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German officials ask Facebook to allow pseudonyms

German officials ask Facebook to allow pseudonyms

This is ominous news for social media activists concerned about safety and their own rearguard actions against invasions of privacy, hate speech and violent and threatening behavior on their favorite social media network. Acting in the interest of civil liberties and freedom of speech and expression, a German regulator has decreed that the use of fake names is not entirely harmful. The Hamburg-based data protection authority, responsible for policing Facebook in Germany, ruled that the social media giant could not unilaterally change chosen usernames or pseudonyms to users’ real names and ask them for an authentic identification. The ruling came…

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Twitter looking to make big changes

Twitter looking to make big changes

A conversation doing the rounds on Twitter feeds is that handling the network’s social media settings remains unnecessarily complex. However, Twitter’s casually attired interim CEO Jack Dorsey might beg to differ. Hiding his frustrations well behind his hoodie and beard, Dorsey is not happy with Twitter’s downcast quarterly earnings which actually exceeded market analysts’ expectations. So far, Twitter shares have plummeted ten percent on the quarterly announcements. Dorsey and his Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto gave honest reviews of their balance sheets. They stated that it would be quite some time before Twitter is able to reverse a rapid turnaround…

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Internet.org will get people online faster: Facebook

Internet.org will get people online faster: Facebook

When users first sign up, Facebook’s wide range of social media services and access to news feeds and pages of preferred publishers are free. However, when users upgrade to higher levels of service, a fee becomes obligatory. Regular Facebook users must have already noticed the addition of this app on their mobile devices. It is called internet.org, a term not easily forgotten and quickly called up during a conventional search on the internet. Users may have noticed that sometimes they need to wait a few minutes before a search engine appears on their interface. By converting users to paid up plans, Facebook claims…

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The Social media networks’ good news

The Social media networks’ good news

According to the Pew Research Centre, more than half of all Facebook and Twitter users are sourcing news from these two social media giants, registering an uptick from 2013. The Pew report also recognizes that two of the world’s biggest social networks are also the fastest growing source of news for users. While most users are still in their teens or so-called millennials, the research report was drawn from all social spheres, including people of all ages, gender, race, demographics and education. There was also no distinction drawn between social or economic classes. A worthwhile addition to this report is…

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Flash disabled on Google and Firefox

Flash disabled on Google and Firefox

Major internet browsers like Google and Mozilla have decided to stop running flash. The companies claim that flash is too dangerous and it increases vulnerability for the user. Flash might have to stay off the websites for a while, and although the ban is temporary for now, there is no confirmation from Adobe about when they will manage to provide an update which is safer. Adobe is working on the update, but there’s no news as to when the update will be available for users. While users can still use some flash based web tools and watch videos online, users…

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Verizon cracks deal with Vice Media

Verizon cracks deal with Vice Media

Verizon made an announcement today clearing the air about their new internet TV service partner. There had been a lot of speculations about which company would finally tie up with Verizon, however, the company finally announced that they will be partnering with Vice for the internet TV services the company plans to launch. Earlier this year Verizon had announced that the company will provide its users with 200 hours of original TV content each year. The main aim for Verizon to do this was to ensure they manage to target the younger generation into opting for their services. There are…

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Microsoft is asking for help

Microsoft is asking for help

Microsoft users have been persistently reminded to allow their computers to proceed with migrations to Windows 10. By the end of this month Windows Insiders will be meeting and greeting their developers at the company’s simultaneous launches in different parts of the world. But some Microsoft worshippers may have to travel far because the launch has been confined to only thirteen cities worldwide. Not entirely by invitation only, loyal devotees of OS software applications are being rewarded for their voluntary services in beta testing of the software package upgrade. Computer retailers are also in on the act, obligated by a…

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Zuckerberg goes green

Zuckerberg goes green

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is going green. This is good news for environmentally precocious social media fans. Facebook is building a wind-powered data center in Fort Worth, Texas; it will be powered by one hundred percent renewable energy, nothing less, nothing more. This ambitious project will go live by the end of 2016. The company’s current goal is to power all operations with at least 50 percent renewable energy by 2018. The long term goal, according to Facebook’s engineering guru Jay Parikh, is to achieve 100 percent dependence on renewable energy. Environmentalists are in awe of Facebook’s greening initiatives. One campaigner believes that…

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Is Facebook the new WhatsApp?

Is Facebook the new WhatsApp?

Facebook knows no bounds when it comes to providing users with some of the best services in social networking. The social networking platform which had initially planned on reserving Facebook and its services only to Facebook users has opened its doors to people who might not wish to create a Facebook account. According to the latest buzz, Facebook messenger will now be available for people who don’t have a Facebook account too. A user can simply download the messenger and login to it without having to create a Facebook account. The services that the new Facebook messenger offers are similar…

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Facebook enhances services on iOS

Facebook enhances services on iOS

Facebook Inc. is constantly looking for ways to keep users hooked on to the social networking platform. Mark Zukerberg has left no stone unturned when it comes to providing users with some of the best and most innovative features on the platform. With a user base of over 700 million, this is one of the largest platforms for people to connect with each other and share daily updates. Apart from allowing users to share pictures, memories, and more, Facebook has always tried to provide users with some out of the box features. The ability to share Instagram pictures was one…

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