Jul 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

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 ...

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

Jul 3, 2014

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

British data protection authorities are investigating revelations that Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on its users. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it wants to learn more about the circumstances of the experiment, carried out by two U.S. universities and the social network. ...

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Jun 30, 2014

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand “emotional contagion” in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into users’ news ...

Jun 25, 2014

Jihadis hone social media skills to win Iraq

Supporters of a powerful jihadi group are waging an online propaganda war in tandem with its battles on the ground in Iraq, where Sunni militants have overrun swaths of the country. For militant groups, the fight over public perception can be even more important ...

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

A mug shot of a handsome Californian arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 “likes” and drawing comments praising his chiseled face with high cheek bones and striking blue eyes. Jeremy Meeks, 30, a convicted felon, ...

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Jun 19, 2014

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free-speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision, to restrict access ...

New York kids look for $2,000 in treasure hunt

Jun 15, 2014

New York kids look for $2,000 in treasure hunt

The frenzied scavenger hunt for large sums of cash hidden in public hit New York on Saturday, with $2,000 in envelopes stashed across Central Park and Brooklyn. The brainchild of a group of wealthy friends in California, it was the first time the treasure ...

Less booze, more text for American teens: study

Jun 13, 2014

Less booze, more text for American teens: study

American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they are texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, the government has said. Generally speaking, the news is good. Most forms of drug use, weapons ...