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Bits Blog: Dutch Regulator Investigates Facebook’s Privacy Policy

Facebook is in the crosshairs of the Dutch privacy regulator, which is investigating the social network’s revamped privacy policy to see if it complies with the country’s tough data protection rules.
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Bits Blog: Uber Stumbles in Sydney Standoff

With the police cordoning off part of Sydney, Australia, over a hostage-taking on Monday, many who were stranded in the area were forced to pay roughly four times the normal Uber rate, according to complaints on social media. Continue reading

Tech Week: Instagram Vs. Twitter And Europe Vs. Google

Instagram beat Twitter on a key metric, but Twitter’s co-founder says he doesn’t care. And Google’s woes in Europe continued as the tech giant shut down Google News in Spain over a new law there. Continue reading

Facebook’s Auto-playing Videos in an ISIS Era

Want to avoid accidental video views? Don’t expect easy opt-outs or warning tags. Continue reading

Four-year-old Comment Security Bug Affects 86 Percent of WordPress Sites

Bug allows script attack that could be used to hijack sites or attack visitors. Continue reading

Crowd Investing Opens up High Finance

How crowd investment platforms are shaking up start-up land Continue reading

Iran frees ‘Blogfather’ Derakhshan

Iran’s Supreme Leader has pardoned the pioneering Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan after six years in prison, Iranian media report. Continue reading

Disruptions: Social Media Bots Offer Phony Friends and Real Profit

Bots number in the millions, for good reason. Continue reading

Twitter Will Now Let You Search Every Tweet Ever Sent

Twitter is soon making it possible for users to search through every one of the half-trillion tweets sent over the past eight years. Continue reading

Bits Blog: WhatsApp Adds Improved Encryption on Android Phones

The popular messaging platform is getting more secure with technology from Open Whisper Systems. Continue reading

Facebook Spins ‘Groups’ Into Separate App

Facebook, in its continuing effort to unbundle its core features into standalone services, is launching an app dedicated to Groups. Continue reading

WhatsApp Brings Encryption to Masses

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with more than 600 million users world-wide, is now encrypting text messages by Android users. Continue reading

Woman Posts “Love” of ISIS on Facebook, Charged with “Promoting” Terrorism

“Jihad for Allah’s sake” job description earns Facebook a search warrant. Continue reading

Missouri Man Fired for Posting Pictures of DHS Vans to Facebook

Navy vet says employers’ security chief called him a terrorist. Continue reading

Chinese Social Network Renren Invests In Hong Kong Startup GoGoVan

Chinese social network company Renren has taken a stake in GoGoVan this month, providing the Hong Kong-based startup additional funding for expansion across Asia. Continue reading

Facebook Heads Into the Workplace

Facebook plans to launch ‘Facebook at Work,’ in early January, according to a person briefed on the matter. The product will allow employees to communicate and collaborate on projects. Continue reading

Snapchat Debuts Way to Send Cash to Friends in a Snap

Snapchat debuted a new tool with payment service Square that lets users of the mobile messaging app send each other cash with the swipe of a finger. Continue reading

Bits Blog: Facebook Testing Collaboration Tools for Businesses

The company is testing a new product called Facebook@Work, which will allow users to collaborate on projects through group chats and document collaboration with co-workers. Continue reading

Silk Road 2.0 Suspect’s Twitter Account Hijacked, Lawyer Says

Blake Benthall “remains in custody and thus, of course, is not tweeting.” Continue reading

Microsoft Wants To Mine Data Like A Social Network

Microsoft is going social. With more than a billion people using Office, the company hopes to gather data and create social tools to help users be more productive in their workplaces and lives. Continue reading