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Turkey keeps YouTube ban in place despite court orders

Turkey's government on Thursday said it would keep its block on YouTube in place despite two separate courts ordering the ban be lifted. In a statement, Turkey's Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) said the ban would remain as illegal content was still available on the video-sharing site. "The measure blocking access to the youtube.com internet site remains in place because some of the content (deemed illegal) keeps being broadcast," the BTK said in a statement posted online.

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.

China film directors' guild declines to award best picture

A major Chinese directors' association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship. Feng Xiaogang, a prominent filmmaker who chaired the nine-member jury for the China Film Directors' Guild Awards, announced the panel's unanimous decision on live television Wednesday night. The awards "should not be about our own enjoyment and satisfaction", Feng said at the ceremony, according to multiple reports in Chinese-language media.

China film directors' guild declines to award best picture

A major Chinese directors' association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship. Feng Xiaogang, a prominent filmmaker who chaired the nine-member jury for the China Film Directors' Guild Awards, announced the panel's unanimous decision on live television Wednesday night. The awards "should not be about our own enjoyment and satisfaction", Feng said at the ceremony, according to multiple reports in Chinese-language media.

Social networking site Wikia courts brands with new studio

By Jennifer Saba (Reuters) - Social networking site Wikia announced on Wednesday a new effort to attract more brands to its platform with the creation of Fan Studio. The idea behind the studio is to help advertisers connect with Wikia's network of users, many of whom go to the site for entertainment and games. As part of the launch, gaming company Carbine Studios is using Wikia to roll out one of its forthcoming multi-player online games, called WildStar, for a large number of players.

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.

Twitter seeks to broaden appeal with Facebook-esque redesign

NEW YORK, N.Y. - As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook. "Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are," the company wrote in a blog post Tuesday. "Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved Web profile."

Facebook hits 100 million India users, largest after US

Facebook has hit more than 100 million users in India, making it only the second country after the United States to achieve the milestone, the social network company has said. The mobile phone market was driving growth in India along with better Internet coverage across the country of 1.2 billion people, said Kevin D'Souza, Facebook India's head of growth and mobile partnerships. "Today, we have more than 100 million people who access Facebook actively in India each month," D'Souza was quoted in local media on Wednesday as saying.

Twitter freshens up its user profile pages

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc unveiled a redesign of its user profile pages on Tuesday, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service. In response to an all-time low in user growth figures during the recent quarter, Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo told worried Wall Street analysts that the company would make a number of changes to freshen up the service.
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