San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy


SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed.

Montreal startup taps crowdfunding for virtual reality headset

TORONTO - A tiny Montreal company is turning to crowdfunding in hopes of moving its virtual reality headset from a working prototype to a mass produced rival to products from Facebook, Samsung and Sony.

Tech, 16 Sep 2014

Fraud trial of NY man who claimed Facebook stake delayed to May

NEW YORK - The trial of an upstate New York man accused of attempting to defraud Facebook Inc and billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg of half of the company was delayed by six months on Monday after the defendant hired a new lawyer.

Tech, 15 Sep 2014

Facebook targets advertisers as 100 million log on in Africa

JOHANNESBURG - One in 10 Africans are logging on to Facebook every month, the world's No.1 online social network said on Monday, presenting a new target audience for advertisers.

Tech, Africa, 08 Sep 2014

Facebook ready to spend billions to bring whole world online: Zuckerberg

MEXICO CITY - Facebook Inc is prepared to spend billions of dollars to reach its goal of bringing the Internet to everyone on the planet, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

Tech, 05 Sep 2014

Silicon Valley builds up in Microsoft's backyard

SEATTLE - In the last week of August, Twitter entertained dozens of potential young recruits at a chic studio, while Facebook served drinks and snacks to job-seekers at its own office. More than 175 showed up to a similar event at Google in June.

Tech, 04 Sep 2014

Facebook goes down for some U.S. users

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc went down briefly for an unknown number of U.S. users on Wednesday afternoon in what appeared to be the latest outage to affect the world's largest social network.

Tech, 03 Sep 2014

Insight - Path to jihad: from upscale Cairo to Islamic State beheadings

CAIRO - After leaving his upscale Cairo neighbourhood to fight with the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq, Younes says he learned how to work as a sniper, fire heavy weaponry and behead prisoners using the proper technique.

World, Syria, Iraq, Middle East 03 Sep 2014

EU seeks rivals' feedback on Facebook, WhatsApp deal

BRUSSELS - EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms operators whether the world No. 1 online social network's proposed $19 billion bid for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation.

Tech, 01 Sep 2014

Islamist gains in Syria alarm some Assad allies

BEIRUT - A mounting death toll in President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces is causing alarm among some government loyalists who are worried about Islamic State's territorial gains and are turning their anger on the authorities in Damascus.

World, Syria, Middle East 29 Aug 2014