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Jan Koum, 38, co- founder of WhatsApp. (AP Photo/dpa, Marc Müller, File)

The unlikely founders behind WhatsApp’s rise

NEW YORK (AP) — WhatsApp isn’t your average Silicon Valley startup. The company’s founders Jan Koum, 38, and Brian Acton, 42, shun the media spotlight and are much older than your typical college dropout-turned CEO. […]

02/20/2014

This Feb. 19, 2014 photo shows the WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on an iPhone in New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

My love affair with WhatsApp. Does it have to end?

NEW YORK (AP) — When I used WhatsApp to tell my family about Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of the company that makes my favorite app, I punctuated the message with a string of crying emojis […]

02/20/2014

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Facebook buying messaging app WhatsApp for $16B

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for up to $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company’s largest acquisition. The world’s biggest social networking company said Wednesday that […]

02/19/2014

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What Facebook knows about love, in numbers

NEW YORK (AP) — With 1.23 billion users in all the flavors and up-and-down stages of romantic relationships, Facebook knows a thing or two about love. For example, two people who are about to enter […]

02/14/2014

This screen shot released by Facebook shows the new gender option screen. Facebook is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them. Facebook said the changes being rolled out Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, for the company’s 159 million monthly users in the U.S. are aimed at giving gender nonconforming people the opportunity to be transparent about who they really are, whether that’s androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual. (AP Photo/Facebook)

New gender options for Facebook users

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — You don’t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to […]

02/13/2014

French President Francois Hollande takes reporter’s question as he and President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

French leader heads to Silicon Valley to talk tech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — France’s president was visiting San Francisco on Wednesday and meeting with Silicon Valley technology leaders, just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap and after years […]

02/12/2014

Colin, the subject of the Facebook page, "Happy Birthday Colin" created by his mother.

Mom creates Facebook page for friendless son’s birthday

When a Michigan mom heard her 10-year-old son say he didn’t want a birthday party because he didn’t have any friends to invite, her surprise solution went viral. The Facebook page is called “Happy Birthday […]

02/11/2014

Jesse Berlin's look back video posted by his father on YouTube.

Facebook releases movie after father’s emotional plea

Last week, John Berlin posted an emotional request via a YouTube video to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking that the company unlock the account of his son Jesse, who had died two years ago. That […]

02/10/2014

A father's appeal to Facebook posted on YouTube.

Facebook grants grieving dad’s desperate wish

In honor of its 10th birthday, Facebook offered users a fun memento: a 62-second ‘look back’ video highlighting your biggest moments on Facebook. It’s 62 seconds one father in mourning desperately wanted to see. ‘Ever […]

02/06/2014

Maggie and Michael sound bite

Facebook app helps to remember the dead

Journalist and producer Kathy Eldon is the Founder and Chairman for Creative Visions Foundation, inspired by the life of her son Dan Eldon, a young Reuters photojournalist killed in Somalia in 1993. The app is […]

02/04/2014

This Feb. 5, 2007 photo shows Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.  ( AP Photo/Paul Sakuma,File)

Facebook barrels ahead on 10th anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — It has been 10 years since a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg created a website called Thefacebook.com to let his classmates find their friends online. They did. And in the decade […]

02/04/2014

OC man sentenced in Facebook lewd photos case

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a former teacher at a Southern California Catholic high school has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for posing as a girl on Facebook to get nude photos […]

01/30/2014

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