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Isis, al-Qaida Using Facebook to Buy Weapons: Reports

The terror groups active in Syria are using social media sites like Facebook to buy and sell heavy weapons, guns and ammunition, according to UK media reports. Islamic State (Isis) and Al-Qaida terrorists could potentially also use Facebook to buy an anti-aircraft rocket launcher capable of blowing a passenger jet out of the sky, ‘Daily Mirror’ reported Thursday. One of ... Read More »

WhatsApp to Drop Support for BlackBerry, Nokia, More Devices by 2016-End

WhatsApp Messenger, the widely used Facebook-owned instant messaging application, will drop support for several mobile operating systems from 2017, including some outdated offerings. The biggest of these is BlackBerry 10 OS, along with support for all other BlackBerry operating systems. Also on the list are Nokia’s Symbian S40 and Symbian S60 versions, and the dated Android 2.1 Eclair, Android 2.2 ... Read More »

Facebook Can Be Used to Track the Sleep Patterns of Your Friends

The social networking website Facebook can be used to track people’s sleeping habits by building up a database of when your friends were seen last online busy chatting or “liking” posts on Facebook, a media report said. “Many people visit Facebook as the first thing in the morning and the last thing before going to bed. It is, therefore, possible ... Read More »

Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Prioritise Live Videos

Facebook recently started expanding the reach of its Live Video feature to other countries outside the US. To give the feature more importance, it now has started tweaking millions of users’ News Feed as well. The update will show users Live Videos towards the top of their feeds. The social network will now prioritise Live Video broadcasts as they are ... Read More »

Twitter Hires New Executive in Bid to Win China Advertisers

Twitter introduced a new head of operations Friday for what it calls Greater China despite still being banned in the mainland, as it attempts to boost already booming advertising. While San Francisco-based Twitter is not allowed to operate in mainland China under the country’s strict Internet censorship, it does have an office in Hong Kong that courts advertisers over the ... Read More »

Google Launches 2 Programmes to Champion Female Voices on YouTube

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Google is making attempts to make its platforms equal for all, regardless of their gender. Its video platform, YouTube, has announced that is launching two new programmes to “champion” female voices on the network. The first programme comes as a result of its year-long partnership with the United Nations. The programme will see top YouTube ... Read More »

Facebook Set to Pay More British Tax After Criticism

Social media giant Facebook, which has been under fire in Britain for its tax arrangements, says it will stop routing its British sales through Ireland – a practice that had kept its UK tax bill extremely low. Facebook, Amazon and other multinationals have been criticized for using complex tax arrangements to drastically reduce their bills. Facebook said in a statement ... Read More »

Facebook to Become World’s Largest Virtual Graveyard by 2098: Study

If you are bogged down by notifications sent by the known but deceased people in your timeline on Facebook, do not get surprised by this news. According to researchers, the social networking giant will become the world’s biggest virtual graveyard by the end of this century as there will be more profiles of dead people than of living users. “Social ... Read More »

Tamil Nadu Election Commission Partners Facebook to Boost Voter Turnout

After joining hands with Twitter, Election Commission Monday announced its partnership with Facebook to reach out to 31 percent of the electorate in Tamil Nadu and achieve 100 percent turnout. Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni and Director of Public Policy (India, South and Central Asia), Facebook, Ankhi Das in a joint press conference announced the partnership. Lakhoni said this was ... Read More »

Facebook Brings ‘Chatbots’ to Messenger

Facebook on Tuesday extended its reach beyond online socializing by building artificial intelligencepowered “bots” into its Messenger application to allow businesses to have software engage in lifelike text exchanges. The move announced at the leading online social network’s annual developers conference in San Francisco came as the number of monthly users of Messenger topped 900 million and the Silicon Valley ... Read More »