Aug 22, 2014

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's executioner

The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States ...

News aggregator BuzzFeed to expand into Japan

Aug 12, 2014

News aggregator BuzzFeed to expand into Japan

U.S. startup media company BuzzFeed Inc. says it will launch its service in Japan by the end of the year. Founded in 2006, the online news aggregator attracts more than 150 million visitors worldwide to its website a month. As its contents are shared ...

Social media firms back Facebook in dispute over warrants

Aug 12, 2014

Social media firms back Facebook in dispute over warrants

Facebook’s fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users’ postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians. Lawyers for Foursquare, Kickstarter, Meetup, and Tumblr said Monday they were seeking to join the clash on Facebook’s ...

Aug 7, 2014

25,000 join Europe class action lawsuit against Facebook

An Austrian waging a battle against Facebook’s privacy policies said Wednesday that 25,000 users of the social networking giant have signed on to his class action lawsuit. The suit, filed by lawyer Max Schrems, claims a symbolic 500 euros ($660) per plaintiff from Facebook ...

U.S. seeks email access after death

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. seeks email access after death

A group of influential U.S. lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to online accounts when a person dies. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan Wednesday to automatically give loved ones access to a ...

Jul 12, 2014

Mood changes from Facebook

Facebook at least learned one thing from its secretive experiment to manipulate users' news feeds to find out how their moods changed. It produced a lot of negative emotions in response.

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Jul 8, 2014

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaida offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. Over the weekend, websites previously used by the group ...

Jul 4, 2014

Scientific journal calls Facebook experiment 'a concern'

The scientific journal that published a controversial Facebook experiment on mood manipulation said Thursday it was concerned that the company did not follow scientific ethics and principles of informed consent. While it stopped short of retracting the study, the Proceedings of the National Academy ...