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Google+: Still not as interesting as Pinterest, new study finds

Comparing public user engagement suggests that Google+ is still a niche pursuit, despite Google claiming it has 170 million people signed up – while Pinterest’s attraction remains high. Away from all the hubbub over that other social network, how is Google+ – described by Larry Page and others as the…

Facebook users file class action lawsuit over online tracking

Facebook’s first day of trading following its $100bn flotation has been gate-crashed by a $15bn class action against the social network. Users of the service have filed an “amended consolidated class action complaint” in federal court in San Jose, California, relating to allegations that Facebook has been “improperly tracking the…

Research paper finds music piracy ‘benefits’ album sales

Illegally downloading pre-release leaks of major artists’ albums actually “benefits” first week sales, and if used properly these types of leaks could even work as an effective promotional tool for the largest record labels going forward, according to findings in the first draft of a working paper put out this…

Twitter opts in to ‘Do Not Track’ privacy initiative

Twitter says it will honour requests from users who do not want their online behaviour tracked, the company said on Thursday, in contrast with web companies such Google and Facebook whose business models rely heavily on collecting user data. Twitter announced that it will officially support “Do Not Track,” a…

School forces students to reveal Facebook activity, unlock smartphones

A middle school outside Chicago has one mom on a privacy rampage after her daughter claimed administrators forced her to log into her Facebook page so they could inspect her online social activities. This mom’s rampage has now taken her all the way to the front page of MSNBC.com, where…

Facebook set to make record pop in IPO on Friday

Facebook on Friday makes the richest-ever share offering for a technology firm, raking in billions of dollars it could wield to dethrone Google as king of the Internet. Facebook stock priced at $38 per share was to begin trading under the symbol “FB” on the Nasdaq, giving the world’s leading…

India’s poorest become video journalists

One video shows police beating protesters with sticks. Another shows two lifeless, dirty bodies dragged from their workplace in the sewers. In a third, a man explains why his hand was slashed. The disturbing clips and personal stories have a common thread: all the victims are “untouchables”, now known as…

Remember Stuxnet? Why the U.S. is still vulnerable

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security revealed a rash of cyber attacks on natural gas pipeline companies. Just as with previous cyber attacks on infrastructure, there was no known physical damage. But security experts worry it may only be a matter of time. Efforts to protect pipelines and other…

U.S. slaps big duties on Chinese solar cells

WASHINGTON — The United States slapped hefty anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar cell makers Thursday in a move likely to heighten trade tensions between the two global economic powers. The Commerce Department said it had found that Chinese solar cell producers and exporters had been selling solar cells into the…

Facebook becomes a driver of economic growth: Studies

Out of thin air, Facebook is evolving into a global driver of jobs and economic growth. But how big is the impact? That’s a matter of much debate. The social networking giant set to launch a massive public offering this week has spawned dozens of startups and thousands of apps…

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