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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.

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.

Sunday, 31 March, 2013, 7:38am

Facebook 'to launch Android phone'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace process stalled in Afghanistan

18 Jan 2013 - 4:19am