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Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey live-tweets protests in Ferguson
Jack Dorsey, who goes by @Jack online, has documented and commented on the gatherings and frustrations in the suburban St. Louis community.
$15 million pours in from Ice Bucket Challenge
The ALS Association says it has raised $15.6 million for Lou Gehrig's disease from the Ice Bucket Challenge.
23 million Twitter users are fed by robots
About 8.5% of Twitter's 271 million users are actually not human.
Eat your selfie on a Middleton marshmallow
Move over Kate Middleton! Younger brother James Middleton is stealing the spotlight with his candy business that prints Instagram pictures on marshmallows.
You can't change the color of Facebook - it's a virus
An app claiming to change Facebook's color palette is actually loading malware onto your smartphone or PC.
Facebook snaps up server security start-up
Facebook announced Thursday that it was acquiring cybersecurity start-up PrivateCore, which builds software to protect server data.
Potato salad crowd funder raises $55,000 and promised 3,330 people "a bite"
A Kickstarter crowdfunding effort closed Saturday night with contributions from nearly 7,000 people
LinkedIn must pay $6M for unpaid overtime
LinkedIn is issuing back pay and damages to workers the Labor Department says failed to receive overtime.
Oops! Russian soldier Instagrams himself in Ukraine
A Russian soldier has posted photos of himself to Instagram from within Ukraine.
Could Snapchat really be worth $10 billion?
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has reportedly been in funding talks valuing Snapchat at $10 billion. Could it possibly be worth that?
From maximum security prison to tech entrepreneur
After serving 8 years in prison, Marcus Bullock is helping the incarcerated stay connected with loved ones with his Flikshop app.
This is Instagram's answer to Snapchat
Instagram unveiled a new app this week called Bolt that mimics Snapchat's messaging functions.
Facebook cans annoying birthday gift requests
Facebook's short-lived Gifts service is set to expire amid a shift in e-commerce strategy.
No Fail Whale here! Twitter is soaring
Things are looking up for Twitter -- or at least, for its stock price.
OkCupid set up bad dates in 'an experiment'
Online dating site OkCupid found its users were more likely to have conversations when it told them they were more compatible than in reality.
Yo backer launches new app
MIRAGE, a new instant messaging app, hopes to capitalize on the viral momentum from buzzy app Yo.
#DetroitWater campaign wants you to pay residents' past-due bills
Detroit's looming water shutoffs spark a social media campaign and an app to connect donors with residents behind on their bills.
Facebook at all-time high on mobile might
Facebook posted another strong quarter driven by its success in mobile advertising revenue.
You're not cool enough for Facebook's newest app
Facebook has unveiled a new standalone app it's calling 'Mentions,' which is designed to help famous people manage their presences on the site.
Facebook says: If you Like it, Buy it.
Facebook says: If you Like it, Buy it.
This is Airbnb's 'obscene' new logo
The website devoted to short-term apartment rentals premiered a giggle-inducing new logo.
Facebook launched my startup
Social media launched my startup
Facebook still won't say 'sorry' for mind games experiment
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg came close to an apology for the company's mood control study - but didn't quite get there.
Facebook's other user experiment: conflict resolution
Facebook has worked with social scientists to develop tools that help users flag hurtful content and resolve disputes.
Tinder dating app hit with sexual harassment lawsuit
Tinder's female co-founder alleged a culture of misogyny among the hookup app's leadership.
Facebook treats you like a lab rat
Web experiments are commonplace in Silicon Valley, but Facebook's mood experiment was a step too far.
Google pulls plug on social network Orkut
Google is pulling the plug on Orkut, the social network it launched back in 2004.
Aaron Swartz's father: He'd be alive today if he was never arrested
Robert Swartz, the father of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, said his son would be alive today if he were never arrested for hacking.
5 apps to help change the world
Forget about Angry Birds and Yo. These apps aim to educate and empower -- and are the newest tactic for tech-savvy activists.
'Poor' tweet by federal lender prompts backlash
Posting a meme from the film Bridesmaids prompted the Federal Student Aid office to apologize
Twitter wants to be your TV companion
Twitter announced the acquisition Thursday of SnappyTV, a platform for quick edits of live video and television.
OMG! Hot or Not is back!
The creators of Hot or Not have relaunched a dating app to help people to connect with the hottest babes in their neighborhoods.
Iraqis turn to Whisper app during conflict
Amid reports of social media disruptions, Iraqis turn to Whisper app to post their opinions.
World Cup: Most social sporting event ever, experts say
The 2014 World Cup will be the most social sporting event ever, according to projections from the Adobe Digital Index, a study of online marketing.
Twitter COO resigns
Twitter COO Ali Rowghani resigned after failing to significantly grow user numbers.
Airbnb to hand over user data to NY AG
Airbnb is finally opening up to the New York attorney general's office.
Former SAC Capital trader Steinberg sentenced to 3-1/2 years
Steinberg, a former trader at hedge fund the center of multiple insider trading probes, was sentenced to 3-1/2 years for insider trading
Snapchat settles FTC charges for lying about privacy
Snapchat wasn't as secure as it promised, and it lied to customers about collecting information. Now it's settling charges with the FTC.
Facebook unveils anonymous login
Facebook's new login feature will allow people to use apps without sharing their private information.
Twitter sinks as user growth underwhelms
Twitter shares sank nearly 10% in after-hours trading Tuesday following uninspiring first-quarter results.
Airbnb fights back against New York
Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk says New York is losing out on revenue opportunities by fighting the rental site.
Facebook profit triples on mobile growth
Facebook reported solid mobile advertising growth in its first-quarter results Wednesday.
Invest in next Facebook...for a few bucks
Soon any mom or pop can invest in startups alongside venture capitalists. The SEC is expected to approve equity crowdfunding sites by the end of the year.
Warren Buffett endorses Airbnb
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has reached out to Airbnb to give shareholders cheaper lodging alternatives for next month's annual meeting in Omaha.
Candy Crush company founder left $1 billion on the table
An analysis from research firm PrivCo says the founder of King Digital Entertainment, which makes Candy Crush, left nearly $1 billion on the table by selling his stake early.
Twitter buys log cabins for cafeteria
Twitter bought two 19th century log cabins for its cafeteria, another curious Silicon Valley perk
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