Facebook to produce own TV series, games

Facebook Facebook is starting production on high-quality television series and gaming shows to be broadcast on its platform, one of the social media giant’s executives said on Monday. The online platform, which has around two billion monthly users worldwide, is working on the project with a small group of partners and hopes to start putting […]

Facebook takes aim at ‘low quality’ websites

The world’s biggest social network said it is updating its ranking algorithm with the help of artificial intelligence so users would see fewer posts “that link to these low-quality web page experiences.”<br />Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP Facebook said Wednesday it was making changes designed to keep its […]

Twitter gets lift from uptick in user numbers

Twitter. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL Twitter shares surged Wednesday after its quarterly update showed improving growth in user numbers, offsetting concerns over a decline in revenue and another net loss for the social network. The first quarter results came in better than most forecasts for Twitter, which has struggled to keep pace in the […]

LinkedIn membership reaches half a billion

The professional social network LinkedIn said Monday its membership had swelled to 500 million, as its user base showed steady growth following its acquisition last year by Microsoft. “We recently crossed an important and exciting milestone,” LinkedIn vice president Aatif Awan said in a blog post. “We now have half a billion members in 200 […]

WhatsApp to become gateway to online luxury shopping

By becoming one of the first companies to use WhatsApp to sell directly to customers, Yoox Net-a-Porter is seeking a leg up on competitors like Farfetch and luxury brands’ own sites. PHOTO: Bloomberg Online luxury retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter said it’s developing technology to allow well-to-do customers to buy products directly through WhatsApp as the e-commerce […]

Yahoo’s handling of hack costs chief her bonus

Marissa Mayer Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer lost an annual bonus and the company counsel his job after an investigation showed the company mishandled an epic hack, the tech firm said Wednesday. “I am the CEO of the company and since this incident happened during my tenure, I have agreed to forgo my annual bonus […]