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Facebook: We’re Not Giving User Data to the Turkish Government Facebook: We’re Not Giving User Data to the Turkish Government

Facebook wants to make it clear that they are not handing over user data to the Turkish government, even if some reports may suggests otherwise. Not only that but Facebook says that they intend to “communicate strong concerns” to Turkish …

Yahoo Joins Others, Reports Data Request Numbers Yahoo Joins Others, Reports Data Request Numbers
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Like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and more, Yahoo is the latest tech company to release a transparency report in light of the recent allegations that they were involved in the NSA’s secret surveillance & data-mining initiative, PRISM. Yahoo reports between 12,000 …

Apple Also Reveals How Often the Government Asks for User Data Apple Also Reveals How Often the Government Asks for User Data

Apple has joined Facebook and Microsoft in revealing non-specific figures on governmental requests for user data following the PRISM leaks that have forced many tech companies to defend themselves against claims of playing fast and loose with user data. Apple’s …

Facebook Get Its Transparency Wish, Reports on National Security-Related Data Requests Facebook Get Its Transparency Wish, Reports on National Security-Related Data Requests

On the heels of the leaked documents detailing the National Security Agency’s secret internet surveillance initiative, PRISM, companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were quick to deny any voluntary involvement in providing troves of user data to the U.S. …

Facebook’s Luleå, Sweden Data Center Goes Live Facebook’s Luleå, Sweden Data Center Goes Live

Facebook’s newest and most efficient and sustainable data center is now live. The data center in Luleå, Sweden has just begun to handle live traffic from around the world, according to Facebook. The Luleå data center is Facebook’s first center …

Smartphone Shipments Will Finally Pass Feature Phones This Year Smartphone Shipments Will Finally Pass Feature Phones This Year

2013 will be the year that global smartphone shipments finally top feature phones, according to new figured from NPD. According to the research firm, global smartphone shipments will hit 937 million units this year. That will just outpace global feature …

Twitter Acquires Data Visualization Company Lucky Sort Twitter Acquires Data Visualization Company Lucky Sort

Twitter has just announced that data visualization company Lucky Sort has just joined the flocked. Terms of the deal have not be released. Lucky sort is a two-year-old data analytics service that “makes huge document sets easier to analyze, summarize …

Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center To Be “Among the Most Advanced of Its Kind” Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center To Be “Among the Most Advanced of Its Kind”
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Facebook has officially announced a brand new data center in Altoona, Iowa, which they say will be among the “most advanced and energy efficient facilities of its kind” when it’s completed. The data center will be built with the same …

Foursquare Day Celebrated with Cool Visualization of Your Year of Check-ins Foursquare Day Celebrated with Cool Visualization of Your Year of Check-ins

Well guys, it’s 4/16, April 16th, which means its officially Foursquare Day (four, squared). It’s the fourth annual celebration of Foursquare, an event that was first begun as a grassroots effort and has morphed into a much larger-scale app-holiday that …

Facebook Rolling Out Action-Based Status Option That Links to Pages Facebook Rolling Out Action-Based Status Option That Links to Pages
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After testing the new feature back in January, Facebook has officially launched their new action-based statuses that let you share how you’re feeling or what you’re doing with a fun little emoticon. And and automatic link to the relevant Facebook …

Teens Have Lost Interest in Facebook Over the Past 6 Months Teens Have Lost Interest in Facebook Over the Past 6 Months
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Is Facebook losing its stranglehold over young social media users? According to some data from an bi-annual survey, the answer is yes. And it’s not that social media in general is losing its cool factor, it’s that other networks like …

Pakistan’s Mobiilink Offers Free Tweeting to Its Customers Pakistan’s Mobiilink Offers Free Tweeting to Its Customers

Whenever a country that has a history of internet censorship gains better access to one of the internet’s most important tools, it’s big news. And that’s exactly what has happened today. Starting today, Pakistan’s largest provider of cellular services has …

Facebook’s Gay Marriage Support Map Looks Exactly How You’d Expect It to Look Facebook’s Gay Marriage Support Map Looks Exactly How You’d Expect It to Look
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As you may remember, Facebook was painted red on Tuesday as marriage equality supporters changed their profile pictures to a red and pink equals sign to show their support of the cause. The image was shared by the Human Rights …

Facebook Trails Only Email and Web Browsing in New Mobile Use Survey Facebook Trails Only Email and Web Browsing in New Mobile Use Survey

A new IDC Research report, sponsored by Facebook, looks at the various ways in which people are using their mobile devices during a typical week. The study, which looked at the mobile habits of nearly 7,500 18-44-year-olds over the course …

Facebook: More People See Your Posts Than You Think Facebook: More People See Your Posts Than You Think
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The question of how Facebook decides how many people see the content that you post has been a pretty volatile topic over the last few months. Basically, Facebook has been accused to limiting the reach of people and page’s normal …

Foursquare’s Voice Media Group Data Integration Goes Live Foursquare’s Voice Media Group Data Integration Goes Live

Last month, Foursquare announced a partnership with Voice Media Group, publishers of regional magazines like Miami New Times, L.A. Weekly, and Village Voice. The partnership brings Voice Media Groups’s products like “Voice Places” and “Best of” to Foursquare’s location services. …

Foursquare Uses 3B Check-ins, 10M Tips to Construct ‘Best of’ Lists for 30 U.S. Cities Foursquare Uses 3B Check-ins, 10M Tips to Construct ‘Best of’ Lists for 30 U.S. Cities

Foursquare has just launched a new “Best of” page that makes use of nearly 3 billion check-ins from over 30 million users worldwide. The Best of Foursquare page breaks down the top food, nightlife, and entertainment across 30 major American …

Foursquare Partners with Voice Media Group for More Local Data Foursquare Partners with Voice Media Group for More Local Data

Foursquare is looking to give users access to even more information about locations in some of the country’s biggest markets. Today, they’ve announced a “strategic data syndication partnership” with Voice Media Group – more specifically their “Voice Places” and “Best …

Instagram Adds Facebook Data Sharing to Privacy Policy (Without a Meaningless Vote) Instagram Adds Facebook Data Sharing to Privacy Policy (Without a Meaningless Vote)
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Earlier this month, Facebook held its third and final Site Governance vote. Facebook’s Site Governance system allowed users to vote on proposed changes to their terms and data us policies. While the vote was unique because it turned out to …

Facebook Officially Kills the User Vote Facebook Officially Kills the User Vote

Yesterday the voting period ended on Facebook’s third and final Site Governance vote, and we told you that the results overwhelmingly supported keeping the current SSR and Data Use polices. Of course, we also told you that it didn’t matter …

Facebook Just Eliminated Voting That Doesn’t Matter with a Vote That Didn’t Matter Facebook Just Eliminated Voting That Doesn’t Matter with a Vote That Didn’t Matter
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And with that, Facebook’s tepid attempt at democracy comes to a close. Voting is over in Facebook’s third (and final) Site Governance vote. With just under 700,000 votes cast, Facebook users overwhelmingly voted against proposed changes to Facebook’s SSR and …