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New Twitter China chief raises concerns over military past

Kathy Chen, Twitter's newly hired managing director in China, has raised eyebrows and ire across the Twitterverse over her past military work and her role in enabling government censorship of the Internet.

San Francisco approves paid leave for parents of newborns

San Francisco - To all the benefits of being a new parent in a place like San Francisco, the city's Board of Supervisors just added another: fully paid time off.

Woman swaps prized Twitter name for water for Flint

Detroit - In a good deed act, Michigan resident Diana Hussein swapped her much-sought Twitter name (by the soft drinks industry, at least) for 41,000 bottles of water to help the population in Flint.

U.S. State Dept. apologizes over travel tip for the less attractive

Washington - The US Department of State issued an apology after posting a tweet that seemed to proffer travel advice for those whose looks are less than a perfect 10.

Trolls turn Microsoft's AI chatbot into a Hitler-loving racist

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled an innovative Twitter chatbot designed to research human interaction. Mere hours later, the company was forced to pull it offline though as merciless trolls turned the chatbot's personality into a pro-Hitler racist.

NCAA bracket leak leaves officials March mad

The NCAA Selection Show is the inauguration of the annual March Madness of college basketball. However, this year the list of teams who made it to the Big Dance was leaked.

New study proves social media abuse can be detrimental to sleep

Can't sleep at night? Maybe you're spending too much time on Facebook or Youtube. A new research found an association between sleep disturbances and Social Media (SM) abuse.

Twitter bug may have shown email addresses of thousands of users

Twitter has patched a "password recovery bug" on its main website that may have revealed the account details of almost 10,000 users. The security issue let outsiders see email addresses and phone numbers associated with the affected accounts.

Twitter adds built-in GIF feature

Twitter teams up with GIPHY and Riffsy to allow GIFs be added to Tweets and Direct Messages through a searchable library.

Twitter launches algorithmic timeline — Despite denying it exists

Twitter has begun to roll out a new version of its timeline that displays tweets algorithmically instead of in the traditional reverse-chronological order. The feature will be disabled by default, to the relief of many vexed users.

'First View' puts a Twitter video ad at the top of your timeline

Twitter has launched a new ad product called "First View," which will serve a video ad right to the top of users' timelines when they first log in to the official app or desktop site.

Twitter launching new algorithm to show tweets out of order

Twitter plans to introduce a new timeline algorithm that will display relevant tweets first, instead of in chronological order.

DARPA held a contest to find Twitter, Facebook bots

The US military has enlisted academics to fight a new enemy: Twitter bots. The fascinating 4-week competition, called the DARPA Twitter Bot Challenge, was detailed in a paper published this week.

China's Weibo ups character limit to 2,000 ahead of Twitter

Weibo, the Chinese social network usually viewed as the country's answer to Twitter, has axed its 140-character limit on user posts and dramatically increased the maximum length to 2,000 characters. It comes amid rumours of Twitter doing the same soon.

Twitter goes down affecting millions of users around the world

Shock and disappointment to millions: Twitter went down this morning and people across the globe are up in arms. The site is not accessible through desktop or mobile services.

Twitter wants to use your tweets in brands' ads

Twitter is creating a product that will allow brands to use tweets from non-commercial users in their ad campaigns, according to a report from Digiday.

Twitter may allow up to 10,000 characters a tweet

Twitter is considering the possibility of increasing its present 140-character limit on tweets. While the extent of the increase has not been decided, it could be up to 10,000 characters

Twitter launches call-to-action buttons for Promoted Tweets

In hopes of drawing even more engagement to its Promoted Tweets, Twitter now gives brands the option of adding a call-to-action button.

Twitter restores access to politicians' deleted tweets

Washington - Twitter said Thursday it was restoring access to deleted tweets from politicians, saying it would help "bring more transparency to public dialogue.

Twitter acts to curb 'abusive,' 'hateful' content

Washington - Twitter said Tuesday it was taking new steps to stem "abusive behavior and hateful conduct" on the global messaging platform.

Czech PM's Twitter hacked with anti-immigrant messages

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's Twitter account fell prey Wednesday to hackers who swamped it with violently anti-immigrant messages."Refugees are an invasion army! The few women among them are nothing but the mothers of future terrorists.

Argentine president opens new Twitter after spat with predecessor

Buenos Aires - Argentine President Mauricio Macri unveiled a new official Twitter account Tuesday after the conservative leader's left-wing predecessor refused to hand over the previous one.

Twitter issues warnings of 'state-sponsored hacking'

Washington - Twitter has warned some of its users that their accounts on the messaging platform may be the target of "state-sponsored hackers.

Twitter warns users targeted in state-sponsored cyber-attacks

Twitter has warned some users that they may have been targeted in a recent state-sponsored cyber-attack. The site now issues notices if a government tries to compromise user accounts, following Facebook and Google.

Taking the fight against ISIS to the digital battlefield Special

Washington - Driving the Islamic State –ISIS – out of Syria and Iraq isn’t necessarily going to defeat the terrorist organization unless its influence in cyberspace is substantially reduced as well.

Op-Ed: Successful brands on social media this holiday season

Tracking social ROI is tricky but that doesn't give companies an automatic out. Even if every share doesn't turn into a sale, a solid social strategy can make shoppers sweet on your brand.

Hackers replace ISIS site with Viagra ad and message to calm down

A group associated with the famed hacker collective Anonymous has a message for ISIS, which it promptly displayed by taking down one of the terror organization's sites. A message, it appears, in the form of an advertisement for Viagra, and a suggestion.

Zebras escape circus, get brief taste of freedom in Philadelphia

Philadelphia - Two zebras hoofed it to Freedom — briefly — on Sunday after escaping from a circus in Philadelphia, where they roamed the city streets for about an hour and brought traffic to a standstill.

Twitter, Facebook introduce tools to aid Paris attack victims

Paris - In the aftermath of the brutal massacre that has killed at least 129 people in Paris, Twitter, Facebook, and Google have jumped in with tools that can help people receive news and updates on friends and relatives residing there.

Moscow tells Twitter to store Russian users' data in the country

Moscow - Moscow has warned Twitter that it must store Russian users' personal data in Russia, under a new law, the national communications watchdog told AFP on Wednesday.
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