China e-commerce giant Alibaba to list in U.S.

Mar 17, 2014

China e-commerce giant Alibaba to list in U.S.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group plans to go public on a U.S. stock exchange, possibly raising up to $15 billion in the biggest initial public offering since Facebook. The announcement Sunday confirming plans for a U.S. share sale ended months of speculation over where ...

1964 libel verdict vital in digital age

Mar 9, 2014

1964 libel verdict vital in digital age

Singer Courtney Love hadn’t been born and tweeting was reserved for birds when The New York Times won a landmark libel case at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964. But when a California jury recently decided that Love shouldn’t have to pay $8 million ...

'Which (blank) are you?' Online quizzes go viral

Mar 2, 2014

'Which (blank) are you?' Online quizzes go viral

For a compulsive online quiz-taker like Chrissy Noh, the temptation was too great to resist: “Which sandwich are you?” After answering a series of unscientific and seemingly unrelated questions, which included selecting her favorite doughnut from a lineup of frosted pastries, she had her ...

Feb 23, 2014

WhatsApp goes down following Facebook deal

WhatsApp’s 450 million worldwide users were unable to access the smartphone free-messaging service for several hours Saturday, three days after Facebook declared it was lavishing up to $19 billion on it. “Sorry we currently experiencing server issues. We hope to be back up and ...

Facebook snatches mobile limelight with WhatsApp takeover

Feb 20, 2014

Facebook snatches mobile limelight with WhatsApp takeover

Facebook’s $19 billion takeover of smartphone messaging service WhatsApp staked the social network’s place in dramatic fashion as a pivotal player in the mobile world. The U.S. social networking giant’s 29-year-old founder Mark Zuckerberg snatched the limelight ahead of his debut as the star ...

Facebook gives users range of genders

Feb 14, 2014

Facebook gives users range of genders

You don’t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms that people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: “him,” “her” or ...

| Feb 3, 2014

In the mobile Internet Age, ads watch you

by Glenn Chapman

Ads are evolving from blaring TV spots to nudges from smartphones that know where we are, what we like and what we might be in the mood for. The transformation promises to pick up speed thanks to Internet-linked eyewear or watches and technology that ...

Should we be scared by the rise of Zuck?

Feb 2, 2014

Should we be scared by the rise of Zuck?

by John Naughton

On Tuesday, Facebook will turn 10 years old. It has 1.23 billion users. Ponder those two facts for a moment. A company that did not exist 10 years ago now has as many users as India has people. If you wanted a case study ...