A mother of six is under investigation by Australian police after she apparently fooled dozens of generous strangers on Facebook, and even her boyfriend, into believing she had cancer and needed expensive medical treatments. The Daily Telegraph broke the story of her unraveling hoax, which reportedly netted her thousands of dollars, this week.
Today's New York Times treats its readers to two whole articles about Facebook's News Feed (capital letters because it's a brand name). One, by Ravi Somaiya, focuses in part on the 26-year-old engineer who runs the News Feed team; the other, by David Carr, examines Facebook's pitch to publishers: Let us host your content, and also, uh, serve ads against it.
Search "Sondra Price" on Facebook and you'll find a profile for the woman shown above. From the information that's publicly displayed, you'll learn a few things about her: She went to Watertown High School, she drives a BMW, her nickname is "Sosa," and judging by one picture, she might have young children.
A Kansas City, Mo. police officer is facing an internal review after spouting off about Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Mo. teen killed by police, on his personal Facebook page. One of his posts was a racist meme, and the other used a photo that's been circulating as an image of Brown, but actually shows a man accused of a killing in Oregon.
Police say the mother of a 16-year-old boy stood by with a video camera while her son covered his bare chest in nail polish remover and lit himself on fire to make a "Fire Challenge" Facebook video.
Rule number one of home invasion in 2014: Don't check your Facebook while you're on a job. Rule number two: If the urge to look becomes insatiable, allow yourself a peek at your iPhone, but do not attempt to use the target's computer. Number three: if all else fails, just make sure you log out before you leave.