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Facebook treats you like a lab rat

Web experiments are commonplace in Silicon Valley, but Facebook's mood experiment was a step too far.  More

Google pulls plug on social network Orkut

Google is pulling the plug on Orkut, the social network it launched back in 2004.  More

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.  More

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.  More

'Poor' tweet by federal lender prompts backlash

Posting a meme from the film Bridesmaids prompted the Federal Student Aid office to apologize  More

Twitter wants to be your TV companion

Twitter announced the acquisition Thursday of SnappyTV, a platform for quick edits of live video and television.  More

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.  More

Iraqis turn to Whisper app during conflict

Amid reports of social media disruptions, Iraqis turn to Whisper app to post their opinions.  More

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.  More

Twitter COO resigns

Twitter COO Ali Rowghani resigned after failing to significantly grow user numbers.  More

Airbnb to hand over user data to NY AG

Airbnb is finally opening up to the New York attorney general's office.  More

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  More

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.  More

Facebook unveils anonymous login

Facebook's new login feature will allow people to use apps without sharing their private information.  More

Twitter sinks as user growth underwhelms

Twitter shares sank nearly 10% in after-hours trading Tuesday following uninspiring first-quarter results.  More

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.  More

Facebook profit triples on mobile growth

Facebook reported solid mobile advertising growth in its first-quarter results Wednesday.  More

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.  More

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.  More

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.  More

Twitter buys log cabins for cafeteria

Twitter bought two 19th century log cabins for its cafeteria, another curious Silicon Valley perk  More

Yahoo cutting off access to services for Google, Facebook log-ins

Yahoo will no longer allow users to access its services, including its popular fantasy sports platform and photo-sharing site Flickr, using log-in credentials from Google and Facebook.  More

Man behind @GSElevator loses book deal

Simon and Schuster has canceled its book deal with Texas man John LeFevre, the man behind the popular Twitter account @GSElevator.  More

#Oops! Twitter accidentally sent password reset emails

Twitter accidentally told thousands of users that their accounts had been compromised and passwords were reset.  More

Don't expect more WhatsApp-like deals

After Facebook's WhatsApp purchase, there are plenty of services left in the messaging landscape, but few are primed for acquisition.  More

WhatsApp founder: Food stamps to billionaire

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum was living on food stamps. He just sold his company to Facebook for $19 billion.  More

Why WhatsApp is worth $19 billion

WhatsApp's $19 billion price tag sent shock waves through the social network world, but it might be worth every penny.  More

Weibo IPO would be a turning point for Sina

Sina Corp. executives ignored the elephant in the room during an hour-long investors' call Tuesday -- keeping mum about a potential spinoff for Weibo,  More

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion

The largest messaging service in the world will now be under the command of Facebook  More

Lithium Technologies to buy Klout

Customer engagement service Lithium Technologies has agreed to buy Klout, a service that measures users' online influence.  More

New tool for market junkies on Twitter

LikeFolio's new web extension helps you hone in on the stock chatter in you Twitter stream.  More

Sheryl Sandberg: No ads on Facebook Paper for now

Fans of Facebook's new app, Paper, may be glad to know ads won't be showing up anytime soon.  More

LinkedIn shares sink on weak outlook

Shares of the professional networking site plunged 11% in after-hours trading Thursday after the firm posted solid fourth-quarter earnings and sales but offered disappointing guidance.  More

5 key moments that changed Facebook

Over the last 10 years, Facebook has seen plenty of highs and lows. Here are the key moments that made Facebook what it is today.  More

Flipagram photo app tops the charts

The Flipagram photo app is gaining serious steam, downloaded more than any other app on iTunes.  More

No Terrible Twos for Facebook stock

Facebook will soon celebrate its tenth anniversary. It's less than 2 years old as a publicly traded company, but Wall Street doesn't think there are any growing pains.  More

Uber rival accuses car service of dirty tactics

Gett, an Uber rival, is accusing Uber of questionable tactics regarding its competition.  More

Immigration reform? There's an app for that

In an effort to promote immigration reform, tech-back advocacy group FWD.us launched Push4Reform, an app aimed at helping supporters connect with Congress.  More

Facebook's Sandberg is now a billionaire

Facebook COO Sandberg is one of youngest women ever to become a billionaire according to ranking.  More

Snapchat's porn bot problem

Snapchat users are increasingly receiving spam messages with nude photos.  More

Market has #jitters about Twitter

Shares of Twitter have tumbled as analysts grow increasingly bearish on the stock. But the company will release its first earnings report in early February. Will that get investors excited again?  More

Zuckerberg rarely says the word 'privacy'

An analysis of what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said publicly shows that he likes to talk about people. But privacy? Not so much.  More

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launches new app

Biz Stone is hoping to take social search into the mainstream with the new app Jelly.  More

Zynga testing Bitcoin payments for games

Want to buy virtual livestock with bitcoins? Social gaming company Zynga is now accepting the digital currency for FarmVille 2 and other games.  More

News Corp acquires 'social news agency' Storyful

Another sign of Big Media's appetite for social media and digital video: News Corp is paying $25 million for five-year-old startup Storyful.  More

Want to chat in 29 languages?

Droid Translator is a new app that promises to translate your phone, text and video conversations into 29 different languages.  More

Facebook and Zuckerberg to sell shares

Facebook files for public offering of additional 27 million shares while some shareholders including Zuckerberg will sell 43 million more.  More

Facebook launches video ads

Facebook is rolling out a feature Tuesday that will allow advertisers to play videos in users' news feeds.  More
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