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  • Facebook's India user base grows to 112 million 15 hours 22 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Growing internet penetration and a large youth population has helped world's largest social network platform Facebook expand its user base in India to 112 million - the second largest after the US. US-based Facebook, which had about 100 million users in April this year, saw its monthly active users...
  • Excessive Facebook use could lead to poor impulse control 2 days ago

    New York: Excessive online social networking is not only addictive but can be associated with other disorders involving poor impulse control that can lead to substance abuse, a new research shows. In a study involving 292 undergraduate students - 18 years and older, psychologist Julia Hormes from the University at Albany,...
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives a thumbs-down to the idea of a 'dislike' button 4 days ago

    San Francisco: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg wants people to be able to quickly express broader ranges of feelings at the leading online social network, but a "dislike" button doesn't make the cut. During a question-and-answer session with an audience at the Facebook headquarters in Northern California, available online yesterday, Zuckerberg gave...
  • Facebook stops including results from Microsoft's Bing search engine 4 days ago

    San Francisco: Facebook has stopped including results from Microsoft's Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by...
  • Facebook to prevent you from posting content that you might regret later 6 days ago

    Washington: Facebook is building an artificial intelligence tool that would warn people when they are about to do something they might regret later such as uploading an embarrassing photo on the social networking site. Yann LeCun, who heads the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (Fair) lab, and his team are now laying...
  • Instagram crosses the 300 million user mark, edges past Twitter 6 days ago

    Bengaluru: Facebook's photo-sharing service, Instagram, said it had more than 300 million users, sharing over 70 million photos and videos each day. Microblogging service Twitter has 284 million active users, according to its website. Four-year-old Instagram crossed 200 million users in March. The service, bought by Facebook in April 2012, also said...
  • Xiaomi's India debut one of the most talked-about topics on Facebook in India in 2014 1 week ago

    New Delhi: It's that time of the year when Facebook takes a look back at the redefining moments of the year and curates a list of the most talked-about topics and events on its social networking site. This year's list is out and Xiaomi's India debut has come out as...
  • SC slams Centre over arrests for posting 'objectionable comments' on social media December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday did not agree with the contention of the Centre that arrests of some persons for allegedly posting objectionable comments on social websites were "stray incidents", saying that even if they were aberrations, they were "brazen" and "grave". The counsel for the Centre told a...
  • Facebook now lets you search for posts December 9, 2014

    New York: Facebook said on Monday it is rolling out upgraded search capabilities for mobile and desktop users who want to find favourite posts from their friends on the huge social network. "You've told us the most important thing is being able to find posts you've seen before, and now you...
  • People are now more likely to flirt on Facebook than in person: Survey December 7, 2014

    London: People are now more likely to flirt on Facebook than in person and a third of them are too embarrassed to talk to their love interests face-to-face, a survey has revealed. The language of love has gone digital through text messages and it has even affected the way we flirt. The...
  • Amitabh Bachchan crosses 18 million followers on Facebook December 6, 2014

    Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan, who stays in touch with his fans on all mediums, crossed 18 million followers on social networking site Facebook. The actor thanked his fans for connecting with him. "18 MILLION !!! Followers crossed ! Thank you so much my FbxTF .. my Facebook extended family," the actor posted...
  • IIT Bombay student Deepali Adhlakha bags Rs 1.4-crore pay package from Facebook December 3, 2014

    Mumbai: In one of the fattest pay package offered to any Indian Institute of Technology student ever in campus placements, Deepali Adhlakha, an IIT Bombay student has bagged a Rs 1.4 crore pay package from the social networking site Facebook. "This is a huge thing for me I am very...
  • Photos: 'Facelook' beauty parlour, WhatsApp sari, Google hotel: 16 Indians who won the Internet with their slightly disturbing love for social media December 3, 2014

    Indians are normally very active on social media sites. If they aren't sharing jokes on WhatsApp groups, they're posting Goa vacation or Karwa Chauth pictures on Facebook or outraging against Honey Singh on Twitter. It's the perfectly normal thing to do unless someone takes their obsession to a new level....
  • Obama's daughters told to 'dress for respect, not a spot at a bar' November 30, 2014

    Washington: A US lawmaker's communications director was facing social media calls she be sacked after her Facebook rant about President Barack Obama's daughters prompted widespread anger. Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, wrote a scathing post to her Facebook account scolding Malia and Sasha Obama, 16 and...
  • Facebook, Twitter data do not reveal true human behaviour November 29, 2014

    Washington: Using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to gather data on human behaviour may be fraught with biases, scientists say. Behavioural scientists use social media to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about what people are thinking and doing but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the...
  • SOS on Facebook or shock tactic? November 28, 2014

    Faced with acute poverty, a woman from Vadodara Chandni Rajgaur has decided to put herself up for sale on social media site Facebook. Rajgaur posted her photo along with a message on her Facebook account that she was up for sale so that she could be able to meet the...
  • Former BJP ideologue Govindacharya challenges government's use of social media in Delhi HC November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Former BJP ideologue KN Govindacharya has challenged the Government's use of Social media to disseminate information to the public. In a petition filed through his advocate Virag Gupta, he has argued that the public information of the government could be misused or used for commercial gains by the...
  • Vadodara woman facing financial trouble puts herself up for sale on Facebook November 28, 2014

    Vadodara: Faced with acute poverty, a woman from Vadodara Chandni Rajgaur has decided to put herself up for sale on social media site Facebook. Rajgaur posted her photo along with a message on her Facebook account that she was up for sale so that she could be able to meet...
  • Sex traffickers 'using Facebook' to lure young women into prostitution November 28, 2014

    Lodon: Gangs are using social media sites such as Facebook to lure young women into crime and prostitution, the head of European policing agency Europol said Tuesday. Rob Wainwright said traffickers were drawing victims in by posting advertisements for childcare or cleaning vacancies and once ensnared, controlling their movements with webchats...
  • Teenagers spend more time on WhatsApp than Facebook: Study November 27, 2014

    New York: A study involving 1,70,000 internet users across 32 countries has found that more and more teenagers are spending more time on instant messaging apps than on Facebook. Nearly 66 per cent of teenagers (aged 16-19) in the US and Britain said they were using Facebook less frequently. While the teenagers...
  • Facebook finalises its simplified privacy policy; to go into effect January 1, 2015 November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook, which invited users to comment on its new privacy policy until November 20, is now ready with the final version that will go into effect January 1, 2015. The company has already started sending out notifications informing users of the updated terms, data policy, and cookies policy...
  • Sex traffickers 'using Facebook' to lure victims November 26, 2014

    London: Gangs are using social media sites such as Facebook to lure young women into crime and prostitution, the head of European policing agency Europol said on Wednesday. Rob Wainwright said traffickers were drawing victims in by posting advertisements for childcare or cleaning vacancies and once ensnared, controlling their movements with...
  • Man faces charges after police say he posted Facebook photos of stolen guns from unsolved burglary November 25, 2014

    Albuquerque, N.M.: A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he posted Facebook photos of stolen guns from an unsolved burglary. KOB-TV reports that Christopher Banegas recently was arrested and charged in connection with the September 2013 heist at an Albuquerque home. Police say they lacked any leads until the...
  • Arun Jaitley slams Congress for hurting economy, 'in power and as opposition' November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for enhancing India's stature globally with his successful three-nation visit even as he accused the Congress of damaging the economy both while in government and as an opposition party. He also said he was "deeply disappointed" with...
  • Facebook games may help strengthen family bonds: study November 20, 2014

    Toronto: Playing Facebook games with your family may actually help you to strengthen family bonds by breaking down both communication and age barriers, a new study suggests. The research shows that beyond being a fun distraction, social network games (SNGs) can offer family members a meaningful way to interact and meet...
  • Barack Obama to announce major immigration reform on Facebook November 20, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has opted for Facebook as a platform to inform Americans about his executive actions on fixing the country's "broken" immigration system. The executive actions, to be announced on Friday, is expected to benefit millions of the estimated 11 million undocumented workers. According to Pew Research Center, those...
  • PM Modi crosses 25 million followers on Facebook, becomes second most followed after Obama November 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has crossed 25 million (2.5 crores) followers on Facebook, making him the second most followed politician in the world after the United States of America President Barack Obama. In a statement, the Facebook has confirmed it. PM Modi also have over eight million followers on...
  • Facebook Groups app: A new way for Facebook users to manage their existing groups, discover new ones November 19, 2014

    New York: Facebook has launched a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that let users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture. Facebook has been working to expand its presence on people's mobile devices by creating - and buying...
  • Facebook to launch a professional social network in a few months; aims to take on LinkedIn November 18, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook's professional version of its social network aimed at businesses will launch in the next few months, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. The world's No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website geared toward...
  • Rocket Internet to launch another 10 startups in 2015 November 17, 2014

    Berlin: Rocket Internet, the global e-commerce investor, expects to launch at least another 10 start-ups in 2015 and said it would work more closely with Facebook on advertising. Rocket Internet, whose shares have had a bumpy ride since listing last month, said its 12 most successful companies saw average growth in...