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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.
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
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.
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.
#Oops! Twitter accidentally sent password reset emails
Twitter accidentally told thousands of users that their accounts had been compromised and passwords were reset.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion
The largest messaging service in the world will now be under the command of Facebook
Lithium Technologies to buy Klout
Customer engagement service Lithium Technologies has agreed to buy Klout, a service that measures users' online influence.
New tool for market junkies on Twitter
LikeFolio's new web extension helps you hone in on the stock chatter in you Twitter stream.
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.
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.
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.
Flipagram photo app tops the charts
The Flipagram photo app is gaining serious steam, downloaded more than any other app on iTunes.
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.
Uber rival accuses car service of dirty tactics
Gett, an Uber rival, is accusing Uber of questionable tactics regarding its competition.
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.
Facebook's Sandberg is now a billionaire
Facebook COO Sandberg is one of youngest women ever to become a billionaire according to ranking.
Snapchat's porn bot problem
Snapchat users are increasingly receiving spam messages with nude photos.
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?
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.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launches new app
Biz Stone is hoping to take social search into the mainstream with the new app Jelly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facebook launches video ads
Facebook is rolling out a feature Tuesday that will allow advertisers to play videos in users' news feeds.
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