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Facebook boss: 'Social Network movie was hurtful'

The boss and founder of Facebook has said his feelings were hurt by Hollywood’s portrayal of him in The Social Network.

The 30-year-old billionaire Mark Zuckerberg said the 2010 film about how he created the social network while studying at Harvard, had “made up a bunch of stuff that I found kind of hurtful”.

“I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about that movie in a while. I kind of blocked that one out,” he said in his first public Q&A session at Facebook’s Californian headquarters.

Facebook reports 24% increase in Government data requests

Facebook said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014 over the second half of last year.

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In the first six months of 2014, governments around the world made 34,946 requests for data.

During the same time, the amount of content restricted because of local laws increased about 19%.

"We're aggressively pursuing an appeal to a higher court to invalidate these sweeping warrants and to force the government to return the data it has seized," the company said in ablog post.

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Facebook rolls out 'safety check' for disaster areas

Facebook has rolled out a new feature that enables people to check if their loved ones are safe during natural disasters.

Facebook's new tool asks people in areas hit by disasters if they are safe. Credit: Facebook

The built-in tool will be activated after a natural disaster like earthquake or tsunami hits, asking users in the affected area if they’re safe.

If they click “I’m Safe”, a notification and News Feed story will be generated in their feed.

"Unfortunately, these kinds of disasters happen all too frequently. Each time, we see people, relief organizations and first responders turn to Facebook in the aftermath of a major natural disaster," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook gets EU approval for $19bn WhatsApp bid

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The European Union has given clearance to Facebook's proposed $19bn (£11.8 billion) bid to takeover mobile messaging app WhatsApp.

The landmark deal is the largest in Facebook's 10-year history and will give it a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market, Reuters have reported.

The European Commission said the Facebook-WhatsApp deal would not hurt competition in the lucrative European mobile communications market.

"We have carefully reviewed this proposed acquisition and come to the conclusion that it would not hamper competition in this dynamic and growing market. Consumers will continue to have a wide choice of consumer communications apps," European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.

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