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Facebook

Launched in February 2004, Facebook is a social networking service founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Early investors include Microsoft and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka- shing, through his namesake charitable foundation. Facebook’s US$16 billion initial public offering in May 2012 generated huge investor interest although the shares subsequently slumped in price.

How firms buy fake 'likes' for Facebook at 'click farms'

How much do you like courgettes? According to one Facebook page devoted to the vegetable, hundreds of people find them delightful enough to click the "like" button - even with dozens of other pages about courgettes to choose from.

Monday, 5 August, 2013, 9:38am

Facebook stock almost hits IPO price, 14 months after rocky debut

Facebook’s stock on Tuesday came within a hair of reclaiming its US$38 debut price for the first time since going public last year, a milestone in the social networking company’s effort to wipe away Wall Street’s scepticism of its business.

31 Jul 2013 - 10:56am

Facebook soars amid mobile ad success

Facebook delivered strong evidence it can thrive on smartphones and tablets on Wednesday, reporting a much better-than-anticipated surge in mobile advertising revenue in the second quarter that ignited a nearly 17 per cent share rally.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Eyes on mobile for Facebook’s Q2

Investors are focusing on signs that Facebook can keep growing advertising revenue, especially on mobile devices, when the world’s largest social media company reports second-quarter results on Wednesday after the stock market closes.

23 Jul 2013 - 9:58am

Internet big boys take aim at Singapore’s 'regressive' new rules

Singapore’s move to tighten regulation of news web sites, already under fire from bloggers and human rights groups, has attracted criticism from an unexpected quarter - large internet firms with a big presence in the city-state who say the new rules will hurt the industry.

8 Jul 2013 - 3:35pm 3 comments

Facebook pushes search feature to more users

Users who may have grown frustrated with Facebook’s rudimentary search feature are getting an updated version designed to make it easier to find people, places and photos on the site.

8 Jul 2013 - 12:11pm

Facebook is pulling ads from racy, violent pages

The social network says that on Monday will expand its definition of pages and groups that are too controversial to carry advertisements.

Facebook has sought to strike a balance between giving its 1.1 billion monthly users the freedom to post what they want and providing advertisers with space to sell their products.

1 Jul 2013 - 11:36am

US man pleads guilty in US$13m Facebook share case

An investment adviser pleaded guilty Tuesday in a US$13 million (HK$100.8 million) securities fraud scheme that prosecutors say capitalised on enthusiasm for shares of Facebook and other Internet companies about to go public.

26 Jun 2013 - 10:59am

Instagram video a savvy move by Facebook

If you think Instagram snapshots of lunch plates, drooling babies and random desk objects are exciting, just wait until your friends start posting 15-second videos.

21 Jun 2013 - 2:06pm

Facebook rolls out video for Instagram

Facebook introduced video for its popular photo sharing application Instagram in an attempt to go to head-to-head with rival Twitter.

The world’s No. 1 social network said its more than 130 million Instagram users can now record and post 15 second videos on the platform.

21 Jun 2013 - 2:11pm

Facebook worth a 'like', says official

A year after Facebook's fumbled initial public offering, Wall Street remains slow to recognise what the company's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, argues has been an across-the-board improvement in its business.

21 Jun 2013 - 4:18am

Facebook, Microsoft admit receiving thousands of warrants seeking data

Facebook and Microsoft said they had received thousands of warrants for data from government entities in the US during the second half of 2012, but added the US government did not permit them to provide specific figures.

16 Jun 2013 - 5:45am 1 comment

New Myspace takes it back to the future

Tim and Chris Vanderhook think Myspace had it right — at one point. And they believe they’ve revived and improved that formula for success as the revamped first titan of social media debuts its latest incarnation.

13 Jun 2013 - 12:12pm

Facebook adds Twitter-style hashtags for topics

Facebook has added Twitter-style hashtags to help the more than one billion members of the social network tune into topics of interest at the leading social network.

“To date, there has not been a simple way to see the larger view of what’s happening or what people are talking about,” Facebook product manager Greg Lindley said in a blog post.

13 Jun 2013 - 11:24am

US tech firms push for govt transparency on security

Three of the largest Internet companies called on the US government to provide greater transparency on national security requests on Tuesday, as they sought to distance themselves from reports that portrayed the companies as willing partners in supplying mass data to security agencies.

12 Jun 2013 - 10:45am