I'm a Voter" feature that the social networking giant has introduced to cash in on the election buzz. For the first time in the country, users over the age of 18 will...
  • Facebook users in India cross the 100 million mark 09-04-2014 10:30 AM

    New Delhi: Social media giant Facebook has crossed 100 million active users in India, its largest base outside the US. "Today, we have more than 100 million people who access Facebook actively in India each month," Facebook India Head of Growth & Mobile Partnerships Kevin D'Souza told PTI. Facebook's mission...
  • Twitter rolls out new Facebook-like profile page to users 09-04-2014 10:07 AM

    San Francisco: Twitter Inc unveiled a redesign of its user profile pages on Tuesday, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service. In response to an all-time low in user growth figures during the recent quarter, Twitter Chief Executive...
  • CJ Youngistan: Can social media Influence voters? 07-04-2014 12:44 AM

    How effective is social media as a tool in wooing youngsters to vote for a particular party? We spoke to a few youngsters, experts and political party spokespersons to find out. ...
  • A new tool that predicts which photos will go viral on Facebook 06-04-2014 02:55 PM

    Washington: Scientists have developed a computer algorithm that predicts whether a photo will go viral on Facebook by watching how fast it is shared. Stanford researchers said the clues to predicting which of the many millions of photos on Facebook will spring from obscurity and go viral lie in 'cascades'....
  • India leads the race in reporting Facebook bugs 04-04-2014 03:01 PM

    New Delhi: India, which accounts for over 93 million Facebook users, reported the largest number of bugs under the social networking giant's bug bounty programme last year. The California-headquartered firm said it received a total of 14,763 submissions in 2013, of which 687 bugs were found to be valid and...
  • London: Girl stabs best friend 65 times following Facebook dispute 01-04-2014 04:25 PM

    London: In a horrific attack, a 16-year-old girl allegedly murdered her best friend by stabbing her in the back 65 times after she was outraged over a Facebook dispute. Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez was furious after she came to know that her friend Anel Baez had uploaded nude pictures of the...
  • LS polls: Facebook cracking down on fake 'likes' 31-03-2014 12:19 PM

    With politicians boosting their social media presence in the poll season using fake online followers, Facebook has started cracking down on fraudulent accounts showing suspicious high number of 'likes'. Data from the Facebook team show that close to 52,000 pages exist for politicians and political parties in India. Of them...
  • Delhi Traffic Police posts cheery Facebook status asking people to 'Puhhlleease' carry pollution certificates, gets hilarious feedback 29-03-2014 01:57 PM

    The cops have not been spared the pressure that takes a toll on most young people these days - appearing cool on social media. An early morning post on the Delhi Traffic Police's Facebook page surprised many users and has now stirred up a debate on the appropriate tone that...
  • The role of social media in 2014 Lok Sabha elections 28-03-2014 11:51 AM

    Aditya Gupta is the Co-founder of SocialSamosa.com - an Indian social media knowledge storehouse that covers everything that happens in the Indian social media ecosystem. In his role as the co-founder, he leads Social Samosa's vision and future strategies; leading it to become one of the most popular portals in...
  • Facebook to use drones, lasers, satellites to bring Internet everywhere 28-03-2014 07:01 AM

    New York: Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet - and it involves drones, lasers and satellites. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook is hiring "key members of the team" from Ascenta, a UK company whose founders created...
  • Modi's presence in social media increases but so do negative opinions 27-03-2014 03:58 PM

    New Delhi: Social media's perceptions of the political space reflect larger events in the real world. Week-on-week analysis of mentions by social media trackers To the New reveals Narendra Modi is being steadily mentioned in increasing numbers on such sites as Facebook and Twitter in the past fortnight. While the...
  • Abandoned at a Burger King 27 years ago, woman finally traces her birth mother after popular Facebook campaign 27-03-2014 12:23 PM

    A woman abandoned as a newborn 27 years ago in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, fast-food restaurant bathroom has been reunited with her birth mother after a social media blitz, local media reported on Wednesday. Katheryn Deprill, left in the Burger King bathroom only hours after she was born, met her birth...
  • Mark Zuckerberg on a spending spree; is he living in an alternate reality? 27-03-2014 10:51 AM

    New York: Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders whether Zuckerberg "is nuts" for agreeing to pay $2 billion for Oculus less than...
  • Deepika Padukone thanks 15 million Facebook fans on chat 26-03-2014 06:46 PM

    Mumbai: Actress Deepika Padukone's fan following on Facebook has crossed 15 million, and as a mark of appreciation, she has decided to give her fans an opportunity to chat with her live on Facebook Wednesday. Her Facebook page is www.facebook.com/DeepikaPadukone, and it very recently crossed 15 million likes. Deepika, who...
  • The most 'Liked' page on Facebook belongs to singer Shakira with 86 million 'Likes' 26-03-2014 12:26 PM

    Singer Shakira has the most followed page on Facebook with a staggering 86.66 million 'likes' on her official page on the social media site. The ABC News quoted the 'Hips Don't Lie' singer in a statement saying she "cannot believe" she has the most-followed page. "I always wanted to have...
  • Facebook to buy virtual reality goggles maker Oculus for $2 billion 26-03-2014 06:29 AM

    Facebook will acquire two-year-old Oculus VR Inc, a maker of virtual-reality glasses for gaming, for $2 billion, buying its way into the fast-growing wearable devices arena with its first-ever hardware deal. The acquisition, which comes hot on the heels of its $19 billion deal for messaging service WhatsApp, marks a...
  • Couples checking Facebook while making love: Study 24-03-2014 09:37 PM

    Social media has entered bedrooms for sure and is now threatening love-making, with some couples checking Facebook during sex. According to a new survey by global condom maker Durex, some of the British couple are checking Facebook during sex. The Durex study polled 2,000 British residents to understand if technology...
  • Facebook eating into Google's mobile ad market share: Report 24-03-2014 03:05 PM

    New York: Social networking giant Facebook's global mobile ad market share, which stood at a little over $3 billion in 2013, is witnessing a continuous growth and is expected to eat into tech major Google's share, research firm eMarketer has said in a report. Facebook and Google together accounted for...
  • Cloak: An 'anti-social' network that helps you avoid meeting people 24-03-2014 10:57 AM

    New Delhi: This is an app that many secretly desire. In this age of social networks, when you are connected with people you like and also those you wouldn't want to bump into in real life, the Cloak app is designed to keep you away from unwanted real-life meetings. The...
  • Alia Bhatt sets records straight, confirms she has no Facebook page 23-03-2014 11:33 AM

    Mumbai: 'Highway' actress Alia Bhatt turned to her Twitter page Saturday to set the record straight that all Facebook pages in her name are "fake". "I do not have a Facebook page! All pages being handled are fake. Please do not follow," Alia posted Saturday. Her elder step sister Pooja...
  • Facebook unveils Hack, a new PHP-based programming language 22-03-2014 01:30 PM

    New York: It is called Hack but it has little to do with hacking. It is a new programming language designed by Facebook that lets programmers build complex websites and other software quickly and without many flaws. "We can say with complete assurance that this has been as battle-tested as...