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What! Facebook's down? No storm selfies during brief outage

File-This April 9, 2012, file photo shows Instagram being demonstrated on an iPhone in New York. Social media websites Facebook and Instagram have stopped working Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The problem is affecting users in Australia but also in other countries including the United States. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?



Broad apologises for minimum wage tweet

England paceman Stuart Broad fields at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia on January 16, 2015England fast bowler Stuart Broad insisted Tuesday he had not meant to insult low-paid workers following an angry response to a tweet about Britain's minimum wage. "I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10 percent earners in the world. Given Broad, a senior England player for several years, earns considerably more than the minimum wage, there were many who took issue with his comments. "Clarifying my earlier tweet, I merely wanted to emphasise my amazement at just how big the world is," he said.



Taylor Swift shakes off hacking on social media

US singer Taylor Swift performs during New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Times Square in New York on December 31, 2014Taylor Swift on Tuesday scoffed at a hacker who took over her social media accounts and threatened to release nude pictures, with the pop star saying none existed. The singer's Twitter and Instagram accounts were briefly seized by at least one hacker who vowed to release naked pictures of Swift if supporters paid enough in the form of the virtual currency bitcoin. "Any hackers saying they have 'nudes'?" Swift wrote after retaking control of her Twitter account. Little was known about the presumed hacker, whose account was suspended by Twitter.



Twitter woos users with group chat and video features

Twitter on Tuesday began rolling out new group chat and video features as it worked to ramp up use of the one-to-many messaging serviceTwitter on Tuesday began rolling out new group chat and video features as it worked to ramp up use of the one-to-many messaging service. "Private conversations on Twitter are a great complement to the largely public experience on the platform," product director Jinen Kamdar, whose handle is @jinen, said in an online post. The Twitter application for smartphones has also been modified to allow people to easily capture, edit and share videos. "In just a few taps you can add a video to unfolding conversations, share your perspective of a live event, and show your everyday moments instantly, without ever having to leave the app," Kamdar said.



Taylor Swift says Twitter, Instagram accounts were hacked

Taylor Swift performs in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New YorkPop star Taylor Swift said her Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked on Tuesday, but the rogue posts were quickly removed from the social media services. The 25-year-old "Shake It Off" singer, whose album "1989" has been atop the charts for the past three months, has built a following of young fans through social media and has the fourth-most popular Twitter account with 51.4 million followers. "My Twitter got hacked but don't worry, Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords," said a statement posted on Swift's personal Tumblr page. Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc-owned Instagram did not immediately respond to requests for comment on whether Swift's accounts had been hacked.



Social media flurry around blizzard: gripes, jokes and romance
By Laila Kearney and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fear, disappointment and even romantic thoughts about the Northeast's blizzard of 2015 powered a social media storm that raged on the Internet on Tuesday. The avalanche picking up speed on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook included mashup photos that replaced the Statue of Liberty's torch with a snow shovel and outfitted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a king's fur cape and sword with the motto "Winter is Coming" from the "Game of Thrones" television show. Two of the most popular Twitter hashtags were #Snowmageddon2015 and #Snowpocalypse, although some felt #Blizzfizz was more appropriate. "A whole lotta 'nope,'" @kelso2utd wrote on Twitter, referring to the storm's underwhelming showing in most of New York City and New Jersey.
Facebook, Instagram suffer outage but deny hacker attack

The breakdown of Facebook and Instagram at around 0615 GMT reportedly lasted an hour and hit users in the United States, Europe and AsiaFacebook, the world's most popular social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumours of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope. "This was not the result of a third party attack," Facebook said in a statement after its services were restored. "Status Update: Facebook is Down!!!" Twitter user @kingpodge posted, in a photographed handwritten note.



Messaging app hides pictures in plain sight on Facebook

Snoop-thwarting messaging application Wickr on Tuesday began letting Apple mobile gadget users hide pictures in plain sight on their Facebook pagesSnoop-thwarting messaging application Wickr on Tuesday began letting Apple mobile gadget users hide pictures in plain sight on their Facebook pages. Wickr Timed Feed (WTF) hosts pictures in a way that keeps them in the control of those doing the posting, and the service gathers no data about images, according to co-founder Nico Sell.



Meteorologist offers rare apology on Twitter for ‘big forecast miss’ on snowstorm
Gary Szatkowski, chief of the National Weather Service office that serves Mount Holly, N.J., and Philadelphia, apologized on Twitter for his office's “big forecast miss” regarding this week's snowstorm.
Forget the outage, Facebook has bigger issues
Facebook says it caused an overnight outage of Facebook and Instagram, but Yahoo Finance's Jeff Macke says that's not the company's big concern.
Twitter: now with video uploads and group direct messaging

The social network has added group chats and 30-second video uploads.In a bid to make its service more sticky with existing users and to attract new tweeters into the fold, the social network and micoblogging site is adding a new video feature it says will complement, rather than replace, Vine. Vine was a little app that let people create tiny, looping six-second videos and it proved so popular that Twitter acquired it and Instagram subsequently went out and essentially copied it. The new video feature will let users upload clips of up to 30 seconds in length that will play automatically in their timelines. Alongside the longer videos, Twitter is also adding group direct messaging so that Twitter effectively becomes a social messaging platform.



Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis

Protesters chant "Free Goto" during a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's Official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: “I am Kenji.” As of Tuesday, the “I am Kenji” Facebook page had more than 25,000 “likes” and is continuing to grow. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."



Facebook takes blame for service outages, which hit wider Web

People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Access to Facebook , the world's largest social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site, were blocked around the world for up to an hour on Tuesday, which the company said later was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack. The outage at Facebook, which started around 0600 GMT, appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites, according to web and mobile user reports from around the globe. A hacker group associated with other recent high-profile attacks on other online services sought to claim responsibility for the outages, but Facebook said the fault was its own. “This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said.



Facebook suffers own goal outage affecting users worldwide

What! Facebook's down? No storm selfies during brief outageFacebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide. The glitch reported in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. affected ...



Hacker group claims it is behind outages at Facebook, other sites
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Internet sites including Facebook, the world's largest social network, Instagram and other popular sites suffered temporary outages on Tuesday and a hacker group associated with other recent high-profile attacks claimed it caused the outages. A Twitter account that purports to speak for hacker group "Lizard Squad" posted messages suggesting that it was behind an attack the temporarily blocked several major web sites. ...
After roughly 40 minute outage, Facebook again accessible in US, Asia, other regions
After roughly 40 minute outage, Facebook again accessible in US, Asia, other regions.
Facebook's Instagram service says it is aware of outage and is working on a fix
Facebook's Instagram service says it is aware of outage and is working on a fix.
Facebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia
Facebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia.
Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram Hacked
The potential hacker's Twitter account was suspended when the user threatened to release nude photos of Swift.
Tradition meets Twitter as Saudis pledge to new king

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman attends a ceremony at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh on January 24, 2015Decades ago, Saudis trekked across their desert kingdom to pledge allegiance to their new kings at their palaces. Now they are just using Twitter. Thousands of Saudis have poured into the palace of King Salman who acceded the throne after the death of his half-brother Abdullah last week. Chief among them is Twitter, whose popularity has exploded with an astounding 40 percent of Saudis now using the microblogging website.



Facebook's Oculus forms in-house virtual-reality film studio

The sign outside the Oculus VR booth is seen at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las VegasBy Piya Sinha-Roy PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Oculus VR is getting into movies with an in-house studio dedicated to making virtual-reality films and premiered its first short piece at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday. Tapping talent from both Pixar, the animation studio behind computer graphics imagery (CGI) films "Toy Story" and "Monsters Inc," and the video gaming world, Oculus' Story Studio will develop film content for virtual reality and advise other filmmakers seeking to try the technology. Facebook bought Oculus last year for $2 billion.



Teen arrested after alleged Facebook emoji threats

Brooklyn Teen Arrested For Alleged Facebook Threat To Officers Using EmojiEmojis are words too. Indeed, some might see them as a very modern, exalted form of digital cursive script. That seems to be the view of the New York Police Department, after it viewed the Facebook page of 17-year-old Osiris Aristy from Bushwick, Brooklyn.



Turkish court orders Facebook to block pages 'insulting' prophet

A Turkish court orders Facebook to block pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, threatening to shut down the social media network indefinitelyA Turkish court has ordered Facebook to block pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, threatening to shut down the social media network indefinitely if it ignores the directive, state media said Monday. The ruling came after Turkish prosecutors investigated the social media pages following a deadly attack on the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7. The court ruled on Sunday that Facebook would be shut down altogether in Turkey if it fails to implement the order, state-run Anatolia news agency reported. In its first issue after the attack by two Islamist gunmen that killed 12 people, Charlie Hebdo featured an image of the prophet weeping on its front cover holding a "Je suis Charlie" sign under the heading "All is forgiven".



Facebook unveils 'lite' app for emerging markets

Facebook, the world's most popular social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumours of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to copeFacebook said Monday it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality Internet connections in emerging markets. The move expands Facebook's efforts to grow the world's biggest social network, which already has more than a billion users. Most of Facebook's growth is coming from emerging markets, but many people lack the phones or computers needed for the full-featured app.



Author of Twitter best-seller working on Silk Road book
The author of a best-seller about Twitter is working on an investigative book about the black market website Silk Road. New York Times columnist Nick Bilton has a deal with Portfolio for a "detailed ...
Turkish court orders Facebook to block pages insulting Mohammad: media

People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaA Turkish court has ordered Facebook to block a number of pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, threatening to stop access to the whole social networking site if it does not comply, state broadcaster TRT reported. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday that Facebook had blocked one page in response to a valid legal request from Turkish authorities. The court order is the latest move to crack down on material seen as offending religious sensibilities in the largely Muslim nation, where the government of President Tayyip Erdogan is widely seen as pursuing an Islamist-leaning agenda.



Turkey Court Bans Facebook Pages Insulting Prophet Muhammad

Turkey Court Bans Facebook Pages Insulting Prophet MuhammadThe state-run Anadolu Agency reported the ruling was handed down late Sunday by a court in Ankara. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



Facebook launches Facebook 'Lite'

Facebook Lite for AndroidThe world's most popular social network has put its main app on a crash diet so that it's lighter and nimbler and has a much smaller appetite for mobile internet data. Called Facebook Lite, it's the social network's way of ensuring its site is genuinely accessible to consumers in emerging markets that are just getting their first entry-level smartphones. The app only takes up 1MB of space on an Android handset and has been designed to run on 2G networks and even in areas where trying to get any sort of network connection can prove challenging.



Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet.
The Newest Item on Denny’s Menu? A Grand Slam Breakfast Tweet
In September, the restaurant chain Denny’s tweeted “hashbrowns on fleek,” seizing on a slang phrase that was permeating the Internet to promote its breakfast side dish. The message, which to teens translates ...
Scientology Creates Twitter Account to Discredit New Movie
"The Church never sought special treatment, only fair treatment," writes the Church of Scientology.
F-16s Scrambled to Escort Jets After Twitter Bomb Threat
Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled today to escort two airliners enroute to Hartsfeld-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta for a possible bomb threat, NORAD said.
California teacher suspended over social media rant about sex case
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles area high school teacher has been suspended over a social media rant in which he said male students who reportedly had sex with two of his female colleagues should have kept their "stupid mouths shut" about the experience, a school official said on Friday. Sean Patrick Kane, an art teacher at South Hills High School in suburban West Covina, asked in a flippant post on Facebook on Sunday what had been "in the heads of the dudes who banged these ladies and then squealed?" "You should have just kept your stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it," Kane said in the same post, referring to the teenage students at the center of the sex case. The rant got the attention of officials at the West Covina Unified School District, who placed Kane on paid leave on Wednesday as they investigate his actions, district spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden said. "We expect teachers to maintain a level of professionalism in their classroom and in their social media presence as well," Van Der Linden said.
Soccer-County block Hungary on Facebook after flood of posts
League One (third tier) team Notts County have blocked Hungary from their Facebook page after it was swamped by a flood of comments about new striker Balint Bajner. The club signed the 24-year-old Hungarian on Tuesday from second tier side Ipswich Town whose own page was inundated with "No Bajner, no party!" posts when he was dropped in August. County's page received more than 1,700 new likes in two days after the under-19 international joined the world's oldest professional football club on a free transfer. The Magpies said all the messages posted by Bajner's Hungarian fans were in good fun but the club had to take action to control them on behalf of other users of the page.
Twitter explodes with tributes to SkyMall
CNBC.com reported that in 2013 SkyMall business generated about $33.7 million in revenue, which fell to $15.8 million for the nine months that ended in September 2014. SkyMall was founded in 1990 and boasts a mission of “solving problems with unique merchandise.” According to SkyMall's website, the publication was viewed by approximately 650 million air travelers annually. “We are extremely disappointed in this result and are hopeful that SkyMall and the iconic ‘SkyMall’ brand find a home to continue to operate,” Mr. Wiley said in a statement.
Air catalog SkyMall files for bankruptcy, Twitter users heartbroken

Air catalog SkyMall files for bankruptcy, Twitter users heartbrokenApparently, airline passengers aren't buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy.



App Wars: Does the little guy have a chance against Facebook, Apple & Google?
It’s no secret that mobile is the way of the future – just look at the more than 190% jump in Facebook stock since it proved its chops at mobile back in the summer of 2013. But what does it take to make a successful app? Are certain categories more popular than others? Do free apps do better than paid? We went to the experts for answers.
Seth Rogen Clarifies 'American Sniper' Tweet: No "Political Implications" Were Intended
The actor says he wasn't comparing the film to Nazi propaganda.
Saudis swarm Twitter to mourn king

Many Saudis take to the Internet to praise deceased monarch King Abdullah but some, including campaigners for free speech and women's right to drive, were less flatteringJoining a swarm of Saudis taking to social media on Friday, veteran news broadcaster Abdullah al-Shihri said he would have preferred not to deliver the official announcement that King Abdullah was dead. "May God have mercy on Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. We did not lose a king today, we all lost a father", Ameera Al Taweel said in one of thousands of Twitter messages. Saudi Army News, an official account, expressed condolences and said: "This Twitter account will stop tweeting for three days in mourning of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, may God rest his soul".



Saudis on Twitter deny rumors King Abdullah dead

File photo of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah arriving at Heathrow Airport in west LondonA Saudi journalist and a member of the royal family denied rumors on Thursday that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, in hospital since December suffering from pneumonia, had died, according to messages on social media. King Abdullah, who took power in 2005 after the death of his half-brother King Fahd, is thought to be 91, although official accounts are unclear. "All that is being reported about King Abdullah's death is far from the truth," Ibrahem al-Rawsa, identified as a journalist at state-run Saudi Press Agency, wrote on his Twitter account. A member of the royal family wrote: "I give you good news.