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Zuckerberg Wows Crowd With Q&A in Chinese

He speaks to Beijing audience in their own language

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has somehow found the time to pick up some pretty impressive language skills: The Facebook CEO amazed a crowd at Beijing's Tsinghua University yesterday by conducting a 30-minute Q&A session entirely in Mandarin Chinese, reports MarketWatch . In his first public Q&A in the language, "... More »

Court: Facebook Wrong Way to Tell Ex He'll Be a Dad

Man in Oklahoma didn't find out until his baby had been adopted

(Newser) - Oklahoma's Supreme Court has ruled that when it comes to informing a man that he is about to become a father, a Facebook post doesn't cut it, legally speaking. In this case, a woman had a three-month fling with a man named Billy McCall in 2011, then realized... More »

You May Be Liable for Kids' Facebook Posts

Court finds Georgia couple can be held liable for defamation of son's classmate

(Newser) - Parents who don't already pay close attention to their kids' Facebook posts may want to start. Georgia's Court of Appeals says parents may be liable for their children's online activity after a couple didn't force their son to delete a defamatory Facebook profile, the Wall Street ... More »

Facebook Can Now Help You Out During Disasters

Japanese earthquake, tsunami inspire Safety Check tool

(Newser) - Facebook is giving users an easy way to inform loved ones they're safe in the midst of a major disaster. How its new Safety Check feature works: If you're in an affected area—this is determined using the city listed in your profile, a location last recorded by... More »

Egg Freezing Is Fine, but Make Work Easier for Parenthood

New Silicon Valley benefit is only part of the picture: pundits

(Newser) - Facebook and Apple will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs , which is being hailed in some corners as a progressive step for women in the workplace. But is it really? wonders Jenni Avins at Quark . "Perhaps equally empowering, if not more so, would be the creation of... More »

Apple, Facebook Perk: Egg-Freezing Coverage

May be first major employers to provide this type of coverage

(Newser) - Silicon Valley already leads in tech innovation—why shouldn't it lead in procreation, too? Facebook has expanded employee coverage to include egg freezing, and Apple will start providing similar coverage in January, company reps tell NBC News . Both companies—thought to be the "first major employers to offer... More »

Oil Exec Uses Full-Page Ad to Apologize for Wife's Rant

Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil says Facebook diatribe over minorities was 'hurtful'

(Newser) - Some Facebook posts are costlier than others. After the wife of a co-founder of Lucas Oil posted a diatribe against "minorities," her husband took out a full-page ad in the Indianapolis Star today to apologize, reports WRTV . This is the original post by Charlotte Lucas that prompted Forrest... More »

Facebook May Be Prepping 'Anonymity' App

App would let users interact on mobile devices without giving real names

(Newser) - Facebook may have been peeved about people not using their real names on its main site, but it's apparently willing to try out anonymity on mobile devices. The company is said to be working on a stand-alone app that would allow users to interact without having to provide their... More »

Woman Arrested Thanks to 'Unflattering' Facebook Pic

Monica Hargrove asked Columbus police to take it off their Facebook page

(Newser) - Ahh, vanity: It gets us every time. A 34-year-old Ohio woman was hit with robbery, aggravated-robbery, and kidnapping charges all thanks, in part, to an unflattering Facebook photo. Monica Hargrove drove a friend to pick up a prescription on Aug. 30, only to allegedly pull a gun on her, rob... More »

Feds Used Woman's Identity for Fake Facebook Profile

Posted compromising pictures of Sondra Arquiett

(Newser) - A DEA agent used a woman's identity—along with private pictures from her phone—to create a fake Facebook profile without her knowledge, BuzzFeed reports. The government is defending the agent's actions in the scheme to connect with potential criminal targets. In a court filing, officials say special... More »

Facebook Bus Drivers React to Their 15-Hour Days

They look to Teamsters to represent them

(Newser) - Hauling highly-paid Facebook employees to the company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters makes for a long day: Facebook shuttle drivers typically start work around 6am; they may not get home until after 9pm. They're not driving that whole time (one driver's morning shift ends at 11:10am, and... More »

Facebook's New Venture: Health Care?

Reuters says company looking to expand in a big way on that front

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg and Co. apparently want to address every human need possible: Facebook is said to be venturing into the health care arena, Reuters reports. Initial possibilities include the creation of "support communities" to sync up people who want to talk about their particular ailments, as well as "... More »

Lil Miss Hot Mess and Co. Win Facebook Battle

Company apologizes for suspending drag queens' accounts

(Newser) - Victory for Sister Roma, Lil Miss Hot Mess, and hundreds of other drag queens who had fallen afoul of Facebook's "real name" policy: The company says it will ease up on the policy and they can carry on using their stage names. The drag queens had their accounts... More »

Final Twilight Film Wasn't Exactly the End of Series

5 short 'Twilight'-based films will air on Facebook

(Newser) - The idea that the world had seen its last Twilight movie was, apparently, too good to be true: The New York Times reports that the vampire franchise will live on via short films based on Stephenie Meyer's characters. Meyer and Lions Gate, which released the five films based on... More »

Here's Why Ello Isn't a Facebook-Killer

Social network has a long way to go: Caitlin McGarry

(Newser) - The buzz is that new social media site Ello could finally provide a rival to Facebook, but at PCWorld , Caitlin McGarry suggests you don't believe the hype. Right now, Ello is in beta—and it needs some serious improvements, she writes:
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Here's Your New Facebook Alternative

Since Facebook began requiring real names, some users are finding another home

(Newser) - When Facebook started aggressively enforcing its "real name" policy recently, a whole lot of people got bent out of shape real fast—including but not limited to drag queens, reports the New York Times . One issue at hand is that some people have multiple identities, not just the one... More »

Driver's Boast on Facebook: I Hit, Killed Wolves

Toby Bridges is campaigner against wolves

(Newser) - A Montana driver has offered Facebook followers a graphic account of his encounter with a family of wolves—an account that suggests he purposely hit them with his car, the Great Falls Tribune reports. Fish, Wildlife, and Parks officials are "looking into" the situation, one says, though it's... More »

Joan Rivers Instagrams From the Grave

Post briefly appears on her Facebook page

(Newser) - Whoops: This morning, Joan Rivers appeared to hawk the iPhone 6 from beyond the grave. An Instagram photo of an older-model iPhone appeared, ever so briefly, on Rivers' Facebook page, along with the caption, "This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one). I got... More »

Facebook Is Testing Disappearing Posts

'Small pilot' run allows app users to set when their status updates expire

(Newser) - There are only three things in life that are certain: death, taxes, and certain Facebook statuses that will haunt you forever in the ether unless you remember to go back and take them down. Now the site is allowing a select group of people to test out a bit of... More »

9/11 Predated Facebook, and That Might Be a Good Thing

Gabrielle Birkner: Digital mourning doesn't always cut it

(Newser) - The 9/11 attacks took place years before the dawn of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the iPhone, which is why Gabrielle Birkner's memories of New York City in the aftermath are so "tactile" and "analog," she writes at Quartz . She remembers the posters of missing people posted... More »

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