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.

Vintage website seen as glimpse at teenage Zuckerberg

A website thought to be the handiwork of Mark Zuckerberg at the age of 15 resurfaced on the Internet on Thursday, providing a glimpse into the early days of the famed Facebook co-founder.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 12:03pm

China's ambassador to Washington plans to ‘Facebook’ you - once he gets there

 Cui Tiankai arrives in Washington D. C. on Tuesday. Photo: CNS

Cui Tiankai, China’s newly-appointed ambassador to Washington, said he might use Facebook to make friends in US - once he gets there.

The 60-year-old Cui previously headed the Asian affairs department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was China's ambassador to Japan between 2007 and 2009.

Cui had made the remarks weeks before his official arrival in Washington this week.

6 Apr 2013 - 1:49am 1 comment

SEC likes company updates on Facebook

US companies will be able to update their status on Facebook as long as investors have been told in advance where to look. Photo: Bloomberg

Companies in the United States will be able to post their earnings on Twitter or update their status on Facebook as long as investors have been told in advance where to look.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance on Tuesday permitting companies to use social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, to communicate company announcements.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:35am

Apple ‘to release next iPhone this summer’

Apple may launch the next iPhone this summer. Photo: AFP

Apple is set for a possible summer launch of the next iPhone rather than a fall launch like the last two models, according to the

3 Apr 2013 - 10:05am 1 comment

Dockers' plight rouses public support via Facebook

Strike organisers had collected about HK$600,000 to help dockers by last night. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The pay dispute embroiling striking dockers and port operators has grown into a wider movement with dozens of groups coming forward at the Kwai Chung container terminals, partly thanks to campaigns on social networks.

3 Apr 2013 - 5:43am

Facebook keeps world guessing over first smartphone

Facebook keeps world guessing over first smartphone

Facebook will this week unveil its latest push into the mobile world - and industry watchers are convinced the social network is about to launch a Facebook-branded phone.

31 Mar 2013 - 7:38am

Facebook 'to launch Android phone'

Rumours are circulating that Facebook will launch its own Android phone. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously denied this. Photo: AP

Facebook is poised to launch an Android phone, according to rumours circulating the internet on Friday.

The social networking giant sent out invitations to an event at its Menlo Park, California, headquarters on April 4 called 'Come See Our New Home On Android', according to the influential TechCrunch site.

29 Mar 2013 - 1:04pm

Facebook blocked in North Korea, Iran, Cuba and 'another country,' says state media

The Facebook page of China has over 282,000 likes as of March, 2013. Photo: SCMP pictures

If you have blocked Facebook, then at least have the guts to admit it.

Apparently this doesn’t work for China’s censors, who, of course, have also said on numerous occasions that there is no internet censorship in China.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:02pm 10 comments

Be careful what you ‘like’: Facebook users reveal secrets, study shows

Researchers were able to accurately infer a Facebook user’s race, IQ, sexuality, substance use, personality or political views based on their 'likes'. Photo: AFP

Facebook users are unwittingly revealing intimate secrets - including their sexual orientation, drug use and political beliefs - using only public “like” updates, according to a study of online privacy.

The research into 58,000 Facebook users in the US found that sensitive personal characteristics about people can be accurately inferred from information in the public domain.

12 Mar 2013 - 12:28pm 1 comment

Mother’s video surveillance of daughter angers Facebook users

Photo: AFP

The woman admitted the girl was her daughter and she recorded the video through a webcam installed on her daughter’s desk lamp. “…[Today’s homework]progress is not bad, but she kept talking to herself, and was singing while doing [homework],” the woman commented on the video.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:03pm

Small retailers show big-name stores how to use social media to sell

Facebook has provided home start-up clothes retailer Lolly Wolly Doodle with a platform to sell thousands of items. Photo: AP

Brandi Temple, a 39-year-old mother of four, transformed a living-room hobby into a retailing business that ships 30,000 items of children's clothing a month, using online social tools that giant competitors have failed to master.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:05am

Facebook apps for iPhone-iPad add free calls

The sun rises behind the entrance sign to Facebook headquarters in California. Photo: Reuters

Facebook allowed users on Friday to make free calls to friends at the leading social network using its application tailored for iPhones or iPads.

An updated Facebook “app” for the popular Apple mobile devices shows when friends are online and then gives the option of ringing them up by tapping an icon on the screen.

23 Feb 2013 - 10:56am

Yahoo seeks closer Facebook ties

Marissa Mayer says Yahoo hired 120 staff with computer science degrees recently to push for product improvements. Photo: AP

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer said she planned to focus on mobile applications and strengthen ties with Facebook to bolster turnaround efforts at the biggest US internet portal.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am

Online service common in businesses

Facebook and YouTube were found to be popular platforms for customer service representatives to interact with customers. Photo: AFP

Using the internet to provide customer service has become a common tactic for businesses, a survey shows.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:12am

Briefs, January 18, 2013

Horse and rider take part in an annual event. Photo: Reuters

Peace process stalled in Afghanistan

18 Jan 2013 - 4:19am