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China blocks Instagram as Hong Kong protesters take over the streets

China blocks Instagram as Hong Kong protesters take over the streets

China has blocked Facebook's photo-sharing site Instagram, as pro-democracy protesters flooded the Central financial district in Hong Kong on Monday and chronicled it all by flooding social media sites with #OccupyCentral hashtagged images.

Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

The ad technology will enable Facebook partners to siphon user data from Facebook's deep, deep sea and use it to super-target ads at users on and off its website, no matter what wireless or wired device we're using.

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

The administrator of the paedophile-monitoring site admitted in High Court to "naming and shaming" 400 sex offenders on the Facebook page but denied posting the address. As of Thursday, the case had been continued as un-redacted evidence was sought.

Is Facebook building a "Moments" app for ultra-private sharing?

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The company's reportedly putting the finishing touches on a separate app for composing intimate updates, designed to be an entirely different experience than what we have now: the kludgy toggling of the sharing settings on one composer interface in order to create both intimate content and blasted-out-to-the-universe Newsfeed updates.

Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

After mounting protests, Facebook reps scheduled a meeting with San Francisco activists and city officials over its real-name policy, which many say discriminates against the LGBT community.

Facebook predator charged after posing as teenager to stalk girls online

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A 22-year-old man from New Jersey has been charged with stalking one teenage girl and soliciting sexually explicit photos from another via Facebook.

Facebook wants to know why you hate specific adverts

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Facebook's not happy to just let us hide ads anymore; now it wants to know why we hid a given ad so it can purge newsfeeds of super-cruddy ads.

Target tops the list of most epic privacy fails

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Our readers ranked Target’s data breach ahead of Adobe, Snapchat, Google Glass, and Talking Angela for the biggest privacy failure of the past year.

Facebook tests Snapchat-like vanishing act for posts

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Faceboook's going Mission: Impossible, ephemeral-message on us, having confirmed that it's testing an auto-delete feature that will let users schedule their posts' demise.

Teen's open Facebook invite leads to 500 unexpected gatecrashers

Teen's open Facebook invite leads to 500 unexpected gatecrashers

Maybe there's a better way to impress a girl than hosting a party where she invites all her gazillion Facebook friends to trash your mum's house.

Review your settings with Facebook’s new privacy checkup tool

Review your settings with Facebook’s new privacy checkup tool

Facebook has now rolled out its dinosaur-led privacy tool to everyone. So you can either wait for your dino-popup to appear, or click on the padlock icon in Facebook, go to Privacy Checkup, and follow these 3 simple steps.

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug bounty program

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug-bounty program

The social media buzz bucket announced on Wednesday that cash will be added to the profound gratitude it's doled out since the bug-reporting program started in June.

How dare you use my camera! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security.

A week of news distilled into a swift minute of amusing but informative video...

Facebook wants you to know that Messenger is not spying on you

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After a long build-up of rumors surrounding the Messenger app's required permissions to access the device's camera and microphone, Facebook is finally attempting to set the record straight.

Online dating scammer targeted elderly victims out of $1.1million

$1.1 million online dating scam targeted elderly victims

32-year-old Kris Koranteng has been arrested and charged with 11 separate counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. He and his crew are thought to have sought out vulnerable love-seekers on popular dating sites including Match.com and Chemistry.com.

Social media users don't like discussing Snowden and surveillance online

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Just 42% of those surveyed said they were willing to air their views or enter a discussion on Facebook or Twitter but 86% said they would be happy to discuss the NSA surveillance program in a face-to-face setting.

OMG, you would not BELIEVE what Facebook thinks about click-baiting

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Facebook is cracking down on those click-baiting headlines - you know, the ones that say “YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT THIS GIRL DID NEXT”, or “Watch what happens when this guy puts a BATTERY in a MICROWAVE”.

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

Hackers calling themselves "Lizard Squad" tweeted a bomb threat that forced a plane with Sony Online Entertainment's president on board to divert for an emergency landing on Sunday. At the same time, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack flooded traffic to Sony's PlayStation Network, forcing the gaming network offline for a short time.

How to improve your Twitter security and privacy

Understanding Twitter's security and privacy settings

We don't lump Twitter in the same privacy bracket as, say, Facebook. But like any social network, Twitter is vulnerable to oversharing, data leakage and unintended consequences. We take a look at Twitter's privacy settings, find out what they really mean, and tell you how fix them up right now, before it's too late.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Catch up with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time...