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Facebook airs TV-style ads

Facebook on Thursday began weaving video ads into people's news feeds at the leading online social network in a move to grab revenue from the lucrative television market. Premium Video Ads that Facebook began testing at the end of last year are being gradually integrated into accounts of its more than 1.2 billion members, product marketing manager Susan Buckner said in an online post. "Brands now have another way of engaging people on Facebook with compelling video experiences," Buckner said.

Facebook to expand 'cutting-edge' Swedish data centre

Facebook, the world's largest social network, said Friday it planned to expand its Swedish data centre, which it describes as "one of the greenest, most cutting-edge facilities" in the world. The Baltic port city of Luleaa in northern Sweden was chosen for the data centre because of the cold climate, reducing the need for cooling apparatuses, and the availability of hydropower facilities.

Groups seek privacy review of Facebook-WhatsApp tie-up

Two privacy activist groups asked US regulators Thursday to put on hold the Facebook acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp to ensure against misuse of user data. An administrative complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission calls on the agency to investigate the deal and protection against "unfair and deceptive data collection practices" which could be implemented by WhatsApp after the takeover. Facebook last month unveiled the eye-popping cash-and-stock deal worth up to $19 billion for WhatsApp, which allows for free communications over mobile devices.

Facebook announces steps to stop illegal gun sales

Facebook is taking aim at people who are using the social network or Instagram photo-sharing platform to sell guns. Under pressure from gun safety advocates, the social network will block members under 18 years of age from viewing pages or timeline posts reported to involve private sales of firearms and will set up online "checkpoints" warning people that such deals may be illegal.

Facebook announces steps to stop illegal gun sales

Facebook is taking aim at people who are using the social network or Instagram photo-sharing platform to sell guns. The social network will block members under 18 years of age from viewing pages or timeline posts reported to involve private gun sales and will set up online "checkpoints" warning people that such deals may be illegal. "We will not permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law," Facebook head of global policy management Monika Bickert said in a blog post.

Facebook throws in towel on email

Facebook, after unsuccessfully trying to get its users on its own email system, has thrown in the towel. The social networking giant told AFP by email that it was giving up on email "because most people haven't been using their Facebook email address, and we can focus on improving our mobile messaging experience for everyone." The company launched its email service in 2010, and in 2012 prompted an outcry by changing the default address for messages to users' Facebook addresses.

Facebook's Zuckerberg: WhatsApp worth over $19 bn

Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Monday defended his huge $19 billion takeover of free mobile messaging service WhatsApp, saying it is actually worth much more. The 29-year-old Facebook chief announced the stock and cash purchase on Wednesday, a deal that marries his social network of 1.2 billion active users with Whatsapp's 450 million users.

Facebook's Zuckerberg the new mobile king

Billionaire 29-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stars in the mobile industry's biggest fair Monday, fresh from his $19 billion (14-billion-euro) takeover of smartphone messenger WhatsApp. The keynote speaker on the opening day of the February 24-27 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Zuckerberg has come a long way in the mobile world in a short time. When Facebook sold its shares to the public in an initial public offering in May 2012, "it literally had no mobile advertising revenues," said Eden Zoller, analyst at the research house Ovum.

WhatsApp? Service down, three days after Facebook deal

WhatsApp's 450 million worldwide users were unable to access the smartphone free-messaging service for several hours on Saturday, three days after Facebook declared it was lavishing up to $19 billion on it. "Sorry we currently experiencing server issues. We hope to be back up and recovered shortly," WhatsApp said in a message on Twitter that was retweeted more than 25,000 times in just a few hours and provoked ridicule because it comes so soon after Facebook's hefty acquisition.

WhatsApp? Service down, three days after Facebook deal

WhatsApp's 450 million worldwide users were unable to access the smartphone free-messaging service on Saturday, three days after Facebook declared it was lavishing up to $19 billion on it. "Sorry we currently experiencing server issues. We hope to be back up and recovered shortly," WhatsApp said in a message on Twitter that was retweeted more than 25,000 times in just a few hours and provoked ridicule because it comes so soon after Facebook's hefty acquisition.
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