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Twitter buys 900 patents from IBM to end legal spat

Latest patent transfer sees Big Blue benefit from its innovation strength

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Facebook claims $1bn savings from Open Compute project

Mark Zuckerberg also claims huge energy savings from cross-industry project

Facebook introduces Twitter-style trending topics

Social network looks to highlight stories based on users' interests

YouTube appeases unhappy user base with improved comment management

Video network still has work to do on comment rankings, however

Facebook buys Branch Media for new Conversations division

Social media behemoth buys another startup to expand its own portfolio of products and services

Microsoft Twitter accounts hit again by Syrian Electronic Army

Messages posted by hacktivist group for second time in two weeks

Google creates privacy concerns with Gmail and Google+ email address sharing plans

Google risks fresh privacy storm with controversial opt-out plans

Facebook buys Little Eye Labs for Android mobile use insight

First Indian acquisition for social giant

Facebook sued for profiting from private message 'interception'

Social network faces more legal headaches for alleged privacy law breaches

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype blog and Twitter account

Security issues facing firms immediately on the agenda for 2014

Facebook reveals instant-play video advert plans

But users won't hear sound until they choose to

Twitter backtracks on user-blocking policy after outcry

Micro-blogging firm bows to pressure despite disagreeing with the decision

Twitter updates iOS and Android apps with direct message photo feature

Micro-blogging firm looks to private messages to capture new markets

Google+ spreads across the web with new +Post ads

Social network revamps advertising platform to appease big brands

RBS website hit by DDoS attack as IT woes continue

No risk to customers, bank claims

Twitter introduces cookie-based targeted advertising

Social network covers its bases by allowing users to opt out

Google gets nod from IT professionals for business software line-up

Google snatches six wins at the V3 Technology Awards

Government to issue Twitter and Facebook legal warnings

Attorney general claims messages are not a form of censorship

Apple buys Twitter analysis company Topsy

Hardware giant dips its toe into the social media pond, but intentions unclear

BlackBerry opens up BBM Channels for beta, adding social networking to messenger tool

New service enables BBM users to subscribe to channels they are interested in receiving updates from

YouTube breaks silence over Google+ spam fiasco

Video-sharing platform finally responds to content creator outrage over comment chaos

NSA ‘blew it’ with PRISM data collection, says Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder speaks out on mass data collection

Twitter switches on ‘forward secrecy’ to protect user privacy

Firm moves to stop bulk monitoring of users

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