Archive for July, 2012

Google acquires social ad start-up Wildfire

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Online poker companies settle with U.S.; two to combine

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It took Jason Legate, a Walnut Creek, California-resident, all of 10 minutes to connect his computer to a London-based server and access BBC’s coverage of the Olympics Saturday, thereby circumventing NBC’s lock on coverage in the United States. The 31-year-old system administrator said he has watched … FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinPinterestTumblrRedditStumbleUponDiggemail

Olympics: Swiss soccer player sent home for racist tweet

Is it possible that no one told Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella that people he doesn’t know can read Twitter? That, in fact, everyone can read Twitter? When his frustration at losing to South Korea Sunday bubbled over into a crude tweet about how people from that country “can go burn” and are “a bunch […]

TWITTER INSULT INVESTIGATED

The Twitter insult against British diver Tom Daley has attracted the attention of police. Daley’s father died of brain cancer a year ago and the 18-year-old Olympian had hoped win a medal “for myself and my dad.” But he finished finishing fourth, out of medal contention, in the 10-meter synchronized platform with teammate Pete Waterfield. […]

EYES ON LONDON: Guilt, fencing drama, tweet insult

LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ SHOULDERING THE BLAME The U.S. men’s gymnastics team faltered as a team in Monday’s finals. But John Orozco thinks he’s to blame. “I feel personally responsible. I […]

StockTwits CEO ‘Disappointed’ With Twitter’s Cashtags

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EYES ON LONDON: Twitter uproar, Bieber and judo

LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ HER MAJESTY: HIP HOP FAN? Who knew Queen Elizabeth II was a hip hop fan? Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed that during a performance by one […]

Apple Can Buy Twitter, RIM, and Sprint and Still Have Billions

Fantasizing about how Apple could spend its $117 billion cash mound leads to one astounding conclusion: The company has more money than it could ever spend—even if it went on an extravagant tech company shopping spree. Following Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec for what DealBook’s Andrew Ross Sorkin calls “a price equal to pocket lint,” Sorkin made a […]

NBC Says Twitter Instigated Journalist’s Suspension

The saga of Guy Adams, the Independent journalist suspended from Twitter after a series of tweets critical of NBC, took an insidious turn on Tuesday as NBC claimed it filed its complaint about Adams at Twitter’s behest. As you’ll remember, the question at hand on Monday was whether Adams violated Twitter’s policy when he posted the email address of NBC […]

Twitter suspends reporter’s account

LONDON (AP) — Twitter has suspended the account of a Los Angeles-based reporter for a British newspaper who included the email address of the NBC Olympics president and asked his followers to write him to complain about the network’s coverage. Guy Adams, a correspondent for The Independent, was upset with the network’s decision to broadcast […]

British diving starlet abused on Twitter

British teenage diver Tom Daley has been targeted by abusive Twitter messages after one of the Olympic hosts’ poster boys missed out on a medal in his opening event at the London Games. The Twitter ‘troll’ accused the 18-year-old of letting down his late father after he and partner Pete Waterfield finished fourth in the […]

Switching Facebook From a Time Crusher to a Career Booster

For most, Facebook can be a real time waster–one minute you’re browsing your friend’s photos from Costa Rica, the next thing you know an hour and a half has gone by and you’ve wound up watching the latest viral “Call Me Maybe” parody someone posted from YouTube. Oh, and apparently 88 percent of Facebook users […]

Twitter Reinstates NBC-bashing Journalist Guy Adams

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Tom Daley abused on Twitter

British teenage diver Tom Daley has been targeted by abusive Twitter messages after one of the Olympic hosts’ poster boys missed out on a medal in his opening event at the London Games. The Twitter ‘troll’ accused the 18-year-old of letting down his late father after he and partner Pete Waterfield finished fourth in the […]

Facebook Testing ‘Save for Later’ Feature

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Chaos comes in small packets as Twitter, an unpredictable force, asserts itself at Olympics

LONDON – It’s amazing how much trouble can be stirred up in 140 characters or less. But also how much intimacy, excitement, global scope and, yes, general zaniness. For better and for worse, the 2012 Olympics are being shaped, shaken and indisputably changed by a social media revolution that four years ago in Beijing was […]

Google Acquires Social Media Management Platform Wildfire

Google has acquired social media management platform Wildfire Interactive for an undisclosed amount, the tech giant announced Tuesday. Wildfire, which launched four years ago by Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuard (pictured) was funded in part by Facebook, counts Amazon, Verizon Wireless, Virgin, Gilt Groupe and Spotify among its clients. It helps them manage their content, […]

Entrepreneur Claims He Made $8,000 in One Day Via Facebook Ads

In a nice counter argument to startup Limited Run’s claim that 80% of the clicks on its ads were bots, an entrepreneur has stepped up to provide a real-life example in which he made $8,000 in one day via Facebook ads. The entrepreneur, Brendan Irvine-Broque, is the director of growth for PageLever. In a post […]

Stacking Up Twitter’s New Cashtags vs. StockTwits

Following Twitter’s announcement of a new feature called Cashtags, which allow users to follow stocks, Howard Lindzon, CEO of StockTwits called the move a “hijacking” of his similar service on the company blog. “I am disappointed of course that Twitter is hijacking our idea and time (will only confuse the masses),” he writes, noting that […]

Can Romney’s VP Announcement App Really Beat Twitter?

The Romney campaign doesn’t have the most stellar track record with smart phone apps (remember Amercia?), but it nonetheless plans to announce his vice-presidential pick via app, even though you can rest assured it will leak out on Twitter first. The campaign introduced an app on Tuesday specifically for Romney’s vice president announcement, which is expected sometime after the […]

Recession, Libor, Facebook punish Europe’s banks

ZURICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Leading European banks reported dismal profits on Tuesday, blaming everything from the continent’s debt crisis and Spain‘s property market crash to Facebook‘s disastrous stock market debut. Within a space of an hour UBS of Switzerland, Deutsche Bank , BBVA of Spain and Austria’s Erste Bank delivered the bad news on an industry […]

No regrets over "Twitter Games" for IOC

LONDON (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has no regrets about embracing social media for what some are calling the first “Twitter Games”, despite two athletes having been expelled for tweets and others being abused online. Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was sent home from the Olympics on Monday for an offensive tweet aimed […]

UBS hit by Facebook IPO loss

GENEVA (AP) — Shares in UBS plunged after the Swiss banking giant posted a worse-than-expected 58 percent fall in second-quarter profits Tuesday due to losses from the Facebook stock listing and a downturn at its investment banking division. Switzerland’s largest bank said the drop in profits to 425 million francs ($434.16 million) from 1.02 billion […]

Def Con hackers go mainstream but still love to party

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – When Jeff Moss founded the Def Con hackers convention in 1993, he never imagined that two decades on, one of the key speakers at the annual Las Vegas event would be four-star General Keith Alexander, head of the U.S. National Security Agency. Once known as an excuse for computer geeks and […]

Facebook’s Save It Later Feature Isn’t an Instapaper Copycat (Yet)

Facebook has a new feature that sounds a lot like what Instapaper does, but so far, it isn’t nearly as useful. The new addition, which the social network calls “save it later” has the general theory of Instapaper behind it, but lacks many of the best parts of the service. Here’s how Facebook’s will work, according to The Verge’s Aaron […]

Microsoft relaunches Hotmail as social-friendly Outlook

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp unveiled a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free, online email service on Tuesday in an attempt to reverse market share losses to Google Inc’s fast-growing Gmail. The world’s largest software company is renaming its Hotmail service Outlook, giving it a sharp new look, social network links, and new features for […]

Olympic highlights on Twitter, July 31: Twitter reacts to Tom Daley abuse

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J.K. Rowling launches Harry Potter book club online

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Facebook stock slides to a record low, share-deluge looms

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s shares dived 6 percent to another record low on Tuesday, sliding for the third straight day since a lackluster quarterly report showed decelerating user growth. Investors have punished the stock of the No. 1 social network and other consumer-focused Internet companies such as Zynga Inc, questioning their ability to […]

Man assaults girlfriend after seeing Romney photo on her Facebook page

Lowell Turpin of Claxton, Tenn., suspected that his girlfriend was planning to cheat on him. His fears were confirmed — or so he thought — when he looked at her Facebook page and saw a photo of another man. He didn’t believe her even after she told him that the photo was not that of […]

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