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Facebook publishes government requests report

In an effort to increase its transparency as an organisation that reports to governments worldwide about its users, Facebook has published a report that tells us exactly who it’s been talking to in the first half of 2013 and how often it complied with requests. The report lists countries in …

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Big tech firms urge Obama to allow PRISM disclosure

One of the biggest problems with the US government’s PRISM information gathering program, is that it forbids many of the companies involved from being open about what information has been shared – making it hard for anyone to know exactly what data has been collected about them. Yesterday though, many …

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Tech firms hit by EU complaints over PRISM data collection

Some of the tech firms embroiled in the PRISM scandal have been targeted by European data protection activists, in new complaints that suggest the likes of Facebook, Apple, Skype, Yahoo and Microsoft have broken data protection laws while cooperating with the NSA. The campaigners are part of Europe v Facebook and …

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Facebook adopts the hashtag

This was bound to happen at some point or another. People have been hashtagging on Facebook for a long time, simply because of the popularity of the practice on Twitter. Now the Zuckerberg owned social network has adopted the practice, giving a legitimate use on the platform, instead of just …

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Facebook to target gender and sexual discrimination groups

After communication from Women, Action and the Media, a women’s advocacy group, suggested that Facebook did very little to prevent gender and sexual discrimination on Facebook, despite having clear policies for clearing out racial or religiously motivated hate groups, the social network has announced its intention to step up its …

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Rupert Murdoch pokes fun at Facebook’s falling usage

Rupert Murdoch has compared Facebook to Myspace, suggesting the fall from grace for the social network could be already beginning, poking fun at the falling time spent by the average user through his Twitter account. “Look out Facebook!” begins the Tweet by the BSKYB owner. “Hour’s spent participating per member …

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Sony i1 has integrated Facebook social casting

Looking at people while you talk to them is a dubious pleasure. A quick straw poll around the various KitGuru offices reveals that many of us have had video call capability built into our phones for a long while – but never really use it. Then along came Apple. And …

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Facebook is getting video adverts

If you guys weren’t annoyed enough at the incessant inclusion of video based adverts on sites like Youtube, then get ready, because your favourite social network is about to get them too. That’s right, this summer, Facebook will be displaying 15 second video adverts within news feeds. But what could …

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Facebook profits are up, thanks to mobile ads

Facebook has announced a significant boost in earnings over the past quarter, after it saw a big jump in revenue from mobile advertising and perhaps more impressively, an increase in user numbers, seeing active users on the site reach 1.1 billion throughout the quarter. While Facebook has been the world’s …

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Zynga income is up, but user numbers continue to fall

The first financial reports for Zynga’s 2013 financial year are in and while income is on the rise, the number of people actually playing the games made by the Facebook publisher have continued to fall, with a 21 per cent drop off in active players since the same time in …

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85000 Facebook users begin dating mystery women

Genius reporter David Lee, over at the BBC, has uncovered a dating mystery. As KitGuru goes into ‘Roses are Red, Violets are Blue – We can Rhyme and so can You’ melt down, we also try and bring you some of the facts. It seems that an organisation called ‘Cloud …

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Facebook now offering confusing gift cards

Facebook

While no one can question that social networking has become a huge business, with a lot of money behind it, one of the toughest challenge for the sites’ owners is monetising them. Facebook is now trying a new method, with its own gift cards. However they don’t function quite like …

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Facebook earnings are up thanks to mobile surge

Facebook

Facebook revenue and profits have been higher than predicted by analysts, after what is being described as an explosion in mobile traffic and therefore mobile advertising. Impressively, the social network beat out expectations by over 40 per cent, raising its quarterly revenue to just under $1.6 (£1) billion. This equated …

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Google+ takes second place in social network race

Stats

While Facebook is still far and beyond the world’s most used social website, Google’s own + service has now taken the second place medal, beating out both Youtube and Twitter by a few per cent of the world’s population. According to new data from GlobalWebIndex, Facebook currently has over 50 …

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Facebook graph search offers new way to find people

Graph Search

Facebook has announced the implementation of a new search feature that will help you find people if you don’t know their names, or want to look them up via certain criteria. Putting in a query like “People named Andrew who are friends with Jacquie,” would help find that person you …

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Facebook New Year messaging tool had privacy flaw

Stories

Hot off the back of its Instagram gaff, Facebook has suffered another blow to its reputation, as its Midnight Message Delivery app, that was designed to allow people to leave messages for loved ones that would be sent automatically as the New Year rolled around, had a gaping hole in …

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Foursquare set to share user’s full names

Four Square

As if letting people know you’re out of the house and ripe for a burglary wasn’t enough, Foursquare has pledged to serve up more information on its users, including full names, thanks to a change in privacy policy. As of 28th January, Foursquare will begin showing a user’s entire name, …

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Zuckerberg’s sister annoyed at Facebook privacy issue

Zuckers

The sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Randi Zuckerberg, has complained that a photo of hers that included much of the Zuckerberg family, appeared on Twitter, saying that she didn’t intend the picture for anyone outside of the family. The Telegraph reports that this all came about when a friend of a …

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Social network storage, would you pay for it?

Social Safe

We saw last week how Twitter will soon allow everyone to download a zip file of their activity on the social networking site, but what about having an archive of more than just Twitter? That’s what Social Safe is looking to do and with a new round of funding complete, …

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Zynga to shut Japanese studio in further consolidation

Zynga

Zynga has confirmed that it will be shutting down its Japanese studio, in an effort to curb the less profitable parts of its business. Despite quickly becoming a billion dollar company, in the past year it has seen layoffs, lawsuits and player reductions that have really hit home that all …

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Facebook to trial $1 charges for certain messages

Message Filter

Facebook is set to introduce a $1 (£0.62) charge to send messages to people outside their circle of friends, but only if they want to deliver it straight into the recipient’s inbox – otherwise it will function as normal. As it stands, sending a message to someone that you aren’t …

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Instagram can sell your photos without telling you

Instagram

Instagram, the now Facebook owned image sharing and retro-filtering site, has just changed its terms and conditions, allowing the site to have complete say in what happens with your photos once uploaded. It could use them in adverts or sell them to other organisations, all without telling you a thing. …

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