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3 hrs ago | Switched

Facebook Under Fire For Making Drag, Burlesque Performers Use Real Names

Facebook recently started enforcing an existing policy that requires people to operate under their legal names.


Related Topix: Startups, Social Software

7 hrs ago | WSJ Media and Advertising

Facebook Hires Satellite Executive from Google

Michael Tseytlin joined Facebook earlier this month to work on satellite technology for the company's Connectivity Lab, according to people familiar with the matter. An expert in satellite design, Tseytlin had been working on Google's satellite efforts being led by Greg Wyler, a high profile satellite entrepreneur who also recently departed Google.


Related Topix: Social Software, Startups, Advertising

11 hrs ago | Journal-Advocate

Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA

The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained Daniele Watts and her companion last week after a complaint that two people were "involved in indecent exposure" in a silver Mercedes. Watts was detained until police determined no crime was committed.


Related Topix: Startups, Nampa, ID

15 hrs ago | SFGate

Va. educators debate falling English test scores

English test scores are falling in Virginia and elsewhere, and some educators and parents fear that the trend reflects societal changes that will be tough to overcome. Children today read less in their free time, goes one widely accepted argument.


Related Topix: Startups, Standardized Testing, Education, Chesapeake, VA, Old Dominion University

20 hrs ago |

Schoolgirl brutally beaten by gang sparks Facebook campaign to catch her attackers

A brave schoolgirl who was savagely beaten by a gang of grown men has sparked a Facebook campaign to track down her attackers. Young Amy Maddison, 16, was walking alone when the yobs brutally smashed her face against a wall before beating her as she lay motionless - just yards from her home.


Related Topix: Startups

Yesterday | Deseret News

This list will show you why the Bible and C.S. Lewis are so influential on Facebook

What books are the most influential according to people on Facebook? Well, two of the top 10 have religious connections. What books are the most influential according to people on Facebook? Well, two of the top 10 have religious connections.


Related Topix: Startups, Social Software

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Basildon Recorder

Shannen Doherty found fame in Beverly Hills 90210

Shannen Doherty has told how it was tough dealing with her Beverly Hills 90210 fame in an era before sites like Twitter and Facebook. The actress rocketed to stardom as Brenda Walsh in the 90s drama, when she was in her teens, and said that back then there was no way of addressing false stories.


Related Topix: Drama Movies, Beverly Hills, 90210, Celebrities, Shannen Doherty, Startups

St.Petersburg Times

Russia has issued an international arrest warrant for a Kiev-based...

Anton Gerashchenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian Internal Affairs Ministry, wrote on his Facebook page that his country would not hand the climber - whom he described as a "hero of Ukraine" - over to Russia to face trial. Photo: / Russia has issued an international arrest warrant for a Kiev-based extreme climber accused of painting the spire of a Moscow landmark skyscraper in Ukrainian colors and hanging a Ukrainian flag from it, a news report said.


Related Topix: World News, Russia, Asia, Startups, Painting, Arts,


Facebook gains on YouTube in music-video posts, viewers

Beyonce recently posted a video on Facebook and YouTube that took her fans behind the scenes to see the preparations for her live performance last month at the MTV Video Music Awards. In the first four hours, Facebook users watched the video 2.4 million times.


Related Topix: Startups, Social Software, YouTube

You can now post a self-destructing status on Facebook

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature for non-committal folks. A small number of users are already seeing a Snapchat-style option to have their status, photo, or link self-destruct in the Facebook for iOS app.


Related Topix: Startups, Social Software, San Mateo County, CA, Menlo Park, CA


Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names

There have been multiple reports that Facebook is forcing gay and transgender users to use their legal names instead of their online personas or chosen names, as part of a crackdown on pseudonyms, despite the danger this poses to some users Not that long ago, it looked as though Facebook might be softening its previous stance on real names, with comments from CEO Mark Zuckerberg that suggested he saw the value of anonymity in some cases - and at the same time, the social network has expanded the number of gender-related selections users have to choose from. Despite those moves, however, some gay and transgender users say the site is forcing them to use their birth names or have their pages blocked.


Related Topix: Startups, Social Software, Transgender, Mark Zuckerberg


Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions

Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and world view on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days. Several accounts affiliated with the militant group appear to have gone dormant, according to U.S. government sources, raising questions about whether the government has pressured Twitter to clamp down more aggressively or whether the group has moved to other social media channels.


Related Topix: Twitter, Startups

Christine & Lea: Stunning siblings are out of time at high-kill SC shelter

According to Facebook: Greenville County Pet Rescue , this beauty is running out of time at the high-kill upstate shelter. More information can be found on this Facebook thread.


Related Topix: Greenville County, SC, Startups

Fri Sep 12, 2014


Doc: Cancer-stricken laid off for benefits

A Pennsylvania oral surgeon who laid off a cancer-stricken employee had good intentions -- aiming to help the woman get unemployment benefits and focus on her treatment -- but now he is getting threats and verbal attacks on social media, according to the doctor's lawyer. "Dr. Visnich put on layoff status so this poor woman didn't have to worry about showing up at work after going through chemo, and would still have a source of income," Larry Kelly, Visnich's family attorney, told CNN.


Related Topix: Startups, Social Software, Aliquippa, PA

The Bennington Banner

Style goes digital as London Fashion Week opens

What to wear to London Fashion Week? The hottest designer heels, the latest fall jacket - or perhaps a tech accessory like Google Glass. Hundreds of models, stylists and fashion insiders descended on the British capital Friday as the five-day whirlwind of catwalk shows kicked off, bringing the usual heady mix of glamor, parties and beautiful people.


Related Topix: Fashion, Fashion Week, Social Software, Startups, Designers, Burberry


Rape, death threats over Qld mosque plan

A Gold Coast City councillor says she's been threatened with gang rape and death over a proposed mosque, and Facebook is protecting the identity of her tormentors. Chris Robbins says she has spent several weeks trying to get the social media site to reveal the identity of the creators of the "Stop the Mosque at Currumbin" page after it used a photo of her as its profile picture, claiming she was receiving money from unspecified Islamic backers, a claim she denies.


Related Topix: Startups, Social Software

WALB-TV Albany

Facebook offers family $10k for calling photo of young heart patient 'scary, gory'

A Durham father says a representative for Facebook contacted him Wednesday to offer him an apology and $10,000 worth of ad money after he says the social networking site rejected an ad because it deemed a photo of his 2-month-old son "scary, gory or sensational." Kevin Bond, who moved his family from Atlanta to Durham in August to be closer to his son at Duke Children's Hospital, said he received a call from a representative for Facebook after his story received a flurry of media coverage.


Related Topix: Social Software, Startups, Columbia, SC

Silicon Alley Insider

A Facebook Page With Less Than 15,000 Fans Sparked Panic On A California Marine Corps Base

An anonymously-run Facebook page with little more than 14,500 fans sparked temporary panic at a major Marine Corps base in California by promoting the idea that an active shooting was taking place on Thursday evening. At around 8:15 p.m., the page "Senior Lance Corporal" informed its followers that an active shooter was in the Las Pulgas area of Camp Pendleton, a major installation north of San Diego that hosts around 70,000 military and civilian personnel.


Related Topix: US Military, US Marine Corps, US News, Startups, Camp Pendleton, CA

WPLJ-FM New York

Jennifer Garner Jokes About 'Sexy Polaroids,' Discusses How Social Media Has Changed Relationships

In her new film, Men, Women and Children , Jennifer Garner attempts to portray the way social media, including Twitter and Facebook, has changed relationships. Garner is part of one of the most famous households in America, married to Ben Affleck, and mother to their three children -- Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2. "It makes you feel kind of sick to your stomach to watch the movie," she told Vanity Fair of the content of the film, especially as a mother and wife.


Related Topix: Startups, Parenting, Family, Kids

Thu Sep 11, 2014


The CEO Of Facebook's Virtual Reality Company Is Donating $31 Million ...

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe announced Thursday that he will donate $31 million to the University of Maryland, where he attended school from 1996 to 1997. The donation, the largest in the history of the university, will help build a new computer science building that will house a dedicated virtual reality lab.


Related Topix: Science / Technology, Virtual Reality, Startups, Science, Computer Science, Mark Zuckerberg, Business News


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