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School board member resigns over plan to pass out free ammo to honor Sandy Hook victims

A school board member finally stepped down Tuesday after his plan to hand out free ammunition to honor victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre misfired. Gregory Beck drew calls for his resignation almost immediately following his election in November to the Brookfield, Connecticut, school board after making a post…

Facebook still dominates social networking, despite the rise of new platforms

The surge into social networks is gaining pace among Americans, with Facebook dominating but with many people using multiple platforms, a study showed Monday. A Pew Research Center survey found 73 percent of Americans over age 18 on the Internet use at least one social network — or about 63…

Mark Zuckerberg cashes in as Facebook prepares to sell 70 million shares

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg will sell a chunk of his stake in the company, cashing in some $2.3 billion, as part of a new share offering by the huge social network. A Facebook filing Thursday said the company would sell 70 million shares in a follow-on offering to the huge…

N.Y. cop’s anti-Obama Facebook rant: ‘Go die in a shallow grave you Muslim commie’

A New York City-area police officer could be fired after posting an obscene, racist and threatening rant against President Barack Obama on social media. Officer Peter Burns, of Pleasantville police, was accused of making the comments Dec. 11 on a Facebook page he operated under the name “Coon Trapper.” “The…

Obama set to meet with with Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter chiefs

US President Barack Obama will Tuesday meet bosses of tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter to discuss US spy agency surveillance and his notorious health care reform website. A White House official said Obama would talk to the Silicon Valley chieftains about progress in repairing the glitch prone…

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…

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