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Mark Zuckerberg Schedules Second Q&A With the Public By Clip Syndicate Mark Zuckerberg apparently enjoyed his chat with Facebook's users earlier this month so much that he's ready to do it again. The social-networking giant's founder and chief executive will host another public question-and-answer session on December 11. The ask-me-anything (AMA) chat format has grown in popularity in recent years. President Barack Obama went on the website Reddit in 2012 to answer questions on topics ranging from space exploration to the openness of the Internet. ...Read More »
U.N. Committee Spotlights 'highly Intrusive' Digital Spying By Clip Syndicate A United Nations General Assembly committee on Tuesday expressed concern at digital spying and said unlawful or arbitrary mass surveillance, interception and collection of online data are "highly intrusive acts" that violate the right to privacy. ...Read More »
United States Says EU's Google Case Should not Be Politicized By Clip Syndicate The United States voiced concern on Tuesday over a draft plan by two EU lawmakers to break up Google saying politicians should not influence the EU's antitrust inquiry into the world's most popular Internet search engine. The U.S. Mission to the European Union said in an email it "noted with concern" the call for competition regulators to consider splitting search engines from other Internet services. ...Read More »
European Parliament Preparing to Call for Google Break-up By Clip Syndicate The Financial Times on Friday cited a draft motion as saying the European Parliament is preparing to call for a break-up of Google Incorporated that would separate its search services from its other businesses. European regulators are increasingly concerned about Google's and other American companies' growing dominance of the Internet industry, and have sought ways to curb Google's perceived power. A public call for a break-up would be the most far-reaching action proposed. The FT cited the draft motion as saying, "Unbundling search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a solution to Google's dominance.

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Twitter Now Lets You Share Public Tweets Via Direct Messages By Clip Syndicate Earlier this month, Twitter gave the community a preview of upcoming features during its Analyst’s Day event where it discussed changes to the platform and revenue streams. One of those touted features – the ability to privately share--also known as “direct message” a tweet – has now gone live. On the desktop web and in the TweetDeck application, the option will be available by tapping the "More” icon then choosing “Share via Direct Message.” The person who receives your shared tweet will then get a push notification, and the tweet itself will display directly in the conversation.

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Twitter Now Lets You Share Public Tweets Via Direct Messages By Clip Syndicate Earlier this month, Twitter gave the community a preview of upcoming features during its Analyst’s Day event where it discussed changes to the platform and revenue streams. One of those touted features – the ability to privately share--also known as “direct message” a tweet – has now gone live. On the desktop web and in the TweetDeck application, the option will be available by tapping the "More” icon then choosing “Share via Direct Message.” The person who receives your shared tweet will then get a push notification, and the tweet itself will display directly in the conversation.

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Facebook Service Aimed at Professionals to Launch in a Few Months By Clip Syndicate A person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday that Facebook's professional version of its social network aimed at businesses will launch in the next few months. The world's No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website geared toward workplace collaboration. ...Read More »
Your Facebook News Feed is About to Have Fewer Ads By Clip Syndicate Want to promote something on Facebook? Buy an ad. That's the logical conclusion for businesses after the social network said it will reduce the number of "promotional" messages showing up in users' information streams, known as News Feeds. Companies that previously sent advertisements from their free Facebook Pages now face a harder time reaching fans. Facebook said in a statement Friday, "This change is about giving people the best Facebook experience possible."

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Activist Investor Starboard Discloses Stakes in Yahoo, AOL By Clip Syndicate Activist investor Starboard Value LP disclosed stakes in Yahoo and AOL on Friday, nearly two months after it urged the two companies to merge. Starboard disclosed a 7.7 million share stake in Yahoo and a 1.9 million share stake in AOL. According to Thomson Reuters data, this translates to a 0.8 percent stake in Yahoo and a 2.5 percent stake in AOL. ...Read More »
Facebook’s Newest Data Center Is Now Online In Altoona, Iowa By Clip Syndicate Facebook today announced that its newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, is now open for business. The new facility complements the company’s other centers in Prineville, Ore; Forest City, N.C. and Luleå, Sweden. What’s actually more interesting than the fact that the new location is now online is that it’s also the first data center to use Facebook’s new high-performance networking architecture. Traditional data centers are, for the most part, built around clusters of machines. ...Read More »

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