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Facebook to shut down Gifts service in latest e-commerce shift

Facebook Inc will shut its 2-year-old Gifts shop on Aug. 12, as the world`s largest social network tests other ways to let consumers buy products on its website.

Facebook extends closing of WhatsApp acquisition by a year

Social networking giant Facebook has extended by a year the closing of its landmark USD 19 billion deal to acquire instant messaging app WhatsApp.

Facebook introduces new app only for celebrities

Social networking site Facebook has launched a new app called `Mentions` for Facebook-recognised or verified celebrities to help them manage their public figure pages.

Facebook tests `buy` button for online purchases in US

Social networking website Facebook is testing a new feature that lets users `buy` items from advertisements shown on the page.

RIP Orkut! Google to shut down website on Sep 30

Orkut, Google`s first social networking site, will cease to exist after September, with the Internet giant deciding to shut down the service launched 10 years ago.

Facebook accepts blame for brief outage

Facebook took the blame today for a brief outage that resulted in a flood of comments -- chiefly on rival social network Twitter.

EBay`s PayPal president joins Facebook,to lead mobile messaging

Facebook announced it has hired the top executive of eBay`s PayPal division to lead the social network`s efforts to boost its mobile messaging.

Internet can help reduce depression among elderly

A new research that followed the lives of thousands of retired older Americans for six years, found that Internet use among the elderly can reduce the chances of depression by more than 30 percent.

Tumblr asks users to change passwords to protect against worst-ever virus `Heartbleed`

Social network Tumblr has reportedly asked its users to change their passwords in wake of the emergence of a recent bug called "Heartbleed," that has been exposing world`s major websites to theft by hackers.

Yahoo buying binge continues with Vizify takeover

Yahoo on Wednesday added Vizify to the long list of startups it has bought since former Google executive Marissa Mayer took the helm less than two years ago.

Social gaming websites are `effective weight loss tools`

A team of researchers has found that DietBet, a web-based commercial weight loss program that pairs financial incentives with social influence, delivers significant weight losses.

Fury at plan to turn French daily into `social network`

Journalists at France`s third-biggest national newspaper, Liberation, are reacting with fury at a surprise plan by the owners to try to turn around the struggling daily by transforming it into a "social network".

Facebook grabs social network Branch

Facebook today confirmed that it has grabbed a hold of Branch, a social network that focuses providing online forums for insightful conversations.

Google linking of social network contacts to email raises concerns

A new feature in Google Inc`s Gmail will result in some users receiving messages from people with whom they have not shared their email addresses, raising concerns among some privacy advocates.

Lena Dunham not a fan of social networking sites

Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham is not a fan of social networking sites and misses the good old days when they did not exist.

Facebook phases in "Unfollow" button

Facebook Inc has replaced its "Hide All" button with the more succinct "Unfollow," letting users block all messages and posts from selected friends.

Worldfloat beats Facebook with 25,000 free online movies

Social networking site Worldfloat has introduced free online movie watching service offering over 25,000 English and Hindi movies and plans to include films in other languages.

Instagram`s `scam app` tricked 100,000 users into giving away passwords

Online photo-sharing platform Instagram has reportedly tricked over 100,000 users into a scam called "InstLike".

Twitter was once named `Twitch`, `Smssy`, `Friendstalker`!

Twitter was not what it is called today, and was named as Twitch, Smssy and even weird Friendstalker, a book about the birth of the microblogging site by Nick Bilton has revealed.