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Why everyone from Narendra Modi to Tim Cook is joining Weibo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to join China’s wildly popular social media platform, Weibo, was a studied decision. Modi consulted two of India’s senior most diplomats and China-hands – foreign secretary S Jaishankar, who served as ambassador here for four years till the end of 2013 and the current envoy, …

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What’s for sale on Facebook?

Facebook is testing increased functions for users to buy and sell items on the social network site, marking another move by the company to diversify its capabilities and keep users on the site for longer. While users have already been able to sell items, the new option would show on …

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Facebook ‘tramples European privacy law’: Belgian watchdog

Belgium’s privacy watchdog accused Facebook on Friday of trampling on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodging questions from national regulators. The Privacy Protection Commission (CPVP/CBPL), which is working with German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, launched the blistering attack after trying to find out …

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Facebook releases fandom map

Facebook is all set to release a fandom map, which will show the most-liked teams on the social networking site across all Indian states and districts. Facebook has mapped the fans of each of the eight IPL teams across India. The map shows that every team is the most supported …

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Facebook may allow businesses to use WhatsApp

Facebook might soon allow businesses to interact with users of popular messaging service WhatsApp. “We think that enabling that B2C (business-to-consumer) messaging has good business potential for us,” Facebook chief financial officer David Wehner was reported as saying by Mashable. “As we learn those things, I think there’s going to …

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Twitter may ban 10 m users for posting ‘pornographic material’

Social networking website Twitter may ban over 10 million users for posting too much “pornographic material” on the site. According to the Daily Star, the content boundaries on Twitter states that users “may not use pornographic or excessively violent media” in their “profile image, header image, or background image”. There …

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Facebook still favourite with most global brands

Majority of global brands still prefer Facebook over other platforms, reveals a new study. Social media analytics provider Quintly, that studied some 50,000 users of its platform and examined the data by country, found that the majority of brands are still Facebook-focused, adweek.com reported. “This study helps to understand which …

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Facebook’s Internet.org attracts 8 lakh users in India

Social media giant Facebook has garnered 8 lakh users in India for its Internet.org initiative that has been in the thick of the net neutrality controversy. As part of the global initiative, Facebook had partnered telecom major Reliance Communications to offer free access to over 30 websites without data charges …

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Skype summoned to Belgian court over failure to share call data

Online communication service Skype has been summoned to appear in court in Belgium after refusing to pass on customer data to aid a criminal investigation, a court spokesman said. A court in Mechelen, just north of Brussels, had asked for data from messages and calls exchanged on Microsoft-owned Skype, arguing …

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Know your friends’ travel itinerary with new Facebook tool

An Indian American student has created a Chrome extension that grabs location data from Facebook Messenger and rapidly plots your friends’ locations on a map, The Next Web reported. We know Facebook shares our location with friends, but most people probably don’t realise how easy it is to extract the …

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