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Twitter Not Reliable Predictor of Election Outcomes

By Amy Tennery NEW YORK, Feb 17 – In politics, it is said that all press is good press. But that does not necessarily apply to tweets, according to a study released this week. In fact, it is difficult to predict the outcome of an election based on the amount of Twitter buzz a candidate

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Egypt Arrests Facebook Page Administrators Ahead of Revolt Anniversary

CAIRO, Jan 14 – Egyptian security forces have arrested the administrators of 47 Facebook pages that the interior ministry says are run by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, intensifying a crackdown on dissent as the fifth anniversary of a 2011 uprising approaches. The popular revolt that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule began with marches on Jan.

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India’s Gatekeepers

Facebook’s battle for primacy in India has its detractors BY Padmaparna Ghosh Since mid-December, Indian newspapers have sported full-page advertisements with a joyous photo of Ganesh, his wife and two children. Ganesh, a farmer in an undisclosed part of India, is the face of a Facebook initiative called Free Basics, which aims to provide free—but

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Zuckerberg Unveils 2016 Plans for Artificially Intelligent Butler

By Suzanne Barlyn NEW YORK, Jan 4 – Mark Zuckerberg wants to build an artificially intelligent assistant in 2016 to help run his home and assist him at work, the Facebook Inc. founder and chief executive said on Sunday. Zuckerberg, who commits to a new personal challenge every year, revealed his plan in a Facebook

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‘Facebook At Work’ To Launch in Coming Months

By Anya George Tharakan Dec 10 – Facebook at Work, Facebook Inc’s professional version of its social network, is expected to launch in the coming months, after spending a year in tests, a company executive said. The new service, geared towards workplace collaboration, is nearly identical to its ubiquitous social network, with a scrolling news

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Austrian Supreme Court to Decide on Lawsuit Against Facebook

VIENNA, Nov. 23 – Austrian student Max Schrems’s attempt to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook over its privacy policies will head to Austria’s Supreme Court to determine whether such collective legal action is allowed, his group said on Monday. The law student has claimed 500 euros ($531) in damages each for the more than

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Facebook Activates “Safety Check” For Nigeria Blasts After Criticism

Nov. 18 – Facebook Inc activated its “Safety Check” feature after deadly blasts in Nigeria late on Tuesday following criticism from users that the social media network was being selective about deploying it. Facebook usually activates the feature, which allows users to mark themselves as safe, after natural disasters, but not bombings or attacks. The

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