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

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The political storm over the Googleplex

Concern about government snooping is mixed with anxiety about commercial use of data

Facebook empire building drives up costs

Expansion bill soars as strong dollar drags on revenues

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

Facebook: hey big spender

The social network must beware following Google down the path to corporate bloat

Instagram develops app for Apple Watch

Photo-sharing group makes first foray into wearable technology

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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

Chinese rabbit spreads digital pawprint

Cute cartoon character wins licensing deals across Asia

Message to ‘Googlers’

Search group responds to European Commission action

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Facebook goes old school in ad campaign

Social media company turns to TV and billboards

Driven to distraction by social media

Online networking can lower productivity and the spirits

Finding fault becomes a lucrative business

Tech companies pay out to those who spot bugs

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Google prepares YouTube subscription plan

Ad-skipping service could add to competition in online video

Ellen Pao hopes case will curb sexism

Reddit chief speaks out after losing discrimination claim

Cameras roll on a virtual reality future

Video is being transformed by long-anticipated VR technology

Business pioneers in technology

The industry’s rapid cycles have been an opportunity for young outsiders to bring in a fresh perspective

Ellen Pao loses Kleiner gender bias case

Jury finds in favour of Silicon Valley firm on all counts

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Silicon Valley: Space race

Tech companies are sending their cash into orbit

Interview: Mike Judge

The creator of ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ explains why techie oddball success is a subject ripe for comedy, as shown in his TV satire ‘Silicon Valley’

Zuckerberg points to shift at Facebook

Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram may start working more closely

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Facebook parks tanks on YouTube’s lawn

Social network becomes increasingly popular with video publishers

Facebook: buy button

As it edges closer to selling stuff, is Zuckerberg’s app competing with Amazon?

Zuckerberg introduces a new term: 'the Facebook family' for Facebook groups, the main Facebook app, Whatsapp, Messenger, and Instragram

Deal-making Facebook tries its hand at parenting at F8 conference

The social network opened up Facebook Messenger to app developers

Facebook opens Messenger to developers

Social network is betting the app will be earnings generator

Twitter: a birthday tweet

Investing elsewhere is an odd way of showing confidence in the (unprofitable) core business

US tech giants face fresh Europe fight

Court of Justice hears challenge to ‘safe harbour’ privacy deal

Andreessen Horowitz backs UK start-up Improbable

Silicon Valley group invests $20m in virtual world creator

Money transfers Facebook-style

Funding friends with an app is like iTunes for payments, writes Izabella Kaminska

Facebook enters money transfer market

Messenger app could compete with PayPal, Square and large banks

Facebook revises rules on banned content

Transparency report reveals drop in government requests for data

Snapchat’s chief operating officer quits

Latest change in top ranks as co-founder takes more central role

EU data shake-up set to rile US groups

Tech company executives critical of protection regulation plans

Google making Android for virtual reality

Company looks to compete with Facebook’s Oculus headset

Instagram reveals new advertising format

‘Carousel’ ads feature links to brand websites

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Vox chases video payday

Facebook has become a potent force but not yet a revenue source

Brooks takes digital leap at Storyful

Job at social media news site marks switch from career in print

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Campus life sparks start-up enthusiasm

Strong networks help fledgling entrepreneurs to flourish, writes Jonathan Moules

HTC to launch virtual reality headset

Smartphone maker partners with Valve Software

WPP and ComScore: measure for measure

The shift to digital ads poses a challenge

Facebook bear hug in store for news sites

Publishers fear networking site’s attempt to host their content

Facebook accused of violating privacy law

Report says updated terms of service still breach European rules

Investment app coming to phone near you

Mobiles are most likely disruptive force facing asset management

Snapchat: Vanishing act

A $16bn valuation for social messaging app would put it on par with Twitter