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The Facebook founder testifies before a US Senate committee on April 10

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Activists bring a sack with about 2.000 paper airplanes symbolising the logo of the messaging app Telegram to the door of St.Petersburg's department of Roskomnadzor, the state communications oversight agency, to protest against blocking the messenger in St. Petersburg, Russia. A Russian court has ordered the blocking of a popular messaging app following a demand by authorities that it share encryption data with them.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks next to a poster depicting an online ad that attempted to suppress voters as Facebook's General Counsel Colin Stretch, Twitter's Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, and Google's Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado, testifies before a Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on more signs from tech companies of Russian election activity.

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Want to pay for Wha­ts­­App in exch­ange for new feat­ures? No? Think about it, for that’s the way forward, as being explaianed here by the dishy Kavin Bharti Mittal, son of you know who. The plans are to become, with Hike Messe­n­ger, the first messaging app to launch payment services in India. But, it will have irresistible features, so don’t be so sure.

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Adrija Das and Sai Anurag Lakkaraju are LAMP Fellows

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Illustration by Sajith Kumar

Illustration by Sajith Kumar

Four persons who were arrested by the police for looting people by making facebook friends, in Meerut.

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From left, Facebook Public Policy director Ankhi Das and Advaita Kala at Outlook Social Media Awards Press Conference, at The Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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From left, Sashi Tharoor Congress MP, Fashion Designer Ritu Berry and Actress Shilpa Shetty at Outlook Social Media Awards Press Conference, at The Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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From left, Facebook Public Policy director Ankhi Das, Fashion Designer Ritu Berry, Actress Shilpa Shetty at Outlook Social Media Awards press conference, at The Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

From left, Krishna Prasad Editor in Chief Outlook Magazine, Fashion Designer Ritu Berry and Sashi Tharoor Congress MP during the Outlook Social Media Awards press conference, at the Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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From left, Facebook Public Policy director Ankhi Das and Advaita Kala, Actress Shilpa Shetty and Fashion Designer Ritu Berry, at Outlook Social Media Awards press conference, at the Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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(L to R) Lloyd Electric and Engineering Ltd director Nipun Singhal, Krishna Prasad, Editor in Chief Outlook Magazine, Dilip Cherian Perfect Relations, Facebook Public Policy director Ankhi Das and Advaita Kala, Medianama founder Nikhil Pahwa, Sashi Tharoor Congress MP, Fashion Designer Ritu Berry, Actress Shilpa Shetty and Indranil Roy Publisher Outlook Magazine, at Outlook Social Media Awards press conference, at The Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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Dilip Cherian Perfect Relations, at Outlook Social Media Awards press conference, at The Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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Krishna Prasad Editor in Chief Outlook Magazine, at Outlook Social Media Awards press conference, at the Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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Krishna Prasad Editor in Chief Outlook Magazine, Dilip Cherian Perfect Relations, Facebook Public Policy director Ankhi Das and Advaita Kala, Medianama founder Nikhil Pahwa, Sashi Tharoor Congress MP, Fashion Designer Ritu Berry and actress Shilpa Shetty, at Outlook Social Media Awards press conference, at the Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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From left, Krishna Prasad, Editor in Chief Outlook Magazine, Dilip Cherian Perfect Relations, Facebook Public Policy director Ankhi Das, Advaita Kala, Medianama founder Nikhil Pahwa, Sashi Tharoor Congress MP, Fashion Designer Ritu Berry, Actress Shilpa Shetty and Indranil Roy Publisher Outlook Magazine, at Outlook Social Media Awards press conference, at the Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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Indranil Roy Publisher Outlook Magazine, at Outlook Social Media Awards Press Conference, at the Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi.

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The destroyed entrance of a building, that was attacked in Hamburg, northern Germany. Police say they are looking for a group of up to 20 people who wrote "Facebook Dislike" on the social media firm's German headquarters in Hamburg.

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Founder & CEO, of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg during his visit at Historical Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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Zuckerberg interacting with people of Chandauli on his 2014 visit

In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo speaks during a panel discussion at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Family of Vicci Khan celebrate the decision of the Supreme Court to quash Section 66A of the IT Act, in Bareily. Vicci Khan was recently arrested for posting comments on a social networking site.

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DMK Chief M Karunanidhi surfs a social website on his tablet, in Chennai.

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The businessman son of Jammu and Kashmir DIG has created a row by sharing some photographs on a social networking site, in which the youth purportedly bragged about the perks and privileges given by the government to his father. The pictures posted on 'Instagram' by the son of the Deputy Inspector General of Police Jammu Kathua range, Shakeel Ahmed Beig, have gone viral on several social networking sites, even though they were deleted from the original profile.

Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth with Kerala Blasters FC co owner Sachin Tendulkar and Chennaiyin FC co owner Abhishek Bachchan during the Indian Super League match between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC in Chennai.

Amitabh Bachchan on Facebook

Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth during the Indian Super League match between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC in Chennai.

Amitabh Bachchan on Facebook

Prime Minister writes on his Facebook timeline: Had a wonderful meeting with Facebook CEO Mr. Mark Zuckerberg . We discussed several issues during our meeting. I spoke to him about Swachh Bharat Mission. Mr. Zuckerberg shared that Facebook would assist the Government of India in the Clean India mobile application. This will surely give an impetus to Swachh Bharat Mission. Mr. Zuckerberg is excited about Digital India initiative. I requested him to identify certain areas where Facebook can help us in that. I also requested Mr. Zuckerberg to identify how Facebook can help promote India's rich tourist potential across the world.

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The Chairman & CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg meeting the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi.

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The Chairman & CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg meeting the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi.

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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg addresses the Internet.org Summit in New Delhi.

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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Internet.org summit in New Delhi.

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A study detailing how Facebook secretly manipulated the news feed of some 700,000 users to study "emotional contagion" has prompted anger on social media. For one week in 2012 Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into user news feeds to study how this affected their mood.

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Jan Koum, 38, co- founder of WhatsApp speaks in Munich. Until 24 hours ago, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum and his business partner Brian Acton were relatively unknown outside Silicon Valley tech circles. Now they are being discussed worldwide as California's latest billionaires. In fact, before founding WhatsApp, both men were actually turned down for jobs at Facebook.

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This Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 photo shows the WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on an iPhone in New York. The world's biggest social networking company, Facebook, announced it is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for up to $19 billion in cash and stock.

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Mahela Jayawardena came up with this extra-ordinary way of letting his Twitter followers know that @Mehlajay is his official Twitter handle.

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Twitter signage is draped on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Twitter set a price of $26 per share for its initial public offering and will begin trading under the ticker symbol "TWTR" in the most highly anticipated IPO since Facebook's 2012 debut.

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Amitabh Bachchan Google maps his home at WEF in Davos

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The great connector Hangout with Narendra Modi

'Silsila' couple Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha spotted on the same flight. A pilot of a domestic flight apparently wanted a photograph with Amitabh Bachchan who graciously obliged. But the photo, when shared on social media, went viral.

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Nishant Rao, the recently appointed country manager of LinkedIn India

Internet users browse sites by the free wifi internet service in an underground station in Hong Kong.

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Kapil Sibal vs Netizens Two Mumbai Facebookers arrested under Section 66 (A) of the IT Act, passed under the IT minister’s watch. After an outcry, Sibal came up with the perfect solution. Not to repeal the section or amend it, as demanded. He reposed faith in the official hierarchy. Blaming junior cops, he put their seniors in charge of arrests made under the section.

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Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Srinivasan, who were arrested for their comments over their Facebook post questioning the shutdown in the city for Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray's funeral, after their release on bail by the Palghar court in Mumbai.

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Birds Of The Twitter Flock When Narendra Modi hit a million followers on Twitter last month, there was wild cheer amongst his online supporters (never mind that it later passed that half of them were fake). Predictably, the event prompted some chintan at the Congress shivir in Surajkund where leaders insisted on “greater engagement” using social media. Well, if they need advice, the man for it is close at hand. New MoS for education Shashi Tharoor is the Indian neta with the largest following on Twitter, 1.5 million and counting. And ministerial duties haven’t hit his tweet power either. Though it’s landed him in hot soup at times—remember ‘cattle class’ travel or when he ‘favourited’ a tweet suggesting Tharoor would make a “clean sweep” of urban India votes if he was Congress PM candidate instead of “dumb” Rahul Gandhi.

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Activist of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti shout slogans against the blocking of their web-portal in Mumbai. Government's attempts to block social media accounts and websites that it blames for spreading panic have been inept and possibly illegal, a top internet expert said . The government’s interference with hundreds of websites, including some Twitter accounts, blogs and links to certain news stories began after rumours fed by gory images said to be of murdered Muslims, that were actually manipulated photos of people killed in cyclones and earthquakes, were spread to sow fear of revenge attacks. The placard reads "ban, ban, ban."

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Twitter has promised to cooperate with the government after the Prime Minister's Office complained to it about objectionable content on six accounts resembling the PMO's official account. As the government blocked the six accounts after Twitter took no action, the social networking portal has communicated to the PMO that it would be locating the "unlawful content".

In this image provided by Facebook, Facebook founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, center, rings the opening bell of the Nasdaq stock market from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The social media company priced its IPO on Thursday at $38 per share, and beginning Friday regular investors will have a chance to buy shares.

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File photo shows Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi with his Laptop. The Gujarat polls are still eight months away. But the cyberspace has already become a battlefield between the supporters of tech-savvy Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and his opponents. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, blogs, e-mails, websites, video uploading sites and every possible avenue on the internet is being used to attract the attention of the net-savvy, especially youths, towards Modi.

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Abhishek Asthana @GabbbarSingh 19540 followers Famous tweet No. of hours you spend wearing shorts in a day/no. of hours wearing trousers = work/life balance index

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Ramesh Srivats @rameshsrivats 35798 followers Famous tweet Two weapons against corruption: Lokpal and Chappal

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Varun Grover @JayHind 11724 followers Famous tweet Keep army busy. Give them an IPL team of their own.

Amit Haralkar

Priyanka Sachar @twilightfairy 14913 followers Famous tweet ...markets are full of Easter eggs already. On Navratre. That’s the way the Indian cookie crumbles.

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Utsav Chakraborty @SatanBhagat 13739 followers Famous tweet ‘Night charge’ (def) Giving someone three times the fare for driving in cooler temperatures and zero traffic.

Apoorva Salkade

Police disbursing the youths after the communal riots at Sangareddy district of Andhra Pradesh. The communal clash started after a picture of a religious place was uploaded on a social networking site with a caption which evidently hurt religious sentiments.

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Youngsters protest against Google and You Tube over certain objectionable videos in Meerut.

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Delhi HC starts CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS against 21 social websites like FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, warns they’ll “do a China”; checks a must to block “objectionable, offensive material on sites”.

The Centre today told a Delhi court that there is sufficient material to proceed against 21 social networking sites, including Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, for offences of promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration. The court had on December 23 issued summons to these sites for allegedly committing offences of criminal conspiracy, sale of obscene books and sale of obscene objects to young persons.

Google, RIP After it shut down its office in mainland China

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WHAT
A new fad on the internet
WHY
All it took was a Facebook page to get ‘Planking’ buzzing on the web, an activity where a person is photographed lying face down on a plank, railing, wall, or an ‘unusual public space’. Plankers with an overactive imagination and entirely too much time on their hands have even used the boot of a police car, beer bottles, and the Taj Mahal portico, to strike a pose. The growing global planking community has ambitiously anointed May 25 as ‘Annual Plankers Day’, never mind that the news of a young Australian losing his life planking recently had even got the Australian PM Julia Gillard voicing ‘safety concerns’.

Net Gain: For Sushi Krishnamoorthy and husband, ten hours a day online is not enough

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Fruitful Pursuit: Chiranjit Parmar runs fruitipedia.com which he designed from scratch

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Webbed In: For Pradeep Kala, social networking is a pastime; wife Usha is into gaming

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Snake-Charmer
A little

A view of Indian skipper Mahendra Dhoni's fake Twitter account which is currently posted on the social networking and micro-blogging service site.

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