Instagram, other sites go down
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 unavailable included Instagram and Twitter's Vine v...
UK police arrest man over Twitter threats
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 of rape and murder after she tweeted in support o...
How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages
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
Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence ...
Facebook plays major role in Indonesia terror case
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."
One status update in late April apologizes to...
Facebook introduces video on Instagram
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-second clips by tapping a video icon in the app. The...
Guardian: NSA leaker Snowden live chats in hiding
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 going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murd...
Web giants get broader surveillance revelations
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 orders to turn over user data.
Hillary Clinton joins Twitter
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 senator and first lady sent out her first tweet unde...
Israeli military plans social media clampdown
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 of the plan bars soldiers in classified units from...
Maine teens wary of social media after homicide
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.
Nichole Cable was allegedly killed by an acquain...
Nasdaq paying $10M to settle Facebook disruption
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 Commission said Wednesday that the penalty is the largest ...
Give Locally grows through gaming, social media
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 California lawyer Brad Newman have launched "Giv Gal...
Cuban blogger returns home to unknown future
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 a flight from Madrid on Thursday, she will step in...
Ivory Coast techies elect new 'Web Mayor'
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 network of bloggers, strategists, designers and Web ...
Twitter adds security measure to logins
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 sign up, Twitter will send a six-digit code using...
Poll: Teens migrating to Twitter
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 Center poll, 94 percent of teens who are social media...
Google boosts photo offerings to rival Facebook
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 gadgets is growing more popular.
Many of the 4...
A year after IPO, Facebook aims to be ad colossus
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 than Coca-Cola. And it was all made possible by o...
Syrian hackers compromise FT blogs, Twitter feeds
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 organizations it sees as sympathetic to the country's r...
Tech, labor spar on immigration
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: The push by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to expand the...
More than just a mother, now she's your 'friend'
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 he can delete them if she does.
"We actually go...
Mark Zuckerberg's Group Loses High-Profile Backers Elon Musk, David Sacks
2014-02-22 20:41:13 UTC
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WASHINGTON -- Billionaire eco-entrepreneur Elon Musk announced on Frid...
Kurtz leaves DailyBeast after retracted blog post
2013-05-06 04:27:02 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Columnist Howard Kurtz left The Daily Beast on Thursday, the same day the website retracted one of his blog posts in which he mistakenly accused NBA player Jason Collins of hiding a previous engagement to a woman before declaring this week that he is gay.
A person cl...
E! Online's Twitter, texting accounts hacked
2013-05-05 05:45:53 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — E! Online says hackers compromised its Twitter and text messaging accounts, sending out erroneous news alerts about Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie.
The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for Saturday's hack.
E! Online said it was working with Twitter to cor...
Mobile ads help grow Facebook's 1Q revenue 38 pct.
2013-05-02 04:56:38 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, Facebook was just testing the waters of mobile advertising, causing plenty of headaches for investors ahead of its massive initial public offering.
It has since eased those worries.
On Wednesday the world's biggest social networking company said nearly a th...