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'You Foretold Your Future': Life in Jail for 'Facebook Killer'

Florida man killed wife, posted photo online

(Newser) - A Florida man who killed his wife and then posted a photo of her dead body on Facebook is getting the punishment he predicted. Derek Medina wrote that he'd be going to prison in that macabre 2013 post, and a Miami judge has now made that a reality, reports... More »

Facebook Strikes Out in India

Regulator prohibits the company's 'Free Basics' service

(Newser) - Facebook failed Monday in its attempt to provide millions in India with a free but limited mobile Internet service called "Free Basics," the Washington Post reports. After nearly a year of debate between Mark Zuckerberg, Internet activists, and software developers, India's telecom regulator ruled that no data... More »

That Giant Drain on Your Phone Battery? Facebook App

Holds true for iPhone, Android

(Newser) - Users of the Facebook mobile app have long complained that it drains smartphone battery life, even when it's not being used, and now it's been revealed just how true that is. Guardian journalist Samuel Gibbs recently conducted his own experiment and found that after deleting the Facebook app... More »

6 Degrees of Separation? It's Really 3.57

We're all just 'a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend'

(Newser) - Ever since the theory of six degrees of separation was unveiled in 1929, people have been under the impression that they're connected to any other person through just six acquaintances. In honor of Facebook's 12th birthday and its self-invented Friends Day, the social network has updated the figure:... More »

Facebook Tries to Stamp Out Gun Sales

People had been using site to dodge background checks

(Newser) - Facebook left the NRA scrambling to find the "dislike" button on Friday when it announced a major crackdown on gun sales. The move, which also applies to Instagram, bans users from advertising or selling guns in person-to-person sales, reports Reuters . Licensed gun dealers and clubs can still advertise on... More »

Only 5 People Are Richer Than Zuckerberg Now

His fortune surpassed the Koch brothers' on Thursday

(Newser) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned from paternity leave this week, NBC News reports. As a welcome-back gift, he officially became the world's sixth-richest person on Thursday. According to Bloomberg , his net worth increased by $6 billion on the stock market Thursday, lifting him past the Koch brothers. The 31-year-old... More »

150 Friends on Facebook? You're Close to Only 4

No, social media isn't helping you grow the number of your friends

(Newser) - Social media may make managing friendships logistically easier, but perhaps unsurprisingly, Facebook and the like aren't actually helping you grow your circle of true friends. So reports evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar this month in the journal Royal Society Open Science, after analyzing research conducted in April and May of... More »

10 Most Popular Leaders, According to Facebook

President Obama is the easy winner, but Queen Rania is in the top 10

(Newser) - Well, it's one way to measure world leaders: The PR firm Burson-Marsteller has taken a look at the Facebook pages of global bigwigs and provided a ranking based on their number of likes. Personal pages are counted separately from institutional pages, which is why President Obama's page and... More »

Anger Over Son's Bullying Spurs Moving Facebook Post

MaryAnn Parisi explains why her 11-year-old is different

(Newser) - MaryAnn Parisi's 11-year-old son, Michael, has been bullied before, but on Monday, what the 36-year-old Connecticut mom heard from her son's 6th-grade teachers pushed her over the edge. "Michael, he told his teacher 'It's OK, I'm getting used to [the bullying],'" after... More »

Coat Story Goes Viral After Unheard-of Customer Service

Kelly Kinkel says she is now a customer for life

(Newser) - When McKinney, Texas, mom and business owner Kelly Kinkel called online shopping company Zulily to inquire about returning a coat she had purchased, she was prepared for the customary response: that she'd have to cover the shipping, or perhaps not be able to return it at all. What happened... More »

France's Le Pen Sues Madonna Ex Over Selfie

'Do you find it normal to be photographed while asleep on a plane?'

(Newser) - A far-right French politician is suing one of Madonna's ex-boyfriends for nearly $55,000—all because of an unflattering selfie taken on an airplane. Jean-Marie Le Pen—whom the Telegraph labels a "veteran xenophobic firebrand"—is miffed that the now-viral photo of him snoozing away in his... More »

Facebook Co-Founder Gives Up on New Republic

Chris Hughes bought a majority stake in 2012

(Newser) - Big news in the media world today, by way of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes' announcement that he's seeking a buyer for the New Republic. He bought a majority stake in the magazine in 2012 and a much-publicized staff exodus hit in 2014.
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Mark Zuckerberg Wants You to Run With Him

365 miles, specifically

(Newser) - Building an AI butler to run his home is apparently not quite enough of a challenge for Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO on Monday evening wrote that he has "a physical challenge for 2016 as well": run 365 miles. And he'd like you to do it with him.... More »

Marine Killed Hours After He Made Poignant NYE Post

Matthew DeRemer, 31, was killed by a drunk driver on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - Marine veteran Matthew DeRemer, 31, who served in Iraq, wrote one final Facebook post before setting out on his motorcycle in Florida on New Year's Eve to ring in 2016. And its message, which has since inspired many shares and likes, turned out to be chillingly poignant: "I... More »

Zuck's 2016 Challenge: Build AI Butler for His Home

He wants something like Iron Man 's Jarvis

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has set himself a tough challenge for 2016: Create an electronic butler to make Mark Zuckerberg's life easier. The Facebook founder says he plans to "build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work," which he likens to Jarvis in... More »

Here's Why Facebook Touted 46-Year Friendships

It has to do with Unix

(Newser) - Facebook users were amused Thursday when some were invited to celebrate "46 years of friendship on Facebook" with one or more of their online friends ... even though some of the users involved hadn't yet been born 46 years ago, and of course, Facebook wasn't even around until... More »

Cops: Guy Posted Video of Himself Drinking and Driving

Deputies tracked Dustin Rittgers down while he was still driving

(Newser) - Dustin Rittgers' first mistake was allegedly drinking and driving. His second mistake was to video himself doing just that and post it to Facebook—publicly. At least one of the 28-year-old Ohio man's friends was not amused, commenting, "Dude, Really!!!!!" to which Rittgers responded, "I am... More »

Family Seeks Long-Lost Triplets via Facebook

They were born March 9, 1972, in Kansas

(Newser) - Cynthia Bush says her parents were "appalled" when she became pregnant with triplets at 16 in 1971. They sent her from upstate New York to stay with an aunt in Kansas until she gave birth and adoptions were arranged through Catholic Charities. Bush eventually married the biological father of... More »

Internet Goes Crazy Over Hidden Panda Image

Can you spot it?

(Newser) - There was the question of when Cheryl's birthday is . The dress that was either white and gold or blue and black . And now the Internet is going insane over a hidden panda, BuzzFeed reports. Illustrator Gergely Dudás, pen name Dudolf, shared an image on Facebook last Wednesday showing... More »

5 Siblings Search for Long-Lost Brother via Facebook

And it looks like they may have found him

(Newser) - Five siblings may have found their long-lost older brother thanks to a Facebook post. Their mother, 72-year-old Geraldine "Jerri" Kramer, gave birth to a baby in 1963, when she was 19 and unwed, but the Indiana woman's parents and priest made her give the boy up for adoption.... More »

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