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

Play to pop culture: Lexus’s campaign scored some 30m views on YouTube and Facebook

Hoverboard lifts Lexus beyond car ads

Levitation stunt is subtle way to capture wider audience

US tech giants need to soften their image

Companies such as Google may scorn officialdom, but being seen as nasty is bad for their business

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Zurich bid for RSA; Facebook, BHP Billiton and BlackRock also in the news

Credit scorers want to ‘friend’ consumers

Social media accounts could be used for financial product applications

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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

Google chief takes aim at BBC

Missed opportunities on openness and online audiences

Facebook tackles video freebooters

Network uses new copyright technology in quest to rival YouTube

Facebook creates AI virtual assistant

Social network’s M service attempts to challenge Apple’s Siri

Start-up claims success in EM net plan

mCent has integrated 311 operators and its app has 30m clients

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Director Joey Graceffa attends the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for DCP)

Online media: Small screen, big money

YouTube stars gain appeal even as rivals line up to snatch a piece of the video advertising market

‘Millisecond market’ can deter tech IPOs

Recently-listed companies’ shares exposed as market enters risk-off mode

Shonagh Rae's illustration of bootcamps and 5am breakfasts at Facebook
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Book extract: ‘The Silo Effect’, by Gillian Tett

How boot camps and 5am breakfasts keep Facebook connected

D Telekom executive calls for ad subsidy

Likes of Google and Facebook ‘should pay’ for data consumption

Bezos hails UK drone rules

Amazon chief points to ‘encouraging example of good regulation’

Google rises on promise of more openness

Investors welcome technology group’s corporate restructuring

Is it always good to share?

‘Before Zuckerberg’s post about miscarriage, most women probably did not feel much empathy with the billionaire tech-nerd’

Facebook calls for global cyber security

Security chief says need defences to go beyond “the 1 per cent”

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Cyber insecurity: Going dark

US tech companies are shielding more data from government. But is it now harder to track terrorists?

Facebook: peerless network

Costs are growing but so are new revenue opportunities

Facebook rides mobile ads wave

Smartphone use surges as rise in R&D spending weighs on profit

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Instagram: Retail’s holy grail

Millennial females’ anxieties about appearing too often in the same outfit are changing buying habits

European tech: In Silicon Valley’s shadow

Money is flowing into start-ups, but tough EU rules could dash hopes of a Google or Facebook rival

Facebook: a clearer picture

Prospects depend partly on video advertising revenue, so better disclosure would be a good start

Banks back rival to Bloomberg messaging

Wall St groups fund Symphony application after snooping affair


Mashable turns to Asia for expansion

Digital news group to open office in Singapore to build in region

Social media make a pitch to politicians

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube ramp up political ad units

Belgian regulator defends Facebook case

Watchdog says social network tracks non-users across web

Wimbledon shot that rang out on Twitter

Much-shared Federer lob shows the power of video clips online

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Bill Veghte appointed SurveyMonkey boss

News comes day after Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg joins board

YouTube plays down Facebook threat

Executive says online video market is expanding rapidly

Facebook muscles into YouTube territory

Social network in trial to share ad revenue with video creators

Some of the media organisations which have struck deals with Facebook and Apple to provide digital news in new formats
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The future of news: Stop the presses!

Will established newspaper and magazine brands be helped or hindered by link-up with Apple and Facebook?

Facebook wins latest case in privacy suit

Vienna court says it has no jurisdiction to rule on dispute

A drone's eye view of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean; the Migrant Offshore Aid Station with the drone on deck; and the Schiebel helicopter
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Drones get a new mission: saving lives

Unmanned aerial vehicles gain civilian as well as military uses

Instagram ramps up advertising business

Photo-sharing app gives parent Facebook a new revenue stream

Kevin Systrom, co-founder and chief executive, at the Instagram offices at Facebook’s headquarters
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Inside Instagram: Talking to Kevin Systrom

In five years, the app has changed the way its 300 million users communicate. Exclusive interview with CEO Kevin Systrom

‘Sell’ recommendations on endangered list

Concern analysts fear upsetting colleagues in other parts of bank

Advertisers fight to measure TV’s decline

As consumers migrate online in increasing numbers, advertisers demand hard numbers on audiences

OneWeb rocket

OneWeb wins $500m to end digital divide

Backers emerge for satellite network bringing affordable internet

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Data watchdog makes her presence felt

One of Europe’s leading privacy regulators opens office in Dublin

Google heads queue to lobby Brussels

Big tech names in charm offensive with regulators