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Facebook shutting down online Deals program

Facebook is ending a Deals program launched in April which offered online bargains like Groupon, LivingSocial and other companies. “After testing Deals for four months, we’ve decided to end our Deals product in the coming weeks,” the Palo Alto, California-based social network said in a statement. “We think there is…

Facebook makes sharing more selective

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Tuesday announced it is rolling out improvements aimed at letting users be more selective about who gets to see what they post at the world’s largest online social network. The move came in the face of a challenge from a freshly launched Google+ social network,…

Two more reasons to be a curmudgeonly childless marriage boycotter

1) Facebook  is adding an "Expected: Child" option, furthering its decline from a kooky social networking website into a content generator for STFU Parents.  This is a really stupid idea, beyond just being annoying.  I went and tested it by entering that I was expecting child Suck Ass in December…

Rep. Allen West fires intern for pro-gay response to Tracy Morgan rant

Tea party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) has reportedly fired an intern for retweeting a message critical of comedian Tracy Morgan’s recent homophobic rant. A member of the audience who attended Morgan’s stand-up routine in Tennessee recalled on Facebook that the comedian said that if his son came out to…

Facebook under fire for facial recognition software

WASHINGTON — Facebook is coming under fire for a feature that uses facial recognition software to allow members to tag pictures of their friends on the social network. The “Tag Suggestions” feature made its debut on Facebook in the United States six months ago but has drawn renewed attention this…

Facebook driving more traffic to news sites: study

WASHINGTON — Facebook is driving an increasing amount of traffic to news sites but Google remains the top referring service, according to a study published on Monday. The study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism looked at the behaviour of news consumers online during the first…

WATCH LIVE: Obama’s Townhall at Facebook HQ

Watch live video from Obama’s live town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Apple called on to pull ‘gay cure’ app from iTunes

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Monday was under pressure to yank a so-called “gay cure” application from its iTunes shop for software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. More than 110,000 people had electronically signed an online petition at a change.org website calling for Apple to remove the Exodus International…

Facebook revamps comments platform for websites

WASHINGTON – Facebook is revamping a platform designed to power the frequently unruly comments space on websites. The Palo Alto, California, social networking giant unveiled an updated Comments Box plug-in on Tuesday that websites can use to replace the system they currently use to display comments from readers. Online publishers…

So-and-So’s Mom is the new Mrs. John Smith

In my surfing around the internet this weekend, I came across this old piece by Katie Roiphe about women who use their babies as their Facebook profile pictures, and surprisingly, I found myself agreeing with her, a rare enough instance. The mystery here is that the woman with the baby…

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