A law set to be passed by Chinese authorities would make tech vendors provide the government with encryption keys and put backdoors in systems.
According to Reuters, the law relates to counter terrorism and the legislation is likely to be passed into law in the near future. more»
The cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street clutched the spaces where their hearts should be after the search engine Google announced that its revenue growth had been stalled by the strong US dollar.
Google’s revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street’s target thanks to declining online ad prices and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. more»
Facebook announced that it will update its news feed software to flag stories that might be false and limit their spread.
The social notworking site has been a key spreader of fake news, including celebrity deaths, fake science reports mostly because some seem to think that “satire” is the same as “made up news”. more»
Social not working site Facebook is worth $227 billion worth to the world and created 4.5 million jobs in 2014.
A report from beancounters Deloitte & Touche, which was commissioned by Facebook, claimed that with 1.35 billion users of its Internet social network, Facebook would rank as the world’s second-most populous nation if it were a country. more»
In a bid to outdo Google’s YouTube, Facebook said yesterday it had bought San Diego company QuickFire.
QuickFire is a private company so financial details of the deal are unavailable.
The company makes technology that reduces the bandwidth to look at films online without compromising on quality. more»
Computer scientists believe that Twitter is a good way to aid urban planning and land use.
Brother and sister scientists Enrique and Vanessa Frias-Martinez have ussyed a report suggesting that geolocalised tweets can be used for urban planning. Vanessa is a scientist at the University of Maryland while her brother works for Spanish telco Telefonica. more»
A page on Facebook has been pulled in Russia after a state comms regulator asked the social networking corporation to pull it down.
The pages were promoting a rally to be held on January 15th supporting an opposition politician called Alexey Navalney. more»
People have asked for a dislike button on Facebook for quite some time, but now it looks as if founder Mark Zuckerberg has given the thumbs up to the idea.
The BBC reports that Zuckerberg, speaking in a conference at California, said the thumbs down feature was the most requested feature that Facebook gets. more»
Social notworking site Facebook is creating an artificial intelligence tool that will warn people when they are about to do something they might regret.
Apparently the tool can detect if you are about to upload an embarrassing photo of yourself or other people. more»
Two thirds of people in the UK won’t share their photographs online because they’re worried about privacy.
That follows widely publicised hacks of different social networking products including Twitter and Facebook.
A survey conducted by Berland on behalf of KatchUp showed that while 82 percent of families believe keeping in touch with each other is most important, the most common way people share photos using email, at 59 percent. more»
While researchers are mining social media in an attempt to understand human behaviour, some scientists are warning there are big pitfalls using the data.
Scientists at McGill University and Carnegie Mellon University say that thousands of research papers are based on data from social media and used to make decisions in both industry and government. more»
Facebook is under attack in the UK because it failed to supply information needed which might have prevented the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.
Michael Adebowale, one of the killers of the soldier, had 11 Facebook accounts but GCHQ has only seen six of those despite requests. more»
You might think that Facebook games are an enormous distraction and getting loads of requests from your friends on FB are really very annoying.
Well, think again. Because a team of scientists at Concordia have published research that suggests playing these time wasting games can actually improve family life. more»
Social networking site Facebook is apparently readying a rival to Linkedin – a site that some people occasionally use for work to share resumes and the like.
The Financial Times originally broke the news and claims that Facebook, which has already lost popularity with younger people, will let people tie up with their professional contacts and chat to their colleagues. more»