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Facebook awards 'Internet Defense Prize'

Facebook on Wednesday awarded a $50,000 Internet Defense Prize to a pair of German researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications.

Facebook testing 'satire' tag

The social network wants to ensure that when a user shares a link to a comedy news article everyone who clicks through is in on the joke.'

Twitter turns favourites into retweets, annoys users

Have you recently witnessed favourite tweets back in your tweet box? Some users are seeing tweets favourited by others in their timeline just like retweets.

Facebook offers free internet access to Zambians

Facebook has launched a free app that provides limited internet access to people in the African nation Zambia who have mobile phones without data plans.

Social media users fake to appear real online

A new study has revealed that people on social media fake to appear authentic online. The study was published online in the latest edition of journal New Media and Society.

Facebook vice president of product management resigns

Samuel Lessin, Facebook Inc's vice president of product management, said he would be leaving the company.

Twitter unveils video ads

Twitter unveiled a new advertising program that delivers "promoted videos" to the tweet stream of users of the popular messaging platform.

Up to 23 million Twitter accounts are bots: report

The social network currently has 271 million active users but, according to a new filing with the Security and Exchange Commission, over 8% of them aren't operated by humans.

Google Doodle celebrates spectacular meteor shower

Google has created an interactive doodle to celebrate the Perseid meteor shower that occurs every August. The spectacular annual celestial phenomenon began on Saturday and is expected to finish on Wednesday while reaching its peak on Tuesday.

Facebook 'colour change' virus is back

Have you tried to change the colour scheme of your Facebook profile lately? Beware of virus attack as a 'colour change' malware is back and has already affected over 10,000 people around the world.

Facebook buys cybersecurity startup PrivateCore

Facebook announced Thursday it was buying California-based cybersecurity startup PrivateCore, in a move to boost defenses of its vast server network.

Facebook advertisements now cost more

Facebook advertising has become costlier but the social networking site has cut down on the number of advertisements, media reports said.

Facebook joins COAI as an associate member

GSM industry body COAI said it has inducted social networking giant Facebook as an associate member of the association.

COAI's associate membership comprises of companies that manufacture or support the functioning, promotion, research development and evolution of mobile communications services.

The Cellular Operators Association of India's (COAI) other associate members include Alcatel Lucent India, Cisco Systems India, Ericsson India, IBM India, GTL Infrastructure, Huawei Technologies, Indus Towers, Intel Corporation, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Qualcomm India and ZTE India.

"Joining COAI as an associate member reflects our focus on mobile technologies, access and our continued desire to work in collaboration with the industry to increase connectivity," Facebook Public Policy Director (India and South Asia) Ankhi Das said.

"Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to Internet adoption. Facebook believes that overcoming these barriers and connecting people has immense value," Das said.

Facebook has more than 1.32 billion monthly active users globally, including over 100 million monthly active users in India.

She added over 85 % of the world's population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30 per cent of the total population accesses the Internet.

Pinterest adds direct messaging, but there's a catch

The new feature might be called "Conversations" but don't expect to be able to use it to discuss the current economic climate, the state of team sports or even what was on television last night.

Hong Kong tycoon cleared to sue Google over 'triad' link

A billionaire Hong Kong tycoon has said he will sue Google over search results which link him to organised criminal gangs, after a court dismissed the internet giant's objections.

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