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Advertisers pull out of Facebook

Facebook has lost more than a dozen advertisers after a campaign drew attention to pages on the social media site that promoted violence against women.

Women, Action, and the Media launched the campaign last week to get Facebook to end hate speech on its site and urged advertisers to pull their support. The content included pages and images that had grisly photos of abuse, and mottos that encouraged rape, abuse and other violence against women.

The campaign elicited more than 5,000 emails to Facebook advertisers and more than 60,000 posts on Twitter.

NEW WAY TO GET YOUR PASSPORT

PASSPORT applications will no longer be accepted by ordinary or registered post from the end of June.

From then, it will be done through the Passport Express service in the post office or at passport offices in Dublin or Cork.

A new appointment service is also in operation at the Passport Office in Molesworth Street in Dublin and a similar scheme will shortly be rolled out in Cork and in London.

AUTHOR VANCE DIES AGED 96

Jack Vance, an award-winning mystery, fantasy and science fiction author who penned more than 60 books, has died. He was 96.

His son, John Vance II, says his father died on Sunday evening at his home in Oakland, California.

Jack Vance, whose legal name was John Holbrook, published most of his work as Jack Vance, but also wrote under other pen names.

A 2009 New York Times Magazine profile described him as "one of American literature's most distinctive and undervalued voices".

SUIT SETTLED IN BANANA SPLIT

A legal fight between the rock band The Velvet Underground and the Andy Warhol Foundation is over.

Court papers made public said that a lawsuit brought by the band had been settled. The terms weren't disclosed.

The Velvet Underground sued last year after the foundation sold rights to the iconic banana design created by Warhol for its 1967 debut album for use on iPhone and iPad products.


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