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Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Twitter Account Hacked for Two Hours

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Twitter Account Hacked for Two Hours

Chipotle Mexican Grill's Twitter account remained under control of hackers for about two hours during the Sunday night. The company said in a statement that hackers within those two hours posted a series of offensive tweets on their Twitter account.

The company said that the hackers replaced Chipotle's avatar with a swastika, and tweeted several racial comments using vulgar language, including ones directed at President Barack Obama and various US government agencies.

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Facebook threatens court action against spammers who use fake ‘likes’ on the site

Facebook threatens court action against spammers who use fake ‘likes’ on the sit

In a recent announcement, social network Facebook has said that it will be cracking down on spammers, and will also not hesitate to take legal action against those responsible for malicious activities in the Facebook community.

Asserting that malicious activity of any kind on the social networking site is detrimental to businesses, Facebook said that it will also initiate legal proceedings against spammers who use fake 'likes' on the website, if technical measures cannot effectively combat such activities.

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Facebook’s new service allows advertisers to track shopping habits across devices

Facebook’s new service allows advertisers to track shopping habits across device

In a blog post published on Wednesday, social network Facebook said that it is rolling out a new cross-device service which will enable advertisers to keep a track of the shopping habits of Facebook users.

With the help of the new service, advertisers will be able to know where a particular product promotion was first viewed; and also when the promotion prompted a user to purchase a product. The service will allow the advertisers to track users between their electronic devices.

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LinkedIn social network acquires alert service Newsle for undisclosed amount

LinkedIn social network acquires alert service Newsle for undisclosed amount

In an announcement made on Monday, social networking service LinkedIn Corp. revealed that it has acquired 2011-launched alert service Newsle for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will apparently pave the way for LinkedIn to offer its users a mechanism to know all that is going on with important connections.

According to a CNET report, both LinkedIn and Newsle have said in a joint statement that the merger of the two companies will enable users of the LinkedIn professional network to know more about what different people on the website are up to.

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Facebook Hit Headlines for Wrong Reasons

Facebook Hit Headlines for Wrong Reasons

It has been revealed that Facebook deliberately manipulated nearly a quarter of a million users' news feeds in order to determine whether or not such manipulation is effective in manipulating their moods. Facebook has received vitriol from many critics for performing such an unethical activity.

The UK Information Commissioner's Office has announced that it will look into the matter to see if Facebook is culpable of breaching data protection legislation.

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Facebook and India’s government to work together on health and education initiatives in the country

Facebook and India’s government to work together on health and education initiat

On Thursday, social network Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg met with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the country's Information Technology and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi.

At the meeting, Facebook and India's government decided to work closely together on health and education initiatives in the country.

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Google to Shut Down Orkut

Google to Shut Down Orkut

Today, Google announced it will be closing Orkut at the end of September. Orkut, which was Google's first venture into social networking, would get shut down after 10 years of its opening.

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Twitter reportedly testing new embedding tool with select subset of its mobile users

Twitter reportedly testing new embedding tool with select subset of its mobile u

The Next Web has disclosed in a recent report that popular microblogging service Twitter is experimenting with a brand new 'embedding' feature for the users of its iOS and Android apps. The feature is being tested for a subset of Twitter's mobile users; and there has been no official disclosure thus far as to when the feature will be rolled out widely.

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Facebook launches controversial video ads in Australia

Facebook launches controversial video ads in Australia

With Australia becoming a very crucial advertising market for Facebook, the social network is set to launch controversial video ads which will start playing automatically in the News Feed of Australian users of Facebook.

The launch of the controversial video ads - called 'premium video ads' - by Facebook comes at a time when the FIFA World Cup is underway; and it is evident that increasing traffic will be driven to social websites and mainstream media to the world's biggest sporting event.

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Dating app Tinder unveils Snapchat-like new ‘Moments’ feature

Dating app Tinder unveils Snapchat-like new ‘Moments’ feature

A new Snapchat-like feature was added to dating app Tinder on Wednesday. Unveiling the new feature - dubbed 'Moments' - via a blog post announcement, Tinder said that the feature will give the users of the mobile hook-up app the ability to send self-destructing photos to one another as well as comment on the photos.

The addition of the new 'Moments' feature to the otherwise bare-bones Tinder dating app will enable the users to send self-destructing photos to all of their matches simultaneously. The photo messages sent via Tinder's new 'Moments' feature will disappear in 24 hours.

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