Facebook http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28969/all en Facebook lets friends send gift cards http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/facebook-lets-friends-send-gift-cards <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook on Thursday began letting social network members in the United States send friends gift cards for purchases at participating shops or restaurants.</p> <p>The move came as the world's leading social network seeks ways to expand how it makes money from its 1.06 billion monthly users, the majority of whom access the social network from smartphones or tablet computers.</p> <p>Facebook was gradually adding the ability of US members to easily send cards loaded with cash credit at Jamba Juice, Target, Sephora or restaurant chain Olive Garden, according to a blog post.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/facebook-lets-friends-send-gift-cards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Facebook Technology World Wide Web AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 05:00:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742550 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook fatigue prompts breaks from network: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/facebook-fatigue-prompts-breaks-network-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>More than half of US Facebook members have taken breaks from the leading social network, with the top reason being they are just too busy, according to a study released Tuesday.</p> <p>About 61 percent of US users said they had taken time off from Facebook at some point, with 27 percent planning to spend less time on it in the coming year, the Pew Research Center said.</p> <p>The largest group -- 21 percent -- said they had taken a break because they were too busy. Other reasons included being "tired of stupid comments," "crazy" friends, boredom, and having it cause love life problems.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/facebook-fatigue-prompts-breaks-network-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Facebook Software Technology World Wide Web AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:31:13 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746724 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook software slip sidelines host of websites http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/facebook-software-slip-sidelines-host-websites <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Facebook software problem on Thursday temporarily sidelined websites synched to a feature that lets people's identities at the leading social network follow them around the Internet.</p> <p>A Facebook Connect software glitch caused social network members trying to visit any of a wide array of websites including NBC News, CNN and The Washington Post to be routed to an error page.</p> <p>Connect lets outside websites synch with the social network so people can do things such as post "Likes" or comments back to friends, or log in using their Facebook identities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/facebook-software-slip-sidelines-host-websites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Facebook Software Technology World Wide Web AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 05:01:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749652 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch family sues Facebook over 'like' button patent http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/dutch-family-sues-facebook-over-button-patent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The heirs of a Dutch Internet inventor are suing Facebook for allegedly infringing his patents with the US social networking site's "like" and "share" buttons, court documents seen on Monday said.</p> <p>The family of Jos Van Der Meer, a computer scientist, programmer and inventor who died in 2004, is bring represented by patent-holding company Rembrandt in the suit brought before a US court in Virginia on February 4.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/dutch-family-sues-facebook-over-button-patent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Facebook Human Interest Software Technology World Wide Web AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:31:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752835 at http://www.globalpost.com Italian man jumps off bridge after announcing suicide on Facebook http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/italian-man-jumps-bridge-after-announcing-suicide-facebook <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 24-year-old Italian man on Monday committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in southern Austria after posting about his "spectacular suicide" plans on Facebook.</p> <p>Local police said the man, from Italy's northeastern Tarvisio region, gave no motive for the suicide.</p> <p>After posting the plans on the popular social network, he then took his car and sped past an Austrian police road control, triggering a high-speed car chase in the state of Carinthia, police said. </p> <p>He then pulled over and committed suicide by jumping off a 50 metre-high (160 feet) bridge. </p> <p>pfe/ln/mfp</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/italian-man-jumps-bridge-after-announcing-suicide-facebook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Suicide AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:47:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752973 at http://www.globalpost.com Zuckerberg owns nearly a third of Facebook: US regulators http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/zuckerberg-owns-nearly-third-facebook-us-regulators <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mark Zuckerberg's stake in Facebook has climbed to nearly 30 percent since the leading social network made its dismal stock market debut, according to a filing Wednesday with US regulators.</p> <p>Zuckerberg owns 632.65 million Facebook shares as compared with the slightly more than 500 million he held in September when the stock's sagging price prompted a promise he would not sell any for at least a year.</p> <p>Zuckerberg sold about 30 million shares when the Menlo Park, California-based social network made its stock market debut in May at an opening price of $38.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/zuckerberg-owns-nearly-third-facebook-us-regulators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Facebook Facebook Mark Zuckerberg World Wide Web AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:56:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755691 at http://www.globalpost.com German court rules Facebook can demand real names http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/german-court-rules-facebook-can-demand-real-names <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook can insist that its customers use their real personal data when registering on the site, a German court ruled in a decision published on Friday.</p> <p>The administrative court in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein slapped down an order from regional data protection officials that Facebook change its policy on collecting personal details.</p> <p>Facebook asks its customers to provide their real full name, email address, gender and date of birth when registering. If the firm finds false data have been given, it blocks the account until proof of identity is provided.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/german-court-rules-facebook-can-demand-real-names" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Facebook Software World Wide Web AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:46:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756831 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook users can pay to promote friends' posts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/facebook-users-can-pay-promote-friends-posts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook on Friday said it is letting users pay to ensure that messages posted by friends at the leading social network get more attention.</p> <p>The feature is being rolled out globally and comes less than four months after Facebook began letting members pay to have personal posts get priority in feeds seen by friends.</p> <p>"Now, in addition to promoting your own posts, you can promote a friend's post, such as a fundraising or celebration announcement," Facebook said in a blog post.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/facebook-users-can-pay-promote-friends-posts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Computing Facebook Software World Wide Web AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:00:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757001 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook network hit by 'sophisticated' attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/facebook-network-hit-sophisticated-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook said Friday its computer system was "targeted in a sophisticated attack" last month, but that it found no evidence any user data was compromised.</p> <p>The company said in a blog post that malware came from an infected website from a mobile developer and that "we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/facebook-network-hit-sophisticated-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Malware Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:00:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757242 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook apps for iPhone-iPad add free calls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/facebook-apps-iphone-ipad-add-free-calls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook allowed users on Friday to make free calls to friends at the leading social network using its application tailored for iPhones or iPads.</p> <p>An updated Facebook "app" for the popular Apple mobile devices shows when friends are online and then gives the option of ringing them up by tapping an icon on the screen.</p> <p>Calls are routed over the Internet using telecom service data plans or connections to Wi-Fi hotspots. Facebook introduced a version of the feature earlier this year in its messenger program.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/facebook-apps-iphone-ipad-add-free-calls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Inc. Computing Facebook Software Technology AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:02:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5763990 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook buys advertising firm from Microsoft http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/facebook-buys-advertising-firm-microsoft <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook agreed Thursday to buy Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft as part of an effort to boost ad revenues at the massive social network.</p> <p>Terms of the deal were not disclosed.</p> <p>"Atlas is a leader in campaign management and measurement for marketers and agencies. We believe this acquisition will benefit both marketers and users," Facebook's Brian Boland said in a blog post.</p> <p>Atlas was part of the aQuantive group acquired by Microsoft, which ended up in a writedown and loss for Microsoft last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/facebook-buys-advertising-firm-microsoft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Facebook Facebook World Wide Web AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:00:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770309 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook changes led users to reveal more: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/facebook-changes-led-users-reveal-more-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook users began sharing more private data after the social network giant revamped its policies and interface, according to a study released Tuesday.</p> <p>The seven-year study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers said users had been moving toward greater privacy settings from 2005 to 2009, but that the trend reversed with the Facebook changes in 2009 and 2010.</p> <p>The researchers said modifications to the Facebook interface and default settings led to a significant increase in the public disclosure of personal information.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/facebook-changes-led-users-reveal-more-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Facebook Politics Software World Wide Web AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:17:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774328 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook changes led users to reveal more: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/facebook-changes-led-users-reveal-more-study-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook users began sharing more private data after the social network giant revamped its policies and interface, according to a study released Tuesday.</p> <p>The seven-year study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers said users had been moving toward greater privacy settings from 2005 to 2009, but that the trend reversed with the Facebook changes in 2009 and 2010.</p> <p>The researchers said modifications to the Facebook interface and default settings led to a significant increase in the public disclosure of personal information.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/facebook-changes-led-users-reveal-more-study-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Computing Facebook Politics Software World Wide Web AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:46:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774446 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook News Feed becomes personal newspaper http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/facebook-news-feed-becomes-personal-newspaper <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook on Thursday began transforming the stream of updates from friends at home pages into a "personalized newspaper" with news ranging from the personal to the global.</p> <p>The News Feed on home pages at the leading social network was revamped to get rid of clutter and present "bright, beautiful" stories whether they are insights from friends or trending news of the day.</p> <p>"I think there is a special place in the world for this sort of personalized newspaper," Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said in introducing the overhauled News Feed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/facebook-news-feed-becomes-personal-newspaper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Facebook Software Technology World Wide Web AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:00:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5776400 at http://www.globalpost.com Facebook News Feed becomes personal newspaper http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/facebook-news-feed-becomes-personal-newspaper-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Facebook on Thursday began transforming the stream of updates from friends at home pages into a "personalized newspaper" with news ranging from the personal to the global.</p> <p>The News Feed on home pages at the leading social network was revamped to get rid of clutter and present "bright, beautiful" stories whether they are insights from friends or trending news of the day.</p> <p>"I think there is a special place in the world for this sort of personalized newspaper," Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said in introducing the overhauled News Feed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/facebook-news-feed-becomes-personal-newspaper-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Facebook Human Interest Software Technology World Wide Web AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:30:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5776480 at http://www.globalpost.com