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Is Twitter a tech company or a news service?

Twitter suspended accounts of those who tweeted graphic images of James Foley's beheading, which was unusual for the social media company. So how will it define its responsibility in the future?  More

Bakery to Google: Take 's--t' out of our logo!

Greggs bakery took to Twitter to urge Google to remove a profane logo from search results.  More

Russian bank offers cats with mortgages

Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank, is offering to deliver cats to the doorsteps of new mortgage clients as part of a quirky promotional campaign.  More

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.  More

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.  More

$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.  More

23 million Twitter users are fed by robots

About 8.5% of Twitter's 271 million users are actually not human.  More

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.  More

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.  More

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.  More

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  More

LinkedIn must pay $6M for unpaid overtime

LinkedIn is issuing back pay and damages to workers the Labor Department says failed to receive overtime.  More

Oops! Russian soldier Instagrams himself in Ukraine

A Russian soldier has posted photos of himself to Instagram from within Ukraine.  More

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?  More

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.  More

This is Instagram's answer to Snapchat

Instagram unveiled a new app this week called Bolt that mimics Snapchat's messaging functions.  More

Facebook cans annoying birthday gift requests

Facebook's short-lived Gifts service is set to expire amid a shift in e-commerce strategy.  More

No Fail Whale here! Twitter is soaring

Things are looking up for Twitter -- or at least, for its stock price.  More

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.  More

Yo backer launches new app

MIRAGE, a new instant messaging app, hopes to capitalize on the viral momentum from buzzy app Yo.  More

#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.  More

Facebook at all-time high on mobile might

Facebook posted another strong quarter driven by its success in mobile advertising revenue.  More

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.  More

Facebook says: If you Like it, Buy it.

Facebook says: If you Like it, Buy it.  More

This is Airbnb's 'obscene' new logo

The website devoted to short-term apartment rentals premiered a giggle-inducing new logo.  More

Facebook launched my startup

Social media launched my startup  More

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.  More

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.  More

Tinder dating app hit with sexual harassment lawsuit

Tinder's female co-founder alleged a culture of misogyny among the hookup app's leadership.  More

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
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