“There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world”
Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison on the expansion of the site’s gender options - users will be offered 50 ways to identify their gender. Read more

David Cameron’s Facebook movie - Labour looks back

Labour reveal a 60-second Facebook spoof video attacking the Prime Minister and the government’s least liked policies. Read more

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Facebook finally cuts through the noise with Paper

We live in an age of information overload. Paper provides for a quieter experience on social media, but can it succeed? Katie Rogers takes a look

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Mark Zuckerberg and wife named top US philanthropists of 2013

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18m shares of Facebook stock valued at more than $970m (£590m) to a Silicon Valley non-profit.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported on Sunday that Zuckerberg’s donation was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013 and put the young couple at the top of the magazine’s list of 50 most generous Americans in 2013. Read more

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Facebook’s 10th birthday: from college dorm to 1.23 billion users

Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has straddled the planet in its short life – and plans many more big strides. The Guardian’s technology editor, Jemima Kiss, looks at Facebook’s past, present, and future. Read more

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Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University.

The forecast of Facebook’s impending doom was made by comparing the growth curve of epidemics to those of online social networks. Scientists argue that, like bubonic plague, Facebook will eventually die out. Read more

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British spy agency collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, latest documents from Edward Snowden reveal

Oreo’s gay pride Facebook post prompts threats of boycott

An image posted to the Oreo fan page shows rainbow layers betwixt its biscuity wafers, instead of the usual dollop of white cream. The photo was accompanied by the message “Proudly support love!”.

Most users praised the (unfortunately unavailable in stores) rainbow cookie, but a few swore off parent company Kraft

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Today’s Kipper Williams cartoon: Goldman Sachs and the Facebook IPO

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Facebook’s initial public offering has many people asking: “If I want to buy shares, how do I do it?”

We at CNNMoney wondered the same thing, so we decided to find out the direct way: by trying to buy a small handful of Facebook shares.

Interesting experiment from CNN Money - on the other side of things, here’s Dominic Rushe’s five reasons not to buy Facebook shares