Facebook takes $2 billion dive into virtual reality (Update 3)
Facebook on Tuesday announced a $2-billion deal to buy a startup behind virtual reality headgear that promises to let people truly dive into their friends' lives.
Facebook wants to beam the Internet from the sky
Facebook revealed Thursday it has a lab working on using drones, satellites and solar-powered planes to provide web access around the world.
Oculus Rift brings a whole new dimension to communication
Mark Zuckerberg's latest spending spree has landed Facebook an exciting new gadget in the form of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that is used by gamers and researchers alike to enhance encounters.
Computer scientists learn to predict which photos will go viral
(Phys.org) —It's hard to predict which of the many millions of photos on Facebook will spring from obscurity and go viral. But Stanford researchers have found some hints by studying "cascades," the term ...
Cell phones catapult 'Shangri-La' Bhutan into modern age
Sitting in his office in Bhutan's sleepy capital, newspaper editor Tenzing Lamsang muses on the dramatic impact of cell phone technology on a remote Himalayan kingdom known as the "last Shangri-La".
Brazil's Congress approves internet legislation (Update)
The lower house of Brazil's Congress has approved legislation meant to ensure the privacy of Internet users and to guarantee what is called "Internet neutrality," that all content be treated equally by carriers. But it dropped ...
Whispers, secrets and lies? Anonymity apps rise (Update)
At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty.
Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet
The shortest path to the Internet for some remote corners of the world may be through the skies. That is the message from US tech giants seeking to spread the online gospel to hard-to-reach regions.
People who die can be virtually immortal in social media
The Facebook page of Bill Watkins' mother lights up at least twice a year, on her birthday and on the anniversary of her death.
Twitter ramps up photo sharing features
Twitter added Facebook-style photo "tagging" and bumped up the number of images that iPhone users can share in a single post.
Losing face on Facebook
We're often reminded that what we post on the Internet about ourselves may come back to haunt us. Research at Cornell and Northwestern universities suggests that we also should think twice before posting about someone else.
Startup aims to poach workers at tech bus stops
Where some see a queue of engineers awaiting private commuter shuttles, one San Francisco startup sees an opportunity to lure talent from top Silicon Valley tech firms.
The key to a green internet lies beyond Amazon's data centres
Environmental group Greenpeace has slammed Amazon for its environmental practices in its latest report on the green credentials of the technology industry. ...
Are women in Iran who use Facebook less likely to wear a veil?
Use of social media such as Facebook can influence attitudes and behaviors among people of all countries and cultures. Among women in Iran, the duration and amount of daily Facebook activity is associated ...