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Brazilian police detain Facebook executive on court order

Brazil's federal police detained a Facebook executive Tuesday for failing to cooperate with judicial orders related to information on the company's website in an investigation of drug trafficking.

Facebook topped $1.5 billion in quarterly profit at end of last year

Facebook on Wednesday reported that its quarterly profit more than doubled as its ranks of users swelled during the past year.

New dad Zuckerberg vows to give away Facebook fortune

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced he had become a father -- and pledged to give away his fortune to make the world a "better place" for baby daughter Max and others.

Snapchat vanishing video viewing hits 6 billion daily

Snapchat's appeal has been the promise that messages shared disappear shortly after being viewed, providing users a sense of being able to keep pictures or videos private and ephemeral.

Mexican boy arrested for murder-for-hire via Facebook

A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Tijuana, Mexico for killing a man after he was allegedly contacted on Facebook and offered $1,900 to commit the crime, authorities said.

Will we finally be able to dislike something on Facebook?

Facebook Inc. is working on options besides the "like" button for users to weigh in on their friends' postings, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a public Q&A.

More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag

The movement, fomented by a photo-editing tool that Facebook launched Friday, is a response to major news events that we've seen before: Profile picture change campaigns have become as common as cat videos on certain social networks. There were green filters for Iranian protesters in 2009, yellow ribbons for Hong Kong in 2014, black dots to oppose sexual violence in India, Arabic "Ns" to support Iraqi Christians.

Facebook wants to increase free Internet access in Latin America

PANAMA CITY, Panama — Facebook was at the VII Summit of the Americas this week looking for partners to increase free Internet access in Latin America, a region where more than 50 percent of the population does not have access to the web.

Instagram is now bigger than Twitter, will launch verified accounts

It really is the age of the selfie. Instagram announced Tuesday that 300 million people log into its site every month. That puts the photo-sharing site ahead of Twitter, which claims 284 million monthly active users on its official website.

Under Spain’s ‘Google Fee’ law, news aggregators must pay publishers

Last week, Spain passed a law requiring news aggregators such as Google News to pay publishers a fee if they link to their content. Supporters of the law, nicknamed the "Google Fee," say it will prevent copyright infringements. But opponents argue that it limits freedom of expression.

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