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Facebook Experienced a Big First This Week

1B people used the site on the same day

(Newser) - For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page , saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged in to the social network to connect with their friends and family.... More »

Facebook Rolls Out Personal Assistant, With Humans

'M' meant as alternative to Siri, Cortana

(Newser) - Look out, Siri: Facebook is rolling out its very own personal assistant, and "M" uses a blend of artificial intelligence and real live people to complete users' requests, reports CNBC . "Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf," Facebook exec... More »

This 'Spam King' Has Likely Sent You a Message

And that's why Sanford Wallace is facing jail time

(Newser) - You may not be familiar with the name Sanford Wallace, but there's a decent chance he's sent you a message a time or two. The 47-year-old self-anointed "Spam King" has pleaded guilty to accessing Facebook servers and sending out more than 27 million messages to users, reports... More »

Man Spends Day Trolling Outraged Target Customers

Target may have even enjoyed it

(Newser) - Facebook users angry at Target over the company's decision to remove gender-specific signs from its toy departments found themselves at the wrong end of a pranking courtesy of one enterprising Arizona man. Ars Technica reports Mike Melgaard created a Facebook account under the name "Ask ForHelp" this week... More »

Guy 'Likes' Ex's Facebook Posts, Gets Arrested

Social media apparently counts when it comes to restraining orders

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Pennsylvania man is in trouble with the law after "liking" a bunch of his ex-girlfriend's photos and videos on Facebook. The problem, authorities say, is that the "likes" violate the conditions of the restraining order she has against him, the Times Leader reports. April Holland,... More »

LOL Is Dead, Haha Reigns

Facebook looks at how we laugh online

(Newser) - A recent New Yorker essay about online laughter prompted Facebook to crunch data on how people actually express a chuckle in the ether. It's probably not a big surprise to find out that LOL is no longer the phrase of choice, but it might be surprising at just how... More »

Tom Brady Hits Back: 'I Did Nothing Wrong'

Facebook diatribe on his upheld NFL suspension says he's upset

(Newser) - Tom Brady isn't shying away from the NFL's decision to uphold his four-game DeflateGate suspension . In a Facebook post this morning, Brady says, "I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one... More »

How Facebook 'Saves' One Kind of Couple

Public displays of affection play a big role, study says

(Newser) - Those oh-so-cute couples who share everything on Facebook? Looks like they may stay together longer. Judging by 180 straight, undergraduate couples in a University of Wisconsin-Madison study , those who list themselves as "in a relationship" and share couple photographs are more likely to be together after six months, Bloomberg... More »

Facebook Co-Founder Confirms June Marriage

Eduardo Saverin wed Elaine Andriejanssen, the 'love of my life'

(Newser) - If you had hoped to nab another Facebook co-founder after Mark Zuckerberg took the plunge , you just lost your final chance. Eduardo Saverin has confirmed (on Facebook, naturally) that he married Elaine Andriejanssen on June 27. "I am incredibly happy and thankful to have married the love of my... More »

Diner Owner: Crying Kid Deserved to Get Yelled At

'Who knew calling out sh---y parenting made you a bully?': Darla Neugebauer

(Newser) - What the New York Times calls the "wildfire capabilities of social media" were in action this week after the owner of a Maine restaurant yelled at a crying young child, then continued her non-apologetic rant on Facebook and with local media. Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy's Diner... More »

Abu Dhabi Jails Woman for Facebook Picture of Car

Jodi Magi has 'zero idea' why she's in trouble for post about parking

(Newser) - They could have just washed her mouth out with soap, but instead Abu Dhabi officials threw Australian Jodi Magi in jail for posting a picture of a parked car online, Australia's ABC News reports. It started in February when Magi, annoyed at a driver who took up two handicap-parking... More »

Baby's Amazement at Getting Glasses Goes Viral

Piper Verdusco's grins are too cute

(Newser) - Piper Verdusco can finally see clearly, and a "melt-your-heart" video that captures the first moments of her experiencing clear vision has itself been seen—nearly 25 million times. Mom Jessica Sinclair tells ABC News that she and her partner told the now-11-month-old's pediatrician that Piper's crawling seemed... More »

Zuckerberg Private Eye Was Out to Intimidate: Developer

Mircea Voskerician makes claim in recent court filing

(Newser) - An ongoing battle between Mark Zuckerberg and a real estate developer is getting nastier—and a little weird. Developer Mircea Voskerician, who is suing the Facebook founder , says a Zuckerberg-hired private detective tried to intimidate a friend of Voskerician's and witness in the suit, Bloomberg reports. The lawsuit hinges... More »

Woman Unable to Log Into Facebook Goes to Extremes

Trying to avoid unwanted friend requests led to woes for Jemma Rogers

(Newser) - Is being able to get onto Facebook worth losing your name over? To Jemmaroid Von Laalaa, the answer was yes. The UK woman's real name used to be Jemma Rogers, but she came up with the Von Laalaa pseudonym in 2008 when she created her account to avoid being... More »

Facebook Users Get More Control Over What They See

With new tools, you can pick the posts that show up first

(Newser) - Facebook is tweaking the news feed function to help people see posts they actually want to see. With the new controls, people can choose up to 30 accounts whose posts will show up first. "In essence, you get to reprogram the algorithm," explains the New York Times . For... More »

New Facebook Competitor Wants to Be 'Morally Better'

Facegloria hopes to attract Evangelicals across the world

(Newser) - There are no bikini beach photos or swear words on Brazil's new social network—and no "likes," either, but rather "amens"—and that's apparently how Facegloria's roughly 100,000 users want it. While Facebook bans nudity, hate speech, graphic violence, and other questionable... More »

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 »

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