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‘Technical glitch’ brings down Iranian censorship firewall

A technical glitch allowed some Iranians temporary access to banned social networking websites Facebook and Twitter, an Iranian Internet official said on Tuesday. Surprised Internet users in Iran Monday night were able to log onto their accounts without using illegal software that enables them to circumvent a widespread state-run filtering…

Twitter confirms plans for much-anticipated stock offering

Twitter announced Thursday, in a tweet, that it has submitted papers for a stock offering, the most hotly anticipated in the tech sector since Facebook’s last year. “We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for…

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on NSA data requests: ‘You don’t comply, it’s treason’

Mark Zuckerberg joins Mayer in hitting back at critics of tech companies, saying US government did ‘bad job’ of balancing people’s privacy and duty to protect Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook struck back on Wednesday at critics who have charged tech companies with doing…

Major yogurt maker Chobani issues recall after customers’ health complaints

Greek yoghurt giant of the self-proclaimed ‘nothing but good’ philosophy recalls pots after reports of vomiting and diarrhoea Chobani, the US yoghurt giant, donates 10% of its after-tax profits to charity. Its products are brightly packaged with images of fresh fruit, and daubed with “only natural ingredients” messaging. And it…

Privacy rights groups slam Facebook for turning user data into ad fodder

Facebook is drawing fire from privacy activists again, after unveiling a new policy which could turn users’ data and pictures into advertising. The new plan would “dramatically expand the use of personal information for advertising purposes,” said a letter this week to the US Federal Trade Commission by six privacy…

Researchers say Facebook friends are pushing teens toward risky behavior

Mom was probably right about this: hanging out with the wrong crowd on social networks like Facebook can encourage teens to engage in risky behaviors like drinking and smoking. A study released Tuesday concludes that teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on Facebook and Myspace…

Researcher: Facebook spammers make $200 million just posting links

Spammers posting links on Facebook fan pages to send people to third-party scam sites are earning $200m every year, according to calculations by a team of Italian security researchers who have investigated hundreds of thousands of posts on the social network. Andrea Stroppa and Carlo De Micheli, the leaders of…

Facebook to pay 614,000 users $15 each over privacy concerns

Facebook has built an empire on getting to know its users’ preferences, sometimes with a frightening accuracy. A while back, the company launched a new advertising campaign called “Sponsored Stories” that incorporated users’ “likes” into advertisements.;  …

Facebook received more than 25,000 government data requests in the first half of 2013

Facebook said Tuesday it received more than 25,000 government data requests in the first half of 2013, with the largest number from the United States. The company’s first “transparency report” showed Facebook received between 11,000 and 12,000 requests for data in the United States, affecting between 20,000 and 21,000 users.…

Judge approves $20 million settlement in Facebook class-action lawsuit

A US judge approved a deal in which Facebook will pay $20 million for using members “likes” as endorsements for ads. The pot of money is to be divvied up among attorneys, Internet privacy rights groups, and Facebook users who filed claims in the class-action lawsuit. US District Judge Richard…

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