Morning Roundup: Facebook creates 'sympathise' button, Snapchat files for restraining order and Chinese hackers allegedly spied on Europeans before G20 Summit

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by Kate Heslop| 10 December 2013

A brief roundup of today's tech news.

Facebook creates 'sympathise' button

The social networking website has developed an alternative to the 'like' feature: a 'sympathise' button.

A software engineer at Facebook said that although the button had been developed as part of an internal project, they had no immediate plans to launch it.

The button is only available if a user selects a negative emotion from the list of feelings on their status update, then the 'like' button would change to 'sympathise'.

The new potential feature was specifically created for status updates that would be inappropriate to 'like', such as those writing about their loved ones passing away or illnesses.

Snapchat files for restraining order

Snapchat, the mobile messaging service, has filed for a temporary restraining order against Frank Reginald Brown.

Brown claims that he came up with the idea for the company. According to Snapchat, Brown had disclosed confidential information about the company to the media.

Brown is suing Snapchat for breach of partnership agreement, alleging that the company is denying his contribution to the creation of the company.

Chinese hackers allegedly spied on Europeans before G20 meeting

According to FireEye, the computer security company, Chinese hackers allegedly hacked into the computers of five European foreign ministries before the G20 Summit in September.

The hackers allegedly infiltrated the computer networks by sending emails to staff that contained tainted files, which once were opened, loaded malicious code onto their computers.

FireEye has said that it reported the attacks to the victims through the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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