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Facebook Is Breaking Up; Let's Break Up With It

Ashley Feinberg explains how to piece together a replacement

(Newser) - When it opened to the public, Facebook seemed like it really could be the ultimate social network. "But then it kept growing," complains Ashley Feinberg at Gizmodo . As it stapled on features—most ill-conceived—"Facebook eventually grew too big for its own, and more importantly our, good.... More »

Now Google's Getting Drones

Firm purchases Titan Aerospace in push to spread Internet access

(Newser) - Amazon's not the only big tech firm with drones in its future . Google has agreed to purchase Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based drone maker, NBC News reports. With two-thirds of the world's population still lacking Internet access, "Atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of... More »

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 »

Mom Reads Son's Facebook, Saves Him From Shooting

Calls police, they find alleged suspects near school with gun

(Newser) - Perhaps the most incredible result to come from a parent monitoring her child's Facebook page: A Salt Lake mom who did just that managed to help intercept two teens who allegedly planned to shoot her son. The mom called the police officer who serves as resource officer at West... 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 »

Zuck Down $3 Billion in Tough Week for Tech

Google, Amazon bosses see fortunes drop

(Newser) - It's been a rough week for tech stocks, and some of Silicon Valley's top figures have paid the price. Mark Zuckerberg has lost $3.1 billion, Bloomberg reports, as Facebook dropped 11%. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, meanwhile, saw their joint fortunes dip $3 billion, while... More »

Facebook Wants to Deliver Internet From Drones

New lab aims to 'beam Internet from sky'

(Newser) - Facebook has followed up its leap into virtual reality with an ambitious plan to deliver the Internet around the world with drones, satellites, and lasers. "We've been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky," Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post explaining the... More »

School Pays Student $70K for Facebook 'Interrogation'

They forced her to hand over password to Facebook, email

(Newser) - A Minnesota school has agreed to pay a student $70,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from an incident in which administrators forcibly perused her Facebook account, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. It began when Riley Stratton, then 13, posted on Facebook complaining that a hall monitor was mean, and the... More »

400-Pound Cop Stalked Boys as Teen Girl Online

He persuaded boys to send him sexual images

(Newser) - Teenage boys beware: That girl you're chatting to on Facebook could be a man—it could even be a 400-pound, 6-foot-3 police Florida officer like Sgt. Michael Stavris. Authorities say the officer posed as a teenage girl online, promising teen boys oral sex in return for pictures of their... More »

Facebook Drops $2B on Virtual Reality Pioneer

Oculus buy 'creeps out' game makers

(Newser) - Facebook has bought pioneering virtual-reality headset maker Oculus for $2 billion, and Mark Zuckerberg is pretty excited about it. The startup's immersive headset for video game developers has been a big hit, but Facebook appears ready to take virtual reality beyond gaming, Business Insider finds. "After games, we'... More »

'I F-ing Love Science' Headed for TV

Craig Ferguson will exec produce Science Channel series

(Newser) - From Facebook page to TV series: Yes, I F-ing Love Science is coming to the (other) small screen. The science page has almost 11 million fans on Facebook, and the upcoming Science Channel series was announced at SXSW, Deadline reports. Elise Andrew, a biology student when she created the page... More »

Facebook Cracks Down on Gun Sales

Minors to be blocked from viewing gun posts

(Newser) - Facebook, under pressure from gun control groups, has agreed to start cracking down on gun ads and illegal gun sales. The company says it plans to block under-18s from viewing posts about guns and gun sales, and will start removing sales that do not require a background check, reports the... 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 May Buy Drone-Maker

It's all about improving Internet access

(Newser) - Facebook isn't ready to put its wallet away just yet. The company reportedly is in talks to buy drone-maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million. It might seem like an unusual buy for the social network, but as one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, it makes... More »

Teen's Facebook Post Costs Dad $80K

She violated his settlement's confidentiality clause, told school to 'SUCK IT'

(Newser) - Usually, the worst an ill-advised Facebook post can do is embarrass you (assuming you haven't committed a crime ). But recent prep school grad Dana Snay cost her father $80,000 when she made the mistake of talking about her dad's wrongful termination settlement with Gulliver Preparatory School,... More »

The Internet's Workforce Is Faceless

We've forgotten that huge deals have a human toll: George Packer

(Newser) - Early 20th-century America had its factory workers; later decades had store employees. But today's Internet economy hides the faces of its workers, writes George Packer in the New Yorker . "Amazon’s workforce is made up mainly of computer engineers and warehouse workers, but when you think of Amazon... More »

Facebook Kills Off Its Email Service

Nobody was using their @facebook.com addresses

(Newser) - Facebook has quietly retired the email service that many users didn't even know existed. The service— touted as a "Gmail killer" before its launch in 2010—never caught on and the company has now notified users than any email sent to their @facebook.com address will be redirected... More »

What Is Facebook Thinking?

$19B purchase of WhatsApp raises all kinds of questions

(Newser) - Facebook just spent $19 billion —yes, that's billion, with a "b"—on a messaging app that's relatively unheralded for a service with 450 million users. Why? How? Are they crazy? Here's what people are saying:
  • The acquisition is all about teenagers, writes Cade Metz
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Lie Detector for Tweets? Researchers Working on It

'Pheme' aims to weed out deception online

(Newser) - European researchers say they're developing a system that can sniff out lies on Twitter, Facebook, and all manner of social media, reports the BBC . The goal of Pheme is to keep false rumors from gaining traction, and researchers say they can do so by analyzing where the tweets and... More »

Facebook to Pay $19B for Message Network WhatsApp

Facebook's shares drop on word of the deal

(Newser) - Facebook is apparently mighty impressed with WhatsApp, a messaging app for smartphones: Mark Zuckerberg's company announced today that it plans to buy WhatsApp for up to $19 billion in cash and stock. WhatsApp claims 450 million monthly users, and the deal is further proof that Facebook "is willing... More »

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