Facebook Launches Human-Curated Events and Slideshow Movie-Maker

Facebook is introducing a human-curated list of Featured Events. The new Facebook feature will be currently limited to iOS users in the US and will be available specifically in 10 cities. Additionally, Facebook will start offering an inbuilt slideshow movie-maker option to its users. TechCrunch reports that the new Featured Events will appear on top of the list of upcoming meetings. Notably,Facebook’s Events has been available to users since long and is reportedly used by roughly 550 million users each month. The feature previously recommended Events to users based on…

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Trolls Who Impersonate Others Online Could Face UK Charges

Britain’s prosecution service says people could be charged if they create fake online profiles in order to harass or humiliate others. The Crown Prosecution Service says it is updating its guidelines to reflect “new and emerging crimes” in the social media age. Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said Thursday that “we are seeing more and more cases where social media is being used as a method to facilitate both existing and new offenses,” including domestic abuse and violence against women. The new guidelines say that it may be an…

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The Fastest-Growing ‘News’ Site of 2015 Was an Obscure Content Farm for Moms

You have probably never heard of the LittleThings.com – and Little Things is really proud of that. They’ve only been around 15 months, too short a time to be a household name just yet. And still, somehow, this unremarkable, freshly dug well of “inspiring, uplifting, and engaging content” pulls in something like 1.7 million unique visitors a day. In fact, on January 21, the web analytics firm SimilarWeb declared it the fastest-growing news site of 2015. It started the year ranked 6.7 millionth of all sites in the “news and…

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Egypt Arrests Facebook Page Administrators Ahead of Revolt Anniversary

Egyptian security forces have arrested two people for managing multiple Facebook pages they said were used to support the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and encourage protest, the Interior Ministry said. The move intensified a security crackdown on dissent in the run-up to the fifth anniversary of the uprising that began on Jan. 25, 2011 and ended Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic 30-year rule. Protest marches and rallies then were often organised by youth activists on Facebook and other social media platforms. Egyptian security forces have arrested several activists and shut down cultural spaces…

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Facebook and Google are fighting it out in Indian villages for the ultimate internet supremacy

Two of the world’s largest internet companies, Google and Facebook, are fighting for internet supremacy in Indian villages.  On Dec. 16, Google CEO Sundar Pichai—on his first overseas visit as the new head of the search giant—addressed a packed ballroom in Delhi. Dressed in a casual grey shirt and jeans, the Indian Institute of Technology graduate spoke about how India is going to be central to Google’s expansion plans in the coming years.  “Over the next three years, we plan to help more than 300,000 villages across India go online,”…

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