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World Cup final breaks Facebook, Twitter records

World Cup final breaks Facebook, Twitter records

Germany’s World Cup final victory over Argentina smashed global records on Twitter, and has become the biggest sporting event in Facebook’s history, reports The Guardian. Twitter said that Germany’s 1-0 victory peaked at 618,725 tweets a minute, easily breaking the previous record of 580,166 set during the team’s 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the...

Facebook buys video ad technology firm

Facebook has acquired LiveRail - a tech start-up that helps companies place more relevant ads in the videos that appear on their websites and apps. LiveRail also provides a real-time bidding platform for marketers looking to place ads on online videos. The firms did not reveal the financial terms, but some reports indicate that Facebook paid between $400m and $500m (£233m and £291m) to buy the firm. Online video advertising is forecast to grow robustly in the coming years. "More relevant ads will...

Google launches Instagram account

Google launches Instagram account

Now Google cannot resist itself from joining in Instagram as the search giant, in a joint-celebration over the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube today launched its own account there. At the opening session, Google post a video, showing today’s time-sinking Google Doodle, reports USA based techcrunch.com.   The company announced the account via Twitter, and...

Govt asks Facebook to remove 3 contents

Govt asks Facebook to remove 3 contents

Bangladesh government has asked the Facebook authorities to remove three contents from its website, published between July and December 2013, a report by the social media giant says. Facebook published its second transparency report on April 11 this year. The first transparency report published in June 2013 said that Bangladesh government had asked for personal...

Visionary or looney? Zuckerberg on spending spree

Visionary or looney? Zuckerberg on spending spree

Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders whether Zuckerberg "is nuts" for agreeing to pay $2 billion for Oculus less than five weeks after inking a deal...

Facebook buys virtual reality firm

Facebook buys virtual reality firm

Facebook has announced it will buy Oculus VR, a Californian company which specialises in virtual reality products, for around $2bn (£1.2bn). The start-up's flagship product, the Oculus Rift, is a goggle-like "immersive" headset for video gaming. It was developed with funds raised through crowd funding site Kickstarter, and subsequent investment. Facebook's boss, Mark Zuckerberg, said Oculus'...

Facebook headquarters cleared after false threat

Facebook headquarters cleared after false threat

Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Northern California to investigate a threat they later found wasn't credible. Menlo Park police Commander Dave Bertini says Facebook's campus was locked down Tuesday night after San Francisco police passed on a report of a threat shortly after 7:00pm. Bertini says the threat was found to be unsubstantiated and not...

Facebook unveils news feed redesign, one year later

Facebook unveils news feed redesign, one year later

Facebook started to roll out a redesign for its news feed yesterday, almost exactly one year after the company initially announced a major overhaul at its Menlo Park, California, headquarters. The new look includes font changes and more prominent photos that span the entire news feed, but the overall look is more subtle than...

Facebook tightens rules on gun posts

Facebook tightens rules on gun posts

The world's biggest social networking site Facebook has tightened its rules on posts relating to guns. The site said it will remove posts from users who "indicate a willingness" to break the law - like requiring no background check - to sell firearms. Access to posts related to sale of guns and other regulated items...

Facebook buying drone firm

Facebook buying drone firm

Facebook is in negotiations to buy a drone manufacturer with the aim of using its high-altitude autonomous aircraft to beam internet connections to isolated communities in Africa, according to reports. The social networking company is one of the main backers of the internet.org project, which aims to connect the large parts of the world...

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