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Posted: July 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on TWITTER BOMB

Twitter BombA UK man who joked on Twitter that he would BLOW UP an airport after it closed because of snow has had his conviction for sending a “menacing” message overturned in a landmark ruling for users of social media websites.

Paul Chambers, 28, had sent the message in what he called a moment of frustration at not being able to catch a flight from Doncaster Robin Hood airport. Mr Chambers had later been arrested and sentenced but the High Court on Friday upheld his appeal against conviction. Speaking outside the court afterwards, Mr Chambers’ barrister John Cooper, who had argued it was wrong to associate the tweet with terrorism, said it was a milestone ruling.

In Friday’s High Court ruling, three judges headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, allowed Mr Chambers’ appeal against a Crown Court judge’s decision upholding the 2010 conviction. They said: “If the person or persons who receive or read it, (the message) or may reasonably be expected to receive, or read it, would brush it aside as a silly joke, or a joke in bad taste, or empty bombastic or ridiculous banter, then it would be a contradiction in terms to describe it as a message of a menacing character.” :: Read the full article »»»»

CHINA: Beijing Orders Micro-bloggers to Register Real Names

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on CHINA: Beijing Orders Micro-bloggers to Register Real Names

CHINABeijing city authorities on Friday issued new rules requiring microbloggers to register their real names before posting online, as the Chinese government tightens its grip on the internet.

The city government now requires users of weibos – the Chinese version of Twitter – to give their real names to website administrators, its official news portal said.

The new rules will apply to weibo operators based in Beijing, which include Sina – owner of China’s most popular microblogging service which has more than 200 million users – as well as users living in the Chinese capital.

Weibo users reacted angrily to the new rules, saying this was an attempt to muzzle online criticism and debate.

“It is good to be responsible for one’s own comments but it shouldn’t be used as a tool to suppress people’s rights,” a blogger called Yuyue Yuanfei Ilu said in a posting :: Read the full article »»»»

More Makeovers? StumbleUpon Goes White on White! Is White the New Black?

Posted: December 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News From the web, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on More Makeovers? StumbleUpon Goes White on White! Is White the New Black?

Technoid New StumbleUpon Logo

Just when you thought designers had finished whiting out the web – check: gmails makeover – the designers at the ever popular discovery engine StumbleUpon are rolling out a major makeover. While a heap of the updating is cosmetic, there are definitely shufflings going on behind the StumbleUpon console. For instance, the service sports a new orange logo, and a new design which looks suspiciously like YouTube’s makeover?. StumbleUpon, a Web site that finds and recommends Web content to its users, launched several new changes this week as part of a major makeover, there is more to come. The renovations so far include a rebranded logo, a redesigned Web site, and a new “Channels” feature that let users subscribe to content streams curated by brands and celebrities. Read the full article »»»»

Flipboard Launches iPhone App

Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Favorite New Thought, iPhone, News From the web, Smartphone, Social Media, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Flipboard Launches iPhone App

Flipboard, that übercool social magazine slash Apple iPad App that organizes sectionalized content like #News, #Technology and #Food, as well as social network updates, rolls it all together and spits out a sleek, unified interface, launched its highly anticipated iPhone App this week.

Flipboard cleverly pulls posts from Facebook and Twitter accounts and turns generic updates into sweetly formatted, eye popping posts.

Flipboard Announced the launch via social media. With the roll out, Flipboard announced a new feature called Cover Stories, which learns from a reader’s interactions with the content and helps them quickly catch up with some of the most interesting news, updates, and photos being shared at that moment.

The new iPhone App easily translates the intuitive flick gestures that make the iPad version so enjoyable to the small screen. Instead of horizontally swiping to turn pages, the iPhone version allows vertical swiping, which makes it much easier to navigate on the smaller device :: Read the full article »»»» 

Facebook Agrees to FTC Terms on Privacy Breaches

Posted: November 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Social Media, Standout, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Agrees to FTC Terms on Privacy Breaches

Facebook Privacy Breach

Our favourite social media behemoth Facebook, has reached a deal with the US Federal Trade Commission – FTC – over allegations it had a deceptive privacy policy.

Under the proposed US settlement Facebook will have to submit to independent privacy audits but will not have to fix what it has done in the past.

“I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has agreed to notify users about changes to privacy settings and to submit to external privacy audits for the next 20 years.

The deal must still be upheld by a US court, but it is a capitulation of sorts by the company in the face of widespread outrage from its 800 million users.

Facebook’s relaxed privacy settings have had a major impact on people’s lives :: Read the full article »»»»

Facebook Security Update: Call Your Friends

Posted: October 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Hack!, M.Aaron Silverman, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Security Update: Call Your Friends


In a blog entry on Thursday, Facebook stated that about 600,000 log-ins every day are compromised. In it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, under update/10150335022240766, Facebook claims to have locked it’s site down with new clever security policies, the best of which is Call a Friend?

Controlling how you share content on Facebook is quite complex and will probably make your head hurt, but it’s essential that you take a good look at the settings and decide for yourself what you want to share and with whom, from where.

“Today, we wanted to give you an update on some new features we will be testing in the coming weeks – Trusted Friends and App Passwords – and remind you of the many user tools we offer to help keep you secure on Facebook”

Whenever Facebook opens it’s considerable mouth, it seems to do the exact opposite to the words that fall out. Security site Sophos, was in the first to jump on the (what ever the opposite to security is . . . ) issues Facebook is having with it’s stats.

The infographic Facebook has posted on it’s blog and  scribd.com introducing it’s new security features, seems to indicate that Facebook in-fact has a considerable security problem? :: Read the full article »»»»

Microsoft Sniffing Out Yahoo, Again?

Posted: October 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Microsoft, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft Sniffing Out Yahoo, Again?

CHINABack in 2008 Microsoft had attempted to pay as much as $ 47.5 billion for the waning internet dinosaur,  now that Yahoo’s market value is only $18 billion, you’d think Microsoft could pick up Yahoo at a decent discount.

Not so quick MS! Yahoo’s settling in for a long auction process.

Microsoft is considering a bid for Yahoo, resurfacing as a potential buyer after a bitter and unsuccessful fight to take over the Internet company in 2008, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.

Microsoft joins a host of other companies looking at Yahoo, which has a market value of about $18 billion and is readying financial pitch books for potential buyers, they said.

Yahoo shares jumped almost 10% on the news to $15.80 in afternoon trading. Microsoft shares erased some of their gains and were up 2.2 percent at $25.91, compared with a rise of about 3 percent earlier in the day :: Read the full article »»»»