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It may be time to update your Twitter password. A Russian hacker under the alias “Tessa88” claims to hold 32 million stolen Twitter account credentials and is selling the database for 10 bitcoins, or roughly $5,810 USD. The hacker supposedly also has links to the recent breaches of LinkedIn and Myspace. Another Russian hacker claimed to have stolen passwords from Gmail and Yahoo in May. LeakedSource argues that this was not a leak and that the supposed “hacker” is blowing smoke. LeakedSource claimed that out of the fifteen users they asked, all fifteen were able to verify their passwords.... Read more...
You wouldn't know it by the way people with smartphones tend to ignore their physical surroundings in favor of whatever is on their digital screens, but use of social media apps is down. That's according to market research firm SimilarWeb, which compared data on Android apps over a yearlong period. What the study found was that in almost all countries, Android users are spending less time on all four major social media apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. In some territories, the drop was significant. That was the case for Twitter usage in France, which dropped from an average... Read more...
It doesn't matter who you are or how much money you make, if you don't practice good security habits on the web you're likely to get hacked. Case in point, Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire whiz kid and co-founder of Facebook, the most popular social media site on the planet, had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked into over the weekend. To be fair, Zuckerberg is a bigger target than most people, but that wasn't the real reason his social media accounts outside of Facebook were compromised. It's because he was lazy with security, both with the password he chose and in reusing the same one... Read more...
One week ago, we first learned that Twitter would likely be easing up on its hard 140-character limit with respect to tweets. Word on the street was that the social media company would no longer count links and photos towards the character limit, giving users more room to express themselves. Twitter today confirmed that changes are indeed coming to the platform, and clarified what exactly will be excluded from the 140-character limit. For starters, usernames will no longer be counted, so you’re free to include @hothardware and not worry about wasting space for your entire message. In addition,... Read more...
Part of Twitter's charm is that messages are short and to the point. The 140-character limit on tweets makes them easily and quickly digestible, negating the need for tl;dr summaries at the end. On the flip side, it can sometimes be tough getting an idea across in 140 characters. and it's even more challenging when links and photos take up part of the character count. That's going to changeAt present links take up 23 characters, and that's after Twitter automatically shortens the URL. That leaves users posting a link with 117 characters to get their message across, though not for long. Citing "a... Read more...
It was with good intentions that Comcast took to Twitter to promote Comcast Cares Day, an annual event in which thousands of its employees go out and volunteer in their communities. What Comcast didn't take into account is the snarky nature of Twitter and backlash it would receive on the social network. Comcast created its own hashtag to draw attention to its philanthropic outreach effort—#ComcastCaresDay—but instead of good vibes and high fives, it attracted a mountain of mockery. Some if it came from ticked off Comcast subscribers who were taken aback by what they viewed as obvious irony, while... Read more...
ISIS is apparently pretty peeved with the deletion of social media accounts belonging to members of the terrorist organization. As a result, ISIS has issued a threat to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, saying that for account they delete, ISIS will hack 10 others.The threat was part of a 25-minute video created by ISIS and posted to Telegram, a social media messaging app with a claimed 100 million monthly active users. It was discovered and viewed by Vocativ, which reports that the video contained pictures of Zuckerberg and Dorsey strewn with bullet holes.... Read more...
Twitter has a harassment problem, and it’s looking for outside help to help combat Internet trolls that are turning the popular social media platform into a new age platform for bullying. Twitter’s newly formed Trust and Safety Council will work to offer “input on our safety products, policies, and programs” as it tiptoes the line between allowing the proliferation of free speech while at the same time protecting its users from hate speech. “Twitter empowers every voice to shape the world. But you can’t do that unless you feel safe and confident enough to express yourself freely and connect with... Read more...
We’ve been wondering what the next big step would be for the Twitter-owned Periscope live streaming app, and today we got a look at what’s been going on behind the scenes. Periscope announced today that it will support live broadcasting from GoPro action cameras. The Periscope app for iOS was updated to allow for direct integration with select GoPro cameras (Hero 4 Black, Hero 4 Silver). Live broadcasting is as simple as connecting your GoPro Hero 4 to your iPhone via Wi-Fi, opening the Periscope app and then hitting the Broadcast button. You can still use the Periscope app while you’re broadcasting,... Read more...
In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Twitter revealed that it's preparing to hand out 336 pink slips as part of a reorganization effort. In the short term, the layoffs, which amount to 8 percent of Twitter's workforce, will cost the company between $10 million and $20 million in severance pay. Investors at first reacted negatively to the news of the layoffs, sending Twitter's share price down by more than 6.8 percent to $28.75 on Monday. However, it's up more than 5 percent today at $30.24 per share. The quick recovery is a show of faith in Twitter co-founder... Read more...
At long last, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is back in the CEO seat. Dorsey made the announcement this morning in an 8-K filing and on an investor call - and also shared the news via Twitter, of course. The move heaps more onto Dorsey’s already-full plate; he is (and plans to remain) CEO of mobile payments service Square. Dorsey named Adam Bain to the COO spot and hinted at a major board shakeup while announcing that he was taking back the reins of Twitter. We are naming @adambain COO of Twitter, we're working to change the composition of our Board, and I will serve as CEO of Twitter and Square!—... Read more...
Be careful what you post in jest on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube, lest the U.S. government labels you as a potential terrorist threat. It's the online world we live in these days, and in an effort to thwart the bad guys (and gals) before they can do harm, a new bill would encourage social media sites to notify federal authorities of online "terrorist activity."According to Reuters, which claims to have seen a text of the bill that was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee, social media sites would have the green light to tattle on posts that talk about... Read more...
Shares of Twitter initially rose 7 percent in after hours trading after it was announced that its CEO Dick Costolo had decided to step down, a decision that will go into effect less than three weeks from now (July 1, 2015). Twitter co-founder and chairman of the board Jack Dorsey will step into Costolo's shoes as interim CEO while the microblogging service searches for a permanent replacement."I am tremendously proud of the Twitter team and all that the team has accomplished together during my six years with the company. We have great leaders who work well together and a clear strategy that informs... Read more...
Twitter CEO Disk Costolo admitted about his microblogging service that "we suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years," which he followed up with a vow to be more aggressive in eliminating that kind of unwanted behavior. Taking a step towards fulfilling that promise, Twitter has made some changes to its violent threats policy.Prior to the policy change, the prohibition on violent threats was limited "direct, specific threats of violence against others." It's now been reworded to include "threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against... Read more...
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