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Wondering why the office is so productive? Yep, Twitter's knackered

Twitter has spent much of the day tackling gremlins in its systems that have left loads of users unable to access parts of the jibber-jabber service. The internet megaphone copped to two different problems that have arisen in the past 12 hours. While not a complete outage, the issues have left some without access to basic …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2017

Snapchap snaps back: Snapchat Snapbrats' Snapstats are Snapcrap

A former Snapchat employee has accused the selfie-slinging giant of illegally inflating its user numbers and misleading investors. Anthony Pompliano, a former Growth Lead, says that the photo and video streamer is providing false metrics to its advertisers and investors as parent company Snap Inc prepares its initial public …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jan 2017

Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

Facebook will circumvent browser ad-blocking tools to push web adverts onto people's screens. The new policy calls for the social network to serve up ads regardless of the presence of ad-blocking software, and in exchange give users greater control over their ad preferences to cut down on intrusive or annoying ads. The …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Aug 2016

Oh snap! Facebook zaps crap yap gap in web chat, natter app flap

A vulnerability in Facebook's web chatrooms and its Messenger app would have let miscreants surreptitiously tamper with messages after they had been sent. The flaw was discovered by eggheads at security biz Check Point, who reported it to the social network giant. We're told attackers would have needed only a basic knowledge …
John Leyden, 8 Jun 2016

China caught astroturfing social networks

A new study claims to have unmasked a state-sponsored social media campaign in China that's responsible for nearly a half-billion social media comments. The report [PDF] from Harvard University suggests that a group of users acting at the behest of the Chinese government uses the comments to influence discussion of topics that …
Shaun Nichols, 20 May 2016
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FTC's Jerk ruling against ex-Napster boss upheld by court

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming victory after the US Court of Appeals upheld a verdict it won over reputation site Jerk.com. The court ruled that John Fanning, the former Napster CEO and chairman, deceived customers about data collection and membership benefits of Jerk.com, a social networking/smear website …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2016
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Back up the trucks for Zuck's bucks: Facebook revenues up 52 per cent

Facebook says skyrocketing advertising bucks are behind a huge jump in revenues and income this year. For the first quarter of its fiscal 2016 year, the House of Zuck reported: Revenues of $5.4bn were up 52 per cent from last year's $3.5bn. Net income of $1.5bn was a 195 per cent increase from a reported $512m in last year' …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2016
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Egypt unfriended Facebook for Free Basics snoop snub

Facebook reportedly had its Free Basics internet service banned in Egypt because it would not meet government demands that it open the service for surveillance. A Reuters report cited two unnamed sources in claiming that the decision by authorities to suspend Free Basics in the country on December 30 of last year was due to …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Apr 2016
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Time acquires Myspace, creates 2004's most fearsome media giant

Time Inc. said it has acquired what's left of social networking ghost town Myspace. The media giant will take on ownership of Myspace as part of a larger acquisition of parent company Viant, an advertising and data analytic firm. Viant acquired Myspace from News Corp in 2011. Time said that it plans to integrate Viant into …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2016

Facebook kills Creative Labs, cuts support for mobile apps

Facebook has confirmed it is getting rid of its Creative Labs brand and axing three projects in what looks to be a strategic shift for the social giant. A spokesperson confirmed to The Register that Facebook will be removing its Snapchat-like phone app Slingshot, Riff (which only launched in April), and internet chat forum …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Dec 2015

India's daft draft anti-encryption law torn up after world+dog points out its stupidity

India will rethink its hardline proposals to clampdown on encryption. Minister of Communications and Information Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters on Tuesday that a draft law to regulate cryptography would be withdrawn and rewritten. The climbdown comes amid public outcry and widespread criticism of the would-be-disastrous …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2015
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Dislike: Facebook scammers latch onto anti-Like button calls

Survey scammers have already capitalised on Facebook's tentative plans to develop a "Dislike" button. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg conceded the obvious point that people didn't want to say they "liked" posts about friends' bad fortune, the only single button option available through the social network at present. He …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2015

Tech turned on its head: 'Dislike' button in Facebook, pay Snapchat $1 to defuse self-destructing sexy selfies

Snapchat is about to get a bit less self-destructive with the introduction of a new pay-to-replay option on received pics. The auto-deleting image-sharing service said Tuesday that those who were willing to splash a bit of coin would be able to re-play images they had previously viewed. Once limited to a single "replay" of a …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2015
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Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab

The Greater Manchester Skeptics Society (GMSS) has been obliged to start up a new group on Meetups.com, after someone with a very different agenda took over its profile on the social networking site. A glitch with the renewal of GMSS' Meetup Subscription allowed a non-committee member called "Sophie" (not her real name, we are …
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2015
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Apple tries to patent facial recognition

Apple has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to grant it the rights to produce facial-recognition features for iOS devices. Apple’s patent application, filed in 2014 and published Thursday, describes a system for selecting contacts via facial recognition and then tagging their faces in photos. This, Apple argues, will …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2015
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Wanna harvest a stranger's Facebook data? Get a mobile number and off you go

Hackers and other miscreants are able to access names, telephone numbers, images and location data in bulk from Facebook, using only a cellphone number. The loophole was revealed by software engineer Reza Moaiandin. Moaiandin, technical director at UK-based tech firm Salt.agency, exploited a little-known privacy setting in a …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2015
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Yelp whelps yelp 'Help!' Chairman ejects, shares plunge 30%, losses grow

Yelp is in full crisis mode as the upstart's chairman is out – and its stock continues to free fall. The reviews website, headquartered in San Francisco's startup land, announced on Wednesday that a modest $2.7m profit in the second quarter of 2014 had turned into a loss of $1.3m in the second quarter of 2015. This is despite …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2015

Record-breaking $502m in sales, BIG LOSSES – OF COURSE IT'S TWITTER

Twitter has managed to collect over half a billion dollars - and somehow throw it all away and more even though it does nothing but run a microblabber portal. But the markets are impressed anyway. The company brought in $502m for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, which ended on June 30. The figure represented a 60.9 per …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2015

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