Social Network

  • US created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest
    Ht_twitter_logo_jef_120321_wblog 2014-04-03 18:06:33 UTC
    The US created a text-message social network designed to foment unrest in Cuba, according to an investigation by the Associated Press news agency. ZunZuneo, dubbed a "Cuban Twitter", had 40,000 subscribers at its height in a country with limite...
  • Facebook testing video advertisements
    Fb_ad1 2013-12-18 07:52:12 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are giving a thumbs-up to the idea of Facebook making hundreds of millions in new revenue from video advertisements, but some users argue that the social network is already too cluttered and has become more about commerci...
  • Instagram launches direct messaging feature
    7f5db548c6bbb929450f6a7067009a7a 2013-12-13 10:13:23 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Instagram has added a new feature that lets users share photos and videos with up to 15 people rather than everyone who follows them on the popular Facebook-owned photo-sharing app. Called Instagram Direct, the feature is availa...
  • Europe to U.S. companies: Face drastic sanctions
    Eu_sends_a_clear_signal-_data_protection_is_made_in_europe-diaalnews.com 2013-10-22 01:45:02 UTC
    BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Parliament committee on Monday approved sweeping new data protection rules that would strengthen online privacy and outlaw the kind of data transfers that the United States used for its secret spying program. The draf...
  • Instagram, other sites go down
    Instagram-100027703-large 2013-08-27 20:32:12 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's unit that runs Web servers for other companies had problems Sunday that coincided with outages or slowdowns on several popular websites. AirBnB says its site was one of those affected. Other services that were slow or u...
  • UK police arrest man over Twitter threats
    Criado-perez-twitt_2629234b 2013-07-30 19:41:11 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — British police on Tuesday arrested a second man in connection with an investigation into violent threats made against a lawmaker and a feminist campaigner on Twitter. Labour Party legislator Stella Creasy was targeted with threats...
  • How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-07-11 23:21:48 UTC
    • Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism • Outlook.com encryption unlocked even before official launch • Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls • Company says it is legally compelled to comply Micros...
  • Facebook plays major role in Indonesia terror case
    Indonesia_facebook 2013-06-21 05:53:20 UTC
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Sefa Riano didn't try to hide his plans or his beliefs. A Facebook page that police traced to him is plastered with photos of bearded men in camouflage uniforms holding rifles and banners hailing "The Spirit of Jihad....
  • Facebook introduces video on Instagram
    D178f76da7a55214350f6a706700c096 2013-06-20 20:25:04 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is adding video to its popular photo-sharing app Instagram, following in the heels of Twitter's growing video-sharing app, Vine. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said Thursday that users will be record and share 15-se...
  • Guardian: NSA leaker Snowden live chats in hiding
    11d6b32e724941ecc1767e006094c1cb-1370851803.1735 2013-06-17 17:10:39 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden is defending his disclosure of top-secret U.S. spying programs in an online chat Monday with The Guardian and attacking U.S. officials for calling him a traitor. "The U.S. government is not go...
  • Web giants get broader surveillance revelations
    Diaalnews 2013-06-15 07:00:46 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and Microsoft Corp. representatives said Friday night that after negotiations with national security officials their companies have been given permission to make new but still very limited revelations about government...
  • Hillary Clinton joins Twitter
    Edt-ap980657719675_1 2013-06-11 04:36:00 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter, meet (at)HillaryClinton. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Twitter on Monday, describing herself with a dash of humor as a "pantsuit aficionado" and a "hair icon." The former New York se...
  • Israeli military plans social media clampdown
    0d179c2bf68aff12330f6a7067009977 2013-06-06 17:45:01 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Some Israeli soldiers will soon be unfriending Facebook following a new crackdown on social media use. The military said Thursday it will soon issue new restrictions on the use of Facebook and other social media sites. A draft ...
  • Maine teens wary of social media after homicide
    87f7a47000a34512330f6a706700fac9 2013-06-01 05:49:22 UTC
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The death of a 15-year-old Maine girl allegedly killed in a bizarre kidnapping plot involving a fake Facebook profile has prompted some of her classmates to scale back their social media use — or ditch it altogether. ...
  • Nasdaq paying $10M to settle Facebook disruption
    2013-05-29t215545z_1_cbre94s1ox900_rtroptp_2_nasdaq-sec-facebook 2013-05-30 05:18:11 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nasdaq has agreed to pay a $10 million penalty to settle federal civil charges after regulators said its systems and decisions disrupted Facebook's public stock offering last year. The Securities and Exchange Commissi...
  • Give Locally grows through gaming, social media
    Untitled 2013-05-29 16:35:01 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew "Bo" Young III, son of former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, is carving out his own path for social change courtesy of a mobile app designed to help real families through the purchase of virtual goods. Young and Ca...
  • Cuban blogger returns home to unknown future
    1052cd79ff2b3e11330f6a706700459d 2013-05-29 16:20:37 UTC
    HAVANA (AP) — One of Cuba's most famous names is returning from a prolonged global tour on Thursday, but don't expect well-wishers, flowers or marching bands. Most islanders won't even know about it. When Yoani Sanchez touches down on ...
  • Ivory Coast techies elect new 'Web Mayor'
    1e5526c1-91c7-4530-a648-19a5dcea806d_mw1024_mh1024_s_cy8 2013-05-28 04:42:07 UTC
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A 22-year-old who lives with his parents is the new mayor of Ivory Coast's largest city, at least according to the West African nation's active community of self-described Internet geeks. Abidjan's budding ne...
  • Twitter adds security measure to logins
    160826_mainimg 2013-05-24 16:27:34 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is adding an extra security measure to users' accounts in an effort to prevent unauthorized logins. Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program. For those who...
  • Poll: Teens migrating to Twitter
    3500_axave3eg 2013-05-21 17:44:45 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that teens are sharing more about themselves on social media. They're also moving increasingly to Twitter to avoid their parents and the "oversharing" that they see on Facebook. In the Pew Research Cen...
  • Google boosts photo offerings to rival Facebook
    Diaalnews 2013-05-18 05:25:49 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is digging deeper into its technology toolkit to turn its social networking service into a more formidable threat to Facebook, sprucing up its photo features at a time when sharing snapshots online and on mobile...
  • A year after IPO, Facebook aims to be ad colossus
    Images_(5) 2013-05-18 05:17:55 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — It was supposed to be our IPO, the people's public offering. Facebook, the brainchild of a young CEO who sauntered into Wall Street meetings in a hoodie, was going to be bigger than Amazon, bigger than McDonald's, bigger...
  • Syrian hackers compromise FT blogs, Twitter feeds
    Financial-times-website-and-twitter-feeds-defaced-by-syrian-hackers 2013-05-17 17:47:57 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — A clutch of blogs and Twitter accounts maintained by the Financial Times were hacked Friday, the latest in a series of cyberattacks claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-government group which often attacks media organ...
  • Tech, labor spar on immigration
    Computer_classroom 2013-05-16 18:53:28 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — To the U.S. technology industry, there's a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it's more sinister: Th...
  • More than just a mother, now she's your 'friend'
    Fd359ffdb2b2700f310f6a70670077b1 2013-05-12 16:49:44 UTC
    Josh Knoller, a young professional in New York City, spent years refusing his mother's "Friend Request" on Facebook before, eventually, "caving in." Today they have an agreement: she'll try not to make embarrassing comments, and ...