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Facebook intern Paul Butler has been poring through some of the data held by the social networking firm on its 500m members. The map above is the result of his attempts to visualise where people live relative to their Facebook friends. Each line connects cities with pairs of friends. The brighter the line, the more friends between those cities.


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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has become one of the latest billionaires to pledge to give away the majority of his wealth.


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When Facebook was entirely dominated by people under the age of 25, things were simple. But now an important social question has arisen - should you "friend" your child, or accept a parent as a "friend"?...


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Tens of thousands of Belgians have staged a march to call for national unity and demand a government after seven months of political impasse. About 50,00 people joined the "Shame: no government, great country" march in Brussels, organisers said. Police put the number at 34,000...


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Internet connections across Egypt have been cut, as authorities geared up for a day of mass protest.


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Like gambling, Facebook keeps users in a neurotic limbo, not knowing whether they should hang on in there just in case they miss out on something good.


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Almost half of British children aged 9 to 12 are using social networking sites, despite minimum age limits, a report claims.


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African governments are turning to more sophisticated techniques to block internet sites and bloggers who they perceive to be a threat.


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Online search giant Google has launched a new social networking website in its latest attempt to take on Facebook, which now claims more than 500m users.


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Facebook users face a future of rolling around on the floor, dribbling incoherently as they demand approval from passers-by.


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Researchers have demonstrated a new technique capable of stealing personal information from Facebook. Using 'socialbots', computer programs that mimic real Facebook profiles, the researchers were able to harvest vast quantities of personal data...


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