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Twitter adds crescent moon emoji automatically to #Ramzan tweets

As Muslims in Saudi Arabia and other countries of the world observed their first fast for Ramazan this year, Twitter added a crescent emoji when you type #ramadan. As Muslims gear up for the annual month of Ramzan, Twitter also … Read More

ISIL’s Twitter silence raises questions

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON: Islamic State’s Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group’s violent acts and world view on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days.

Several accounts affiliated with the militant group appear to have gone dormant, … Read More

Facebook scores record 1 billion interactions for World Cup

SAO PAULO: With 1 billion posts, likes and comments in just the first half of the World Cup, the soccer tournament is already the most talked-about event in Facebook Inc’s decade-long history, data obtained by Reuters showed.

The soccer conversation … Read More

Government rapped on social media over ARY ban

ISLAMABAD: The suspension of ARY News license for a period of 15 days has drawn stern criticism on social media, where politicians, civil society leaders and public figures slammed the government for gagging the most popular news channel of Pakistan.

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Facebook lets users limit data shared with apps

CALIFORNIA: Facebook introduced new features on Wednesday that let users limit how much personal information they share with third-party mobile apps, a move meant to quell privacy concerns as the social network seeks to become a top entry port to … Read More

Twitter buys social data provider Gnip, stock soars

NEW YORK: Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it bought social data provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount, signaling that it would take on a new role of packaging and selling data, a service in demand by business and government.

The … Read More

Facebook to require separate mobile app for messages

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc will no longer let users send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, and will require that users install a separate messaging app, the Internet company said on Wednesday.

Facebook began notifying users in France, … Read More

Twitter freshens up its user profile pages

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter Inc unveiled a redesign of its user profile pages on Tuesday, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service.

In response to an all-time low in … Read More

Turkey says Twitter “biased”, did nothing to stop “character assassinations”

ISTANBUL: Turkey said on Saturday that Twitter was “biased” and had been used for “systematic character assassinations” of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government, a day after Ankara’s ban on the site prompted an international outcry.

However, a senior Turkish government … Read More

Google won’t face email privacy class action

NEW YORK: Google Inc won a significant legal victory as a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits that accuse the Internet search company of violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users into a single … Read More

World T20 kicks off in Bangladesh today

DHAKA: ICC Twenty20 World Cup also known as World T20 will kick off as hosts Bangladesh will play against Afghanistan in the first qualifying match of the fast paced tournament whereas Nepal will play against Hong Kong at Chittagong on … Read More

China cracks down again on popular messaging app WeChat

BEIJING: Chinese authorities have launched another crackdown on Tencent Holdings Ltd’s popular social messaging app WeChat, closing dozens of popular accounts, media reported on Friday, as China tightens its control of the Internet.

China Business News and Hong Kong’s South … Read More

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg phoned Obama to complain about spying

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance practices on Thursday, saying he’d personally called President Barack Obama to voice his displeasure.

“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you … Read More

Twitter crashes second time in nine days, blames software glitch

CALIFORNIA: Twitter Inc crashed on Tuesday for the second time in nine days when a software glitch stalled the popular messaging service for about one hour.

The company apologized to its 250 million users in a status blog, saying it … Read More

Privacy groups ask regulators to halt Facebook’s $19 billion WhatsApp deal

SANS FRANCISCO: Privacy advocates have asked U.S. regulators to halt Facebook Inc’s $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp’s 450 million users.

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