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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.

Indians arrested for Facebook post on Mumbai shutdown

Indians attend the funeral procession of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

Indian police said on Monday they had arrested a woman for criticising on Facebook the total shutdown of Mumbai after the death of politician Bal Thackeray.

Monday, 19 November, 2012, 4:06pm

Instagram gets Facebook feel with online profiles

Photo: Facebook users can now share photos taken with the Instagram smartphone application. Photo: EPA

Picture sharing website Instagram has begun rolling out online profiles that let people showcase themselves and photos they have taken with the Facebook-owned smartphone application.

The creation of an online home for Instagram images put a Facebook spin on the startup that the world’s leading social network bought this year.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:49pm

Toy helicopters and knives restricted during congress

Unemployed bankers suffer

The looming 18th National People's Congress of the Communist Party of China is, as we have already seen, a delicate time for the leadership. But we understand the tension has not been confined to the upper levels of the party. Children and those taking taxis have also been affected by measures that we find somewhat bemusing, given the mainland's status as the world's second-largest economy.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:30am

Sexual predators in Indonesia use Facebook to meet victims

Many young Indonesians using Facebook are unaware of the dangers of allowing strangers to see their personal information online. Photo: AP

When a 14-year-old girl in Indonesia received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn't know, she accepted it out of curiosity.

It's a click she will forever regret, leading to a brutal story that has repeated itself as sexual predators find new ways to exploit the country's growing obsession with social media.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:16am

Facebook claimant Paul Ceglia charged with fraud

An American entrepreneur who sued Facebook and its chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, was arrested and charged with fabricating evidence to support his multibillion-dollar claim that he owns part of the world's biggest social network.

Paul Ceglia faked e-mails from Zuckerberg, destroyed evidence and forged the 2003 contract on which he bases his claim, US prosecutors said.

28 Oct 2012 - 6:13am

Business Digest, October 27, 2012

WalMart to add 100 stores on mainland

Japan to inject US$5.3b stimulus into economy

27 Oct 2012 - 2:52am

Regina Ip versus Paul Zimmerman on Facebook

A cut above?

Facebook is not for everyone, but we have to admit it does throw up some entertaining moments. Readers will recall that after C.Y. Leung was elected chief executive, there was considerable speculation about who would be made a minister or appointed to Exco. Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee was the focus of much of this speculation.

25 Oct 2012 - 5:05am

Diplomacy in the digital age: How Twitter, Facebook have changed statecraft

The US State Department has more than 400 Facebook pages. Photo: AFP

When Canada’s ambassador to China posted photos of his car on the embassy’s weibo page, the instant, mass response boosted his country’s image in a way that surely stunned many diplomats.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Digest: Good news on paywall

Digest: Good news on paywall

Maybe it is still too early to draw any conclusions on media outlets’ paywall model.

17 Oct 2012 - 11:04am

From Shepherd's Pie to Nightmare on Elm St - pranksters deface London's Tube map

Shepherd's Bush became Shepherd's Pie after pranksters placed a sticker over the destination. Photo: Facebook

At first glance all appears normal on London's Underground. But a closer look reveals that the famous map of the Tube has undergone some minor changes.

15 Oct 2012 - 11:36am

Digest: Online resources for journalists to cover tragedies

Digest: Online resources for journalists to cover tragedies

In the past ten days, many of my colleagues and local journalists have been trying their best  to cover the Lamma ferry tragedy, sometimes with tears in their eyes.

11 Oct 2012 - 8:26am

Singapore labour group sacks executive after racist Facebook post

Singapore’s state-linked labour movement on Monday sacked a senior executive after she posted expletive-laden and racially charged comments on Facebook that caused outrage in the city-state.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Facebook lets people pay to give posts priority

Photo: Reuters

Fresh from passing the billion-member mark, Facebook is letting members in the United States pay seven US dollars each to have personal posts given priority in feeds seen by their friends.

5 Oct 2012 - 12:47pm

Facebook tailoring ad services for businesses

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has been in the spotlight in recent months over the company’s failure to translate its huge following into profit, and last month apologised for the social network’s weak share performance since its initial public offering. Facebook Sheryl Sandberg has told investors that the company is serious about making money. Photo: AFP

Facebook’s chief operating officer was in New York this week working to bolster investor confidence with assurances that the social network was intent on making money.

Sheryl Sandberg echoed co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s disappointment in the company’s dismal stock market debut in May and said that revenue-generating schemes being considered included charging for upscale services.

2 Oct 2012 - 11:06am

Zuckerberg in Moscow to boost Facebook’s Russia presence

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (right) and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg meet outside Moscow on Monday. Photo: AFP

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was on Monday in Moscow on a visit the government believes should stimulate innovation in Russia and the social network hopes will boost its position in the Russian market.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am