Social Media

SXSW May Put Online Harassment in the Spotlight

SXSW Interactive might include a daylong event on combating online harassment, Re/code reported Tuesday. The news followed SXSW’s cancellation of two planned panels that were expected to focus on opposite ends of the Gamergate debate. Threats of on-site violence spurred the decision to cancel both panels, according to SXSW officials. Caroline Sinders of IBM Watson, Katherine Cross of the CUNY ... Read More »

Mobile Malware’s Growth Slows, Nastiness Grows

While there hasn’t been a sharp rise in the volume of mobile malware this year, the increasingly malicious nature of the types of malware and attacks is alarming,Blue Coat Systems said last week in its 2015 Mobile Malware Report. “Ransomware is getting more evil, more robust, similar to the evolution it followed on the desktop,” said Chris Larsen, a senior ... Read More »

NewsON Puts Local News in Your Pocket

NewsON on Wednesday launched a free, ad-supported app that offers instant access to broadcast-quality local newscasts and clips. Users can search by market for curated content linked to breaking news from 118 stations in 90 markets, covering about 75 percent of the United States. All top 10 U.S. markets, as well as 17 of the top 20, 40 of the ... Read More »

Instagram Shows Off Collections in New Curated Video Channel

In launching a curated content initiative, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is following in the steps of Snapchat and Twitter. Snapchat launched Live Stories in June, and Twitter introduced a feature called Moments last month. Live Stories packages Snapchat posts on an event into a single stream. Moments appears as a tab on the Twitter app and links to ... Read More »

Users Balk at Mobile App Permission Requests

The number of permissions requested by a mobile app can be a deal breaker for six out of 10 smartphone users, Pew found. Applications request permission from users to access a variety of functions on a smartphone — accessing the Internet, for example, or using the device’s camera. Most apps can’t function without permissions, but a good number of them ... Read More »

Facebook to Broaden Use of Safety Check in Disasters

During the rapidly unfolding Mumbai-style attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris, large numbers of residents and visitors to the city used social media to let loved ones and officials know they were hiding from the ISIS gunmen, injured, or safe and out of harm’s way. Wider Deployment Facebook on Sunday said it would widen the deployment of ... Read More »

ISIS Mocks Anonymous’ War Declaration

ISIS has rebuffed the declaration of cyberwar Anonymous issued on Sunday. “The #Anonymous hackers threatened in new video release that they will carry out a major hack operation on the Islamic state (idiots),” reads a message posted Monday in a Telegram channel believed to be affiliated with ISIS hackers. “What they gonna hack,” it continues. “All what they can do ... Read More »

Twitter becomes the third social network to warn users of state-sponsored attacks, after Google and Facebook

From hacking by individuals to state sponsored cyber attacks, we have come a long way in cyber security. In fact, state sponsored cyber attacks are fast outpacing the traditional cyber criminals in today‚Äôs world. Facebook and Google have already started warning their users about nation sponsored cyber attacks and now Twitter became the third tech company to follow suit. Yesterday, ... Read More »

Facebook Opens First Office in Thailand, Says 34 Million Thais Use the Service

Facebook opened its first office in Thailand Thursday as the social network company expanded its footprint in Asia, its fastest-growing region. More than 34 million people in Thailand log into Facebook’s 1.5-billion user network each month, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote on her Facebook page. Thai Facebook users are some of the most engaged, Sandberg wrote, posting online three ... Read More »

Twitter Lays Bare People’s Conservative, Liberal Traits: Study

If you are a liberal, you are likely to swear more and use more individual words like ‘me’. If you happen to be conservative, you are more likely to talk about religion and opt more for the group-oriented ‘us’, a new study has revealed. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) studied nearly a million tweets from over 10,000 ... Read More »