Late News: Facebook User Base Decreases, Turkish Government Crackdown On Anonymous, HP CloudSystem

Facebook saw its user base in the US, UK, Norway, Russia and Canada, fall in the month of May even as it nears 700 million users worldwide. According to the data compiled using Facebook advertising tool by Inside Facebook, the company’s entire user base reached 687 million users at the start of June. However, the company’s user base in the established markets, where it first gained its popularity, continued to fall for the second month in a row.

Hewlett-Packard has won an important ITC ruling in its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit related to the Inkjet print cartridge. In a press release, the company stated that the US International Trade Commission has given an Initial Determination regarding the sale and import of inkjet cartridges.

In a new turn of events, Turkish police reportedly arrested 32 individuals suspected of being involved with the hacktivist group Anonymous. The crackdown has been seen by many as the Turkish government's retaliation against Anonymous, which broke into many of its sites last week in protest against proposed plans to introduce national internet filters.

The US government is secretly funding underground projects to create internet and mobile networks in countries which seek to prevent their citizens by censoring or shutting down telecom systems. The Obama administration had previously hinted that it plans to fund secretive projects in foreign countries where access to the web is censored or prohibited.

Hewlett-Packard has launched a new feature that will allow businesses to offer their services via the company’s own data centre, or through any public cloud, HP announced. The new product was unveiled on Tuesday at the HP Discover conference held in Las Vegas. HP introduced this feature as a part of the update to the company’s CloudSystem appliance.