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Facebook hires artificial intelligence powerhouse to improve user experience

Facebook is working to become your new best friend, getting to know you better by infusing the billion-member social network’s software with artificial intelligence. The California-based social network giant is hiring professor Yann LeCun of NYU’s Center for Data Science to head up a new artificial intelligence lab, aiming to…

Facebook stock will be added to Dow Jones S&P index

Facebook shares will be added to the Dow Jones S&P 500 Index, a portfolio of stocks considered a barometer of the market and even the overall US economy. The world’s leading online social network will replace chip testing equipment company Teradyne after the close of trading on the New York…

Hacker blames depression and pot for ‘sextortion’ threats against hundreds of women

A California man who hacked into hundreds of Internet accounts and blackmailed women into stripping for him blames depression and marijuana use for his crimes. Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, of Glendale, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison after he admitted to hacking into hundreds of Facebook, Skype and…

Facebook teams up with NYU for artificial intelligence study

Facebook unveiled plans Monday on a partnership with New York University for a new center for artificial intelligence, aimed at harnessing the huge social network’s massive trove of data. The California-based tech giant named professor Yann LeCun of NYU’s Center for Data Science to head up the project. “As one…

Lithuanian ‘Banksy’ finds admirers in anti-graffiti Singapore

A Lithuanian artist who angered Malaysian officials with a street mural depicting a knife-wielding Lego robber has found unlikely admirers across the border in graffiti-averse Singapore for his works on a softer theme. Ernest Zacharevic, who has been likened to British graffiti artist Banksy, has seen photos of his murals…

Christian American Patriots Militia leader: We now have authority to shoot Obama

An apparent threat made against President Barack Obama’s life posted on Facebook has caught the attention of the Secret Service. Agents declined to comment on the post, which has been removed but was preserved in screen captures by Social News Daily, made Tuesday by Everest Wilhelmen, leader of the Christian…

Lego-style crime mural becomes hit in Malaysia despite officials’ objections

A street mural that was whitewashed by authorities because it highlighted Malaysia’s crime problem has gone viral, with versions popping up across the country and earning their creator comparisons to UK graffiti artist Banksy. The original mural that appeared on a wall in the southern Malaysian city of Johor Baru…

Fugitive complains about ‘most wanted’ post on Facebook: ‘I’m not armed and certainly not dangerous’

A New Hampshire fugitive took exception to the way he was described in a “most wanted” listing posted on a TV station’s Facebook page. Nicholas Emond is wanted by federal authorities on a probation violation following his conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon. Authorities said Emond should…

Snapchat rejects $3 billion offer from Facebook

The mobile messaging service Snapchat recently rejected a $3 billion cash offer from Facebook, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Snapchat, considered one of the up-and-coming applications in social networking, has also had an investment offer led by Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which would value the startup at $4 billion,…

Facebook helps reunite war-torn Guatemala family after three decades

Guatemalan siblings who lost contact during the country’s turbulent 1960-1996 civil strife have been reunited 31 years later, with some help from Facebook. Ofelia, Avilio and Elsira Funez Velasquez had their tearful reunion at the headquarters of the Mutual Support Group, an activist with the social group, Enrique Barrera, said.…

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