US team using Twitter, Facebook to fight militants
2013-04-13 05:09:09 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. official who oversees American efforts to counter al-Qaida and other militants in the online battlefield keeps a quote on his desk from a "Most Wanted" jihadi from America's South. The Alabama native...
UK teen police commissioner steps down over tweets
2013-04-09 17:21:59 UTC
LONDON (AP) — She was hired to teach local police about British youth — but it was 17-year-old Paris Brown who said she learned a lesson after her scandalous tweets about drugs, drinking and sex hit the tabloids.
The Twitter po...
Facebook unveils new experience for Android phones
2013-04-04 17:23:28 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is unveiling a new experience for Android phones. The idea is to bring content right to you, rather than require people to check apps on the device.
The event comes amid rapid growth in the number of ...
As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge?
2013-04-02 15:26:42 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — To see what Facebook has become, look no further than the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer.
Sometime last year, people began sharing tongue-in-cheek online reviews of the banana-shaped piece of yellow plastic with their Facebook ...
Kuwait online activist jailed for Twitter posts
2013-03-31 16:02:38 UTC
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A human rights campaigner in Kuwait says a Twitter user has been sentenced to two years in prison for insulting the ruler of the Gulf nation.
Since the Arab Spring uprisings, Gulf authorities have sharply stepped up pressur...
Facebook to hold Android event Thursday
2013-03-29 16:37:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has invited journalists to the unveiling of what it calls its "new home on Android."
Next Thursday's event will take place at the company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Facebook isn't providing further detail...
Zuckerberg forming political group
2013-03-28 05:18:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with Facebook says CEO Mark Zuckerberg is forming a political group to address issues such as education reform, immigration and scientific research.
The person says the group will form...
Twitter's ad revenue to double this year
2013-03-28 04:59:23 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter's ad revenue is believed to be on pace to double this year as the online messaging service delivers more marketing pitches to mobile devices in preparation for a highly anticipated initial public offe...
Gay marriage equality box spreads on social media
2013-03-28 04:43:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in ...
SEC approves Nasdaq's Facebook IPO payment plan
2013-03-25 16:50:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it has approved a plan by the Nasdaq stock exchange to pay $62 million in reimbursements to investment firms that lost money because of technical problems during Faceboo...
Techie fired after tweeting about men's comments
2013-03-23 17:52:00 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A female developer was fired after tweeting about a group of men she said were making sexual comments at a computer programming conference, fueling an already vigorous debate about gender equality and cultur...
Saudi Arabia's top cleric criticizes Twitter users
2013-03-23 17:09:08 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top religious cleric has criticized the social media website Twitter, calling it "a council for jokesters" and a place for unjust, incorrect messages.
Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik made...
Tom Cruise sets up page on Russian social network
2013-03-23 09:16:04 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Tom Cruise has become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte.
The "Mission Impossible" actor's page appeared Friday, announced by a message on Twitter saying "See you ther...
Monitoring your kids on Facebook? That's so 2009.
2013-03-19 07:17:01 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — After Friendster came MySpace. By the time Facebook dominated social media, parents had joined the party, too. But the online scene has changed - dramatically, as it turns out - and these days even if you're friends with your own...
What you 'like' on Facebook can be revealing
2013-03-16 21:57:08 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Clicking those friendly blue "like" buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga.
It could out you as gay.
It might reveal how you vote.
It might even s...
In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever
2013-03-01 22:20:13 UTC
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories — as she did.
Digital memories fade in death; protect yourself
2013-03-01 22:14:15 UTC
Estate planning attorney James Lamm who writes the blog "Digital Passing" advises people to plan ahead for their virtual afterlives. Your best bet is to make sure valuable memories and intellectual property are stored somewhere besides a social me...
Most Facebook users take a break
2013-10-30 07:15:45 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.
Yahoo's 4Q report shows more signs of progress
2013-01-29 07:13:44 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo got a little healthier during the last three months of 2012 as the long-suffering Internet company took advantage of higher ad prices and more money coming in from overseas investments to deliver numbers that exc...
Facebook unveils social search feature
2013-01-15 22:19:15 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new search feature on Tuesday in the company's first staged event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters since its May initial public offering.
Called "graph search," the ...
Private picture of Mark Zuckerberg's family leaked
2012-12-27 13:24:33 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Even Mark Zuckerberg's family can get tripped up by Facebook's privacy settings.
A picture that Zuckerberg's sister posted on her personal Facebook profile was seen by a marketing director, who then posted the picture to ...
Facebook proposes to end voting on privacy issues
2012-11-22 07:53:09 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is proposing to end its practice of letting users vote on changes to its privacy policies, though it will continue to let users comment on proposed updates.
The world's biggest social media company said in a blo...
Facebook stock down after post-IPO lock-up expires
2012-10-31 17:46:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's stock price fell Wednesday, the day employees were eligible to start selling restricted stock in the company.
A lock-up period that had prevented such sales expired on Monday. U.S. stock markets opened on Wednesday ...
Facebook 3Q results show mobile ad growth
2012-10-24 03:02:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook finally has proof that it can make money from mobile advertising.
As part of Tuesday's third-quarter results, the world's biggest social media company disclosed for the first time that some 14 percent of its ad revenue ...
24-mile skydive a boon for YouTube, social media
2012-10-14 20:56:56 UTC
Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile skydive from the stratosphere on Sunday was a boon for social networks as millions of users shared in the wonder of the moment from their computers, tablets and phones.
Here's a look at how the world, through the Int...