UK: Guardian newspaper's Twitter feeds hacked
2013-04-30 19:04:01 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The Guardian newspaper said Monday that its Twitter accounts have been hacked, and it cited a claim of responsibility from the group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army.
The British paper reported on its website that several of its feeds on the social media site were brok...
Facebook: Breyer won't stand for board re-election
2013-04-27 17:38:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says that venture capitalist Jim Breyer won't seek re-election to its board of directors.
Facebook Inc. said Friday that Breyer, partner at Silicon Valley VC firm Accel Partners, will stay on until the company's annual meeting on June 11.
Menlo Park, Calif.-based...
Facebook CEO reaped $2.3B gain on stock options
2013-04-27 04:59:38 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reaped a gain of nearly $2.3 billion last year when he exercised 60 million stock options just before the online social networking leader's initial public offering.
The windfall detailed in regulatory documents filed Friday saddled Zuckerber...
Deals site LivingSocial says it's been hacked
2013-04-27 04:50:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Online deals service LivingSocial said Friday that its website was hacked, and the personal data of more than 50 million customers may have been affected.
The company said customers' names, email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords may have been compromised by...
Dwayne Johnson tweets pic after hernia surgery
2013-04-24 04:53:45 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwayne Johnson is home after hernia surgery.
The 40-year-old "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" star tweeted a photo of himself in a hospital bed Tuesday. He's flexing his muscles while wearing a Superman shirt and a hospital bonnet.
Johnson wrote that the doctor repaired three ...
Hackers compromise AP Twitter account
2013-04-24 04:31:06 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers compromised Twitter accounts of The Associated Press on Tuesday, sending out a false tweet about an attack at the White House.
The false tweet said there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama was injured. The attack on AP's Twitter...
Comedy Central to launch Twitter comedy festival
2013-04-22 04:52:12 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Putting a new test to the adage that brevity is the soul of wit, Comedy Central is partnering with Twitter for a comedy festival played out in 140 characters and 6-second videos.
The Viacom Inc.-owned network said Sunday that the festival with the hashtag "ComedyFest" will d...
Twitter launches music feature
2013-04-18 17:06:14 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has launched a service for people to find music they like and tweet songs from iTunes, Spotify and Rdio.
Twitter said in a blog post that an app will be available for download from Apple's online store Thursday. A Web version is also expected Thursday. Twitter s...
US team using Twitter, Facebook to fight militants
2013-04-13 05:09:09 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. official who oversees American efforts to counter al-Qaida and other militants in the online battlefield keeps a quote on his desk from a "Most Wanted" jihadi from America's South. The Alabama native wrote that "the war of narratives has become even...
UK teen police commissioner steps down over tweets
2013-04-09 17:21:59 UTC
LONDON (AP) — She was hired to teach local police about British youth — but it was 17-year-old Paris Brown who said she learned a lesson after her scandalous tweets about drugs, drinking and sex hit the tabloids.
The Twitter postings sparked a media furor, questions over why a...
Facebook unveils new experience for Android phones
2013-04-04 17:23:28 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is unveiling a new experience for Android phones. The idea is to bring content right to you, rather than require people to check apps on the device.
The event comes amid rapid growth in the number of people who access Facebook from smartphones and ta...
As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge?
2013-04-02 15:26:42 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — To see what Facebook has become, look no further than the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer.
Sometime last year, people began sharing tongue-in-cheek online reviews of the banana-shaped piece of yellow plastic with their Facebook friends. Then those friends shared with their frie...
Kuwait online activist jailed for Twitter posts
2013-03-31 16:02:38 UTC
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A human rights campaigner in Kuwait says a Twitter user has been sentenced to two years in prison for insulting the ruler of the Gulf nation.
Since the Arab Spring uprisings, Gulf authorities have sharply stepped up pressure on social media posts that they consider offensi...
Facebook to hold Android event Thursday
2013-03-29 16:37:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has invited journalists to the unveiling of what it calls its "new home on Android."
Next Thursday's event will take place at the company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Facebook isn't providing further details. There has been speculation about a "Facebook ph...
Zuckerberg forming political group
2013-03-28 05:18:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with Facebook says CEO Mark Zuckerberg is forming a political group to address issues such as education reform, immigration and scientific research.
The person says the group will formally launch in the coming weeks. The person spoke ...
Twitter's ad revenue to double this year
2013-03-28 04:59:23 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter's ad revenue is believed to be on pace to double this year as the online messaging service delivers more marketing pitches to mobile devices in preparation for a highly anticipated initial public offering of stock.
For now, Twitter remains a priva...
Gay marriage equality box spreads on social media
2013-03-28 04:43:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage.
A square box with thic...
SEC approves Nasdaq's Facebook IPO payment plan
2013-03-25 16:50:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it has approved a plan by the Nasdaq stock exchange to pay $62 million in reimbursements to investment firms that lost money because of technical problems during Facebook's initial public offering last year.
Techie fired after tweeting about men's comments
2013-03-23 17:52:00 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A female developer was fired after tweeting about a group of men she said were making sexual comments at a computer programming conference, fueling an already vigorous debate about gender equality and culture in Silicon Valley.
Adria Richards wrote on he...
Saudi Arabia's top cleric criticizes Twitter users
2013-03-23 17:09:08 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top religious cleric has criticized the social media website Twitter, calling it "a council for jokesters" and a place for unjust, incorrect messages.
Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik made his remarks late Friday during a speech to other ...
Tom Cruise sets up page on Russian social network
2013-03-23 09:16:04 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Tom Cruise has become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte.
The "Mission Impossible" actor's page appeared Friday, announced by a message on Twitter saying "See you there!" in Russian.
His profile picture is a poster...
Monitoring your kids on Facebook? That's so 2009.
2013-03-19 07:17:01 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — After Friendster came MySpace. By the time Facebook dominated social media, parents had joined the party, too. But the online scene has changed - dramatically, as it turns out - and these days even if you're friends with your own kids on Facebook, it doesn't mean you know what t...
What you 'like' on Facebook can be revealing
2013-03-16 21:57:08 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Clicking those friendly blue "like" buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga.
It could out you as gay.
It might reveal how you vote.
It might even suggest that you're an unmarried introvert with a h...
In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever
2013-03-01 22:20:13 UTC
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories — as she did.
"Everybody's going to face this kind of a situatio...
Digital memories fade in death; protect yourself
2013-03-01 22:14:15 UTC
Estate planning attorney James Lamm who writes the blog "Digital Passing" advises people to plan ahead for their virtual afterlives. Your best bet is to make sure valuable memories and intellectual property are stored somewhere besides a social media account — so back up your photos on a USB flas...