An Indian hacking group known as "The Lords of Dharmaraja" celebrated swiping the Norton antivirus source code from Symantec earlier this month and promptly began releasing fragments to the public before promising to upload the full Monty on January 17, 2012. That's today, but rather than release the source code in its entirety, the hacking group decided now is not the time.
When you're a billionaire media mogul, you have the luxury of saying just about whatever you want on social networking and mircroblogging sites. Rupert Murdoch's recently registered Twitter account underscores this, and the fact that he's making more waves in two weeks than Charlie Sheen did during his prolonged meltdown proves he's either using Twitter entirely the wrong way or exactly the way it should be. Quite frankly, we're having trouble deciding.
Twitter is in the process of overhauling its site in a move intended to simultaneously streamline the user experience to that of a fleshed out social networking service, and provide a platform for advertisers more desirable than the one that exists now. It's already working. According to reports, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal just poured $300 million into Twitter because of its "promising" business model.
A federal judge this week sided with a man accused of stalking a Buddhist religious leader on Twitter, ruling that the Constitution protects "uncomfortable" speech, even when it may cause "substantial emotional distress." Judge Roger W. Titus dismissed the government's case against William Lawrence Cassidy in a 27-page order outlining the details.
Been burned by Android malware? If so, Microsoft wants to hear from you, via Twitter, for a chance to score a free Windows Phone device. Microsoft's promotion ties into the recent RuFraud Android scam, in which third-party apps masquerading as legitimate programs like Angry Birds rack up premium SMS charges on the sly. Microsoft wants users to post their #droidrage story as it attempts to capitalize on the hysteria.
Journalists are now allowed to fire off live text-based communications, such as mobile email, social media (including Twitter), and Internet enabled laptops in and from courts throughout England and Wales without asking for permission, a U.K. judge ruled. Prior to the ruling, reporters would have to issue a request, but that rule has now been removed.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but failing that, a bucketful of apologies should do the trick. It appears to be working for Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, and the rest of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters crew after an errant 30-pound cannonball fired during filming of a TV episode rolled through a neighborhood in Dublin, California and hit every inanimate object it could find.
Twitter on Thursday introduced a new version of the microblogging service, one that's built around a simplified design intended to make it easier to follow content you care about, connect with others, and discover something new. Those are Twitter's official intentions, anyway. Unofficially, Twitter is reinventing itself as somewhat of a more traditional social network (think Facebook, Google Plus, and MySpace), even if it won't admit it.
As tempting as it might be to dump your drink on the person sitting in front of you or jar their seat like you're trying to kick the winning field goal as a not-so-friendly reminder of cell phone etiquette, consider for a moment that maybe they're actually supposed to be using their smartphone during the live performance of The Lion King or Wicked. Love it or hate it, dedicated seats for tweeters are growing in popularity.
It's not uncommon for local law enforcement to use social networking tools to keep the public informed, especially in times of emergencies. But when Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz logged into Twitter after dozens of dangerous animals broke free from an Ohio reserve, he apparently forgot about the 140-character limit and left citizens wondering what to do if they spot a lion, tiger, bear, or even a wolf. Oh my!