September 9, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology giants Facebook, Google and Yahoo presented a rare united front in filing separate motions asking to publicly disclose more details about secret national intelligence requests they receive under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They made the motions Monday in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The companies are seeking permission to reveal the number and nature of the national intelligence requests to address growing public concern and regain the trust of users.
September 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship? After bad reviews dashed its initial public offering, Wall Street is clicking "like" on Facebook. Facebook is nearing its all-time high of $45 as analysts raise price targets to $48 and above. Its market value has topped $100 billion as shares of Facebook jumped nearly 4% to $44.27 in Friday trading. It's quite the dramatic turnaround for Facebook, which slumped as low as $17.73 in September on concern over its ability to sell ads on mobile devices.
September 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook will not roll out controversial changes to its policies until next week, the giant social network said Thursday. Six consumer watchdog groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes that they say would make it far easier for the company to use the names, images and personal information of its nearly 1.2 billion users -- including teens -- to endorse products in ads without their consent. "We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and we expect to finalize the process in the coming week," Facebook said in an emailed statement.
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September 4, 2013 |
Fernando Anglero is a fixture among the street people who live in downtown L.A.'s Arts district, known for his off-color, funny signs that one local loft-dweller says bring "fun energy" to the neighborhood. But the homeless man residents know only as Fernando stands out for another reason -- he's marketing himself as a street comic using social media. To promote his "cardboard comedy," Anglero has created a website with help from Arts district residents. He also has a Facebook page and a personal hashtag, #fernandolove, to make it easier to find him on Instagram and Twitter.
September 4, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Privacy watchdogs are asking federal regulators to block proposed changes to Facebook policies that they say would allow the company to use the names and images of its nearly 1.2 billion users without their consent to endorse products in ads. In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and five other consumer groups said the changes would permit Facebook "to routinely use...
August 31, 2013 |
What in the name of the Oregon Ducks is going on with California, as well as other western states, and its Facebook liking of that university's football team? The social media website researched "likes" on its pages from each state, county by county, discovering that the Ducks have flown the farm in the Willamette Valley to dominate the Pacific Northwest -- outside of Boise State territory in Idaho, of course, -- as well as two-thirds of California, half of Nevada and parts of other western states.
August 30, 2013 |
Jay-Z's video for the “Holy Grail” track from his “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album has now made it to YouTube following its 24-hour exclusive premiere on Facebook , a move that's heightened Facebook's profile as a platform for new video content from musicians. Using Facebook, rather than YouTube or Vevo for Thursday's rollout of the "Holy Grail" video, which was directed by Anthony Mandler and features Justin Timberlake during his chunks of the song, “will really allow him to go direct to a massive and instant global audience,” Facebook's head of content partnerships Nick Grudin told Billboard . PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay-Z through the years “It's something that only Facebook, I think, can really deliver in this way, given the scale of the audiences musicians have and the global nature of those audiences and the social dynamics of what happens when they engage on Facebook," Grudin said.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Even before Facebook begins displaying splashy video ads, it's preparing for a backlash from users like Amy Pittel. The 44-year-old writer and stay-at-home mother from Livermore, Calif., says she's weary of being bombarded by ads on Facebook and the rest of the Internet, most of which she ignores. "I shall continue to do as I always have when an unwanted video ad or commercial comes on: check my email or another Web page until the ad is finished," Pittel said.
August 29, 2013 |
What makes Facebook a rewarding experience instead of a bummer? It may be that monitoring “likes” and feedback stimulates the same part of your brain that fires up in response to imagery of food, sex and rewards in general, a new study suggests. Researchers found that brain scans taken while someone received positive feedback could be used to predict that user's intensity of Facebook use. The results suggest that people may be driven to use Facebook by a desire to monitor their reputation, said neurologist Dar Meshi of the Free University of Berlin, lead author of the study published Thursday in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
August 29, 2013 |