24-mile skydive a boon for YouTube, social media
2012-10-14 20:56:56 UTC
Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile skydive from the stratosphere on Sunday was a boon for social networks as millions of users shared in the wonder of the moment from their computers, tablets and phones.
Here's a look at how the world, through the Int...
After Facebook posts, Pa. hostage-taker surrenders
2012-09-22 08:36:11 UTC
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Klein Michael Thaxton hadn't been much of a Facebook devotee. He posted no status updates in two years on the social network. On Friday, though, he surfaced with a jarring post: "i cant take it no more im done bro."
Deadline for Twitter on giving records to NY court
2012-09-14 07:21:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is facing a deadline to hand over about three months' worth of an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets or faces steep fines from a New York judge.
Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. ruled earlier this year that the social netw...
Zuckerberg: Time to 'double down' on Facebook
2012-09-12 02:03:00 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn't enjoyed seeing his company's stock get pummeled on Wall Street this summer, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove his critics wrong.
"I would rather be in a cycle where people unde...
Cambodia arrests Pirate Bay co-founder
2012-09-03 06:05:56 UTC
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A co-founder of popular file sharing website The Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faces a one-year prison term for violating copyright laws, authorities said Monday.
Twitter unveils new targeting tool for advertisers
2012-08-31 09:42:52 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is offering a new way for advertisers to deliver their marketing pitches to the people who are most likely to buy their products and services.
The targeting tool introduced Thursday allows ads to be sorted into d...
China dissident jailed on Yahoo info is freed
2012-08-31 01:59:07 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese dissident imprisoned for 10 years on a state subversion conviction supported by evidence from Web portal Yahoo was released early Friday after completing his term, his wife said.
The American Internet company drew stron...
Social site Formspring hacked, passwords disabled
2012-07-12 06:01:30 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Social networking site Formspring said Tuesday that it was disabling nearly 30 million registered users' passwords after hundreds of thousands of them were leaked to the Web in their encrypted form.
Formspring said in a blog post ...
Yahoo, Facebook settle patent dispute, ad alliance
2012-07-06 20:47:09 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a patent dispute. This averts a potentially bitter battle over the technology running two of the Internet's most popular destinations.
They have agreed to drop their lawsuits and lic...
Peru's ambitious laptop program gets mixed grades
2012-07-03 21:00:22 UTC
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's distribution of more than 800,000 low-cost laptop computers to children across the country easily ranks as one of the world's most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in the fight against poverty.
Yet five ...
Facebook draws user ire with email switcheroo
2012-06-26 17:16:32 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has changed your email address. At least that's how many felt after a quiet but vast change in the way the company displays users' contact information.
In yet another change to its website that irked users, Fa...
Ecuador studying asylum bid by WikiLeaks founder
2012-06-26 02:08:38 UTC
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's foreign minister says lawyers convened by the government are studying the political and legal implications of granting exile to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Minister Ricardo Patino did not indicate when a de...
Wikipedia founder backs UK student wanted by US
2012-06-25 20:55:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The founder of Wikipedia urged British officials on Monday to block the extradition of a 24-year-old British student wanted in the United States over alleged copyright offenses.
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales expressed support for Richar...
Ecuador's envoy heads to Quito for Assange talks
2012-06-23 17:36:42 UTC
LONDON (AP) - Ecuador's embassy in London said Saturday that ambassador Anna Alban was traveling to her country's capital to brief President Rafael Correa on the bizarre request for political asylum made by Wikileaks chief Julian Assange.
London Games to be first social media Olympics
2012-06-20 06:00:48 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Tweet this: The London Games will be the first Olympics told in 140 characters or less.
The London Games will be the most tweeted, liked and tagged in history, with fans offered a never before seen insider's view of what many are ...
Yelp serves restaurant reviews to Microsoft's Bing
2012-06-15 07:36:30 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yelp is feeding its online reviews of restaurants and other local merchants to Microsoft's Bing search engine in a move to compete against Zagat ratings on Google.
Beginning Thursday, people using Bing to search for informa...
China looks to boost Internet limits on microblogs
2012-06-07 20:17:37 UTC
SHANGHAI (AP) — China plans to stiffen restrictions on Internet service providers as it seeks even greater control over the opinions voiced on the country's lively microblogs and other web forums.
A list of proposed changes to Beijing's Interne...
Sony pumps life into PS Vita, Move controller
2012-06-05 18:24:14 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Corp. has breathed new life into its handheld Vita and announced a tie-up with author J.K. Rowling that could cause Harry Potter fans to fly on broomsticks into the world of games.
The Japanese console maker indicated Mo...
Kids could someday get on Facebook, without lying
2012-06-05 00:43:32 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Though Facebook bans children under 13, millions of them have profiles on the site by lying about their age.
The company is now testing ways to allow those kids to participate without needing to lie. This would likely be under p...
Facebook stock climbs, still down from IPO
2012-05-30 17:28:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's stock is getting some relief, inching higher following a steep decline in the wake of its initial public offering.
Shares of Facebook Inc. are up 43 cents to $29.27 in morning trading on Wednesday. That's still down a...
Morgan Stanley may refund some Facebook investors
2012-05-25 01:31:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley, the lead investment bank in Facebook's troubled initial public offering, will compensate retail investors who overpaid when they bought Facebook's stock in Friday's IPO, according to a source familiar with the matte...
Regulators probe bank's role in Facebook IPO
2012-05-23 04:41:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators are examining whether Morgan Stanley, the investment bank that shepherded Facebook through its highly publicized stock offering last week, selectively informed clients of an analyst's negative report about the company ...
Where are Facebook's friends? Stock down after IPO
2012-05-21 18:53:35 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's stock is tumbling well below its $38 IPO price in the social network's second day of trading as a public company on Monday.
By early afternoon, the stock was at $34.04, down 11 percent from Friday's closing price of $...
Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets
2012-05-20 23:13:19 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter for much of Sunday because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country's top telecommunications officials.
The tweets were promoting ...
FACEBOOK IPO LIVE: The social network goes public
2012-05-18 20:36:52 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook updated its status to "public company" on Friday.
After an anxiety-filled half-hour delay, its stock began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market for the first time as investors were finally able to put a dollar value on th...