Facebook blocks page promoting opposition leader rally at Russia's request
Russia’s Internet watchdog is hard at work trying to quash social media mentions of a mass rally next month supporting opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
A Facebook event page promoting a rally backing Navalny next month was set up after prosecutors on Friday asked for a 10-year jail sentence for the opposition leader on embezzlement charges that critics say are politically motivated. Since February, Navalny has been living under house arrest.
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Navalny, a staunch critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and an anti-corruption blogger who ran a failed mayoral campaign in Moscow last year, was a key figure in Russia’s anti-government protests in 2011-2012. Read more...
Posted on Mon, Dec 2014 08:08:52
Justin Bieber dethroned as king of Instagram in massive follower purge
In what is being referred to as the Instagram "purge," many Instagram users lost tons of followers when the picture-sharing platform cleared out inactive and spam accounts on Thursday.
Poor Justin Bieber was dethroned as the most-followed Instagram user, losing 3.5 million followers in less than 24 hours, according to a list compiled by 64px. On Thursday, he had 23.8 million followers; after the purge, Biebs has a mere 20.3 million Instagram acolytes. Beliebers, we assume, rallied after learning of his fall from grace.
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Posted on Fri, Dec 2014 10:38:06
Facebook Messenger add-on lets you cover photos in emoji
Facebook Messenger, the social network's message app, is getting some Christmas-themed updates on Android on Friday.
The biggest one is Stickered, a lightweight add-on app that allows Facebook users to add stickers to photos and send them through Messenger
See also: Don't Freak Out About the Facebook Messenger App
That means you can finally put huge smiley faces with heart-shaped eyes over your friends' faces, like so:
In addition to Stickered, the updated Messenger will include holiday features like "festive frames" for New Year's Eve selfies along with holiday-themed sticker packs and snow globe chat heads. (Chat heads are the circular icons that float in the Facebook app when a conversation is active.) Read more...
Posted on Fri, Dec 2014 09:15:41
Your jolliest rule-bending holiday greeting cards
One horse open sleighs and wassailing are all well and good, but some holiday rules were meant to be bent.
Last week we partnered with HP and guest host Evan Hilton to challenge our audience to create the next generation of holiday greeting cards.
See also: Vine Challenge: Show us your rule-bending greeting card to win an HP x360
From reindeer to robots, your submissions took typical greeting cards and turned them on their heads.
Congratulations to Matt Fogarty and his holiday Rube Goldberg machine for winning our challenge and an HP x360. Scroll through to see his submission, as well as the rest of our favorites, below. Read more...
Posted on Fri, Dec 2014 09:09:01
Instagram is worth $35 billion, according to Citigroup
When Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in April 2012, the price tag came as a shock to many
A little more than two years later, Citigroup said Instagram is worth $35 billion, a number that the bank called "conservative" in a research note on Facebook issued Friday
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It is another piece of good news in what has been a stellar 2014 for Instagram. The photo-sharing app recently hit 300 million active users, putting it ahead of Twitter. At $35 billion, Instagram would also be worth more than Twitter, which currently has a market cap around $23.3 billion Read more...
Posted on Fri, Dec 2014 03:06:49
Study: More teens are fleeing from Facebook
An iStrategyLabs report from January 2014 caused quite a ruffle among the Facebook top brass and investors, as it indicated that teens are leaving the ubiquitous social platform
Now, a Thursday report from Frank N. Magid Associates Inc. (via Bloomberg) shows that Facebook's popularity among younger users is in serious decline
See also: Facebook Admits Teen Use May Be Declining
According to the study, in 2014, 88% of 13- to 17-year-old social media users in the U.S. were on Facebook — a drop from 94% in 2013 and 95% in 2012.
Though this is still a vast percentage of teens, as was confirmed by this study in June 2014, the 6% drop sounds quite significant — especially when some of Facebook's competition is experiencing the reverse Read more...
Posted on Fri, Dec 2014 01:05:28
Comedy as activism: Why laughing together beats mourning alone
"Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it."
This famous first sentence of Langston Hughes' 1966 essay "A Note on Humor" still rings true today — especially for comedians whose work tackles serious issues, when "it" can mean anything from racial justice to gender equality to LGBT rights.
Humor can address these important topics in a powerful but nonthreatening way. Jokes help us confront the world's most pressing issues, inspiring laughs to inspire change.
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Comedy's role in raising awareness is extremely prevalent right now, amid the #BlackLivesMatter protests that continue to sweep the United States. Stand-up comics such as W. Kamau Bell, a self-declared socio-political comedian who doesn't shy away from charged topics, have addressed police brutality and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere. Read more...
Posted on Fri, Dec 2014 11:04:41
Have a haunted holiday and win a chance to watch 'The Babadook' for free
The holidays are here, and with them come a little extra time to sit back, relax and catch up on the year's best movies
This fall, Mashable announced the launch of MashFlix, our online and offline film club. For our first feature film, we screened horror flick The Babadook at New York City's IFC Center. The film proved to be hauntingly entertaining, and left more than a few of us cowering in our seats
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Couldn't make it to the screening? Don't worry — here's your chance to watch The Babadook at home. We're offering promo codes for a free download of the movie on SundanceNow. After all, what are the holidays without a little extra spook? Read more...
Posted on Thu, Dec 2014 02:23:15