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No, looking at the ‘perfect body’ on Facebook isn’t making you depressed – The Guardian

Mark Zuckerberg is making you feel fat – at least, that’s what recent headlines about a new study would have you believe. The research itself is fairly straightforward: women who said they wanted to lose weight – a full 86% of the participants – and spent the most time on Facebook were likelier to report negative feelings about their body, and to become more conscious of their own physical appearance, than women who browsed Facebook less. The findings, to be presented at next month’s conference of the International Communication Association, are widely being reported as showing a direct, causal relationship – that Facebook makes you feel bad about yourself. But its lead author, Petya Eckler of the University of Strathclyde Read More

The Future of Facebook May Not Say ‘Facebook’ – New York Times

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Facebook to make mobile users download Messenger – CNN

(CNN) — Mobile users who have gotten used to chatting with their friends via Facebook will soon have to make sure they’ve downloaded the social-media giant’s app designed specifically for that. Facebook has begun notifying mobile users that they’ll no longer be able to text via its core app. Instead, they’ll need to download Messenger, the dedicated texting app Facebook rolled out in 2011. The company started notifying some users last week. The update will roll out first to Android and iOS users in a handful of European countries, according to a Facebook spokeswoman. “Messenger is a much faster and better experience and we’ve found that people get replies 20% faster on Messenger than on Facebook,” the spokeswoman said in Read More

After Prank by Dutch Girl on Twitter, Real Trouble – New York Times

Log in to manage your products and services from The New York Times and the International New York Times. Don’t have an account yet?Create an account » Subscribed through iTunes and need an NYTimes.com account?Learn more » After Prank by Dutch Girl on Twitter, Real Trouble – New York Timeshttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNHjAxg2tHOLVUKU6k37_fV_n9TvkA&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=43982376986266&ei=Q0ZOU7CKIei1mQL0aw&url=http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/world/europe/dutch-girl-twitter-threat.html

Protesters March On Twitter San Francisco Headquarters Over Tax Breaks – CBS Local

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Tax day turned into protest day in San Francisco, as dozens of city workers and others gathered at City Hall for a march to decry tax breaks for Twitter outside the company’s headquarters on Market Street Tuesday. It was a well coordinated march that included a flat-bed truck and a speaker system. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members in their purple shirts donned Mayor Ed Lee mustaches and are upset with the Mayor’s agreement three years ago with some tech companies in the city that was a plan to attract business to the Mid-Market area. “We don’t understand why this mayor can’t go to tech companies and say, ‘you’re doing fine. The economy is working Read More

Twitter buys social data provider Gnip, stock soars – Reuters

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it bought social data provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount, signaling that it would take on a new role of packaging and selling data, a service in demand by business and government. The social media company said separately that it hired a Google executive to lead its consumer product development, filling a position that had been vacant since January. Investors reacted positively to the news, sending Twitter shares up more than 11 percent, the biggest gain since the day it went public in November. Twitter said in a blog post that the Gnip deal allowed it to burrow more deeply into the 500 million tweets sent daily on its network. The company previously Read More

Is US Airways’ porn photo the worst of Twitter gaffes? – USA TODAY

The Twitter logo is displayed at the entrance of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco.(Photo: Kimihiro Hoshino, AFP/Getty Images) Corporate America embraces social media as a way to get the attention of consumers in an ever-more crowded digital space. But those clever or hastily tweeted promotions also can create problems for a brand. Just ask US Airways, the latest corporation to apologize for a post in bad taste that hit the Twittersphere. After it inadvertently retweeted a pornographic photo Monday, US Airways is reviewing its social media policy, said Matt Miller, spokesman for American Airlines, which is merging with US Airways. The US Airways example underscores how quickly mistakes go viral as companies interact with customers via social media. “Brands are Read More

Twitter Taps Google Maps Director Daniel Graf for Product VP – Re/code

Twitter announced Tuesday it had named Daniel Graf as its new vice president of consumer product. Graf most recently comes from Google, where he led efforts on the company’s Google Maps project since 2012. Most notably, Graf was responsible for bringing Google Maps to the iPhone after Apple introduced its competing maps product. Graf comes in months after the departure of Michael Sippey, who led Twitter’s consumer product for the better part of two years before leaving the company in January. Over the past four years, Twitter has struggled to create a cohesive consumer product strategy, according to people familiar with the matter, and has had issues in making significant changes to the company’s core mobile and Web products. This Read More

Watch Out PayPal? The Real Meaning Of A Facebook Money Transfer Business – Forbes

The web-based money transfer market could be in for a large shakeup after it emerged Facebook is planning a money transfer business in Europe, expanding its existing options beyond the U.S. Expert opinions are split as to whether a foray into the market by Facebook would cause a competitive danger for existing online money transfer providers such as eBay’s PayPal division, Western Union Western Union and Moneygram, or whether the social network would need a lot of time to establish a successful, trustworthy operation. The social network, which already has money services licences in most US.. states but has not yet launched a money transfer business, is close to gaining regulatory approval in Ireland, its European base, for an online Read More

Facebook Could Use Money Transfers To Extend WhatsApp And Non-Ad Revenue – TechCrunch

The FT is reporting that Facebook is looking at e-money services — including the ability for people to make peer-to-peer money transfers using money that is stored on Facebook itself — and has applied for an e-money license in Ireland as part of that. Facebook has declined to comment on the report, but we have confirmed with sources some of the details of what is going on. Facebook made the rounds in London in December, and it spoke to several consumer-facing payments companies, including the three mentioned in the FT’s report: TransferWise, Moni Technologies and Azimo. But from the sounds of it there are others, as well. “It was mainly about market discovery,” said Mike Laven, CEO of Currency Cloud, the London-based Read More