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Facebook adopts hashtags

Facebook Inc, the world's No 1 social network, has announced that it will adopt hashtags, one of the most recognisable features of its younger rival Twitter, in a move to position its web service as an important complement to television, sporting events and breaking news.<p>Facebook said on Wednesday …

Al Jazeera website wins award - Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera English online's Syrian Defector Tracker has won the Best Technical Innovation Award at the Online Media Awards in London.<p>The Syrian Defector Tracker is an interactive visualisation graph that tracks senior military officials, members of parliament and diplomats who have quit the …

IMF criticises US spending cuts

The International Monetary Fund has assailed US government spending cuts as "excessively rapid and ill-designed" as it cut the economy's growth forecast for 2014.<p>Warning that the country still faces downside risks to its recovery, the IMF cheered the Federal Reserve's stimulus efforts and urged …

Facebook and Microsoft reveal data requests

Several internet companies have struck an agreement with the US government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, two sources familiar with the discussions told the Reuters news agency.<p>We will continue to push all governments to be as transparent as …

Iraqi al-Qaeda chief rejects Zawahiri orders

Al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq has rejected orders from Ayman al-Zawahiri, the group's global chief, to break up his group's claimed union with the Jabhat al-Nusra, an armed Islamist group in Syria, according to a new audio message.<p>The purported remarks by head of Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) Abu Bakr …

Google expands internet access with balloons | New Zealand News

Google Inc has launched a small network of balloons over the Southern Hemisphere in an experiment it hopes could bring reliable internet access to the world's most remote regions, the company said.<p>The pilot programme, Project Loon, took off this month from New Zealand's South Island, using …