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Facebook Restricts Ads on Controversial Sites

In the wake of protests over violent content on its site Facebook announced on Friday that it will remove ads on pages or groups that contain “any violent, graphic or sexual content.” Starting Monday, Facebook will review pages for controversial content. While this content may not technically violate Facebook’s community standards ...

Facebook Aims to Become Newspaper for Mobile Devices

Facebook has been quietly working on a service, internally called Reader, that displays content from Facebook users and publishers in a new visual format tailored for mobile devices. The project, which the company has been developing for more than a year, is designed to showcase news content in particular. Recent ...

Waiter, a Pretty Steak, Please

At Empellón Cocina, a restaurant in New York City, diners see a not-so-gentle reminder at the top of the menu. “Empellón strongly discourages the use of cellphones, unless you’re posting food porn on Instagram. #Empellon,” it says in bold letters. The aim is to get diners comfortable posting photos, says co-owner ...

Small Firms Say LinkedIn Works, Twitter Doesn’t

Six out of 10 small-business owners say they believe social-media tools are valuable to their company’s growth — but most aren’t impressed by Twitter Inc. Just 3 percent of 835 business owners surveyed earlier this month by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International said Twitter had the most potential to ...

EU Probes iPhone Contracts

BRUSSELS — The European Union acknowledged that it is looking into complaints from some telecoms operators that Apple Inc.’s terms for carrying the iPhone are anticompetitive, but said the matter isn’t formal and competition in the smartphone market is strong. Several European operators have submitted concerns about their contracts with Apple ...

Leap Wireless to Spin Off Muve Music Unit

Leap Wireless International Inc. plans to spin off its Muve Music service into a separate company, as the carrier attempts to turn around its struggling core business of providing pay-as-you-go wireless service. Leap, which offers service under the Cricket brand, launched the on-demand music service in January 2011. By creating a ...

Barnes’s Chairman Mulls Store Buyout

Barnes & Noble Inc.’s chairman and biggest shareholder, Leonard Riggio, has expressed interest in buying out the retailer’s consumer-bookstore chain, raising the prospect that the company could be split in two, say people familiar with the situation. Mr. Riggio, 71 years old, built Barnes & Noble into a retail powerhouse in ...

Warning System Launched for Movie, Music Pirates

Internet service providers have launched a more coordinated effort to deal with subscribers who illegally download movies, TV shows and music. AT&T Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc, Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. have put into place an alerts system with “six strikes,” with various degrees of penalty ...

Universal Music Deal to Give Publisher a Cut From Ads Alongside Cover Videos

Those cover videos on YouTube could start generating some more revenue for the music industry. VivendiSA’s Universal Music Publishing Group has struck deals with Maker Studios Inc. and Fullscreen Inc., two of the biggest “multichannel networks”—a new breed of digital entertainment companies that distribute, promote and sometimes produce videos specifically made ...