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Facebook Makes Subtle Logo Change, for a Reason

'It's driven by mobile'

(Newser) - Facebook has tweaked its logo for the first time in a decade, but you'll be forgiven if you didn't notice. To the layman, the change is slight: The "a" is different, now rounded off, and all the letters are thinner. But to experts, it's a big... More »

Of Facebook's 1,231 Hires in 2013, 7 Were Black

Company says it's working on it

(Newser) - Facebook is promising improvement in hiring more minorities, and its own hiring stats show there's plenty of room for it, reports the Guardian . The most recent numbers are from 2013, when the company hired 1,231 people. Of those, seven were black. Some other numbers:
  • The percentages of workers
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Court Orders Facebook to ID Revenge-Porn Culprit

Dutch woman sued after sex video was posted

(Newser) - Facebook is sometimes accused of trampling users' privacy, but it soon might have to allow an outsider to go rummaging through its servers. That's the result of a court decision out of the Netherlands today ordering the company to turn over the ID of the person who posted a... More »

Facebook Is Now More Valuable Than Walmart

Social network overtakes world's biggest retailer

(Newser) - Remember when Facebook's IPO was declared an embarrassing flop? It's a time some people might now prefer to forget—especially those who unloaded their shares for below $20 in 2012. Less than three years later, the social network's shares have surged to $87.88 as of yesterday,... More »

Distracted on Facebook, Lawmaker Screws Up

California assemblyman Scott Wilk admits he can't multitask

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker accidentally cast his party's first vote for the California budget in years because he was distracted by Facebook. Assemblyman Scott Wilk was the sole Republican to vote for California's record $117.5 billion spending plan today. The Santa Clarita lawmaker later clarified he accidentally supported... More »

Cafe's Act of Kindness for Grieving Parents Goes Viral

Restaurant has reputation for caring for customers

(Newser) - This Texas restaurant goes above and beyond service with a smile. The West Side Cafe in Fort Worth is known for treating its customers like family, and the eatery's kindness went viral last week. Debbie Davis Riddle says she and her husband are regular customers, and they brought in... More »

Judge's Clerk: Mourn Deer, Not Cops

NJ woman now out of a job

(Newser) - New Jersey judge's clerk Leslie Anderson thinks the death of a deer is more tragic than the death of a state trooper—and if she had kept that opinion to herself, she might still have a job. Instead, she posted comments on Facebook, including on New Jersey News 12'... More »

Facebook: We Won't Take Down 'Baby Abuse' Video

Child protection groups want UK government to step in

(Newser) - Child protection groups are horrified by a video that they say shows a baby being badly mistreated—but Facebook says it doesn't breach the site's rules and it will not be removed. The video shows a screaming baby being shaken and twisted as she's swung around by... More »

2016 Candidate Stymied by Facebook Password

Lincoln Chafee can't get into page he used as Rhode Island governor

(Newser) - Lincoln Chafee, a former governor and senator of Rhode Island, launches his bid for the Democratic nomination this evening, and clearly everything will have to go his way if he hopes to pull an upset. Which is why this Facebook post from his wife, spotted by an editor at National ... More »

Violent Threats Can Be OK: Supreme Court

Anthony Elonis' case is overturned by the high court

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled in favor today of a man who claimed his online threats were artistic expressions meant to help him deal with depression, CNN reports. Anthony Elonis said his posts, written in the style of rap lyrics, weren't really serious—although they threatened his estranged wife, local... More »

What Insecure People Post on Facebook

Constant posts about romantic partners may signal low self-esteem

(Newser) - If friends brag about the sweet gestures of their partners on Facebook, they might be inadvertently sharing a thing or two about their personalities at the same time. Researchers at Brunel University London reviewed the status updates of 555 Facebook users who completed surveys about self-esteem, narcissism, and the "... More »

Girl Gets Racy on Facebook —Then Mom Steps In

Val Starks shows tough love to 13-year-old in now-viral Facebook video

(Newser) - Baltimore's "Mom of the Year" might have competition. A video showing a Denver mom lecturing her 13-year-old daughter about a secret Facebook page has gone viral, nabbing the young girl plenty of attention, but probably not the kind she wanted. Val Starks, 31, says she uncovered the secret... More »

Facebook Instant Articles: a 'Tectonic Shift' in News?

'New York Times' and others can post instant-loading stories onto news feeds

(Newser) - Facebook rolled out a new mobile feature today called Instant Articles , one that a blogger at the Verge calls a "turning point in the evolution of the news." The feature lets publishing companies that have partnered with Facebook post stories onto news feeds that load instantly—a far... More »

Cops: No Drunken Bear-Chasing With Dull Hatchet

The police never let us have any fun

(Newser) - Police in Massachusetts have some sage advice: Don't go chasing after bears while drunk and armed with nothing more than a dull hatchet. North Adams police said on their Facebook page that someone did just that yesterday. "Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is... More »

Sheryl Sandberg Addresses Her 'Unexpected Hell'

Bono sings at packed Dave Goldberg memorial service

(Newser) - "Dave was my rock," Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg writes in a moving tribute to husband Dave Goldberg. Her Facebook post yesterday about the 47-year-old tech entrepreneur marked her first public comments on his unexpected death last Friday, reports CNNMoney . "We had 11 truly joyful years of the... More »

Sheryl Sandberg's Husband 'Cracked Head Open' at Gym

Dave Goldberg died after falling off treadmill at resort, sources say

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and champion of women's rights who died unexpectedly Friday passed away from head trauma after falling off a treadmill, the New York Times reports. Dave Goldberg, 47, was exercising at a gym in a private resort in Mexico, according to a source close to the... More »

Like Sheryl Sandberg, Her Husband Leaned In

New York Times calls him 'perhaps the signature male feminist of his era'

(Newser) - Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, is known as a champion for women. What's less well-known is that her husband, Dave Goldberg, who died unexpectedly Friday at the age of 47, spent his life working to strengthen women's voices, reports the New York Times , which calls Goldberg... More »

Guy Makes Poor Choice in Liking a Facebook Post

Levi Charles Reardon was wanted. LIKE.

(Newser) - Pro tip for (alleged) criminals: If you see your photograph featured as a "most wanted" suspect on your local Crime Stoppers' Facebook page, maybe don't "like" the post. Alas, Montana 23-year-old Levi Charles Reardon did not heed that advice, and now an arrest that might otherwise have... More »

Judge: Go Ahead, Serve Divorce Papers on Facebook

Woman can't find husband, so she's allowed to send summons via social media

(Newser) - A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband via Facebook. Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku will be served with the divorce summons via a private Facebook message, New York Daily News , which will be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks... More »

Family Finds Teen's Prison Abuse on Facebook

Facility officials weren't aware of it: aunt

(Newser) - Family members of a teenage inmate in Georgia say they're horrified by an assault that ended up on Facebook—and by the fact they might not have known about it otherwise. The photo taken at Al Burruss Correctional Training Center shows two young men standing over a crouched Cortez... More »

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