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Thursday, July 27, 2017
  

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth reaches record high

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg saw his net worth reach a record high of $66.7 billion over the weekend after shares of the social network’s stock continued to climb last...

Airbnb host ordered to pay $5,000 after racist texts canceling Asian-American guest’s reservation

An Airbnb host must pay $5,000 and take a college-level course in Asian-American studies after telling a guest that she was canceling her reservation because she is Asian. The host also...

Trump sued for blocking people on Twitter

While most Americans want President Trump to stop tweeting, some Americans are now suing him for blocking them from seeing his tweets. Last month, the Knight First Amendment Institute sent Trump a letter, asking...

Facebook to show more ads in Messenger

Expect more ads in Facebook Messenger. The social media giant on Tuesday said that it will start allowing businesses worldwide to show ads within its messaging app, which has 1.2 billion users...

Facebook’s Oculus slashes price of VR headset and controllers in summer sale

Facebook’s Oculus is trying to get more customers to buy into virtual reality with a summer bargain. The virtual reality company said Monday it was cutting the price of its Rift headset...

Facebook, Twitter and other social media firms compete to stream FIFA World Cup highlights

When it comes to live-streaming sports, it’s game on for Facebook, Twitter and Snap. The social media firms offered tens of millions of dollars to 21st Century Fox for rights to highlight...

Twitter: Trump’s CNN attack tweet doesn’t violate rules

A tweet by Donald Trump Sunday, which parodied an old wrestling video to show a GIF of him beating up on someone whose face has the CNN logo superimposed on it,...

Facebook censorship bias detailed in internal documents

Facebook’s censorship policies are skewed to protect “groups” such as white men from hate speech, but not “subsets” such as black children, according to ProPublica, which published a report Wednesday based...

Facebook talking to Hollywood to produce original TV shows: report

Facebook appears to be sending friend requests to Hollywood studios to work on original television programming targeted toward young users. Like Apple and Google via YouTube, Facebook is seeking to produce video...

Facebook launches UK program to combat violence, terrorism with counterspeech

Facebook is adding more allies in its fight against violence and terrorism. On Friday, the tech firm launched a new program in the United Kingdom to help non-governmental organizations and anti-terrorism groups...

Twitter signs on to net neutrality ‘Day of Action’

The effort to preserve net neutrality as the FCC tries to dismantle it got a boost this week from Twitter, Medium and Soundcloud. They become the latest companies to pledge to participate...

Twitter shares continue to climb along with area temperatures

While a heatwave across the Bay Area had people across the region sweltering, there’s something else that’s hotter than many had expected: Twitter’s stock price. On Thursday, Twitter shares rose nearly 3...

Instagram vs. Snapchat: Rivalry between social media firms heats up

Instagram’s Stories — a Snapchat-like feature that allows users to post ephemeral photos and videos — is stealing more of its rival’s thunder. On Tuesday, Facebook-owned Instagram said 250 million people use...

Selfies spark outrage at scene of deadly London apartment fire

Call it the curse of the smartphone age. At least 79 people are dead following a tragic fire that gutted a London apartment building. And tourists are snapping selfies with the charred...

Facebook reveals more details about how it combats terrorism

Facebook on Thursday outlined how the tech firm is combating terrorism, pulling back the curtain on how the world’s largest social network is tackling the challenge as it faces more pressure...

‘COVFEFE Act’: lawmaker raises concerns about Trump’s deleted tweets

Who would have thought that “covfefe,” a mysterious term tweeted by President Trump, would become an acronym for legislation. A Democratic U.S. lawmaker on Monday introduced a bill that would amend the...

Can Facebook help news outlets grow subscribers?

Facebook is in early talks with publishers about how it can help media outlets grow their subscribers, including the possibility of releasing a feature this year that asks users to pay...

Facebook eyes San Francisco office space

Facebook is on the hunt for office space in San Francisco. A person familiar with the matter told SiliconBeat that the tech firm is looking at different locations throughout the city for a...

Twitter hack: Activists and journalists targeted in ‘Doubleswitch’ social media attack

Hackers have been taking over the Twitter accounts of activists and journalists to spread false information online, but they’re also making it harder for the victims to regain control of their...

Facebook study shows what TV viewers are doing during commercial breaks

Television viewers aren’t just tuning out during commercial breaks, they’re picking up their smartphones to check Facebook. The tech firm examined the Facebook activity of 537 people who said they watched the season...