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WTF worm makes Twitterers declare goat lust

Another malicious worm hit Twitter over the weekend, days after the micro-blogging site reached near-meltdown from a technically similar attack. This time around the danger came from clicking links contained in micro-blogging messages beginning "WTF [URL]". Last week's more serious onMouseOver problem struck when users moved …
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2010
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Spammers exploit another Facebook flaw

Spammers have taken advantage of a vulnerability in Facebook to spread auto-replicating links, a trick that makes it possible to spread crud without using social engineering. Simply clicking on any application spam links was enough to "share" the application to the user's wall, net security firm F-Secure explains, adding that …
John Leyden, 7 Sep 2010
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Hacked Axl Rose Twitter account spreads false tour news

Axl Rose's Twitter account was hacked on Sunday to spread false rumours that Guns N' Roses was cancelling an upcoming European tour. Fans retweeted the message, which remains as the most recent post in the verified but little used axlrose Twitter feed. However a spokesman for the group confirmed that the autumn tour remains …
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2010
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University launches Google-gaming and Twitter course

Exciting news from the world of academia, which is sweeping away old, elitist notions of learning and making itself more relevant by the day. The University of Salford is launching a course in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) skills and how to game social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. The ten-week Search & Social …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2010
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Vodafone won't act on customers' HTC Desires

Customer anger over Vodafone UK's unwanted Desire app update is receiving national coverage and has its own Web 2.0 campaign, while other customers who merely wish to stream video are still being asked to wait patiently. These two issues are of great importance to a small number of customers, but while the Desire update is …
Bill Ray, 9 Aug 2010
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Nobody trusts anything - shock poll

Facebook and Twitter are trusted as much as the professional media, according to a survey by Zogby - which reveals that nobody trusts anything at all. As readers often point out, a well-designed survey can lead the group to a desired conclusion. This one leaves pollster John Zogby with some egg on his face: clutching at …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2010
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Revealed: Public sector's web gravy train

Even printing money might not save the Web 2.0 gravy train from hitting the buffers. Data released through Freedom of Information requests shows that the average council spent twelve times as much money as the average UK business on websites. And despite the recession, council spending on external web gurus actually rose in 2009 …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2010
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Twitter to auction off words

Twitter will start auctioning off keywords, gluing promoted tweets to the top of search results, but won't start pushing out advertising until the end of the year. The new service is called "Prompted Tweets" and allows a company to pay to have a specific tweet promoted to the top of search results, with a small note saying who …
Bill Ray, 13 Apr 2010
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AOL to sell or shutter Bebo

It's uncertain whether Bebo will or will not survive into June, but one thing is certain: the declining social networking website will no longer be under AOL's wing. In a memo obtained by PaidContent and published by Silicon Alley Insider, AOL Ventures' Jon Brod stated the obvious: It is clear that social networking is a …
Rik Myslewski, 7 Apr 2010
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Nokia puts hive mind to work on Best Phone Ever

Nokia's "Designed by Community" project is intended to find out what a mobile phone feature set should be, but even the Finns aren't promising to build it. The site, which is part of Nokia Conversations, offers visitors the opportunity to vote on various aspects of the "perfect" handset with user interface elements being this …
Bill Ray, 17 Mar 2010
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Gear6 throws self at Memcached Achilles heel

No matter how much people talk about constantly available cloud services, there's always that time when you want to upload something to YouTube and the site's unavailable due to "planned site maintenance." And just don't mention Twitter's Fail Whale. YouTube and Twitter are among two of the biggest users of Memcached, the open …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2010
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Web2.0rhea means ‘higher insurance premiums’

Web2.0rhea sufferers may pay a high price for their compulsive use of Twitter and Facebook, in the form of higher insurance premiums. A witty site called has shown how easy it is. The site finds user profiles of users on Twitter and other social networks who’ve listed their addresses, and also indicated that …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2010
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Pope tells priests - get to grips with blogs, web vids

The Pope has ordered his priests to get more active on the net to spread the word of God, while warning them not to get carried away by the false idols of the digital world. In a message highlighting that 2010 is the Year for Priests (Catholics only) and flagging up May's 44th World Communications Day, Pope Benedict reminds …
Joe Fay, 25 Jan 2010
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Death of a commentard: Can the iSlate kill off Web 2.0?

Comment Get rid of the keyboard and a computer changes from an input device to one designed for the consumption of content - ideal for all those whose contribution we'd happily do without. Tablet computers are coming, powered by Apple's much-anticipated entry into the market, but putting a computer onto a slate doesn't just create a …
Bill Ray, 25 Jan 2010
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Use Web 2.0 magic to sprinkle democracy on science

Climategate In response to the Climategate scandal, one of Britain's most senior climate officials has called for science to be made more "democratic". Mike Hulme has repeated his earlier calls for what he calls "post-normal", postmodern science - but has dusted the appeal with the magic pixie dust of Web 2.0. Hulme was head of the …
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Tories flash leaked IT strategy

The Conservatives have uploaded a leaked government IT strategy report onto a new website, as part of a nifty wheeze to get the IT community involved in coming up with a better plan. The Make IT Better site seeks comments from the public, amid claims that "crowdsourcing" and Web 2.0-style collaboration will result in the …
John Leyden, 1 Dec 2009
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Government outlines five year IT strategy

A draft strategy paper from the Cabinet Office has pointed to web 2.0, cloud computing and service oriented architecture as areas for exploitation over the next five years. A leaked version of Government ICT Strategy: New World, New Challenges, New Opportunities outlines how the government is thinking about harnessing IT up to …
Kable, 1 Dec 2009
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Brown's Building Britain website fail

Gordon Brown is learning, once again, that it takes more than sprinkling some Web2.0 social networking nonsense around to create a political message. The "Building Britain's Future" website launched in June with modest ambitions. It aimed to be: "the Government’s plan to work with the British people to shape our economic …
John Oates, 10 Nov 2009

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