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FILE - This Tuesday, July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

Associated Press - 44 minutes ago NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

  • A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustration
    Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads Reuters - 51 minutes ago

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social … More »Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads

    A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustration

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets. Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook …

  • Some notable social media gaffes, missteps Associated Press - 1 hour 28 minutes ago

    A feel-good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted shots … More »Some notable social media gaffes, missteps

    A feel-good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted shots of baton-wielding cops battling protesters and taking down suspects. Other recent examples of Twitter gaffes:

  • Facebook profits jumped to $642 million in the first quarter on a 72 percent surge in revenues, helped by gains in mobile users and mobile advertising, the company reported
    Facebook earnings jump to $642 mn on 72% revenue gain AFP News - 2 hours 11 minutes ago

    Facebook profits jumped to $642 million in the first quarter on a 72 percent surge in revenues, helped by gains in mobile users and mobile advertising, the company reported … More »Facebook earnings jump to $642 mn on 72% revenue gain

    Facebook profits jumped to $642 million in the first quarter on a 72 percent surge in revenues, helped by gains in mobile users and mobile advertising, the company reported

    Facebook profits jumped to $642 million in the first quarter on a 72 percent surge in revenues, helped by gains in mobile users and mobile advertising, the company reported Wednesday.

  • NYPD graduate Lormel polishes her badge backstage before her induction ceremony in New York
    NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent … More »NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets

    NYPD graduate Lormel polishes her badge backstage before her induction ceremony in New York

    By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Wednesday he would …

  • NYC police head: We won't quit social media Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the New York Police Department admits he was caught off guard by the harsh response to a harmless attempt at community outreach on Twitte … More »NYC police head: We won't quit social media

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the New York Police Department admits he was caught off guard by the harsh response to a harmless attempt at community outreach on Twitter.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.: Cisco Systems Inc. fell .3 percent to $23.45 with 12,844,500 shares traded. Facebook Inc. fell 2.4 percent to $61.52 … More »Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks

    A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.: Cisco Systems Inc. fell .3 percent to $23.45 with 12,844,500 shares traded. Facebook Inc. fell 2.4 percent to $61.52 with 42,143,300 shares traded. Gilead ...

  • Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert as part of his "I Believe" tour on March 19, 2013 in Paris
    Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip AFP News - 5 hours ago

    Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo. The … More »Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip

    Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert as part of his "I Believe" tour on March 19, 2013 in Paris

    Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo. The troubled Canadian pop prince posted a snap of him at Yasakuni shrine on his Instagram account -- tweeting the link to his 51 million Twitter followers -- …

  • Manchester United's English midfielder Paul Scholes acknowledges the crowd on May 12, 2013
    Scholes makes United return to assist Giggs AFP News - 5 hours ago

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been drafted in to assist the club's newly appointed interim manager Ryan Giggs, United revealed on Wednesday. "It's … More »Scholes makes United return to assist Giggs

    Manchester United's English midfielder Paul Scholes acknowledges the crowd on May 12, 2013

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been drafted in to assist the club's newly appointed interim manager Ryan Giggs, United revealed on Wednesday. "It's great to see Paul Scholes here at the Aon Training Complex today, assisting Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville," United said on their official Twitter …

  • A portrait of the Facebook logo in Ventura
    Facebook gets U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus Reuters - 7 hours ago

    Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission … More »Facebook gets U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus

    A portrait of the Facebook logo in Ventura

    Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Facebook said on March 25 that it planned to buy Oculus for $2 billion in its first-ever hardware deal. Facebook Chief Executive Officer …

  • Samsung phones are popular, but its apps are not
    Samsung phones are popular, but its apps are not The Verge - 8 hours ago

    Samsung users aren't interested in the company's branded messenger, voice-activated search, or app store Samsung Hub, according to a new report. Samsung users vastly … More »Samsung phones are popular, but its apps are not

    Samsung phones are popular, but its apps are not

    Samsung users aren't interested in the company's branded messenger, voice-activated search, or app store Samsung Hub, according to a new report. Samsung users vastly prefer Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and the Google Play store to their Samsung counterparts. They spent an average of seven minutes a month using Samsung …

  • The most popular US national parks by Facebook check-ins
    The most popular US national parks by Facebook check-ins AFP Relax - 8 hours ago

    The US national park that people like to brag about visiting the most is the Grand Canyon. That’s according to the number crunchers over at Facebook, who put together … More »The most popular US national parks by Facebook check-ins

    The most popular US national parks by Facebook check-ins

    The US national park that people like to brag about visiting the most is the Grand Canyon. That’s according to the number crunchers over at Facebook, who put together a list of the most popular Facebook check-ins for US national parks in 2013. After the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone round out the top three parks …

  • Mets ace Matt Harvey off Twitter after photo flap
    Mets ace Matt Harvey off Twitter after photo flap Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    The picture Matt Harvey tweeted of himself making an obscene gesture on his way into surgery caused such a stir that the injured New York Mets ace shut down his Twitter … More »Mets ace Matt Harvey off Twitter after photo flap

    Mets ace Matt Harvey off Twitter after photo flap

    The picture Matt Harvey tweeted of himself making an obscene gesture on his way into surgery caused such a stir that the injured New York Mets ace shut down his Twitter account. Harvey confirmed he posted ...

  • NYPD's Twitter request for photos backfires
    NYPD's Twitter request for photos backfires Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way. Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers … More »NYPD's Twitter request for photos backfires

    NYPD's Twitter request for photos backfires

    A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way. Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending ...

  • The logo of WhatsApp, the popular messaging service bought by Facebook, pictured on a smartphone in New York on February 20, 2014
    WhatsApp says it now has half billion users AFP News - 11 hours ago

    WhatsApp now has 500 million regular, active users around the world, the free mobile messaging service being acquired by Facebook said. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg … More »WhatsApp says it now has half billion users

    The logo of WhatsApp, the popular messaging service bought by Facebook, pictured on a smartphone in New York on February 20, 2014

    WhatsApp now has 500 million regular, active users around the world, the free mobile messaging service being acquired by Facebook said. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced in February that his social network is acquiring WhatsApp for $19 billion. The stock and cash purchase marries WhatsApp's steadily growing user …

  • Football: Scholes makes United return to assist Giggs AFP News - 11 hours ago

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been drafted in to assist the club's newly appointed interim manager Ryan Giggs, United revealed on Wednesday. "It's … More »Football: Scholes makes United return to assist Giggs

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been drafted in to assist the club's newly appointed interim manager Ryan Giggs, United revealed on Wednesday. "It's great to see Paul Scholes here at the Aon Training Complex today, assisting Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville," United said on their official Twitter …

  • Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert as part of his "I Believe" tour on March 19, 2013 in Paris
    Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine AFP News - 12 hours ago

    Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted … More »Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine

    Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert as part of his "I Believe" tour on March 19, 2013 in Paris

    Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honours. The troubled Canadian pop prince posted the snap of the Yasukuni shrine on his Instagram account …

  • 'Mourinho is looking for the draw' - Atletico-Chelsea in tweets with Juliano Belletti
    'Mourinho is looking for the draw' - Atletico-Chelsea in tweets … GOAL.com - 13 hours ago

    The former Blues defender took to Twitter to voice his views on the Champions League semi-final first-leg at the Vicente Calderon as part of Heineken's 'Share … More »'Mourinho is looking for the draw' - Atletico-Chelsea in tweets …

    'Mourinho is looking for the draw' - Atletico-Chelsea in tweets with Juliano Belletti

    The former Blues defender took to Twitter to voice his views on the Champions League semi-final first-leg at the Vicente Calderon as part of Heineken's 'Share The Sofa' campaign

  • Polarising posts drive 'unfriending' on Facebook IANS - 14 hours ago

    New York, April 23 (IANS) Have you unfriended your best friend on Facebook because he/she posted frequent, uninteresting or contradictory comments about religion or politics? … More »Polarising posts drive 'unfriending' on Facebook

    New York, April 23 (IANS) Have you unfriended your best friend on Facebook because he/she posted frequent, uninteresting or contradictory comments about religion or politics? An interesting research reveals that the most common reason for unfriending someone is that the person posted polarising comments often about religion …

  • WhatsApp hits 500 million users
    WhatsApp hits 500 million users AFP Relax - 14 hours ago

    When the news first broke that Facebook had snapped up WhatsApp for a scarcely believable $19 billion, reports stated surfacing that the social messaging app's closest … More »WhatsApp hits 500 million users

    WhatsApp hits 500 million users

    When the news first broke that Facebook had snapped up WhatsApp for a scarcely believable $19 billion, reports stated surfacing that the social messaging app's closest rivals had started to see a huge influx of new customers. The belief was that consumers were deserting WhatsApp because of its Facebook connection. What's …

  • People walk by a New York City police officer in Times Square, on August 12, 2013
    New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly AFP News - 22 hours ago

    New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge … More »New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly

    People walk by a New York City police officer in Times Square, on August 12, 2013

    New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its …