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Facebook, Twitter co-operated with Brazil probe of alleged militants


RIO DE JANEIRO The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects' use of both social networks.

China's WeChat takes on WhatsApp in Africa

JOHANNESBURG Late to the party, WeChat, China's biggest Internet-based mobile messaging platform, is scrambling to get a piece of the action in the booming African market.

Tech, Africa Jul 22 2016

Facebook's solar-powered internet drone takes flight

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet.

Tech, Jul 21 2016

Facebook's Messenger hits 1 billion users, after two years as standalone app

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook Inc's Messenger has more than 1 billion users, the social media company said on Wednesday, making it one the world's top three apps just two years after it was split off from Facebook's main app, which is by far and away the most popular.

Tech, Jul 20 2016

Brazil judge briefly blocks WhatsApp over criminal case

SAO PAULO A Brazilian judge briefly blocked Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messaging service on Tuesday for failing to cooperate in a criminal investigation, before the nation's top court overturned the measure in the third such incident since December.

Tech, Jul 19 2016

Brazil judge blocks WhatsApp over data in criminal case

SAO PAULO A Brazilian judge ordered an indefinite suspension of Facebook Inc's WhatsApp on Tuesday after it failed to cooperate in a criminal investigation, the third such incident involving the popular phone messaging app since December.

Tech, Jul 19 2016

Coup bid in Turkey carried live on social media despite blockages

SAN FRANCISCO The attempted military coup in Turkey exploded across social media late on Friday despite restricted access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube during the first hours of the putsch.

World, Twitter, Turkey Jul 15 2016

Facebook makes little progress in race, gender diversity: report

Facebook Inc's employees are still mainly white or Asian males as the world's largest social network made little progress in hiring a more diverse talent pool over the past year, it said on Thursday.

Tech, Jul 14 2016

Shooting of three men in Virginia captured by Facebook Live camera

Three Virginia men were wounded by a hail of gunfire in a shooting recorded on Facebook Live video, police said on Wednesday, another example of the phenomenon of violence being streamed online.

U.S., Jul 13 2016

Relatives of Palestinian attack victims sue Facebook for $1 billion in U.S.

JERUSALEM A group of Israelis and Americans filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking $1 billion in damages from Facebook Inc. for allegedly facilitating deadly Palestinian militant attacks on their loved ones.

World, U.S., Tech, Israel Jul 11 2016