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Jun 28, 2013

Facebook to pull ads from pages with sex, violence

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said it will no longer allow ads to appear on pages with sexual or violent content, as the online social network moves to appease marketers being associated with objectionable material.

The moves come a month after several businesses pulled their ads from Facebook amid reports of pages on Facebook that promoted violence against women.

Jun 27, 2013

Facebook ad products director to join online-payment firm Square

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s director of advertising products has been hired by Square in a significant coup for the young online-payments company.

Gokul Rajaram starts work at the San Francisco-based company next week as lead product developer, overseeing Square Register, the firm’s point-of-sale product for retailers, Square said on Thursday. The product allows retailers to use an Apple iPad computer tablet as a cash register.

Jun 26, 2013

U.S. regulator tells Web search firms to label ads better

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. regulators warned leading Internet firms including Google Inc. to better identify paid ads in search results, particularly as new technology such as mobile services and voice-based online services become more common.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday it had sent letters to 24 Internet search companies, including giants Google, Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc, updating its guidance on advertising practices.

Jun 24, 2013

FTC conducting preliminary inquiry of Google’s Waze acquisition

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Antitrust regulators are conducting a preliminary inquiry into Google Inc’s recent acquisition of online mapping service Waze, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The inquiry by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has not reached the level of an investigation and Google is complying voluntarily, the source said.

Jun 21, 2013

Yahoo’s Mayer shines spotlight on video

SAN FRANCISCO, June 20 (Reuters) – As Marissa Mayer
approaches her one-year anniversary as chief executive of Yahoo,
she’s hewing closely to the struggling Web portal’s traditional
advertising model–and eyeing more video programming of every
stripe as central to the strategy.

“We’re working on various methods in terms of how we can
increase our video views, and watching,” Mayer said at the
Reuters Global Technology Summit on Thursday. “It’s clear to me
that our video business is something that’s growing a lot. It’s
something that we’d like to accelerate.”

Jun 20, 2013

Facebook has never been stronger since IPO, Sandberg says

SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 (Reuters) – A year after Facebook
Inc’s fumbled IPO, Wall Street remains slow to recognize
what Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg argues has been an
across-the-board improvement in its business.

Facebook’s ability to deliver ads to mobile phones,
improvements in measuring the effectiveness of its ads and
increasing user engagement have all put the world’s largest
social network in a better position than before the IPO,
Sandberg told the Reuters Global Technology Summit on Wednesday.

Jun 20, 2013

Yahoo rejects fears hackers will exploit old user IDs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc on Wednesday downplayed concerns that its plans to recycle inactive user IDs could leave users exposed to hackers, saying only 7 percent of those IDs are tied to actual Yahoo email accounts.

The Internet company, which announced last week it would release user IDs that have been inactive for more than 12 months so that other people can claim them, was pressed to defend the plan after critics warned that hackers who take control of inactive accounts could also assume the identities of the accounts’ previous owners.

Jun 18, 2013

Batteries hold key to wearable device revolution

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Longer-lasting batteries are crucial for a new crop of wearable computers whose rise may upend Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Google’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) dominance of mobile devices, two of the field’s pioneers say.

Wearable devices – from bracelets that monitor physical activity and sleeping patterns to clothing with built-in sensors and Web-ready glasses – may mark the next big technology shift, just as smartphones evolved from personal computers.

Jun 12, 2013

Facebook adds ‘hashtag’ feature, taking a page from Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO, June 12 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc, the
world’s No. 1 social network, is adopting the “hashtag,” one of
the most recognizable features of its younger rival Twitter, in
a move to position its Web service as an important complement to
television, sporting events and breaking news.

Facebook said on Wednesday that it will begin to roll out
the feature on its social network, making it easier for users
and advertisers to find hot spots of user activity around
specific events or topics.

Jun 11, 2013

Facebook tackles stock price complaints in first shareholder meeting

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg faced a barrage of questions on Tuesday about the company’s slumping stock price during the No. 1 social networking company’s first shareholder meeting since its rocky initial public offering last May.

Zuckerberg, who has presided over a 37 percent decline in the stock since its debut at $38, said he believed Facebook was on the right path toward long-term success, even though he was disappointed with its performance on Wall Street.

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