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Facebook, Google ‘manipulate’ users to share data despite EU law

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering “invasive” and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study said Wednesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council found that the US tech giants’ privacy updates clash with the new General Data Protection…

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Facebook’s rise in profits, users shows resilience after scandals

Facebook Inc shares rose on Wednesday after the social network reported a surprisingly strong 63 percent rise in profit and an increase in users, with no sign that business was hurt by a scandal over the mishandling of personal data. After easily beating Wall Street expectations, shares traded up 7.1 percent after the bell at…

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Facebook says users must accept targeted ads even under new EU law

MENLO PARK, Calif.: Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Tuesday it would continue requiring people to accept targeted ads as a condition of using its service, a stance that may help keep its business model largely intact despite a new European Union privacy law, reported Reuters. The EU law, which takes effect next month, promises the…

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Facebook confirms it collects data beyond users

Facebook, embattled in a scandal over the mishandling of user data, confirmed Monday that it also collected information from people beyond their social network use, reported AFP. During heated hearings in Congress last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had already explained that Facebook collects data beyond what users share on their profiles. “When you visit a…

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Here’s why Snapchat users are so upset

Snapchat released its recent redesign to tons of new users this weekend and many are not happy about it. Nearly 700,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking parent company Snap to revert to the old version, and users are complaining on other social media. A fake tweet purporting to be from Snap said it…

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Snapchat: Angry users sign petition to change new redesign

NEW YORK: More than 700,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Snapchat to revert its update back to the original design. The app’s latest redesign, which was released last week, focused on separating “media content” from that of “friends” among an array of other interface changes. Snapchat Stories, which are videos and photos…

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Facebook testing new feature that lets users downvote comments

NEWS DESK: Facebook is testing out a new feature that lets users downvote comments – which could herald one of the biggest overhauls in years to the social network, reported The Independent. In a series of tweets, tech reporter Taylor Lorenz posted pictures of her Facebook feed showing the option to “downvote” comments, alongside the…

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Why Facebook is changing and what it means for users

NEWS DESK: Facebook might be about to make its most profound change to the news feed since it launched. The site has announced that it will redesign how it ranks the posts and pages that appear to its users every day. By doing this, it could change the information and news that is consumed by…

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Uber paid hackers to cover up data of 57m users and drivers

Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday. Discovery of the U.S. company’s cover-up of the incident resulted in the firing of two employees responsible for its response to the…

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Google reveals how hackers break into people’s Gmail accounts

NEWS DESK: Google says that phishing attacks pose the “greatest threat” to users of its services. The company has studied the ways in which hackers steal people’s passwords and break into their accounts, reported The Independent. In the space of 12 months, it found 788,000 login credentials stolen via keyloggers (tools that secretly record every…

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Facebook and Instagram down for some users

Facebook (FB.O) and Instagram users in some parts of the United States, Europe and Canada were unable to access their accounts on Wednesday as the social networking website faced technical issues. “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as…

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Facebook down: Users unable to log-in

KARACHI: Thousands of Facebook users are reporting that they are unable to use the social media website. An notice reading “required maintenance” is appearing on the website after the users are logging on to the website. An internet website which traces internet outages named Down Detector also reported that large number of users are not…

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3G/4G users in Pakistan about to reach 33 million

ISLAMABAD: The 3G and 4G users are about to hit 33 million mark in the country as mobile phone companies added a combined total of 919,513 3G and 4G users to their networks in August 2016. Total number of 3G and 4G users reached 32.7 million by the end of August 2016, the latest statistics…

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Twitter to add slate of live-streamed programs

Twitter said Monday it would be offering users live-streamed video programs on technology, media and business as the social network seeks to broaden its audience. The new service will be in partnership with the live and on demand video news network Cheddar, the companies announced. “Twitter is the fastest way to find out what’s happening…

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Facebook sees a billion users in a single day

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday boasted of a new achievement with a billion people using the leading social network in a single day. “We just passed an important milestone,” chief executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page. “On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect…

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Twitter shares fall as growth of monthly users slows

CALIFORNIA: Twitter Inc's shares fell more than 11 percent in extended trade on Tuesday after the microblogging company said its number of monthly average users grew at the slowest pace since it went public in 2013. “This is unacceptable and we're not happy about it,” Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on…

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Facebook allows users to sign up for Messenger without account

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc has enabled users without an account to sign up for its Messenger app with a phone number, the social media company said on Wednesday, in another move to broaden the app's reach and make it a standalone platform. Earlier this year, Facebook opened up Messenger to developers, and Chief Executive Officer…

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Google unveils unified email for Android users

SAN FRANCISCO, United States: Google said Monday it was updating its mobile Gmail app for Android device users to allow them to manage multiple email accounts from a single program. “Starting today, you'll be able to view all your mail at once, regardless of which account it's from, using the new 'All Inboxes' option,” Google…

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Pakistan mobile users hit a staggering136.4 million

ISLAMABAD: The cellular teledensity has hit 73.32 per cent as the number of subscribers in Pakistan including Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas reached a whooping 136.4 million by January 15 this year.       The mobile tele-density was 8.3 per cent about 10 years ago but proactive policies introduced b y the successive governments helped the sector…

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Instagram hits 300 million users, passes Twitter

NEW YORK: Instagram, the photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, announced Wednesday it has more than 300 million users as it unveiled a new system to authenticate celebrity members. The update means Instagram has for the first time overtaken Twitter, which claimed 284 million active users at the end of September. “Over the past four…

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Twitter to start tracking users' mobile apps

NEW YORK: Twitter Inc will begin tracking what third-party apps are installed on users' mobile devices so the social media company can deliver more tailored content, including ads, the company has said. The feature, called “app graph,” will allow the company to see what other applications users may have installed on phones or other devices….

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