Instagram is experiencing difficulties, with many users unable to refresh their feeds or upload new photos.
Microsoft head of research says machines which achieve a human-like consciousness will not pose a threat to mankind.
Political motivation is now the number one reason for knocking services offline, report says.
Facebook's business has boomed thanks to its mobile ads for smartphones and tablets, but costs are also rising.
Company admits the hour-long block in access, which also hit other major internet sites, was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack.
Apple's smartwatch will go on sale in April though it is still unclear when Kiwis will be able to buy one.
German researchers have injected artificial intelligence into Nintendo's Mario so he can develop a personality and behaviour of his own.