Facebook often claims they are the largest social network in the world. Even though there are many non-humans on the list (pets), the undeniable fact is that Facebook has more people using its services than there are people living in China. If we would extrapolate the numbers of social media users and real world countries, we would get quite an interesting list. Thus, we decided to compile data from Wikipedia, showing the list of citizens in largest countries in the world, and an August 2015 report from We Are Social, a British-based analyst firm which focuses on tracking trends in the world of social media. The results
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Hackers sympathetic to radical Islamist militants in Iraq briefly gained control over some of the U.S. military’s social media accounts.
Two Lost Kids; Two New Wearable Tracking Devices at CES 2015
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US Moving Closer to Using Commercial ‘ Space Taxis ’
The U.S. government has upheld NASA’s contracts with Boeing and SpaceX to build ‘space taxis’ to fly astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017.
Schiit Audio Introduces The Fulla USB DAC/Amp
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New Trade Deal Means Lower Prices on Electronics Next Year
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Huawei Looking Beyond the US
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AT&T-Vodafone Venture: Good Times Ahead For Global Mobile Industry?
The world’s mobile industry is on the brink of a major shakeup. With European Vodafone Group (LON: VOD) having divested its stake in US carrier Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) , the stage is open for a possible deal with yet another American player, AT&T (NYSE: T). Sources close to both Vodafone and AT&T have said that executives from the two companies are laying the groundwork for a possible acquisition, merger or partnership, which will boost the combined network’s coverage to about 500 million subscribers — second only to China Mobile’s (HKG: 0941) 740 million. In a deal estimated to reach US$175 billion at Vodafone’s current market capitalization, AT&T is
Google Introduces Free Calling via Hangouts
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Thoughts on Logitech’s Anywhere MX Mouse
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NZ Police Can't Share Kim Dotcom's Encryption Keys with FBI
During the raid on Kim Dotcom’s property, the NZ Police took countless computers and hard drives from his residence and offices, many of which were fully encrypted. However, there was a lot of data on those drives that the NZ Police had no right in sharing with the FBI or any US authorities. In fact, they had already shared copies of the drives’ encrypted data to the FBI, which by now has probably cracked the encryption without Kim Dotcom’s keys. Kim’s lawyers have been wrangling with the policy negotiating whether or not he would provide the encryption keys to them and under what circumstances. According
NSA Can Spy on Any Country Not in the "Five Eyes"
According to documents obtained by the Washington Post, the US court that oversees the FISA-based activities, also known as the FISA Court, has given the NSA the ability to effectively spy on any country that isn’t part of the Five Eyes alliance. The countries included in the Five Eyes alliance are all English-speaking powers that are England or former English colonies. These include, The UK (who has GCHQ), Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The US is also part of the Five Eyes alliance, which is the fifth member of this English-speaking alliance. And due to agreements signed by these five countries, they have all agreed
Google is Killing Orkut
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Twitter Another Battleground in the War in Iraq
As the war in Iraq rages on with an upsurge of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) violence in the northern parts of the country, a battle also rages on in the web, especially on Twitter. Originally started by a tweet from what appears to be an unofficial ISIS Twitter account which stated that ISIS brought $500 million worth of wealth to the people of Mosul. This is in reference to the fact that they managed to break into Mosul’s central bank and steal 500 billion Iraqi Dinars which comes out to about $425 million, making them possibly the wealthiest terrorist group the world, overnight.
High Court Rules Kim Dotcom Gets $17 Million in NZ Assets Back
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