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Pub Irritates 'Entire Country' With 'Sacrilegious' Beer Pour

You just don't do that to a Guinness, Vancouver's Railtown Cafe has discovered

(Newser) - There are plenty of online resources for those looking to pour a perfect pint of Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, but it doesn't appear anyone behind the bar at Vancouver's Railtown Cafe did their due diligence. Per the CBC , the Canadian pub decided to advertise its celebrations... More »

Single Mom's Post About Her Tax Refund Goes Viral

She paid rent—for the entire year

(Newser) - A recovering addict and single mom took her $5,600 tax refund and used it not to splurge on the latest gadget, but to pay her rent—for the entire year. Christina Knaack put a photo of the rent check on Facebook Wednesday and explained her reasoning behind the move... More »

Cop Saves 10-Year-Old Girl ... From Homework Emergency

Lena Draper went to the police with a tough math question last week

(Newser) - When you're 10 years old, a tough math question can definitely feel like a life-or-death emergency. So when Ohio fifth-grader Lena Draper couldn't figure out the answer to (8 + 29) x 15, she turned to the Marion Police Department. "I'm having trouble with my homework,... More »

Zuckerberg Issues New Facebook Manifesto

It's all about 'building social infrastructure'

(Newser) - Welcome to 2017, when toasters have internet access, taxis drive themselves, and social media sites issue manifestos. Mark Zuckerberg set out his 5,500-word vision for the future in a Facebook post Thursday, setting out his plans to build "social infrastructure" that can help the world deal with issues... More »

Facebook to Employees: Take Time to Grieve

Extends paid bereavement leave to 20 days for immediate family, 10 days for extended

(Newser) - When Sheryl Sandberg's husband, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly nearly two years ago, the Facebook executive's life was completely upended. During her time away from work as she mourned, she realized how important it was for her to be spending that time with her children. "Amid the nightmare... More »

Facebook Ordered to Pay $500M in Virtual Reality Case

It was sued for stealing trade secrets, but jury found company guilty on other counts

(Newser) - Facebook is going to have to cough up $500 million in real money for unlawfully using another company's virtual reality technology. A jury decided Wednesday that VR pioneer Oculus, which Facebook bought for $2 billion in 2014 , infringed copyright and trademarks when it used code from games maker Zenimax... More »

Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against Trump's Immigration Orders

Helping people who need help is 'who we are'

(Newser) - "We should be proud" that the US is a "nation of immigrants," Mark Zuckerberg writes in a Facebook post criticizing President Trump's executive orders on immigration. Business Insider reports it's the first time Zuckerberg has spoken out about Trump's policies since the latter became... More »

Secret Service Agent in Trouble for Trump Remarks

She implied she wouldn't take a bullet for him

(Newser) - The Secret Service exists in part to protect the president, which is exactly why the agent in charge of the Denver district is now in hot water. In a since-deleted Facebook post from October, highlighted by the Washington Examiner , Kerry O'Grady explained she "would take jail time over... More »

Zuckerberg Answers Question About Presidential Run

He has no plans to run, he says

(Newser) - Rumors have been swirling that Mark Zuckerberg is planning to run for president, but he put a swift end to those when asked about them by BuzzFeed . "No," he wrote in response to the question of whether he had plans to run, before going on to say that... More »

Zuckerberg's Facebook Page Is the Work of a Dozen

Facebook employees are tasked with maintaining his page and image

(Newser) - The Facebook page of CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn't just happen. It's a polished, carefully crafted, highly controlled work, attended to by more than a dozen Facebook employees who include professional photographers and editors who help write posts and remove harassing comments and spam. Of course, image managers are... More »

Cops: Man Killed Wife, Posted as Her on Facebook

'I can't believe I dropped my phone in the toilet'

(Newser) - A Florida man impersonated his wife on Facebook in a chilling effort to hide the fact that he had just murdered her, police say. According to an Orlando police report seen by People , George McShane, 42, allegedly strangled Kristen McShane on Jan. 7 and then logged into the 30-year-old's... More »

Facebook Expands Fight Against Fake News

Program has been rolled out in Germany

(Newser) - Facebook says it's introducing measures to tackle the spread of fake news in Germany, months before the country holds a national election. The social network said Sunday the investigative media group Correctiv will be its first outside fact-checker in Germany, and it's working to bring aboard other media... More »

A Moving Selfie Turned Into 'Fake News' on Facebook: Suit

Anas Modamani says social network isn't doing enough to stop slander using his image

(Newser) - The concept of "fake news" has infused itself into the regular news cycle, and now a well-known Syrian refugee says he's embroiled in it—and he's suing Facebook as a result, the Guardian reports. Anas Modamani made headlines in September 2015 when he took a selfie with... More »

Zuckerberg's 2017 Challenge Hints at Political Plans

He wants to have visited all 50 states by the end of 2017

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg sets a personal challenge for himself every year, and the one for 2017 sounds more suited to a political candidate than a tech CEO: In a Facebook post Tuesday, Zuckerberg said he wants to have visited all 50 states by the end of the year. "After a... More »

These Are the 5 Biggest Fake News Stories of the Year

Centering on politics and crime

(Newser) - BuzzFeed analyzed news and "news" shared on Facebook to come up with the biggest fake news stories of the year—the 100% fake articles (from fake-news websites) that got the most shares, reactions, and comments. (Articles that simply misrepresented the news were not included as fake.) Of... More »

Teacher Resigns Over Racist Posts About Obamas

He allegedly called them 'spider monkey,' 'first chimp'

(Newser) - An Arkansas high school teacher has resigned as parents and students were planning to boycott school events in response to his references to Barack and Michelle Obama as "spider monkey" and "first chimp." The online posts attributed to Trent Bennett of Malvern High School have since been... More »

Avril: Zuckerberg an Online Bully for Nickelback Crack

'#TheJokeIsOld' she posted on Twitter in note to Facebook co-founder

(Newser) - Making us feel guilty this week for every Nickelback crack we've ever made is Avril Lavigne, but she's not going after us—she's going after Mark Zuckerberg, People reports. The Facebook co-founder showed off Jarvis, his new AI home assistant voiced by Morgan Freeman, in a video... More »

Orlando Shooting Families Sue Facebook, Twitter, and Google

Defendants helped ISIS 'spread extremist propaganda, raise funds, attract new recruits': complaint

(Newser) - What responsibility do social media platforms hold for radicalizing individuals who then carry out attacks? According to families of the victims of the June shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub , enough to warrant a lawsuit, per Fox News . Named in the federal civil complaint filed Monday by the families of... More »

Facebook Announces First Step in War on Fake News

Fact-checked stories deemed false will be flagged on the site

(Newser) - Facebook on Thursday announced a concrete step toward combating the spread of fake news. NPR reports Facebook will allow users to flag stories they believe to be fake. Those stories will then be forwarded on to one of several fact-checking organizations that have signed on to Poynter's International Fact... More »

Facebook 'Miracle': Lost Photo Found of a Very Special Kiss

Saya Tomioka sought a final memory of boyfriend killed in Oakland fire

(Newser) - Devastated over the death of her boyfriend in the Oakland fire , Saya Tomioka went looking for a reminder of their love: a photo of the couple in happier times, locked in a kiss in Times Square. There was one problem: Tomioka didn't have the picture, and she had no... More »

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