Facebook’s difficult shift from hot start-up to public company has left some investors questioning the social network’s long-term prospects.

Snapchat goes into the news business

Disappearing photo messaging app in partnership with media groups

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Wickr launches encrypted Facebook feature

Kitten photos can help make social network more private

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Ever-growing online outlets offer marketers more varied points of contact and fresh forms of doing business

Facebook and Google: mobile messaging

This year will prove a crucial test for the advertising giants

Facebook and Instagram suffer outage

Cascade of failures hits apps using social media sites for logins

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For an industry increasingly turning to social media to expand its audience, Facebook proves a boon and a burden on business
Cottage industry of firms has sprung up on Facebook offering services that allow businesses to exploit full potential of its reach

Facebook tries to get personal with video ads

Analysts believe site could gain up to $1bn revenue via targeted marketing

Andreessen to invest $58m in TransferWise

London start-up holds competitive bid process for backers

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard, a $25 VR headset

This lo-fi box is the biggest bargain in technology today

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German party leader quits over Hitler row

Criminal investigation opened over Facebook pose

Divya Narendra at the SumZero offices
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Winning friends

The social networking pioneers who went back to school

Robotic inspection: Shell workers prepare a drone, equipped with cameras and gas sensors, to check one of its facilities

UK looks to raise its game in robotics

Companies rush to compete for share of market for robot systems

Cameron to press Obama on security fears

UK premier wants closer ties between spy agencies and tech companies

switching between facebook at work and personal facebook

Facebook at Work opens to trial partners

Tests start on whether new network lifts employee productivity

Facebook knows you better than your spouse

Research finds ‘likes’ judge users’ emotional needs

Europe is wrong to hammer Big Google

We need nimble enterprises to operate on a level plane with US groups, writes Evgeny Morozov

Facebook is daft to call users ‘people’

The company’s creation of a dedicated ‘empathy team’ does not amount to an emotional awakening

What Zuckerberg read next

Book clubs are proliferating. Five million American adults are estimated to be in one

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The lessons learnt by early high flyers

What is it like to achieve extraordinary success at a tender age?

From left: star Snapchatter Michael Platco; Brent Rivera, who has huge presences on Vine and Facebook; and photographer Sam Ciurdar

Advertisers ride wave of social influencers

Word of mouth marketing gets new lease of life online

Motherhood, pre-midlife and social media

The changing dynamics of a friend set are hard to ignore

Investor rush to AI is real deal

Advances in artificial intelligence offer new vision of old idea

Europe’s best days online could lie ahead

Rushed legislation aimed at limiting US companies is misguided

Snapchat valued at $10bn in fundraising

Vindication of decision to turn down $3bn takeover offer from Facebook

2014: The year in numbers

From the drooping rouble to the shrinking telly, the year’s most compelling statistics

A year in a word: Double Irish

The loophole proves that governments will always try to lure footloose businesses, says Jonathan Guthrie

Ding dong merrily in high orbit

International Space Station’s Santa-style Christmas fly-by

A ‘dislike’ button? Love it

Facebook engineers are doubtless now testing the best way to allow you to signal your aversion to a particular post without overdoing the offence

Instagram: valuation filter

Facebook basks in success of cheap catch

Instagram hits 300m monthly users

Photo-sharing app overtakes Twitter

Facebook’s latest rivals fight for attention

There is an opportunity for alternative platforms to flourish alongside the big names

US envoy defends Facebook over tax

Barzun says ‘we made these rules and they are playing by them’

New Republic shake-up bleeds talent

Less than a month since 100th birthday, magazine is in turmoil

The new politics of hate

Think that multinationals can do as they like on tax? Think again

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Technology: Upstart start-ups

What a would-be Facebook rival tells small fry about taking on big fish

MPs slam Facebook in Lee Rigby case

Killer of UK soldier in London had discussed murder online

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Silicon Valley faults immigration reforms

Tech groups want more help recruiting programmers and engineers

Mike Judge on set with the cast of Silicon Valley

Start-ups struggle to deal with criticism

Tech industry’s next generation of emerging groups need to know when to take criticism to heart


Kik teen chat app draws venture capital

Funding round of $38m comes as group develops marketing robots

Tech groups fight to dominate workplace

Facebook is latest consumer internet company to invade office life


LinkedIn: profile update

Facebook’s move into the working world threatens growth at the biggest professional network

Snapchat and Square to launch Snapcash

New product will allow photo sharing group’s users to send money