Visit our Filed page for categories. To browse by specific topic, see our Inside page. For a list of companies covered on this site, visit our Companies page.


Facebook posts to start showing up in ads

Some of what Facebook Inc. users post to the social network will soon start showing up in ads aimed at their friends.

The company, as part of an effort dubbed “sponsored stories,” plans to allow advertisers to buy and republish Facebook messages that users voluntarily post about brands — such as a check-in at a local coffee shop or a product on a shopping site for which a user clicks the site’s “like” button. Get the full story »

Facebook raises $1.5B from investors

Facebook says it has raised $1 billion from non-U.S. investors through Goldman Sachs.

Combined with a $500 million investment from Goldman, funds Goldman manages and Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies in December, the investments value Facebook at $50 billion. Get the full story »

Facebook acts to make users’ data more secure

Facebook says it has disabled a feature that let users share their address and phone number with external Web sites and applications after criticism from security experts.

Facebook said in a blog post Tuesday that it is changing the feature to ensure that users share information only when they want to. Users, for example, could share their address with applications such as shopping Web sites for easier access. Get the full story »

Facebook to provide access to users’ data

Facebook has quietly opened the door for app developers to request a user’s addresses and phone numbers.

The most popular social media site in the world announced the move on its Facebook Developer blog, in a post Friday night by developer liaison Jeff Bowen.

So far, Facebook has failed to mention the change on its general announcement blog for users or any other network-wide methods. The company has dealt with privacy concerns for years, with a focus of criticism being third-party app makers’ access to user data.

For Facebook users, this means address and phone numbers listed in their profile will be given to a developer who requests such information by way of the “Request for Permission” dialog box that pops up when a user begins the process of adding an application to their profile.

Goldman to sell Facebook shares abroad only

Goldman Sachs has decided to limit its private placement of Facebook shares to investors outside the United States, citing “intense media coverage,” according to the investment bank. Get the full story »

Amber Alerts come to Facebook

Amber Alerts, which have helped find 525 missing children since their start in 1996, are coming to Facebook. Get the full story »

Winklevoss dispute with Facebook back in court

Cameron (left) and Tyler Winklevoss. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images)

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss found a skeptical audience Tuesday as they tried to persuade a U.S. appeals court to let them out of a $65 million settlement over the founding of online social network Facebook.

The saga of the Winklevoss twins and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg became silver screen lore with the film “The Social Network” last year. It has long been a legal battle as well. Get the full story »

Goldman delivers Facebook financials to investors

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. investors interested in investing in Facebook got financial information about the social networking company Thursday afternoon.

Copies of the 101-private placement memorandum for the Facebook offering began being hand delivered to Goldman’s wealthy customers a little after lunchtime in New York, according to a person who received a copy. Get the full story »

SEC looks into Facebook stock deal

The Securities and Exchange Commission has begun examining whether disclosure rules for privately held firms need to be rewritten as a result of recent deals allowing investors to buy shares in Internet companies such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., according to people familiar with the situation. Get the full story »

Goldman, Digital Sky invest $500M in Facebook

Facebook has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs and Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, in a deal that values the world’s No.1 Internet social networking company at $50 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Get the full story »

Facebook tops Google as most visited site in U.S.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces a new Facebook email messaging system in November. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Facebook surpassed Google for the first time as the most visited website in the United States for most of 2010.

The social network site edged out Google.com with 8.9 percent of all U.S. visits between January and November 2010, while Google.com ranked second with about 7.2 percent of all visits, according to online measurement service Experian Hitwise. Get the full story »

Launch miscues bring Facebook down for 15 mins.

Facebook, the online social network used by more than 500 million people around the world, went down briefly Thursday after the site miscued the introduction of some new features. Get the full story »

Agency calls for online privacy bill of rights

The Commerce Department is calling for the creation of a “privacy bill of rights” for Internet users to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data online and use that information for marketing and other purposes.

The proposal, outlined in a Commerce Department report Thursday, is intended to address growing unease about the vast amounts of personal information that companies are scooping up on the Net — from Web browsing habits to smart phone locations to Facebook preferences. That data is often mined to target advertising. Get the full story »

New Bing draws on Facebook to take on Google

Microsoft Corp. is hoping its Bing search engine can gain more ground on Google with a little more help from Facebook and its other Internet friends. As part of an extensive upgrade, Bing will feature more recommendations and other information from people’s social circles on Facebook to help distinguish its results from Google’s. Get the full story »

Mansueto joins billionaires giving away half of wealth

Joe and Rika Mansueto at their home in Chicago on May 9, 2008. (Handout)

Another 17 U.S. billionaires, including Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz as well as Morningstar’s Joe Mansueto, have pledged to give away at least half their fortunes in a philanthropic campaign led by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

A total of 57 billionaires now have joined The Giving Pledge, which was launched by Microsoft founder Gates and investor Buffett in June. The campaign announced the new pledges in a statement late Wednesday.

Gates, his wife Melinda, and Buffett have asked U.S. billionaires to give away at least half their wealth during their lifetime or after their death, and to publicly state their intention with a letter explaining their decision. Get the full story »