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  1. Twitter is refusing to link users to Kickass.to, the second largest torrent index on the Internet. People who attempt to access the site through Twitter get a warning that the site may be unsafe and potentially harmful. Questions to Twitter about the reason for this unusual blockade remain unanswered. With millions of unique visitors per day KickassTorrents is one of the most used torrent sites, trailing only behind The Pirate Bay. The site indexes millions of torrents, some of which are then shared through Facebook, Twitter and other social media. For example, author Alex Sayf Cummings posted a link to a torrent of his book Music Piracy And The Remaking Of American Copyright in a tweet recently. Cummings was obviously inviting people to grab a free copy from the site, but Twitter is not making that easy. Those who click on the link in question are presented with an ominous warning. “The site you were trying to visit may be unsafe! This link has been flagged as potentially harmful.” In the grey-on-black fine print in the bottom right corner, Twitter points out that people can proceed to the site at their own risk, but not everybody may be that gutsy. The big question of course is why Twitter classified KickassTorrents as an unsafe website. TF contacted the company for an explanation, but 24 hours later we have yet to hear back. On its website Twitter claims to use Google’s safe browsing diagnostic tool, but the Kickass.to domain is not blocked here. Perhaps even stranger, KickassTorrent’s old domain Kat.ph gets the same blocking treatment. It appears that Twitter has decided on its own that the torrent site is a no-go zone for users. This is an option, as the site explains in one of its help sections. “Even if Google’s diagnostic report of the URL is clean, we may decide to continue blocking the URL on Twitter as potentially harmful,” Twitter notes. Whether the fact that KickassTorrent’s links to a lot of copyright infringing content has anything to do with the blockade is unknown. Previously Facebook restricted access to The Pirate Bay for the same reason, but this decision was reversed after a few months. Thus far, Kickass.to appears to be the only large torrent site that’s blocked by Twitter, but perhaps it’s just the start? Source: TorrentFreak
  2. By Patricia Laya, Sarah Frier and Anatoly Kurmanaev February 14, 2014 Twitter Inc. (TWTR:US) said the Venezuelan government blocked users’ online images as opposition groups marched through Caracas for a third day, demonstrating against record shortages and the world’s fastest inflation. Nu Wexler, a Twitter spokesman, confirmed in an e-mail that the government was behind the disruption. President Nicolas Maduro banned protests Feb. 12 and has asked his supporters to counter with a “march against fascism” tomorrow, in a week of social unrest that has left at least three Venezuelans dead. In the absence of information from the government or local television outlets, Venezuelans have turned to foreign reporters and social media for news. Twitter users had been posting their photos of demonstrations that started in provincial towns earlier this month, providing an alternative to state-controlled media. It’s unclear if photos are blocked for users of all Internet providers in Venezuela, Wexler said. “We won’t cease protests until all our comrades are free,” Gaby Arellano, a leader of the Andes University student union and member of the opposition party Voluntad Popular, said by telephone today. “We will continue fighting for our democratic rights.” Maduro ordered police on Feb. 12 to detain opposition leaders for inciting violence after clashes between opposition-affiliated students and armed pro-government socialist collectives left 66 people injured and 118 under detention, according to the Interior Ministry. Cantv Denial State-run phone company Cia. Anonima Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela SA, or Cantv, denied blocking the images of San Francisco-based Twitter. Twitter’s servers are outside of Venezuela, and other countries experienced the same issue, the company said in an e-mailed statement today. A spokesman for the Information Ministry, who can’t be named because of internal policy, said he had no problem seeing pictures on his Twitter account, which he uses to follow friends and family. Students have defied Maduro’s ban on protests, blocking Caracas’ major avenues today on the way to the Eastern Cemetery to bury student Roberto Redman, one of the three killed in Feb. 12 clashes. Only 10 of the 118 people detained have been charged to-date, mostly for instigating violence, according to the prosecutor general’s office. Human rights group Venezuelan Penal Forum put the number of detained at 148. ‘No Idea’ Alex Matute, a Caracas-based web developer, said his brother Angel, a 24-year-old student, was among the 30 protesters who were held by the National Guard without being charged and without access to lawyers or family for two days, before being driven to courts. “We have no idea what they plan to do with him,” Alex Matute said by telephone today. “The police won’t tell us anything.” A National Guard spokesman, who can’t be named because of internal policy, and Interior Ministry spokesman Marco Hernandez declined to comment, citing national-security risks. Maduro has accused international outlets of bias. He took Colombian station NTN24 off the air after the protests and in a national address yesterday criticized Agence France Presse for “manipulating information.” ‘Massive Attack’ In November, Maduro asked authorities to investigate a disappearance of 6,000 of his 1.4 million Twitter followers, calling it a “massive attack” by the “international right wing.” Story: Making the Economic Case for More Than the Minimum Wage Billy Vaisberg, who runs an online directory of Venezuelan Twitter users called TwVen.com, said he had received several reports today from people who couldn’t see images on their feeds. In a post on its Spanish-language account, @twitter_es, Twitter advised Venezuelan users to subscribe to its text-message service to get updates. “We are having a media blackout,” Josefina Blanco, a freelance science journalist and social media user, said in an e-mail from Caracas. Only because of Twitter, NTN24 and radio station RCR 750, “we can know what is really going on in our streets,” she said. Inflation more than doubled in Venezuela in the past year to 56.3 percent in January, according to the central bank. At the same time, the central bank’s scarcity index rose to a record 28 percent, meaning that more than one in four basic goods was out of stock at any given time. Bonds Fall Amid the threat of new social unrest, the South American country’s benchmark dollar bond due in 2027 fell 0.67 cent to 64.85 cents on the dollar, near a 30-month low. The yield on the bond rose 16 basis points to 15.53 percent, at 3:40 p.m. in New York. “The opposition has made a huge progress in the past week, as a couple of student protests have reignited the movement,” David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, said by telephone from Caracas yesterday. “If in the coming months the economy gets substantially worse and the protests continue, Maduro will be in tough position.” http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-02-14/twitter-says-venezuela-blocks-its-images-amid-protest-crackdown
  3. 2013 saw Twitter’s IPO but it has not been a good year for the concise social network. The company filed its 2013 financial report with the SEC and posted a whopping $511 million net loss in Q4. Revenue for the year doubled compared to 2012, however the first three quarters weren’t too kind to Twitter either and the net loss for the full year is $645 million. Of the loss in Q4, $521 million is from stock-based compensations. $406 million of that is from restricted stock granted to employees (a common way for startups to hire employees). This year, the stock-based compensation is projected to cost $600-650 million. Investors are not impressed and at the time of this writing Twitter stock is down over 16% in pre-market trading. The other numbers from the report look mildly encouraging – the advertising revenue for Q4 was $220 million, up 121% year over year and 75% of that revenue came from the coveted mobile field. The Average Monthly Active Users were 241 million, up 31% year on year, 184 million were on mobile. For the full 2014, Twitter expects revenue in the range $1.15-1.2 billion, but on top of the stock compensations there will be somewhere $330-390 million in capital expenses. Source
  4. Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:08am EST (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has bought 900 patents and signed a cross-licensing agreement with IBM, making peace with Big Blue and bulking up on its intellectual property portfolio as it takes on larger rivals Google and Facebook. The agreement announced on Friday comes after International Business Machines Corp accused Twitter in November - on the eve of its high-profile initial public offering - of infringing three of its patents. At the time, it underscored how few patents the six-year-old social media company possessed in relation to more established rivals. A cross-licensing agreement will help safeguard Twitter against similar claims in the future. IBM is one of the industry's largest research spenders and stockpilers of intellectual property, a consistent leader in U.S. patent filings and the owner of some 41,000 patents. Twitter is following on the heels of Facebook, which itself faced similar claims before its own 2012 IPO. The world's largest social network has since gone on a patent-buying spree, acquiring intellectual property from tech bellwethers, including Microsoft Corp and IBM. "This acquisition of patents from IBM and licensing agreement provide us with greater intellectual property protection and give us freedom of action to innovate on behalf of all those who use our service," Ben Lee, Twitter's legal director, said in a joint statement with IBM on Friday. (Reporting by Edwin Chan; Editing by Jan Paschal) http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/31/us-ibm-twitter-idUSBREA0U0YF20140131
  5. By Mike Isaac and Jason Del Rey January 31, 2014, 3:29 PM PST Twitter is getting serious about commerce on its service. So much so that it looks as though soon you’ll be able to buy goods for sale directly from a tweet. The microblogging service is close to finalizing a deal with payment services company Stripe, which would likely handle the back-end processing for making purchases on Twitter. As for the front end: Twitter looks likely to partner with at least one online commerce site, Fancy.com, which will let users purchase products inside the Twitter app and website, according to documentation discovered by Re/code. It is part of a new program called Twitter Commerce, according to these documents. Re/code discovered the documents on the open Web through a public section of Fancy.com’s website that was not password protected. The images have not been verified by Twitter or Fancy. A source with direct knowledge of Twitter’s commerce plans said that the documents were mockups created by Fancy.com, which presented Twitter with a version of what its Commerce product could look like. Twitter is also in discussion with other similar partner sites regarding its Commerce plans, according to this person. A Twitter spokesman declined to comment. A Fancy spokesperson was not immediately reachable. As the screenshots show, the Twitter Commerce tweets will appear inside of Twitter users streams, much like the company’s Promoted Tweet advertising products. Some Commerce tweets will also show up inside Twitter’s Discover section, which shows off a mix of activity from a user’s network of people they follow (including, interestingly enough, products that people you follow have purchased, according to the screenshots). Expand the tweet, and you’ll see photos of the product for sale, along with a description of the item and a section for related products for purchase. From there, you’re prompted to enter your name, address and credit card information, all “handled securely within the Twitter app,” according to the documentation. And finally, it looks as if Commerce customers may be able to track the shipping status of their order on a map, and receive shipping updates. This feature, though, might be strictly for merchants selling through Fancy. The new product comes after a long history of Twitter virtually neglecting commerce options on its service (aside from a few exceptions which weren’t widely adopted by the public). Twitter has also built and shelved multiple commerce-related products in the past, according to two people familiar with the matter. But the renewed interest in Commerce comes on the heels of a closely watched initial public offering, where questions were raised about Twitter’s ability to add revenue streams in the future. Shortly before the company went public, Twitter hired ex-Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard to run the company’s commerce efforts. It’s worth noting that Facebook has also toyed with letting users buy things directly from Facebook with little success. Facebook killed physical gifts sales on its platform late last year, after the service saw little demand. It is not clear when the company will finally launch Twitter Commerce or how many partners will join in the launch. It’s also unclear what fees or percentage of sales on its platform Twitter will take, if any. However, the company could directly benefit from retailers purchasing Promoted Commerce Tweet ad products. And if Twitter is able to hold on to users’ name, address and credit card information, that could benefit the company as well. The same-day delivery option seen in the documentation is likely specific to Fancy, which started offering the service last year. But it’s costly: $29.95 according to information on Fancy.com. Fancy, which has raised more than $75 million in funding, is essentially an online catalog of products. Some are uploaded by its users, and some by merchants hoping to sell through the service. Its product mix skews higher end, and it is believed to rely on referrals from social networks such as Twitter for a decent chunk of traffic, making it a natural early partner for this initiative. Also this: Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is a Fancy board member. Take a look at the entire user flow, in pictures, below. Update 7:59 pm ET: The section of Fancy.com in question was locked with a password after Re/code contacted the company for comment. http://recode.net/2014/01/31/is-this-what-twitter-commerce-will-look-like
  6. By Naoki Hiroshima January 29, 2014 A story of how PayPal and GoDaddy allowed the attack and caused me to lose my $50,000 Twitter username. My $50,000 Twitter Username Was Stolen Thanks to PayPal and GoDaddy I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox. As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up. While eating lunch on January 20, 2014, I received a text message from PayPal for one-time validation code. Somebody was trying to steal my PayPal account. I ignored it and continued eating. Later in the day, I checked my email which uses my personal domain name (registered with GoDaddy) through Google Apps. I found the last message I had received was from GoDaddy with the subject “Account Settings Change Confirmation.” There was a good reason why that was the last one. From: <[email protected]> GoDaddy To: <*****@*****.***> Naoki Hiroshima Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:50:02 -0800 Subject: Account Settings Change Confirmation Dear naoki hiroshima, You are receiving this email because the Account Settings were modified for the following Customer Account: XXXXXXXX There will be a brief period before this request takes effect. If these modifications were made without your consent, please log in to your account and update your security settings. If you are unable to log in to your account or if unauthorized changes have been made to domain names associated with the account, please contact our customer support team for assistance: [email protected] or (480) 505-8877. Please note that Accounts are subject to our Universal Terms of Service. Sincerely, GoDaddy I tried to log in to my GoDaddy account, but it didn’t work. I called GoDaddy and explained the situation. The representative asked me the last 6 digits of my credit card number as a method of verification. This didn’t work because the credit card information had already been changed by an attacker. In fact, all of my information had been changed. I had no way to prove I was the real owner of the domain name. The GoDaddy representative suggested that I fill out a case report on GoDaddy’s website using my government identification. I did that and was told a response could take up to 48 hours. I expected that this would be sufficient to prove my identity and ownership of the account. Let The Extortion Begin Most websites use email as a method of verification. If your email account is compromised, an attacker can easily reset your password on many other websites. By taking control of my domain name at GoDaddy, my attacker was able to control my email. I soon realized, based on my previous experiences being attacked, that my coveted Twitter username was the target. Strangely, someone I don’t know sent me a Facebook message encouraging me to change my Twitter email address. I assumed this was sent from the attacker but I changed it regardless. The Twitter account email address was now one which the attacker could not access. The attacker tried to reset my Twitter password several times and found he couldn’t receive any of the reset emails because it took time for the change of my domain’s MX record, which controls the email domain server. The attacker opened issue #16134409 at Twitter’s Zendesk support page. N, Jan 20 01:43 PM: Twitter username: @n Your email: *****@*****.*** Last sign in: December Mobile number (optional): n/a Anything else? (optional): I’m not receiving the password reset to my email, do you think you could manually send me one? Twitter required the attacker to provide more information to proceed and the attacker gave up on this route. I later learned that the attacker had compromised my Facebook account in order to bargain with me. I was horrified to learn what had happened when friends began asking me about strange behavior on my Facebook account. I received an email from my attacker at last. The attacker attempted to extort me with the following message. From: <[email protected]> SOCIAL MEDIA KING To: <*****@*****.***> Naoki Hiroshima Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:55:43 -0800 Subject: Hello. I’ve seen you spoke with an accomplice of mine, I would just like to inform you that you were correct, @N was the target. it appears extremely inactive, I would also like to inform you that your GoDaddy domains are in my possession, one fake purchase and they can be repossessed by godaddy and never seen again D: I see you run quite a few nice websites so I have left those alone for now, all data on the sites has remained intact. Would you be willing to compromise? access to @N for about 5minutes while I swap the handle in exchange for your godaddy, and help securing your data? Shortly thereafter, I received a response from GoDaddy. From: [email protected] To: <*****@*****.***> Naoki Hiroshima Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:49:41 -0800 Subject: Update [incident ID: 21773161] — XXXXX.XXX Unfortunately, Domain Services will not be able to assist you with your change request as you are not the current registrant of the domain name. As the registrar we can only make this type of change after verifying the consent of the registrant. You may wish to pursue one or more of the following options should you decide to pursue this matter further: 1. Visit http://who.godaddy.com/ to locate the Whois record for the domain name and resolve the issue with the registrant directly. 2. Go to http://www.icann.org/dndr/udrp/approved-providers.htm to find an ICANN approved arbitration provider. 3. Provide the following link to your legal counsel for information on submitting legal documents to GoDaddy: http://www.godaddy.com/agreements/showdoc.aspx?pageid=CIVIL_SUBPOENA GoDaddy now considers this matter closed. My claim was refused because I am not the “current registrant.” GoDaddy asked the attacker if it was ok to change account information, while they didn’t bother asking me if it was ok when the attacker did it. I was infuriated that GoDaddy had put the burden on the true owner. A coworker of mine was able to connect me to a GoDaddy executive. The executive attempted to get the security team involved, but nothing has happened. Perhaps because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Then I received this follow-up from the attacker. From: <[email protected]> SOCIAL MEDIA KING To: <*****@*****.***> Naoki Hiroshima Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:50:16 -0800 Subject: …hello Are you going to swap the handle? the godaddy account is ready to go. Password changed and a neutral email is linked to it. I asked a friend of mine at Twitter what the chances of recovering the Twitter account were if the attacker took ownership. I remembered what had happened to @mat and concluded that giving up the account right away would be the only way to avoid an irreversible disaster. So I told the attacker: From: <*****@*****.***> Naoki Hiroshima To: <[email protected]> SOCIAL MEDIA KING Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:41:17 -0800 Subject: Re: …hello I released @N. Take it right away. I changed my username @N to @N_is_stolen for the first time since I registered it in early 2007. Goodbye to my problematic username, for now. I received this response. From: <[email protected]> SOCIAL MEDIA KING To: <*****@*****.***> Naoki Hiroshima Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:44:02 -0800 Subject: RE: …hello Thank you very much, your godaddy password is: V;Mz,3{;!’g& if you’d like I can go into detail about how I was able to gain access to your godaddy, and how you can secure yourself The attacker quickly took control of the username and I regained access to my GoDaddy account. PayPal and GoDaddy Facilitated The Attack I asked the attacker how my GoDaddy account was compromised and received this response: From: <[email protected]> SOCIAL MEDIA KING To: <*****@*****.***> Naoki Hiroshima Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:53:52 -0800 Subject: RE: …hello - I called paypal and used some very simple engineering tactics to obtain the last four of your card (avoid this by calling paypal and asking the agent to add a note to your account to not release any details via phone) - I called godaddy and told them I had lost the card but I remembered the last four, the agent then allowed me to try a range of numbers (00-09 in your case) I have not found a way to heighten godaddy account security, however if you’d like me to recommend a more secure registrar i recommend: NameCheap or eNom (not network solutions but enom.com) It’s hard to decide what’s more shocking, the fact that PayPal gave the attacker the last four digits of my credit card number over the phone, or that GoDaddy accepted it as verification. When asked about this, the attacker responded with this message: From: <[email protected]> SOCIAL MEDIA KING To: <*****@*****.***> Naoki Hiroshima Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:00:31 -0800 Subject: RE: …hello Yes paypal told me them over the phone (I was acting as an employee) and godaddy let me “guess” for the first two digits of the card But guessing 2 digits correctly isn’t that easy, right? From: <[email protected]> SOCIAL MEDIA KING To: <*****@*****.***> Naoki Hiroshima Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:09:21 -0800 Subject: RE: …hello I got it in the first call, most agents will just keep trying until they get it He was lucky that he only had to guess two numbers and was able to do it in a single call. The thing is, GoDaddy allowed him to keep trying until he nailed it. Insane. Sounds like I was dealing with a wannabe Kevin Mitnick—it’s as though companies have yet to learn from his Mitnick’s exploits circa 1995. Avoid Custom Domains for Your Login Email Address With my GoDaddy account restored, I was able to regain access to my email as well. I changed the email address I use at several web services to an @gmail.com address. Using my Google Apps email address with a custom domain feels nice but it has a chance of being stolen if the domain server is compromised. If I were using an @gmail.com email address for my Facebook login, the attacker would not have been able to access my Facebook account. If you are using your Google Apps email address to log into various websites, I strongly suggest you stop doing so. Use an @gmail.com for logins. You can use the nicer custom domain email for messaging purposes, I still do. In addition, I also strongly suggest you to use a longer TTL for the MX record, just in case. It was 1 hour TTL in my case and that’s why I didn’t have enough time to keep receiving emails to the compromised domain after losing the DNS control. If it was a week-long TTL for example, I would have had a greater chance to recover the stolen accounts. Using two-factor authentication is a must. It’s probably what prevented the attacker from logging into my PayPal account. Though this situation illustrates that even two-factor authentication doesn’t help for everything. Conclusion Stupid companies may give out your personal information (like part of your credit card number) to the wrong person. Some of those companies are still employing the unacceptable practice of verifying you with the last some digits of your credit card. To avoid their imprudence from destroying your digital life, don’t let companies such as PayPal and GoDaddy store your credit card information. I just removed mine. I’ll also be leaving GoDaddy and PayPal as soon as possible. https://medium.com/p/24eb09e026dd
  7. By Jett Goldsmith 30 minutes ago The SEA is still going strong and Twitter accounts are still being compromised in droves, as today marks the fourth attack this month against popular Twitter accounts by the Syrian Electronic Army. As of around 6:00 PM eastern time today, CNN's blog was unauthorizedly accessed by the group of 'hacktivists', who are aligned with Syria's Assad regime. The tweets were quickly deleted, but not before they could be seen and screen shots taken. The hackers left a series of semi-cryptic messages on CNN's account, noting their displeasure with the news agency's reporting and the American government's reaction towards the conflict. Thus far they have not released any statement on their Twitter account, but it was noted by Matthew Keys, former social media editor for Reuters, that they apparently gaining access via a phishing attack on a Hootsuite account connected to the organization. This unauthorized entry marks the fourth attack this month on social media sites associated with popular companies. On January 1st, the SEA defaced the Twitter, blog and Facebook of popular internet calling service Skype, telling them to "stop spying on people". Slightly over a week later, they hacked the Xbox Support and MSFTNews Twitter accounts belonging to Microsoft - and a week after that, they compromised the official Microsoft Office blog. Whatever their motivations, today's attack on the CNN account speaks to questionable security on the part of both Twitter and Twitter users, something that should be considered going forward as the hacktivist group doesn't seem to show any sign of slowing down. http://www.neowin.net/news/cnns-twitter-account-hacked-by-sea
  8. 21 January 2014 Last updated at 14:30 GMT The photo was tweeted on Monday A BBC photo of a men's cubicle with twin toilets at a Sochi Olympics venue has caused a Twitter storm in Russia. The picture from the Biathlon Centre tweeted by Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg was picked up by opposition leader Alexei Navalny among others. Mr Navalny queried how the budget for the games, said to be $50bn (£30bn; 1,700bn roubles), had been spent. Elsewhere, the photo caused disbelief and much hilarity, with some linking it to the recent debate over gay rights. Communal toilets at Kazan University, Russia BBC cameraman Max Lomakin snapped these communal toilets at Kazan University "Seeing double in the Gentlemen's Loo at the Olympic Biathlon Centre," our correspondent wrote in his original tweet. Retweeting the photo, Mr Navalny commented: "This is a men's toilet in a Sochi Olympics media centre for 1.5bn roubles [£27m; $45m]." "Two toilets - 28,000 roubles," wrote another blogger. "Olympic media centre - 1.5bn roubles. Global embarrassment - priceless." Others joked about Russia's controversial law on "gay propaganda", which led to calls from international campaigners to boycott February's games. "This is how they understand the needs of sexual minorities," was one quip. Noting there was one toilet roll between two in the cubicle, another tweeter wrote: "Tear off some paper before you sit down." The Biathlon Centre was completed nearly two years ago, with investment from the Russian state gas company Gazprom. "The building is one of the biggest and most comfortable structures of its kind in the world," a company representative told Russia's Interfax news agency at the time. While the sight of twin toilets is unusual in European parts of Russia, it is not unknown, as Russian journalist Nikita Likhachev revealed, blogging about the story for Russian news website Tjournal. Examples collected on his blog (in Russian) include facilities apparently to be found in other sports venues and even restaurants. One photo shows a row of planks laid over a pit in a field. "Army toilet" runs the caption. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25830617
  9. Twitter plans to make a deal with mobile payment startup Stripe, according to a report from Recode. If this deal goes through, Twitter will be able to accept credit card payments from its users, and would allow Twitter fans to shop online through the micro-blogging service. Stripe is a startup, but it has already attracted customers in the tech community, like ride-sharing service Lyft and e-commerce service Shopify. If the Twitter deal goes through, it will give Stripe even more cachet in the e-commerce community. And it could provide a huge new revenue stream for Twitter. There aren’t many details about this deal – we don’t know exactly how this kind of arrangement would work. But if it goes through, it will clearly be a major step into e-commerce for Twitter, which has been reticent to venture into online payments. Twitter’s largest step into online payments before this was its deal with American Express in early 2013. In the Amex partnership, Twitter users who synced their accounts with their Amex cards could send out a tweet in response to a few deals on Amex websites, including Kindle Fire and Xbox 360. It was a very limited trial, but it showcased how buying stuff with a tweet could look in the future. In the Amex situation, Twitter was merely the platform where users paid for Amex merchandise, so Twitter wasn’t actually selling anything. I imagine that will continue to be the case with the Stripe deal – that it will allow Twitter to facilitate purchases between users and vendors – although that would immensely benefit Twitter because it would provide a whole new hook to attract advertisers and marketers to the network. Source
  10. By Nick Bilton Last year Google purchased Boston Dynamics, maker of the Atlas robot, is a high-mobility humanoid robot designed to negotiate rough terrain Look at the technology landscape today and what do you see? A few companies — Facebook, Yahoo, Apple, Twitter and Google — competing for the same sorts of revenue: advertising, search, location and some mobile hardware. Now look into the future of the technology landscape and what do you see? I’ll answer that for you: Google, Google and Google. Over the last year alone Google has acquired more than a dozen tech hardware outfits working on projects that might seem crazy today, but could be part of our not-too-distant future. Let’s look at just a small collection of Google’s recent acquisitions. There have been several humanoid robot-makers, including Boston Dynamics, which makes two- and four-legged machines that walk and run with an uncanny sense of balance. Then there was Holomni, a small design firm that makes high-tech robotic wheels, presumably for more robots, or even Google’s fleet of driverless cars. And the acquisition of Makani Power, which makes airborne wind turbines, for, well, who knows how Google will use those? Yet many of its competitors seem to be stuck in the present. Look at Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter’s acquisitions, all of which have purchased a lot of software, design, advertising and content companies. No robots. No self-driving cars. No wind turbines. It’s unclear where Apple fits into all of this — the company, is, after all, better at keeping secrets than the National Security Agency. Apple also clearly has the money to compete with Google. But if Apple is working in secret on its own robot army and futuristic universe, Google is building for the future in public. On Monday, Google announced that it is purchasing Nest Labs, which makes Internet-connected home devices like a thermostat and smoke alarm, for $3.2 billion in cash. What will Google use those little nests for? Likely, it will be connected to what Tony Fadell, the chief executive of Nest, told The New York Times last year, is creating a world of objects with awareness. “Every time I turn on the TV, that’s information that someone is home. When the refrigerator door opens, that’s another sensor, more information,” Mr. Fadell said. His thermostat can track and collect that information. But the future will look different, when we have “sensor networks that can evolve, all interacting with these learning patterns.” Of course, all of these wacky ideas and Google acquisitions could flop. Predicting a future that looks like an alternative universe only technophiles want to live in, with robots roaming the earth and sensors in our living rooms, does seem a stretch. Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, recognizes that many of these ideas floating around the company are “moon shots.” But he also believes that many of them will be successful and position the company for a future his competitors don’t yet appear to be planning for. In other words, he’s betting that the future will belong to Google, Google and Google. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/shooting-for-the-moon-google-hopes-to-own-the-future/?_r=0
  11. George Tinari 3 hours ago Twitter announced very appropriately via a single tweet that it's rolling out a redesign of the twitter.com desktop website. The redesign aims to take on a more similar look to its updated iOS and Android apps. Indeed, it does a pretty good job of doing just that. The website removes the dark navigation bar at the top in favor of a clean white one, like in the aforementioned mobile apps. The addition of more vibrant blue colors throughout the website in particular seem to draw from iOS 7's tendency to prefer bright almost neon colors. The width of the timeline has gotten a bit bigger too, which makes image previews larger. No, unfortunately, it doesn't look like Twitter threw in an option to disable these images from the settings for the desktop website. (You still can't edit tweets yet either.) However, you can still opt-out of them on the mobile apps if you choose to. The left column also now includes your banner image above where you can compose a tweet. Overall it's a simple update that will bring consistency to the design of Twitter across multiple platforms, a goal that's been apparent within Twitter's team now more than ever. Since it's a rollout, if you haven't received the new look on your account just yet, expect to see it soon. http://www.neowin.net/news/twitter-rolls-out-desktop-redesign-inspired-by-ios-android-apps Comment: I do not Twit :)
  12. geeteam

    Twitter Spree

    How does it feel to be part of trending topics on twitter? ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS POST IN YOUR TWITTER NAME TWITTER HANDLE AND START FOLLOWING !!!! USE THE HASHTAG #NSANERS FOR A FOLLOW BACK !!! LETS GET IT STARTED!!! @InnoCentGee
  13. A bankrupt electronics retailer appears to have gotten caught up in the investor fervor for Twitter. Shares of Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc. rose as high as 15 cents Friday. That's up 1,400 percent from Thursday's closing price of 1 cent. And trading volume skyrocketed to 14.4 million shares. Over the past year, the daily average was about 29,000, according to FactSet. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Wall Street's industry regulator, said the shares were halted Friday afternoon because of a misunderstanding related to the "possible initial public offering of an unrelated security." What could have gotten investors so confused? Tweeter trades over the counter, under the "TWTRQ" symbol. Twitter on Thursday offered investors details about its highly anticipated IPO and proposed the stock symbol "TWTR." But San Francisco-based Twitter's stock won't be available for trading until the company actually goes public. That could be before Thanksgiving. Twitter has about 218 million, far fewer than Facebook, which has more than 1 billion. But celebrities, from Oprah Winfrey to Britney Spears to President Barack Obama, are on it. And many TV networks and news organizations encourage people to follow their Twitter pages in order to start a conversation with viewers and promote their shows. Twitter said that it expects to raise about $1 billion in its IPO. And Tweeter? The chain was founded in 1972 and had been based in Canton, Mass. It sold TVs, audio equipment and other electronics, but the stores disappeared years ago. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2007 and closed the stores in 2008. Tweeter's over-the-counter stock was worth 5 cents before trading was halted Friday. Original Article: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505124_162-57606149/you-say-twitter-i-say-tweeter-investor-mix-up/
  14. Blaugrana

    Linking Facebook & Twitter

    Hey Nsaners, I wanedt to link my Facebook Page and my Twitter Account, so i searched how to do it and here's what i got: 1- Go to http://facebook.com/twitter 2- Click on 'Link Page To Twitter" 3- Click on "Save Changes" Everything went well and now every post that i publish on my Page's wall will also be tweeted on my twitter account. My problem is that I linked my page and my twitter account not so long ago but i have posts before the linking process that i want to sync to Twitter. Does anyone have a solution to my problem ? Thank You
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