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New ‘Facebook Nearby Friends’ feature to alert users when friends within half-mile radius

Knowing exactly where your friends are all the time is creepy; only someone who works in surveillance has that data. Knowing roughly where they are, though, feels a lot more acceptable. That’s the thinking behind Facebook Nearby Friends (being rolled out gradually), which will let your Facebook friends let you…

Attempts to stay anonymous on the web will only put the NSA on your trail

The story of Janet Vertesi’s attempts to conceal her pregnancy from the forces of online marketers shows just how Kafkaesque the internet has become When searching for an adjective to describe our comprehensively surveilled networked world – the one bookmarked by the NSA at one end and by Google, Facebook,…

Google, Facebook, and Twitter team up to oppose new FCC net neutrality plan

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over 100 leading technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new “net neutrality” plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic. The letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman…

Baby wallaby rescued from $9,291 Facebook sale

A man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to sell a baby wallaby on Facebook, attracting bids as high as Aus$10,000 (US$9,291) before he was caught, officials said Thursday. The marsupial was rescued by Western Australia's Department of Parks……

Facebook adds anonymous login option in bid to rebuild users’ trust

Facebook moved Wednesday to bolster the trust of its more than one billion users by providing new controls on how much information is shared on the world’s leading social network. In a major shift away from the notion long preached by Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg of having a…

Phony microchip implant story ignites Christian doomsday Facebook freakout

A phony report on microchip implants has fooled religious conservatives into thinking the end of days is near. The story, “All European newborn Babies will be Microchipped from May 2014,” was posted in January and has been reposted since across social media. “This chip will also be an impressive GPS…

Wife of Fox News chief Roger Ailes threatens to sue woman over sharing a Facebook post

The wife of Fox News President Roger Ailes is threatening to sue a local politician for libel because she refuses to remove a post that she shared on her Facebook page, according to Phillipstown.info. Lawyers for Elizabeth Ailes and the paper she publishes, the Putnam County News and Recorder, have…

Facebook angers users by requiring separate app for sending messages

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – 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…

Facebook hits 100 million in India — largest population of users after the U.S.

Facebook has hit more than 100 million users in India, making it only the second country after the United States to achieve the milestone, the social network company has said. The mobile phone market was driving growth in India along with better Internet……

Tea Party group suggests ‘dictator’ Obama staged Sandy Hook massacre to ‘get your guns’

A notoriously credulous Tea Party group made a pair of Facebook posts questioning whether a Connecticut school massacre was staged by President Barack Obama. The Florida-based National Liberty Foundation posted a photo Wednesday showing the aftermath of the school’s demolition, with the caption, “Destroying the evidence: What’s left of Sandy…

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