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BlackBerry may consider exiting handsets, eyes investments

By Alastair Sharp and Nicola Leske NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday, as the technology company looks to expand its corporate reach with investments, acquisitions and partnerships.

Facebook says WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said U.S. regulators have cleared its $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp, even as the Federal Trade Commission warned the two Internet companies on Thursday that they must not backtrack on commitments to user privacy.

US warns Facebook on privacy in WhatsApp mega deal

US regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging service set to be acquired by the social network for a whopping $19 billion. The warning came as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) informed Facebook it had approved the deal, according to sources familiar with the review, allowing Facebook to go forward with its largest-ever acquisition and expand its footprint and mobile offerings.

US warns Facebook on privacy in WhatsApp deal

US regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the messaging service set to be acquired by the huge social network for a whopping $19 billion. In a letter to both companies, the Federal Trade Commission noted that WhatsApp has made "promises" to consumers on protecting their data and that both companies have told consumers that after any acquisition, WhatsApp will continue its current privacy practices.

New Facebook privacy tweaks include a pop-up warning about public postings

TORONTO - Facebook admits it's had its fair share of fumbles and stumbles when it comes to privacy. So the social media giant, which has 19 million regular users in Canada and 1.23 billion globally, is rolling out a few tweaks to help users better understand how to control who sees their posts. And it's taking the unusual step of intervening when it suspects users could be posting publicly without realizing it.

Facebook to require separate mobile app for messages

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will no longer let users send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, and will require that users install a separate messaging app, the Internet company said on Wednesday. Facebook began notifying users in France, England and several other European countries on Wednesday that beginning in a couple of weeks they will need to install the company's standalone Messenger app in order to send and receive messages.

Facts about the Heartbleed computer bug

The Heartbleed computer bug has implications well beyond information technology circles. But how serious is the risk? Who and what is affected? Here are five key things to know about Heartbleed: ___ What is Heartbleed?

Watsa says technology sector headed for trouble, still has faith in BlackBerry

TORONTO - Financier Prem Watsa says some of the biggest names in technology, like Facebook and Twitter, are headed towards disaster because their stock prices have soared too high. The chairman and CEO of investment firm Fairfax Financial (TSX:FFH) told investors Wednesday at its annual meeting he believes some of Silicon Valley's most-prized companies are sitting on unproven foundations. "There's nothing underlying the value of these companies," he said, referencing a chart that outlined names like Netflix and LinkedIn.

Facebook users top 100 million in India: report

The number of Facebook users in India hit 100 million at the end of March, meaning that the U.S. social networking service has reached nearly one in ten people in the country and built its second largest user pool after the United States, the Economic Times reported Wednesday. Users accessing Facebook via mobile devices are estimated to be around 84 million in the country of roughly 125 million, according to the business newspaper. ==Kyodo

Facebook to move to fewer but bigger ads on PC website

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it is switching to fewer but bigger ads on the right-hand column of the desktop PC version of its website because users respond more frequently to them.
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