Social Media

Google Says It Tracks Personal Student Data, but Not for Advertising

What does Google do with the personal information it collects from children who use Google products at school? That has become a pressing question for privacy advocates as Google has quickly grown into one of the nation’s largest providers of educational technology in K-12 schools. Now Google has provided some answers to that question in a seven-page letter to Sen. ... Read More »

Facebook Messenger Has a Hidden Chess Game; Here’s How to Get Started

The Facebook Messenger app, which many of us use every day for chatting and voice calls, has a hidden chess game. The game can be played by any user in a personal chat window. It works on the Messenger app for Android and iOS, the Messenger Web client (www.messenger.com), and via messages on the Facebook Web interface. To play chess ... Read More »

Facebook Messenger Gets Multiple Account Support; SMS Integration Being Tested

Facebook has confirmed that it is testing the return of SMS support for the Messenger app on limited Android users. SMS integration in Messenger will once again allow users to send and receive SMS messages from the app. The company has separately added multiple accounts support for users of the Messenger app for Android. A company spokesperson confirmed the SMS ... Read More »

Storyful Editor to Join Facebook to Manage Journalism Partnerships

The managing editor of News Corp’s social media news agency Storyful said on Wednesday she is leaving to manage journalism partnerships at Facebook Inc, as the social network broadens its push into news. Aine Kerr said in a blog post on Storyful’s site that she would leave later this month. She linked her announcement to a separate post from Storyful ... Read More »

Twitter’s CEO Making Big Product Changes, but Users Not Wowed

Since returning to Twitter Inc in July, Chief Executive, Jack Dorsey has made a handful of dramatic changes to the micro-blogging service – and promised more. But the new features so far have been unsuccessful at doing the one thing Wall Street wants most: getting more people to use the service. Analysts say Twitter’s stock price, which has reached record ... Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg Calls Andreesen’s ‘Anti-Colonialism’ Comments ‘Upsetting’

Marc Andreessen, a prominent venture capitalist and Facebook Inc board director, apologised on Wednesday for tweets that condemned the Indian government for banning the social media company’s free Internet service. India introduced rules on Monday preventing Internet service providers from having different pricing policies for accessing different parts of the Web, effectively dismantling Facebook’s Free Basics programme, which offers a ... Read More »

Twitter Woes Deepen as User Base Fails to Grow

Twitter’s woes deepened Wednesday as the struggling messaging platform said it failed to add users in the past quarter, adding to concerns it is lagging in the fast-moving world of social networks. The San Francisco group said its base of monthly active users was 320 million at the end of last year, unchanged from the previous quarter. And excluding those ... Read More »

With Restraint, YouTube Rolls Out Original Programming

Michael “Burnie” Burns hears a discrepancy. Before greeting moviegoers at the debut of his film, the writer-actor is eavesdropping on all the big-budget movie trailers playing ahead of his much smaller crowdfunded concoction, “Lazer Team.” Suddenly, a roar from a monster in one of the previews literally rattles the theater’s walls. “I bet the sound budget for that was bigger ... Read More »

Google, Apple Face Kremlin Tax Fire for ‘Milking’ Russia

When he’s not checking Gmail on his MacBook, Vladimir Putin’s new Internet czar can’t stop railing against American technology companies. Google, Apple and Microsoft, collectively worth more than Russia’s gross domestic product, have all entered German Klimenko’s crosshairs since he was named Putin’s first Internet adviser six weeks ago. In a 90-minute interview peppered with expletives, Klimenko said forcing Google ... Read More »

Brands Need to Make Online Mobile Shopping Easier: Facebook

Although young shoppers are increasingly buying smartphones online, they believe brands can further improve this by providing a seamless experience across a variety of channels on the path to purchase, a new Facebook study has revealed. Shoppers are increasingly turning to mobiles for research, comparing prices and even making their final purchase. “Indeed, 45 percent of all shopping journeys today ... Read More »