Social media boosts cat adoption efforts
Social media boosts cat adoption efforts

Social media is gradually transforming the process of rescuing and adopting animals. With pictures and bios, shelter cats become more than just an idea; they're personalized, with faces and stories to tell.

Skin deep: Researchers show solar-cell implants can power a pacemaker
Skin deep: Researchers show solar-cell implants can power a pacemaker

In the near future, catching some sun might do more than get you a tan and some vitamin D. Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have shown that solar cells placed under the skin can generate enough energy year-round to power a typical pacemaker.

Top 5 social media trends for businesses in 2017
Top 5 social media trends for businesses in 2017

These new developments might change how you use social media.

60 percent of government data requests from Facebook come with a gag order
60 percent of government data requests from Facebook come with a gag order

Facebook's new transparency report highlights that not only are government requests up, but 60 percent of them also come with a gag order, preventing Facebook from notifying users that their data is being requested.

Could lots of time spent on social media be tied to depression?
Could lots of time spent on social media be tied to depression?

The more time young adults spend using popular social media, the greater the link to depression, new research suggests.

Too much social media could mess up your sleep
Too much social media could mess up your sleep

Young adults who spend too much time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram may pay the price in poor sleep, new research suggests.

Soon chatting about your favorite shows on Facebook will affect their Nielsen ratings
Soon chatting about your favorite shows on Facebook will affect their Nielsen ratings

In the first half of 2016, Facebook will become a factor in how Nielsen gauges a TV show's ratings, with Instagram following at some point in the future.

Today’s teens prefer to make and keep friendships online, rather than off
Today’s teens prefer to make and keep friendships online, rather than off

According to a new Pew Research Center study entitled "Teens, Technology, and Friendships," today's adolescents actually prefer to make friends online, and keep their relationship to the confines of the Internet.

Facebook is main political news source for 61 percent of millennials
Facebook is main political news source for 61 percent of millennials

The stereotype goes that millennials don't pay attention to news or politics. However, they do follow it to a certain extent. A new Pew Research study revealed that Facebook is the main political news source for young Americans.

Facebook search now lets you relive all your old status updates
Facebook search now lets you relive all your old status updates

Earlier today, Facebook announced that the search function on mobile and the Web version of the social network will give users the ability to bring up specific posts in search results. 

What?! If you post a photo of the Eiffel Tower on Facebook, you could be fined
What?! If you post a photo of the Eiffel Tower on Facebook, you could be fined

Copyrights probably aren't the first thing you think about when you're on vacation in Paris, but it turns out that some landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower, are actually protected by copyright laws.

Ello promises an ad-free social network that doesn’t mine your data
Ello promises an ad-free social network that doesn’t mine your data

Ello is a fledgling social network looking to pinch users disgruntled by the advertising and data mining carried out by the bigger sites.

Internet for all: Facebook to start testing Wi-Fi drones next year
Internet for all: Facebook to start testing Wi-Fi drones next year

Both Facebook and Google are battling it out to become the first high-profile company to bring Internet connectivity to remote locations around the world, with the social networking giant this week revealing further details of its drone-based initiative that it hopes will enable it to achieve its goal.

Researchers believe future crimes can be predicted by analyzing mobile data
Researchers believe future crimes can be predicted by analyzing mobile data

Can police departments gain the ability to predict crimes by analyzing mobile data?

Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Facebook leads police to wanted man
Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Facebook leads police to wanted man

When 20-year-old Jesean Morris decided to post an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video on his Facebook page, it's unlikely that he thought it would lead to his arrest by police officers.

British gov't reportedly intercepting conversations from Facebook, Twitter, and Google
British gov't reportedly intercepting conversations from Facebook, Twitter, and Google

The British government is reportedly intercepting communications from social networks, emails and text messages even when there is no suspicion of wrongdoing.

Track the #WorldCup on Facebook, Twitter
Track the #WorldCup on Facebook, Twitter

Facebook and Twitter are getting into the World Cup spirit with dedicated pages for the grand event.

What happens when Facebook knows every step you take, every move you make?
What happens when Facebook knows every step you take, every move you make?

What could Facebook do if it knew exactly where all its users were every minute of the day?

You can now use Twitter to add things to your #AmazonCart
You can now use Twitter to add things to your #AmazonCart

Provided by Amazon has just rolled out #AmazonCart, which lets users add items to their cart by including a hashtag in a tweet.

Justice Department furious as tech companies defy gag orders
Justice Department furious as tech companies defy gag orders

Tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft reportedly plan to inform more people about government and law enforcement requests for their data, including emails, and other online activity.

Facebook just bought Oculus VR
Facebook just bought Oculus VR

Facebook has announced the acquisition of Oculus VR, the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, in a deal worth $2 billion. The details are expected to be finalized by early summer.

Selfie trend pushing demand for plastic surgery
Selfie trend pushing demand for plastic surgery

Have you ever taken a selfie, looked at it, decided your nose looked massive and promptly booked an appointment with your local plastic surgeon? Probably not, but many have.

Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama over NSA spying, dubs it 'a threat' to the Internet
Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama over NSA spying, dubs it 'a threat' to the Internet

In a Facebook post, the social network's co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said U.S. government surveillance efforts are "a threat" to a free and open Internet – so much so that he claims to have called President Barack Obama to express his "frustration" about the issue.

Facebook hopes new rules will curb illegal gun sales
Facebook hopes new rules will curb illegal gun sales

Facebook announced policy changes affecting the way firearms are advertised and sold on the social networking site. Instagram, which Facebook acquired back in 2012, is also affected by the new rules.

On Twitter, Tea party and left wing tweeters stay separate
On Twitter, Tea party and left wing tweeters stay separate

Twitter is the site of plenty of political chatter. But for people with opposing views, Twitter isn't exactly a place to come together and micro-blog towards a better understanding.

Curses! People swear a lot on Twitter, and here are the most popular words
Curses! People swear a lot on Twitter, and here are the most popular words

Some people use Twitter to share links and keep up with what's going on in the world. Others use it to troll people, writing nasty messages with mean language .

February 20th, 9:50 AM PST
TV audiences increasingly turn to Facebook for their real-time gossip fix
TV audiences increasingly turn to Facebook for their real-time gossip fix

People used to talk about last night's "I Love Lucy" episode the day after it aired, around the water cooler. These days, audiences can discuss "Downton Abbey" with all their friends and family simultaneously (not just their dreaded co-workers), before the episode is even over.

February 13th, 10:11 AM PST
Are you ready for this Jelly? A look at Biz Stone's new social Q&A app
Are you ready for this Jelly? A look at Biz Stone's new social Q&A app

One of the founders of Twitter has created a new app. Is it worth your time to download it?

January 8th, 12:13 PM PST
See how Twitter said 'Happy New Year' around the world
See how Twitter said 'Happy New Year' around the world

Did you wish your Twitter followers a happy New Year? Plenty of Twitter users did as 2014 began, according to an interactive map created by Twitter.

January 3rd, 11:50 AM PST
Prankster's 'cell phone crashing' video turns into YouTube hit
Prankster's 'cell phone crashing' video turns into YouTube hit

Here's something amusing to take you into the weekend.

December 20th, 9:09 AM PST
Celebrity deaths and birthdays top the most popular tweets of 2013
Celebrity deaths and birthdays top the most popular tweets of 2013

The year 2013 has been huge for Twitter, especially for celebrity news.

December 13th, 12:09 PM PST
Hackers stole 2M Facebook, Twitter and Google passwords
Hackers stole 2M Facebook, Twitter and Google passwords

"Criminal botnet" sounds like something from a forgotten sci-fi serial from the 1970s, but turns out they're real, and they'll steal your passwords.

December 5th, 12:44 PM PST
NSA spies on porn habits
NSA spies on porn habits

What's the one online activity that most people don't want anyone to know about? Porn watching habits, of course.

November 27th, 8:39 AM PST
The latest site stealing teens from Facebook is... YouTube
The latest site stealing teens from Facebook is... YouTube

The relationship status between teen Internet users and Facebook is perennially set to "it's complicated," and we've known that for a while now.

November 7th, 11:26 AM PST
Facebook knows when you're going to get dumped
Facebook knows when you're going to get dumped

If you want to know if your love life is on track without having to explicitly ask your partner, apparently you can turn to Facebook. A new study uncovered a frighteningly accurate approach at using Facebook friendships to gauge how connected you and your significant other are.

October 30th, 1:31 PM PDT

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