March 28, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Android users may be about to get some good news from Facebook. The giant social network is holding an event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters next week. The invitation simply reads: "Come see our new home on Android. " Could it be that Facebook is ready to show the world a new version of Android with loads of Facebook-friendly features? Is it possible that this new version will come on an HTC handset? A Facebook spokesman declined to comment. But it's quite possible -- even likely -- that Facebook is about to make a major product announcement, TechCrunch says . "Imagine Facebook's integration with iOS 6, but on steroids, and built by Facebook itself," TechCrunch writer Josh Constine said.
March 26, 2013 |
What the heck, Amanda Bynes? The retired actress kept it, ahem, low-key on Tuesday in New York, walking around in a mismatched miniskirt and busting-out bustier with - you guessed it, because who wouldn't guess it - a shirt over her face. Through Times Square and in and out of a McDonald's. With a shirt over her face. Check out the action in the video above. Accompanying the please-don't-look-at-me-are-you-looking-at-me-now antics were a bunch of self-portraits posted on Twitter, where she flaunted some bodacious cleavage and proclaimed herself to be "Feeling so fresh today.
March 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The legal fallout from Facebook Inc.'s botched initial public offering last year isn't over, although regulators approved the $62-million plan by Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. to repay brokerages that lost money in the debacle. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's approval Monday does not stop the government or other parties from taking further legal action against Nasdaq for losses suffered in the Facebook IPO fiasco in May. Swiss banking giant UBS, for one, tallied its losses at $357 million and wants more money back than the settlement could offer.
March 25, 2013 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved Nasdaq OMX Group Inc.'s proposal to pay brokerages as much as $62 million as compensation for last year's botched Facebook Inc. initial public offering. Nasdaq's trading system was overwhelmed by high volume on the first day that Facebook's stock traded, delaying trade confirmations and contributing to a chaotic and costly day for investors in the social media company. By some accounts, Wall Street firms lost as much as $500 million because of Nasdaq glitches during the Facebook IPO last May. Brokerages complained that they didn't get confirmation that trades were going through, leaving investors in the dark about whether they owned the stock, or at what price.
March 22, 2013 |
That time you're spending on Facebook may not be wasted productivity, after all. At least, that's what yet another Facebook-based study has found. You may remember Stuart Smiley, the fey self-affirmation addict portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" by now-Sen. Al Franken. He stares into the mirror and declares, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and, dog gone it, people like me. " That's what Facebook does, according to a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
March 18, 2013 |
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are dating! All right, so we pretty much already knew that. But now the 14-time PGA major tournament champion and six-time reigning World Cup women's downhill skiing champ have decided it's OK with them that we know. The two of them simultaneously (how romantic!) posted similarly worded (so cute!) announcements regarding their relationship on their respective Facebook accounts Monday morning. I guess this means we can officially break out the "Liger" nickname!
March 15, 2013 |
Facebook is looking at allowing users to add hashtags to their posts, according to recent reports. And that's got some users crying foul, saying the social network shouldn't become a Twitter wannabe. Hashtags -- which involve including a "#" sign in front of a word -- were popularized on Twitter, Facebook's biggest rival in the social media market. Hashtags enable users to easily categorize their tweets and to search for other users' tweets on the same topic. The feature has been mimicked by many other platforms, including Google+ and Facebook's own Instagram.
March 14, 2013 |
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March 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is preparing to roll out hashtags on the giant social network, opening up another front in its intensifying battle with Twitter for people's attention and advertising dollars. Facebook would be following the example of Twitter, which made the hashtag famous, and Instagram, which already uses hashtags. The idea would be to add a hashtag that is also a link to connect themes and topics on Facebook. Facebook already lets users tag people, pages and location.
March 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is still experimenting with a service which charges users to send messages directly to another user's inbox. If you are included in the test, this may have happened to you: You want to reach out to a long-lost college chum or just want to connect with someone you met at a party. A prompt flashes on your screen to pay a buck to make sure that person gets the message. The idea: A fee can be a powerful deterrent to spam and unwanted messages. Right now Facebook is testing different price points: $1, $10 and $15. The experiment only involves a limited number of Facebook users in the U.S. Still, questions are popping up all over Facebook and elsewhere about how it works and why sometimes users see a prompt and sometimes they don't.