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Facebook app to add stickers on friends' faces
Facebook app to add stickers on friends' faces

A Facebook app now lets you put huge emoticons and cute cartoons over your friends' faces with ease.

Teenagers are leaving Facebook: Survey

Facebook is less popular among teenagers than last year, says a survey, adding that 88 percent of teenagers now use the social network against 94 percent last year.

Instagram worth $35 bn, surpasses Twitter
Instagram worth $35 bn, surpasses Twitter

Photo sharing website Instagram, which has more than 16 billion users - a figure much higher than Twitter - has been valued at $35 billion by Citigroup.

Global internet authority ICANN's internal systems hacked

Global internet authority ICANN that allocates IP addresses and domain names for the internet has reportedly been hacked.

Tweets with images, hashtags get more re-tweets
Tweets with images, hashtags get more re-tweets

A study that analysed two million tweets has found images in a tweet increases chances of its re-tweet more than four times.

Twitter to team up with Foursquare to add location to tweets
Twitter to team up with Foursquare to add location to tweets

In an important development, Social networks Twitter and Foursquare may form a partnership to build location information into tweets.

Facebook testing new classifieds feature within Groups
Facebook testing new classifieds feature within Groups

 Social networking site Facebook is reportedly experimenting with a feature where Group members can post details about the items they intend to sell instead of the usual status updates.

Hackers trick way into ICANN computers
Hackers trick way into ICANN computers

The private agency that acts as a gatekeeper for the Internet has said that hackers tricked their way into its computers.

Facebook now auto-enhances your photos
Facebook now auto-enhances your photos

Facebook has now started improving the contrast and lighting of all images uploaded by the users.

Twitter in two minds over autoplaying videos on users' timeline
Twitter in two minds over autoplaying videos on users' timeline

 Social networking site Twitter is reportedly in two minds over autoplaying videos on its users' timeline.

Facebook launches new feature to enhance photos by default
Facebook launches new feature to enhance photos by default

Facebook has launched a new feature wherein the photos that people post from their phones would be enhanced by default with the app adjusting lighting, shadows and general clarity.

Instagram updates five new filters for users to experiment with still images
Instagram updates five new filters for users to experiment with still images

Photo-sharing site Instagram has unveiled new features for enhancing photos giving its users more choices to experiment with still photos.

Narendra Modi most searched personality on Google
Narendra Modi most searched personality on Google

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most searched personality-cum-politician in the virtual world this year, global search engine Google said Tuesday.

Facebook's India user base grows to 112 million
Facebook's India user base grows to 112 million

 Growing internet penetration and a large youth population has helped world's largest social network platform Facebook expand its userbase in India to 112 million -- the second largest after the US.

Forced to pay for content, Google News closes in Spain

US giant Google today went ahead with a vow to shut down its popular online news service Google News in Spain in protest at a new law which would make it pay for content.

Experts say no security can ensure cybercrime prevention

 Security experts say there are no possible solutions to ensure full-proof security and prevent future cyber attacks.

Google may introduce 'buy now' button allowing users to purchase products through search result page
Google may introduce 'buy now' button allowing users to purchase products through search result page

Google is reportedly working on its " buy now" button to compete with Amazon wherein the users would be able to shop online and purchase products with a single click right through Google's own search result page.

Govt plans to roll out wifi in top 25 cities by June 2015
Govt plans to roll out wifi in top 25 cities by June 2015

Government is looking for a speedy roll out of wifi services at select public places in top 25 cities with population of over 10 lakh by June 2015.

Street artist Banksy most Googled person under 'who is' phrase in 2014
Street artist Banksy most Googled person under 'who is' phrase in 2014

Street artist Banksy was the name people most typed on Google after the phrase "who is" in 2014.

Google fined in Petrobras probe in Brazil
Google fined in Petrobras probe in Brazil

A Brazilian court says it has fined Google around USD 200,000 for refusing to intercept emails needed in a corruption investigation at state-run oil company Petrobras.

Google celebrates Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky's 148th birthday with a doodle
Google celebrates Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky's 148th birthday with a doodle

Internet search giant Google on Tuesday celebrated Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky’s 148th birthday with one of its trademark doodles.

Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation
Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation

Microsoft announced today a new step toward real-time translation, launching a Spanish-English test program using its Skype messaging service.

Google launches Hindi advertising service
Google launches Hindi advertising service

Online search giant Google has launched Hindi ads on its display network to allow advertisers reach out to 500 million Hindi speakers across the world.

Excessive Facebook use associated with substance abuse: Study
Excessive Facebook use associated with substance abuse: Study

Social media such as Facebook may not only be addictive, it could also be associated with impulse control disorders, including substance abuse, a new study has warned.

Researchers to scan social media use during disasters

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Ohio-based Kent State University $300,000 grant to study public responses to disaster warnings and alerts across social media.

More flexible digital communication in the offing
More flexible digital communication in the offing

A team led by an Indian-American scientist has begun to describe theoretical limits on the degree of imprecision that communicating computers can tolerate - with very real implications for the design of communication protocols.

2014: Spotlight moments in News and Politics on Twitter
2014: Spotlight moments in News and Politics on Twitter

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to stand out this year on Twitter, in terms of trends, it was also the Kashmir's massive floods that caught the nation's attention as they came together to save the lives of people stranded in the worst floods in nearly six decades in the state.  

Now get a stranger to wake you up

Wish to hear a stranger's voice instead of an alarm bell the first thing in the morning? Then the Wakie app is meant just for you.

Social media reactions after terrorist attack studied
Social media reactions after terrorist attack studied

Emotional reactions on Twitter in the hours and weeks following a terrorist attack can help predict where public fears will be heightened most as a result of the incident, a new study says.

Facebook removes Bing search engine from its platform after 4 years
Facebook removes Bing search engine from its platform after 4 years

Facebook has reportedly announced its decision to remove the Bing search engine from its platform as it ends a four-year-long online relationship with Microsoft's search engine.