WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and Facebook friend suggestions on Facebook based on WhatsApp information—although not on the messaging service itself. The move is a subtle but significant shift for WhatsApp, used by more than 1 billion people around the world. When it was…

August 28, 2016
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Anonymous Hackers Claim to Take Down 5,500 IS Accounts

The hacker group Anonymous claimed Tuesday to have taken out 5,500 Twitter accounts linked to the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks. The loosely organized hacking collective made the claim in a tweet one day after launching #OpParis campaign, which stepped up an earlier effort to shut down social media accounts of the organization. “We report that more than 5500 Twitter account of #ISIS are now…

November 22, 2015
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Facebook Activates Safety Check for Nigeria Blasts After Criticism

Facebook Inc activated its “Safety Check” feature after deadly blasts in Nigeria late on Tuesday following criticism from users that the social media network was being selective about deploying it. Facebook usually activates the feature, which allows users to mark themselves as safe, after natural disasters, but not bombings or attacks. The social network, however, activated it after Friday’s gun and bomb attacks in Paris, drawing criticism from some users…

November 22, 2015
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Facebook Can Legally Block ‘Sikhs for Justice’ Page, Rules US Court

In a victory for Facebook,a US court has ruled that it can block content without any explanation after a Sikh group filed a lawsuit challenging the blocking of its social media page. The ruling by the US Court in San Francisco came in response to the lawsuit filed against the Silicon Valley-headquartered company by Sikhs for Justice, which alleged thatits Facebook page, which advocated Sikh separatism, was blocked by the…

November 22, 2015
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Facebook Says It Froze User Named Isis by Mistake

Facebook Inc said it erroneously disabled the personal account of a user named Isis Anchalee for about a day, an action the user claims was due to her name being spelt the same as the acronym used for the Islamic State extremist group. Anchalee, a software developer in San Francisco, on Monday posted a screenshot of a Facebook log-in page that showed a message “Account disabled”. She wrote to Facebook’s…

November 21, 2015
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Astronomers See Planet Still Growing in Its Stellar Womb

Astronomers have taken the first images of a planet still in formation, a discovery expected to shed light on how giant planets manage to beef up early in their lives, research published on Wednesday showed. Astronomers used a telescope in Arizona to peer at a young star located about 450 light-years away in the constellation Taurus. The star, known as LkCa 15, is similar to the sun, but only 2…

November 21, 2015
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Facebook Tries to Ease Heartache of Breakups With New Tool

Facebook is trying to ease the heartache of breaking up. A feature announced Thursday will allow people who have split up with a spouse or partner to turn on an option that spares them the emotional pain of constantly seeing their ex-lover’s posts and pictures in their news feed on the world’s largest social network. Facebook will begin testing the breakup protection on mobile devices in the US before deciding…

November 21, 2015
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Facebook Is Making It Harder for You to ‘Forget’ Your Friends’ Birthdays

Facebook has started to test a feature that will make it a lot harder for you to “miss” the birthdays of your closest friends – by displaying a big, friendly banner at the top of your news feed announcing that it’s someone’s Big Day. The banner is similar to the polite greetings that some users have started to see, wishing them a good morning, afternoon, or evening by name. “Thanks…

November 21, 2015
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Facebook Affects Levels of Stress Hormone in Teenagers

If you are young and love Facebook, keep it to just “liking” and minimise your virtual circle of friends to cut the upcoming depression risk. According to researchers, the social networking site can have positive and negative effects on the levels of a common stress hormone in teenagers. The team found that having more than 300 Facebook friends increased teenagers’ levels of cortisol while those who only posted “likes” on…

November 21, 2015
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Mark Zuckerberg to Take Two Months of Paternity Leave

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday he will take two months of paternity leave after his daughter’s birth, a strong statement from one of the busiest and most powerful US executives on the importance of family time. Silicon Valley technology firms have rushed to extend parental leave allowances and other benefits in an attempt to recruit and retain talent, but many workers do not take advantage…

November 21, 2015
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