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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype’s blog, Twitter, Facebook [UPDATE]

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype’s blog, Twitter, Facebook [UPDATE]

Microsoft's Skype has had their Twitter account, Facebook account, and blog of hacked this afternoon by the Syrian Electronic Army. This hacker group appears to have taken the holiday opportunity to lay posts in staff's absence, suggesting their reasoning is to reveal Microsoft's supposed monitoring and selling of email data from Outlook and Hotmail to "the governments."

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Facebook popularity has tanked among teens, latest study shows

Facebook popularity has tanked among teens, latest study shows

Social networking options continue to grow, and as more become established as popular and frequently-used options, teenagers find more incentive to gravitate away from the once-staple, Facebook. It is no secret that Facebook usage among teenager has been decreasing in recent times, and the latest study on the subject further validates this, showing Facebook's popularity among older teens as "dead".

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T-Mobile GoSmart brings free mobile data for Facebook visits

T-Mobile GoSmart brings free mobile data for Facebook visits

Supposing you only ever use your smartphone for Facebook, you may want to have a peek at the delivery vehicle GoSmart Mobile has just unveiled on T-Mobile USA’s home network. They’ve suggested that if you’re all about working with Facebook, you deserve free internet. This plan will begin in January and will bring two kinds of Facebook access for all GoSmart users.

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Facebook rolls out Donate buttons for nonprofits’ pages

Facebook rolls out Donate buttons for nonprofits’ pages

Facebook is rolling out a new feature whereby users can donate to any nonprofit on Facebook through the nonprofit's page or by clicking a button on posts pushed by that page. This should theoretically make it easier to donate to nonprofits without them having to constantly ask for money. Facebook's 1 billion users are, to say the least, a deep well of support, not all of which has yet been tapped.

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Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter's decision to make an abrupt about-face on blocking policy after user outcry has highlighted little-understood shortcomings in how social services handle privacy and bullying, sending the 140-character message service back to the drawing board to refine its procedure. Twitter had thought it was improving the relatively blunt blocking process users were offered when it quietly changed the system on Thursday morning; by the evening, however, the company had been forced to restore the old approach, following criticisms that the amended tools in fact victimized those affected by bullying, rather than the bullies themselves. Meanwhile, the turnaround raises questions around the blocking and privacy tools other popular social networks offer their users.

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Google, Microsoft, Apple & more demand government surveillance reform

Google, Microsoft, Apple & more demand government surveillance reform

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and other big names in tech have joined forces to protest government surveillance worldwide, calling for "Global Government Surveillance Reform" to better balance keeping citizens safe while also preserving their privacy. The group, which also includes AOL, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, sets out five principles for transparency, oversight, accountability, and respect, penning a collective letter to President Obama and the US Congress in which they allege the balance of power has tipped too far away from the people and too much toward the state.

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