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Here's why you spend spare time on Facebook

IANS - 2 hours 30 minutes ago New York, May 30 (IANS) Can't help skimming through your Facebook timeline even as you take a break from work? "The brain has a major system that seems predisposed to get us ready to be social in our spare moments," said the study's senior author Matthew Lieberman, professor at University of California, Los Angeles. During quiet moments, the brain is preparing to fo…

  • Facebook stops Marauder's Map IANS - 3 hours ago

    New York, May 30 (IANS) Facebook has decided to stop Marauder's Map - a Chrome extension that showed your Facebook friends' exact whereabouts. Aran Khanna, a Facebook … More »Facebook stops Marauder's Map

    New York, May 30 (IANS) Facebook has decided to stop Marauder's Map - a Chrome extension that showed your Facebook friends' exact whereabouts. Aran Khanna, a Facebook intern, had created the tool. For some time, users who downloaded the Chrome extension gained access to a map that pinpointed the location of their friends …

  • iPhone text crash bug targets Twitter IANS - 3 hours ago

    London, May 30 (IANS) If you're a victim of Apple's text messaging bug and have suffered an iPhone crash, there is more shock in store. The bug that can strike with … More »iPhone text crash bug targets Twitter

    London, May 30 (IANS) If you're a victim of Apple's text messaging bug and have suffered an iPhone crash, there is more shock in store. The bug that can strike with simple text, also affects Twitter and permanently breaks Snapchat text chat. The malware causes Apple's text handling system to choke on certain characters …

  • Now, post animated GIFs on Facebook IANS - 4 hours ago

    New York, May 30 (IANS) Facebook has finally added Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) support in its News Feed, the company announced recently. You can post animated … More »Now, post animated GIFs on Facebook

    New York, May 30 (IANS) Facebook has finally added Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) support in its News Feed, the company announced recently. You can post animated GIFs on Facebook, though you may not be able to see the added functionality immediately as the update is still rolling out, reported TechCrunch. "We are rolling …

  • A demonstrator with hand gun attends "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II" across street from Islamic Community Center in Phoenix
    Crowds gather for anti-Islam demonstration outside Phoenix mosque Reuters - 6 hours ago

    By Paul Ingram PHOENIX (Reuters) - More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative … More »Crowds gather for anti-Islam demonstration outside Phoenix mosque

    A demonstrator with hand gun attends "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II" across street from Islamic Community Center in Phoenix

    By Paul Ingram PHOENIX (Reuters) - More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative protest that was denounced by counterprotesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," weeks after an anti-Muslim event in Texas came under attack by two gunmen. The …

  • Gianluca D'Agostino of the Italian Coast Guard looks at a map of the Mediterranean Sea in the control center at the headquarter of the Italian Coast Guard, on May 28 2015, in Rome
    4,200 migrants rescued in Med Friday, 17 dead: coastguard AFP News - 7 hours ago

    The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of about 4,200 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea, but also found 17 corpses on several of the rickety … More »4,200 migrants rescued in Med Friday, 17 dead: coastguard

    Gianluca D'Agostino of the Italian Coast Guard looks at a map of the Mediterranean Sea in the control center at the headquarter of the Italian Coast Guard, on May 28 2015, in Rome

    The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of about 4,200 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea, but also found 17 corpses on several of the rickety boats. Distress calls were made from 22 different boats, many off Libya but also off the southern Italian coast. The 17 bodies were found on three …

  • “Fair, Porcelain Complexion”: Cosmopolitan Singapore Writer’s Narrow Definition Of Beauty
    “Fair, Porcelain Complexion”: Cosmopolitan Singapore Writer’s Narrow Definition … Popspoken - 9 hours ago

    It looks like Singapore still needs a lesson or two in being inclusive, even when it comes to beauty. Magazine Cosmopolitan Singapore garnered flak on Facebook in recent … More »“Fair, Porcelain Complexion”: Cosmopolitan Singapore Writer’s Narrow Definition …

    “Fair, Porcelain Complexion”: Cosmopolitan Singapore Writer’s Narrow Definition Of Beauty

    It looks like Singapore still needs a lesson or two in being inclusive, even when it comes to beauty. Magazine Cosmopolitan Singapore garnered flak on Facebook in recent days when Angel Mangkai posted a photo of a page in the magazine containing comments from Cosmopolitan writers globally about defining beauty in the context …

  • Ian Somerhalder refuses to pose for fans IANS - 11 hours ago

    Paris, May 30 (IANS) Actor Ian Somerhalder was clearly not in the mood to let his fans click his photographs, and wanted a little privacy on his vacation here. A 30-second … More »Ian Somerhalder refuses to pose for fans

    Paris, May 30 (IANS) Actor Ian Somerhalder was clearly not in the mood to let his fans click his photographs, and wanted a little privacy on his vacation here. A 30-second video taken by someone in the crowd was later posted on Twitter, and it shows Somerhalder stepping out with his wife Nikki Reed from the building.

  • Actor Parsons poses at the 23rd annual "A Night at Sardi's" benefit for the Alzheimer's Association in Beverly Hills
    Actor Jim Parsons takes on heavenly role in 'An Act of God' Reuters - 20 hours ago

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - With two winged angels at his side, actor Jim Parsons assumes a divine role as he reveals another story of the six days of creation … More »Actor Jim Parsons takes on heavenly role in 'An Act of God'

    Actor Parsons poses at the 23rd annual "A Night at Sardi's" benefit for the Alzheimer's Association in Beverly Hills

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - With two winged angels at his side, actor Jim Parsons assumes a divine role as he reveals another story of the six days of creation and issues a revised version of the Ten Commandments in the new Broadway comedy "An Act of God." Parsons, a multiple Emmy winner for his role as the …

  • More than 40,400 migrants have arrived in Italy since the start of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration
    Italian navy finds 11 dead migrants, rescues hundreds AFP News - 20 hours ago

    The Italian navy found 11 dead migrants on boats headed across the Mediterranean to Europe on Friday and saved some 570 others as numerous rescue operations were underway. … More »Italian navy finds 11 dead migrants, rescues hundreds

    More than 40,400 migrants have arrived in Italy since the start of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration

    The Italian navy found 11 dead migrants on boats headed across the Mediterranean to Europe on Friday and saved some 570 others as numerous rescue operations were underway. Authorities discovered the bodies after the Italian patrol ship Bettica rescued 86 migrants from two inflatable boats, the navy announced on Twitter. …

  • Cops give 9-year-old his police dream New Straits Times - 20 hours ago

    KUALA LUMPUR: A boy’s dream of becoming a policeman was realised today with the help of the Police (PDRM). Nine-year-old Farish Danish Akasha Faudzi, diagnosed with bladder … More »Cops give 9-year-old his police dream

    KUALA LUMPUR: A boy’s dream of becoming a policeman was realised today with the help of the Police (PDRM). Nine-year-old Farish Danish Akasha Faudzi, diagnosed with bladder cancer two years ago, was all smiles and grinning from ear to ear, to be in the dark-blue police uniform with rank of an inspector. The uniform was …

  • Bomb threat at FIFA Congress IANS - 22 hours ago

    Zurich, May 29 (IANS) The FIFA Congress here received a bomb threat on Friday, which the Swiss police confirmed via Twitter. The police said the anonymous bomb threat … More »Bomb threat at FIFA Congress

    Zurich, May 29 (IANS) The FIFA Congress here received a bomb threat on Friday, which the Swiss police confirmed via Twitter. The police said the anonymous bomb threat was made through a phone call to a Zurich-based newsroom and the room of the congress was thoroughly searched following the threat, reports rt.com. The …

  • Swiss media conference moved due to security risk - police Reuters - 23 hours ago

    A conference featuring Egypt's most famous satirist and the editor of a Danish paper which published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed has been moved because of a "heightened … More »Swiss media conference moved due to security risk - police

    A conference featuring Egypt's most famous satirist and the editor of a Danish paper which published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed has been moved because of a "heightened risk", Swiss police said on Friday. Organisers of the annual Swiss Media Forum said on Twitter they were moving the venue from a congress hall in …

  • Indian in UAE jailed for 'blasphemous' Facebook status IANS - 23 hours ago

    Dubai, May 29 (IANS) A court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sentenced an Indian national to one year in jail for posting a "blasphemous and slanderous" status … More »Indian in UAE jailed for 'blasphemous' Facebook status

    Dubai, May 29 (IANS) A court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sentenced an Indian national to one year in jail for posting a "blasphemous and slanderous" status on social networking site Facebook, media reported. The Dubai Court of First Instance found the 41-year-old man guilty of cursing Islam and the Prophet in …

  • How Computers Can Teach Themselves to Recognize Cats LiveScience.com - 23 hours ago

    Today, the technique is used in everything from Google image searches to Facebook's newsfeed algorithms. The feline recognition feat was accomplished using "deep learning," … More »How Computers Can Teach Themselves to Recognize Cats

    Today, the technique is used in everything from Google image searches to Facebook's newsfeed algorithms. The feline recognition feat was accomplished using "deep learning," an approach to machine learning that works by exposing a computer program to a large set of raw data and having it discover more and more abstract …

  • 'Creeping' ex-partners haunt Facebook users: Study IANS - Fri, May 29, 2015

    Toronto, May 29 (IANS) You are not alone if your ex-flame creeps you on Facebook, a study says. Researchers Anabel Quan-Haase and Veronika Lukacs from the Western University … More »'Creeping' ex-partners haunt Facebook users: Study

    Toronto, May 29 (IANS) You are not alone if your ex-flame creeps you on Facebook, a study says. Researchers Anabel Quan-Haase and Veronika Lukacs from the Western University in Canada surveyed more than 100 people and interviewed 10 of them.

  • Syrian Islamist rebels gain new ground IANS - Fri, May 29, 2015

    Beirut, May 29 (IANS/EFE) Syrian Islamist rebel militias, including Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, have seized control over new areas in the northwestern … More »Syrian Islamist rebels gain new ground

    Beirut, May 29 (IANS/EFE) Syrian Islamist rebel militias, including Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, have seized control over new areas in the northwestern province of Idlib following heavy clashes with regime forces. Insurgents from Jaysh al-Fateh (Conquest Army) seized control of Orm al-Joz and Ein Orm al-Joz, …

  • Vermont company in dispute with Facebook over name Associated Press - Fri, May 29, 2015

    A Vermont upstart is disputing Facebook's claim that their name infringes on the social media giants trademark. WPTZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1SFR0eR) Designbook LLC … More »Vermont company in dispute with Facebook over name

    A Vermont upstart is disputing Facebook's claim that their name infringes on the social media giants trademark. WPTZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1SFR0eR) Designbook LLC has received hundreds of pages of ...

  • Know your friends' travel itinerary with new Facebook tool IANS - Fri, May 29, 2015

    New York, May 29 (IANS) An Indian American student has created a Chrome extension that grabs location data from Facebook Messenger and rapidly plots your friends' locations … More »Know your friends' travel itinerary with new Facebook tool

    New York, May 29 (IANS) An Indian American student has created a Chrome extension that grabs location data from Facebook Messenger and rapidly plots your friends' locations on a map, The Next Web reported. Aran Khanna, a student developer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has created an extension named 'Marauder's Map' through …

  • The Calvin Cheng Vs. Alfian Sa’at Saga That Sparked From A Single Facebook Post
    The Calvin Cheng Vs. Alfian Sa’at Saga That Sparked From A Single Facebook … Vulcan Post - Fri, May 29, 2015

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  In the aftermath of the news that two Singaporean youths were self-radicalised and had ties with ISIS, another conflict … More »The Calvin Cheng Vs. Alfian Sa’at Saga That Sparked From A Single Facebook …

    The Calvin Cheng Vs. Alfian Sa’at Saga That Sparked From A Single Facebook Post

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  In the aftermath of the news that two Singaporean youths were self-radicalised and had ties with ISIS, another conflict is brewing on the sidelines. Calvin Cheng, an ex-NMP in Singapore, remarked on the incident by calling for a stop to “allegations” of racisms so as to …

  • Daum Kakao buys Path assets for Indonesia growth, stock soars Reuters - Fri, May 29, 2015

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean messaging app operator Daum Kakao Corp said it has acquired social networking assets from U.S.-based Path Inc, giving … More »Daum Kakao buys Path assets for Indonesia growth, stock soars

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean messaging app operator Daum Kakao Corp said it has acquired social networking assets from U.S.-based Path Inc, giving it a strong presence in Indonesia and sending its shares surging 10 percent on its push to expand globally. While Daum Kakao owns South Korea's dominant chat …