Most Facebook users take a break
2013-10-30 07:15:45 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.
A report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and Am...
Yahoo's 4Q report shows more signs of progress
2013-01-29 07:13:44 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo got a little healthier during the last three months of 2012 as the long-suffering Internet company took advantage of higher ad prices and more money coming in from overseas investments to deliver numbers that exceeded analyst forecasts.
The results announced ...
Facebook unveils social search feature
2013-01-15 22:19:15 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new search feature on Tuesday in the company's first staged event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters since its May initial public offering.
Called "graph search," the new service lets users search their social connect...
Private picture of Mark Zuckerberg's family leaked
2012-12-27 13:24:33 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Even Mark Zuckerberg's family can get tripped up by Facebook's privacy settings.
A picture that Zuckerberg's sister posted on her personal Facebook profile was seen by a marketing director, who then posted the picture to Twitter and her more than 40,000 followers Wednesd...
Facebook proposes to end voting on privacy issues
2012-11-22 07:53:09 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is proposing to end its practice of letting users vote on changes to its privacy policies, though it will continue to let users comment on proposed updates.
The world's biggest social media company said in a blog post Wednesday that its voting mechanism, which ...
Facebook stock down after post-IPO lock-up expires
2012-10-31 17:46:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's stock price fell Wednesday, the day employees were eligible to start selling restricted stock in the company.
A lock-up period that had prevented such sales expired on Monday. U.S. stock markets opened on Wednesday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy hit the ...
Facebook 3Q results show mobile ad growth
2012-10-24 03:02:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook finally has proof that it can make money from mobile advertising.
As part of Tuesday's third-quarter results, the world's biggest social media company disclosed for the first time that some 14 percent of its ad revenue came from mobile advertising. It started showing a...
24-mile skydive a boon for YouTube, social media
2012-10-14 20:56:56 UTC
Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile skydive from the stratosphere on Sunday was a boon for social networks as millions of users shared in the wonder of the moment from their computers, tablets and phones.
Here's a look at how the world, through the Internet, watched the jump.
After Facebook posts, Pa. hostage-taker surrenders
2012-09-22 08:36:11 UTC
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Klein Michael Thaxton hadn't been much of a Facebook devotee. He posted no status updates in two years on the social network. On Friday, though, he surfaced with a jarring post: "i cant take it no more im done bro."
The 22-year-old Army veteran was on the 16th floor of a down...
Deadline for Twitter on giving records to NY court
2012-09-14 07:21:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is facing a deadline to hand over about three months' worth of an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets or faces steep fines from a New York judge.
Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. ruled earlier this year that the social networking site must turn over the records in the case...
Zuckerberg: Time to 'double down' on Facebook
2012-09-12 02:03:00 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn't enjoyed seeing his company's stock get pummeled on Wall Street this summer, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove his critics wrong.
"I would rather be in a cycle where people underestimate us because I'd rather be underestimated,...
Cambodia arrests Pirate Bay co-founder
2012-09-03 06:05:56 UTC
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A co-founder of popular file sharing website The Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faces a one-year prison term for violating copyright laws, authorities said Monday.
Cambodian authorities arrested Gottfrid Svartholm Warg on Thur...
Twitter unveils new targeting tool for advertisers
2012-08-31 09:42:52 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is offering a new way for advertisers to deliver their marketing pitches to the people who are most likely to buy their products and services.
The targeting tool introduced Thursday allows ads to be sorted into different categories of interest. Once an ad has be...
China dissident jailed on Yahoo info is freed
2012-08-31 01:59:07 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese dissident imprisoned for 10 years on a state subversion conviction supported by evidence from Web portal Yahoo was released early Friday after completing his term, his wife said.
The American Internet company drew strong condemnation from U.S. lawmakers and rights advo...
Social site Formspring hacked, passwords disabled
2012-07-12 06:01:30 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Social networking site Formspring said Tuesday that it was disabling nearly 30 million registered users' passwords after hundreds of thousands of them were leaked to the Web in their encrypted form.
Formspring said in a blog post that the breach happened after someone hacked into...
Yahoo, Facebook settle patent dispute, ad alliance
2012-07-06 20:47:09 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a patent dispute. This averts a potentially bitter battle over the technology running two of the Internet's most popular destinations.
They have agreed to drop their lawsuits and license each other's patents.
They are also agreei...
Peru's ambitious laptop program gets mixed grades
2012-07-03 21:00:22 UTC
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's distribution of more than 800,000 low-cost laptop computers to children across the country easily ranks as one of the world's most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in the fight against poverty.
Yet five years into the program, there are serious doubts a...
Facebook draws user ire with email switcheroo
2012-06-26 17:16:32 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has changed your email address. At least that's how many felt after a quiet but vast change in the way the company displays users' contact information.
In yet another change to its website that irked users, Facebook replaced the email address you picked to di...
Ecuador studying asylum bid by WikiLeaks founder
2012-06-26 02:08:38 UTC
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's foreign minister says lawyers convened by the government are studying the political and legal implications of granting exile to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Minister Ricardo Patino did not indicate when a decision might come. Ecuador's ambassador to Britain...
Wikipedia founder backs UK student wanted by US
2012-06-25 20:55:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The founder of Wikipedia urged British officials on Monday to block the extradition of a 24-year-old British student wanted in the United States over alleged copyright offenses.
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales expressed support for Richard O'Dwyer, who was arrested at his university dorm...
Ecuador's envoy heads to Quito for Assange talks
2012-06-23 17:36:42 UTC
LONDON (AP) - Ecuador's embassy in London said Saturday that ambassador Anna Alban was traveling to her country's capital to brief President Rafael Correa on the bizarre request for political asylum made by Wikileaks chief Julian Assange.
Assange took refuge inside the embassy on Tuesday and r...
London Games to be first social media Olympics
2012-06-20 06:00:48 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Tweet this: The London Games will be the first Olympics told in 140 characters or less.
The London Games will be the most tweeted, liked and tagged in history, with fans offered a never before seen insider's view of what many are calling the social media Olympics, or the "socialy...
Yelp serves restaurant reviews to Microsoft's Bing
2012-06-15 07:36:30 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yelp is feeding its online reviews of restaurants and other local merchants to Microsoft's Bing search engine in a move to compete against Zagat ratings on Google.
Beginning Thursday, people using Bing to search for information about neighborhood businesses will be able to...
China looks to boost Internet limits on microblogs
2012-06-07 20:17:37 UTC
SHANGHAI (AP) — China plans to stiffen restrictions on Internet service providers as it seeks even greater control over the opinions voiced on the country's lively microblogs and other web forums.
A list of proposed changes to Beijing's Internet law released by the Cabinet on Thursday includes...
Sony pumps life into PS Vita, Move controller
2012-06-05 18:24:14 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Corp. has breathed new life into its handheld Vita and announced a tie-up with author J.K. Rowling that could cause Harry Potter fans to fly on broomsticks into the world of games.
The Japanese console maker indicated Monday it could be years before it comes up with new...