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Woman Busted After Posting Selfie in Stolen Dress

Facebook led police to thief within hours

(Newser) - An Illinois woman who shared photos of her eye-catching new dress on Facebook was arrested after the pics caught the eye of people who knew the boutique she had allegedly stolen it from. Police say Amanda Saxton, 27, shared the photos just a few hours after stealing a distinctive leopard-pattern... More »

Police Find 21-Year Fugitive on Facebook

He'd been wanted on tax charges since 1992

(Newser) - And now, yet another reminder that for criminals, Facebook doesn't pay. Francisco R. Legaspi was indicted yesterday in California on charges of failing to appear, after spending 21 years evading his tax-evasion charges, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Legaspi was originally charged in 1992 with aiding in the presentation... More »

Regulators Take Stern Look at Facebook Study

As Cornell clarifies its involvement

(Newser) - Facebook's controversial emotional manipulation study has users outraged and, at least in Europe, regulators are responding. The study has prompted "several" European data protection agencies, including Britain's Information Commissioner's Office and Ireland's Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, to look into whether Facebook broke privacy... More »

Big-Game-Hunting Cheerleader Under Fire

Kendall Jones' Facebook photos not going over well

(Newser) - The Internet has set its sights on a 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader who posted photos to her Facebook page documenting her big-game hunting exploits in Africa. Kendall Jones' bio recounts her hunting experience—a trip to Zimbabwe at age 9 where she was "just too small to hold the... More »

Facebook Toying With Us? That's Nothing New

Our News Feeds have always been based on its bottom line: David Weinberger

(Newser) - News of a Facebook social experiment examining the effect positive or negative posts have on users has prompted justifiable anger. What it shouldn't provoke is surprise. After all, online companies are conducting similar "A/B tests" all the time in order to maximize usage and profits, writes David Weinberger... More »

Researcher Sorry for Messing With Facebook Feeds

But, he says, secret experiment didn't impact that many

(Newser) - A co-author of a controversial study that involved secretly altering the News Feeds of some Facebook users back in 2012 has apologized, on Facebook , naturally. "I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my coauthors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described... More »

Inside Facebook's Secret Mood Experiment

Critics say 2012 study was immoral and proves nothing

(Newser) - A study that altered News Feeds on Facebook claims to show that even online emotions are contagious, NPR reports—but the real story may be that Facebook manipulated News Feeds at all. In the study , researchers played with more than 600,000 users' feeds for a week in 2012, showing... More »

Cops: Burglar Logs In to Facebook Mid-Burglary

... forgets to log out of victim's computer

(Newser) - It's generally not OK to log into Facebook during work. It's definitely not OK if you work as a burglar, and you're a little absent-minded about logging out. Police say Nicholas Wig, 26, broke into a home near Minneapolis and stole money, credit cards, and other valuables,... More »

Girl's Tearful Facebook Post Saves Trapped Dad

Brianna Vance went online when tree fell on her front porch

(Newser) - A West Virginia girl sprung into action last Tuesday when a lightning-struck tree landed on her family's porch, trapping her father and his two friends, ABC News reports. "I was scared," said 10-year-old Brianna Vance. "I needed help. My dad needed help." There was no... More »

Aunt Creates Fake Facebook Profile, Things Go Quite Awry

...when niece asks fake 'friend' to kill her aunt

(Newser) - Today in unexpected twists—what began as an attempt to teach a 19-year-old a life lesson turned into a murder-for-hire plot that has landed that same teen in Tuscaloosa County Jail. This is how it went down: AL.com reports that Marissa Williams often invited strangers she met on Facebook... More »

Amazon Launches Its Version of Paypal

Users can pay bills, subscription with new payment service

(Newser) - Amazon took a fresh swing at PayPal today by launching a new payment service that enables people to pay for bills and subscriptions, Reuters reports. More specifically, Amazon's 240 million active users will be able to use credit card data stored on the site to pay a phone bill,... More »

Guy Robbed Woman, Then Friended Her: Cops

Criminals with distinctive tattoos might consider restraint on social media

(Newser) - Ah, Facebook, that repository for high school friends, college friends, friends of friends, people you wish you'd never met ... and the dude who robbed you the other day? Police in Washington state say that a woman was sitting at a ferry terminal with headphones on when a guy knocked... More »

Zuckerberg Throws $120M Into Local Schools

Priscilla Chan says it's an 'incredibly personal issue'

(Newser) - As debate rages over Silicon Valley's gentrification of the Bay Area, Mark Zuckerberg yesterday gave parents there a reason to applaud their wealthy neighbors. The Facebook founder and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they're sinking $120 million into San Francisco-area schools over the next five years, the... More »

Kidnapped Newborn Saved Thanks to Facebook

Melissa McMahon got baby girl back within 3 hours

(Newser) - The mother of a day-old infant kidnapped from a Quebec hospital by a fake nurse got her baby back within three hours thanks to four young people who spotted an alert on Facebook. One of the group recognized the suspect's photo and guided police to her home, where they... More »

Latest 'Creepy' Facebook Change: the 'Ask' Button

Critics are calling it 'invasive'

(Newser) - Facebook creeping just got a lot more awkward: In an unannounced update this weekend, Facebook has introduced an "Ask" button to users' pages so their friends can ask about their relationship status, where they live, or what their phone number is—basically, friends are able to "Ask" about... More »

Mom Banned From Ranting About Kids on Facebook

Appeals court finds the ban is constitutional

(Newser) - Lots of people go on Facebook to blow off steam—but one New Jersey mom took things too far, and has now been banned from using the social network to rant about her ex-husband and kids. The trouble began when the Flemington mother, identified in court records only by her... More »

100+ Tech Titans to FCC: Your Plan Sucks

One commissioner also has concerns about anti-net neutrality rule

(Newser) - The FCC's plan to torpedo net neutrality got a truly impressive burst of backlash today, as a huge coalition of some of the biggest names in tech sent an open letter decrying it as "a grave threat to the Internet," the Verge reports. Well over a hundred... More »

New Yorker Meets Sister After 57 Years

Intelligence analyst links Peter Hart and Liliana Bonato

(Newser) - Fifty-seven years ago, a boy was born to an Italian woman who died soon after. He was adopted by Americans and his sister was sent to live with an uncle. Now, Peter Hart is 57 years old, and he's about to meet his 72-year-old sister, Liliana Bonato, for the... More »

Whining on Facebook Makes You Look Powerless

Open letters don't accomplish anything: Adam Kirsch

(Newser) - Spend more than a few minutes on Facebook, and you're sure to see an open letter of complaint posted by one of your friends: "Dear person sitting next to me, Stop smacking your gum." "Dear Spirit Airlines: I F---ING HATE YOU." You get the idea.... More »

Woman Killed Seconds After Posting About 'Happy' Song

Police say she had also been posting selfies while driving

(Newser) - At 8:33am on Thursday morning, Courtney Ann Sanford posted on Facebook, "The Happy Song makes me so HAPPY." At 8:34am, police got a call about a wreck on a North Carolina road—and found Sanford dead. The 32-year-old had crossed the median and collided head-on with... More »

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