Consumer Web/Social Media

Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond

Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc (FB.O) that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company's website.

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Alibaba's latest mobile messaging effort: social networking for businesses

China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N), the world's biggest e-commerce company, is piloting a mobile messaging app aimed at marrying social networking with business, an Alibaba spokeswoman said on Friday, as the company expands its enterprise services.

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N.Y. Post says Twitter feed was hacked after erratic Tweets

The New York Post said some of its Twitter accounts were hacked on Friday, in the wake of a series of inaccurate posts on the social network relating to the Federal Reserve, Bank of America and U.S. military engagement with China.

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White House says net neutrality legislation not needed

The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called "net neutrality" rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.

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Google's Gmail blocked in China

Google Inc's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame.

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In North Korea, hackers are a handpicked, pampered elite

Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Google to introduce child-friendly versions of products

Google Inc plans to roll out child-friendly versions of its most popular products in a bid to be "fun and safe for children", USA Today reported, quoting Pavni Diwanji, the company's vice president of engineering.

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Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents

When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants.

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At China online coming-out party, Beijing spells out Internet control ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance - clean, controlled and choreographed.

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EU digital tsar warns monopolists; Google foes play down call for break-up

The European Union's top official for digital markets said on Monday he was concerned that big tech companies may be abusing dominant positions, but he also said investigations into Google must not be rushed.

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European Parliament may propose Google break-up in draft resolution

The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's (GOOGL.O) search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market.

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Yahoo CEO says Firefox deal will boost search market share

Yahoo Inc struck a deal with Firefox maker Mozilla Corp to replace Google Inc as the default search engine on the Firefox Web browser in the United States, a move that Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said will help boost its flagging search market share.

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Facebook developing a professional website 'Facebook at Work': FT

Facebook Inc is secretly working on a new website called "Facebook at Work" that would allow users to keep their personal profile separate from their work profile, the Financial Times reported.

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Yahoo buys video ad service BrightRoll for $640 million

Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) will pay about $640 million for automated advertising service BrightRoll, beefing up its ability to sell video ads in real-time to marketers.

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China's Xiaomi to buy stake in online video company Youku Tudou

Chinese video streaming firm Youku Tudou Inc (YOKU.N) said on Wednesday Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd [XTC.UL] will acquire a stake in the online video host.

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