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Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

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WASHINGTON Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency.

Facebook's Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to contemplate risk

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg returned on Thursday to Harvard University, the school he dropped out of to start the pioneering social network, to urge its graduating class to help create a new social safety net to allow creative risk-taking. | Video

U.S., Tech, May 25 2017

Exclusive: Facebook signs BuzzFeed, Vox, others for original video shows - sources

NEW YORK Facebook Inc has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar with the situation. | Video

World, Entertainment, Tech, May 24 2017

EU states approve plans to make social media firms tackle hate speech

BRUSSELS European Union ministers approved proposals on Tuesday to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube tackle videos with hate speech on their platforms. The proposals, which would be the first legislation at EU level on the issue, still need to be agreed with the European Parliament before becoming law. But EU lawmakers have similarly pushed for social media companies to do more to tackle hateful content on their platforms.

Tech, Twitter May 23 2017

Facebook leaked documents show types of content it allows: Guardian

Leaked Facebook Inc documents show how the social media company moderates issues such as hate speech, terrorism, pornography and self-harm on its platform, the Guardian reported, citing internal guidelines seen by the newspaper.

Tech, May 22 2017

Friday Morning Briefing

With turmoil enveloping his administration at home, President Donald Trump heads abroad on Friday for a trip the White House hopes will shift focus away from domestic controversies and on to his foreign policy agenda. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mideast-idUSKCN18F0EM

Facebook to show Major League Baseball games live on Fridays

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook Inc has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to show 20 of the league's games live this season in an agreement that expands the social media network further into the world of live programming. | Video

Sports, Tech, May 18 2017

Facebook wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuits linked to terrorism

NEW YORK A federal judge on Thursday dismissed two lawsuits seeking to hold Facebook Inc liable for supporting terrorist groups by letting them use its social media platform to further their goals, including violence against Jews.

U.S., Tech May 18 2017

TABLE-Sheryl Sandberg's 'Option B' tops U.S. bestseller's list

May 18 Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's book on coping with the death of her husband, "Option B," topped the U.S. nonfiction best-seller list on Thursday. Data released by independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States was used to compile the list. Hardcover Fiction Last week 1. "Into the Water" 2 Paula Hawkins (Riverhead

May 18 2017

UPDATE 1-Facebook to show Major League Baseball games live on Fridays

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 Facebook Inc has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to show 20 of the league's games live this season in an agreement that expands the social media network further into the world of live programming.