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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 »

Cops Arrest Fugitive Thanks to Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Omaha man nabbed after his Facebook post

(Newser) - In the grand tradition of those sought by the law making ill-advised Facebook posts comes this arrest from Omaha featuring, of course, an ice bucket challenge. Jesean Morris took part in the challenge and proudly posted his results, reports NBC News . The problem is that a tipster saw the post,... More »

Facebook Wants to Rid Your News Feed of Clickbait

Social network found 80% of users are sick of it

(Newser) - Tired of "clickbait" headlines showing up in your Facebook news feed? Good news: The social network announced in a blog post yesterday it's trying to limit links like that. According to Facebook, clickbait is "when a publisher posts a link with a headline that encourages people to... More »

High-Tech Workers Make How Much?

In San Mateo County, Calif., they averaged $291K

(Newser) - Want to earn coin? Try being a high-tech worker in San Francisco. Their average salary leaped nearly 19% last year to $156,518, topping all cities nationwide in that job sector, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Now consider San Mateo County (which includes part of San Francisco), where last year'... More »

Ice Bucket Challenge Gets High-Profile Victim: Christie

NJ gov gets soaked, ALS raises awareness

(Newser) - Chris Christie is the latest to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge : The NJ governor posted a video on Facebook yesterday of his two youngest kids, Bridget and Patrick, gleefully soaking him to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease. If you've been on social media at all over... More »

Woman Sues Facebook in Revenge Porn Case

Says company wouldn't remove bogus photos, seeks $123M

(Newser) - Posting suggestive images of your ex online without permission is a big no-no, and the latest revenge porn lawsuit is going after not just the guy who allegedly did so but Facebook, too. Houston woman Meryem Ali alleges that a friend she met five years ago but doesn't know... More »

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 »

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