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Facebook bug silently tallies up extra "likes"

Facebook is once again finding itself under investor scrutiny after a U.S. security researcher uncovered a flaw in its "like" system which appears to be responsible for liking sites an unintended number of times. Although Facebook has pointed to a…

Editorial: Why I Left Facebook After 7 Years, But Was Forced Back In

The early days of Facebook were much different from now. The site layout and profile pages were very basic, and the young and reckless didn't have to worry about family members or employers stumbling across their questionable photos.

But as Facebook closes in on one billion active users, its overwhelming success is mostly why I've decided to end my long-standing relationship with the social network. Seven years is a long time to maintain any online account, much less one that demands almost daily attention.

Twitter's grip tightens with new API, upsets some devs

Twitter product manager Michael Sippey announced that Twitter's next API revision is expected to launch in "the coming weeks". An API, or "application programming interface", is a framework by which developers are granted the ability to access certain features, data…

Google Takeout lets users merge Google+ accounts

Shortly after Google+ was introduced for Google Apps users, the company promised a migration tool which would allow those users to transfer data from their personal account to their Google Apps account. Several months have passed, but the search giant…

US FTC probes Facebook acquisition of Instagram

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched an investigation into social networking giant, Facebook and its proposed acquisition of Instagram, which threatens to delay the closing of the $1 million purchase according to a report by...

Twitter celebrates its sixth birthday today

Twitter is celebrating its sixth birthday today. Exactly six years ago on March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the popular micro-blogging service posted the first ever tweet: "just setting up my twttr." At the time the service was still…