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.

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.

Friday, 8 May, 2015, 4:20pm

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

Vietnam lifts school suspension for girl who parodied Ho Chi Minh

The late president Ho Chi Minh is still held in great respect in Vietnam. Photo: Reuters

Authorities in Vietnam have lifted a one-year suspension handed down to an eighth-grade student for posting a parody of a speech by revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh on Facebook.

The girl’s post used language from a famous speech by Ho Chi Minh in 1946 appealing for resistance against French colonialists.

15 Jan 2013 - 1:25pm

Letters Facebook, January 9, 2013

Security guards stand near protest banners and flowers are laid outside the headquarters of Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Photo: AP

On vets charging more than doctors:

Harminder Singh - Vet costs discourage me from owning more animals. I simply couldn't afford the care if my pets needed major surgery which I feel would be unfair to them and would break my heart and my family's heart too.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:27am

Facebook stops New Year messaging tool

Facebook temporarily disabled its New Year's Eve messaging tool after a university student was able to read and delete private messages intended for other users.

2 Jan 2013 - 6:31am

Would you pay for social media?

Illustration: Oliver Raw

Would you pay for Facebook or Weibo if it meant not having to look at adverts? Until a few months ago I was in the habit of firing up the Facebook app on my smartphone about twice a day, occasionally to "check in" or post a link to one of my stories, but mainly to see what my friends had been up to - and in chronological order.

28 Dec 2012 - 10:06am

Instagram to share data with Facebook

From next month Instagram’s new privacy policy clears the way for sharing data with its parent, social networking giant, Facebook. Photo: EPA

Smartphone photo sharing service Instagram has refined its privacy policy to clear the way for sharing data with Facebook, which bought the company earlier this year.

“Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them,” Instagram said in a blog post.

18 Dec 2012 - 1:17pm

Easier organ donation in Hong Kong for Facebook users

The government is developing a Facebook app through which organ donors will be able to register, and at the same time spread awareness of the life-saving initiative to their friends. Photo: AP

The government is developing a Facebook app through which organ donors will be able to register, and at the same time spread awareness of the life-saving initiative to their friends.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:46am

Facebook adds tools to help members manage data better

Facebook says its latest privacy settings will give members more control. Photo: Reuters

Facebook is adding controls to help users manage what information is shared and who sees it on the world’s largest social-networking service.

13 Dec 2012 - 3:33pm

Facebook to Replace Infosys in Nasdaq

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is seen on a screen shortly after the social network’s initial public offering was launched in New York in May. Nasdaq OMX Group says Facebook will join the Nasdaq-100 Index next week. Photo: Reuters

Facebook Inc. will join the Nasdaq-100 Index next week after the exchange operator shortened its waiting period for inclusion in the gauge, potentially making the stock more attractive to fund managers.

5 Dec 2012 - 12:11pm

The brain behind Lady Gaga's big data

The brain behind Lady Gaga's big data

Behind every successful man, there is supposed to be a woman. But behind every successful entertainer, you know for sure there is a genius manager. So it is with Lady Gaga. My children are "little monster" fans of the megastar, but I am absolutely in awe of her manager, Troy Carter, whose phenomenal intellect may well have made him one of our generation's great entrepreneurs.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:25am

Self-claimed Powerball winner sets of US$1m Facebook photo frenzy

His name is Nolan Daniels, and he's just about to give some random man or woman US$1 million (HK$7.75 million). Or so he claims.

2 Dec 2012 - 4:22am

Briefs, November 28, 2012

A Palestinian woman hold up a small Palestinian flag as she takes part in a rally in support of the efforts of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas to secure a diplomatic upgrade. Photo: AFP

France to vote 'yes' for Palestinian state in UN

28 Nov 2012 - 5:27am