As Wikipedia sits silent and dark for legions of despondent would-be users (who, apparently, never thought of Googling for some help around the blackout), a trio of old-school publications have stepped into the void to try and replace the collective knowledge of the Internet. The Washington Post, the Guardian, and NPR have been taking tweets from information-deprived Webizens and trying to provide answers to all life’s questions, large and small. Just smack an #altwiki tag at the end of a question and the combined brainpower will try to supply you with an honest-to-goodness answer.
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.
There have been nothing but headlines since Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter less than two weeks ago. After owning an account for just 48 hours, Murdoch managed to offend an entire country by suggesting the "Brits have too many holidays for a broke country." Shortly after, a fake Wendi Murdoch (wife of Rupert Murdoch) account was mistakenly verified by Twitter as real. Never shy of the spotlight, Murdoch this morning went on record saying he and his team "screwed up" MySpace in just about every way imaginable.
There’s no denying that Twitter’s become an important part of our lives, bringing us a first hand view of the profane, mundane and everything in between from around the globe. By firing off a tweet, you’re not just speaking your mind, you’re adding to a far-reaching cultural mosaic that speaks of our thoughts, dreams, loves and hates, moment by moment. If you’ve ever wondered who’s reading the 140 character toots you’ve been spewing, you’ll love TweepsMap, our Cool Site of the Week.
It only took billionaire publishing mogul Rupert Murdoch about 48 hours on Twitter to enrage an entire nation all over again. in the wake of last year’s UK phone hacking scandal that resulted in News of the World being shut down, Murdoch suggested in a tweet that the British have too many holidays for a “broke country.” Oh, snap.
Did you have trouble posting to Twitter yesterday morning, the first day of the 2012? The social networking site became overloaded with tweets at around 3PM GMT, precisely the moment the new year was being celebrated in Japan. Celebratory tweets reached 16,197 posts per second before Twitter gave up the ghost and entered an hour long coma.
For about four years, technology blogger Noah Kravitz worked for PhoneDog, a mobile phone website. During that time, he also tweeted under the handle @PhoneDog_Noah. A little over a year ago, Kravitz left PhoneDog and changed his handle to @noahkravitz. At the time he had 17,000 followers. Now PhoneDog is suing, claiming that Kravitz absconded with its Twitter subscribers despite the account belonging to Kravitz.
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.