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Guess What the New Twitter Redesign Looks Like?

If you said 'Facebook,' you win

(Newser) - Starting today, Twitter is rolling out a redesigned profile that will eventually hit all users—and basically every report on the redesign is noting the similarity between the new profile pages and Facebook's profile pages. Among the changes: There's now a full header photo (think Facebook's cover... More »

Zuckerberg's 2013 Salary: $1

Follows in Steve Jobs' footsteps

(Newser) - Steve Jobs did it; Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page did, too. Now Mark Zuckerberg is joining the ranks of the $1-a-year CEOs, Bloomberg reports. That's what the Facebook boss earned in salary last year, compared to $503,205 the year before. The low salary shouldn't hurt... More »

Students Busted Over Dog in Keg Stand Pic

Animal held upside down in Twitter image

(Newser) - A Twitter photo of a dog held upside-down over a beer keg has a pair of college students in Western New York facing animal cruelty charges. The young Labrador retriever, Mya, was apparently being forced to drink, officials say (though another Twitter user says the dog didn't actually have... More »

Facebook Ponies Up $600K to Pay for City Cop

'Unprecedented' $200K-a-year public-private deal could be a model

(Newser) - Facebook is poised for a private-company first: The social network plans to pay $200,000 a year for three years to fund the employment of a local cop. The "community safety police officer" will receive $108,000 per year to protect Menlo Park, Calif., a city of 30,000,... More »

Facebook Turns 10, Offers Users a 'Look Back'

Video showcases highlights of your time with the social network

(Newser) - In Internet terms, Facebook is already ancient. Today, the social network marks its 10th anniversary, and it's inviting hundreds of millions of users to share in the fun via "Look Back" videos. The project, overseen by multiple teams within the company, shows about 15 of your "most-liked"... More »

Twitter Co-Founder Unveils Q&A App

Jelly all about 'helping each other': Biz Stone

(Newser) - Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has released a new app, and he's hoping it will "make the world a more empathetic place," he tells TechCrunch . Available for free on iOS and Android, Jelly allows users to ask questions accompanied by photos; responses come from users' Facebook and Twitter... More »

Yep, Teens Hate Facebook, but It Doesn't Matter

Big European study confirms trend, but Zuckerberg has bigger goals

(Newser) - A comprehensive study in Europe confirms a not-so-surprising point about teenagers: They're ditching Facebook in large numbers for other services such as Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram, reports the Guardian . In fact, the lead researcher uses the phrase "dead and buried" to describe how teens feel about Facebook in... More »

SpaghettiOs: Sorry About That Pearl Harbor Tweet

Company removes upbeat memorial

(Newser) - Campbell's has apparently learned its lesson: A smiling noodle is not the way to commemorate a national tragedy. Today, Pearl Harbor's 72nd anniversary, the company's SpaghettiOs brand tweeted, "Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us." Below those words: A big picture of the company... More »

Hackers Post 2M Facebook, Google, Yahoo Passwords

Most common one? '123456'

(Newser) - Some 2 million user credentials for Facebook and other top services have appeared on a Russian-language website, likely thanks to malware installed on users' computers, experts tell the BBC . They believe a crime ring was probably behind the dump, which claimed to include 318,121 Facebook usernames and passwords, along... More »

Internet Invents a Preposition, Because Irony

Blogs, social media changing grammar: Megan Garber

(Newser) - Because politics. Because science. Because money. Remember when you'd need an "of" in these sentences? No longer, because Internet-speak, writes Megan Garber in the Atlantic . In short, the Internet has turned "because" into its own preposition (as language expert Stan Carey has pointed out ). For example,... More »

5 Stars Who Shun Social Media

Don't bother searching for these guys on Twitter, Facebook

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian may earn up to $10,000 per tweet , but even the money-making prospect hasn't convinced these nine celebrities rounded up by PopSugar to get on social media. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or check out the full list here , including one star who's not... More »

Snapchat Rejects $3B Offer From Facebook

Upstart sees a bigger payday ahead: Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - The tech world is abuzz today with a Wall Street Journal report that photo-sharing service Snapchat got a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook—and said thanks, but no thanks. It seems that 23-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel isn't ready to even consider offers at this point given his company'... More »

Twitter's 'Fail Whale' Artist Got Zilch from IPO

Twitter co-founder discovered image on stock photo site

(Newser) - Back in 2008, when Twitter was prone to crashes, users got to know the "Fail Whale"—a cartoon animal being lifted out of the water by birds. The image is the work of artist Yiying Lu, who posted it that year to the website iStockPhoto.com. That's... More »

Twitter Is a Brain-Eating Parasite, and I Love It

Kathryn Schulz explains her mixed feelings about the network

(Newser) - Twitter's strong debut on the stock market has lots of people pontificating on the cosmic relevance of 140 characters or less, but one column in particular getting lots of attention is by author Kathryn Schulz at Daily Intelligencer . She recounts how she skeptically joined in 2010, gradually became "... More »

Justin Bieber Invests in Social Network for Teens

Invests $1.1M in 'Shots of Me'

(Newser) - A new social network aimed at teenagers is getting a pretty sizable investment from the world’s most famous teenager ... 19-year-old Justin Bieber. CNN announced Justin just led a $1.1 million seed investment into the project, called Shots of Me. Other investors on board include bigwigs like boxer Floyd... More »

Twitter's Origins: Rivals, Missteps, Booze

Tale of rivalries has few heroes: Seth Fiegerman

(Newser) - Hatching Twitter, a new book by New York Times journalist Nick Bilton, details the history of the site—and it's got enough rivalries, mistakes, and friendships cast aside to be made into The Social Network 2. As Mashable reports, Twitter began as an idea drunkenly related by engineer Jack... More »

St. Louis Man Busted Over World Series Tweets

His last job was as a social media manager

(Newser) - A few years back, Bobby Metzinger's "social media expertise" landed him a job in the field; now, it's landed him in court. Metzinger, a 30-year-old former social media manager for a marketing company, is reportedly a St. Louis Cardinals fan. As the World Series kicked off, Metzinger... More »

Stop Mocking Teens Over Funeral Selfies

PJ Vogt: Tumblr critics might be the clueless ones

(Newser) - One of the buzzier Tumblr entries of late is called "Selfies at Funerals," which compiles teen photos posted to Twitter or elsewhere that were taken at, yes, funerals. The ridicule has been fast and furious —oh, today's incredibly narcissistic and shallow teens—and totally out of... More »

Facebook Knows Who You're Dating: Here's How

New study also finds which couples are likeliest to break up

(Newser) - Facebook data scientists can figure out who you're sleeping with, even if your relationship isn't "Facebook official," and in a new paper researchers explain how they figured out the method, the Atlantic reports. Turns out the key is to look at more than just mutual friends.... More »

China Fires Official—Over Piggyback Ride

Image sparked a firestorm on social media

(Newser) - A Chinese official has been fired for getting a piggyback ride over floodwaters, state Xinhua news agency reports. The local authority, referred to by his surname, Wang, was visiting flood victims in the city of Yuyao, Zhejiang province. He was wearing fancy shoes, and when he prepared to take them... More »

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