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  • Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz
    Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz 13 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley, looking outside their office window in Chicago. More »

  • Twitter takes on Meerkat with Periscope streaming app
    Twitter takes on Meerkat with Periscope streaming app 16 hours ago

    Twitter says the Periscope app is available to iPhone users More »

  • Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope
    Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope 18 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc launched a video streaming app called Periscope on Thursday, just days after reports that it had blocked a rival app called Meerkat. Meerkat relies heavily on Twitter and has become hugely popular in the month since its launch. Twitter's announcement comes on the same day that Meerkat unveiled a list of investors that included Silicon Valley venture capitalists Greylock Partners and Sound Ventures, Ashton Kutcher's fund. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks 18 hours ago

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, March 22 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Twitter launches Meerkat-killer app Periscope
    Twitter launches Meerkat-killer app Periscope 18 hours ago

    Twitter says the Periscope app is available to iPhone users More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks 18 hours ago

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday March. 16, to Sunday, March 22, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Germanwings says French prosecutor comments are 'shocking' 22 hours ago

    Germanwings said comments by a French authorities that the co-pilot appeared to have deliberately crashed flight 4U9525 into a mountain were shocking. "We have just learned of the shocking comments of the French prosecutor in which is said that the co-pilot apparently deliberately crashed the plane," the Lufthansa budget unit said via its Twitter feed. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims." Lufthansa and Germanwings are due to hold a press conference at 1330 GMT in Cologne. More »

  • Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Parents of 1D fans must treat 'Zayn Pain' …
    Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Parents of 1D fans must treat 'Zayn Pain' … 23 hours ago

    I feel sorry for One Direction fans. It's because, for a lot of them, Zayn Malik leaving the band will be the first time they've experienced anything like heartbreak, or real disappointment. The hashtag that's sprung up on Twitter, #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik, tells you everything you need to know. This isn't teenagers going overboard – this isn't an example of poisonous, cultural hysteria, as if corporations have pushed One Direction so hard that they've become a kind of cult, complete with followers who'll die should anything happen to their leaders. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Thursday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Thursday 23 hours ago

    Here are the shows that’ll be on your Twitter timeline later. More »

  • Up Periscope for Twitter video app
    Up Periscope for Twitter video app 23 hours ago

    Twitter has launched a new app called Periscope which enables users to broadcast live video to their followers using the camera on their smartphone. More »

  • British taxpayers' stake in Lloyds falls below 22 percent
    British taxpayers' stake in Lloyds falls below 22 percent Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Anjuli Davies LONDON (Reuters) - British taxpayers have recovered 9 billion pounds from their bailout of Lloyds Banking Group , following a 500 million pound share sale that has reduced public ownership of the bank to just under 22 percent. British taxpayers held a 40 percent stake in Lloyds following its rescue in 2009 and that has fallen to 21.99 percent, UK Financial Investments, the government agency in charge of managing the stake, said on Thursday. "We have raised a further 500 million pounds through Lloyds share sales," British finance minister George Osborne said on Twitter. "Nine billion pounds now recovered and being used to pay down our national debt." The government has said it aims to raise at least 9 billion pounds selling shares in the bank in the coming year as it looks to recover 66 billion pounds of taxpayers' money spent bailing out banks in the financial crisis. More »

  • Zayn Malik Quits One Direction To Feel 'Normal'
    Zayn Malik Quits One Direction To Feel 'Normal' Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Zayn Malik has left One Direction, saying he wants to feel like a "normal 22-year-old". The group said they would continue as a four-piece for their world tour and record their fifth album this year. Malik, who was with the group for five years, said in a statement posted on the group's Facebook page: "My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. Malik quit the boyband's world tour last week because of "stress", while declaring his love on Twitter for fiancee Perrie Edwards after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman. More »

  • Heavy rains in northern Chile leave thousands cut off
    Heavy rains in northern Chile leave thousands cut off Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Anthony Esposito and Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Heavy rains in Chile's northern desert regions have caused mudslides and rivers to breach their banks, leaving residents stranded and forcing several companies to suspend copper mining operations in the world's No.1 producer. The government's ONEMI emergency office reported that nearly 40,000 people were without power and almost 50,000 lacked drinking water in the northern Coquimbo and Atacama regions. The Antofagasta region was also affected. Television images and photos on Twitter showed muddy rivers rushing through city streets, bridges wiped out, and buildings flooded, including a hospital. More »

  • How to counter the Islamic State on Twitter Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The social media forays of the Islamic State (IS) range from the jarringly adolescent to sophisticated advertising campaigns meant to portray extremism as a normal lifestyle decision. These include Twitter feeds aimed at women, with pictures of kittens and designer shoes tweeted alongside jihadist rhetoric and snapshots of children in IS fan gear, “much as children are dressed in favorite football team jerseys,” notes Christina Schori Liang, senior fellow in the Emerging Security Challenges program at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. While these efforts have prompted popular movements to oppose the IS message, including online vigilante groups of women known as the Anonymisses, the US government has been grappling mightily with how it, too, can counter IS rhetoric in the social media realm. The possibilities might include giving former foreign fighters a platform to discuss how their perception of joining IS did not match up with the reality, and figuring out how to create an atmosphere that encourages the sorts of organic social media outpourings that happened in the wake of the Sydney, Australia, shootings by an IS sympathizer last year. More »

  • Producer's Death Threats From Top Gear Trolls
    Producer's Death Threats From Top Gear Trolls Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The BBC producer assaulted by Jeremy Clarkson has received death threats on Twitter. Oisin Tymon got a massive amount of abuse from Top Gear fans who blame him for his sacking. In his report, BBC Director General Tony Hall said "no blame" was attached to Mr Tymon, who "behaved with huge integrity throughout" - while he said Clarkson had crossed a line. More »

  • Donors pledge more than one billion euros for Guinea-Bissau
    Donors pledge more than one billion euros for Guinea-Bissau Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    International donors pledged more than one billion euros ($1.10 billion) for Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday to support a 10-year development plan aimed at giving the country a new start after prolonged political instability. Donors attending a Brussels conference hosted by the European Union endorsed Guinea-Bissau's development strategy and "pledged over one billion euros of financial support for achieving its goals," the European Commission's development department said on Twitter. "Every effort must be deployed so that Guinea-Bissau will no longer be a burden on the international community but will instead become an example to be followed," Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz told the conference. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Wednesday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Wednesday Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Here are the shows that’ll be on your Twitter timeline later. More »

  • The gloves are off between Renault and Red Bull
    The gloves are off between Renault and Red Bull Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul posted a picture of a pair of boxing gloves on Twitter as he packed for Sunday's 'round two' of the Formula One season in Malaysia and he may need them. The French manufacturer and former world champions Red Bull have been increasingly uneasy partners since the introduction last year of the V6 turbo hybrid power units. Mercedes, dominant last year, romped to another one-two in the Australian opener on March 15 and Red Bull's patience is running low. The tensions had been ratcheted up already before Melbourne when Red Bull designer Adrian Newey suggested there was "no obvious light at the end of the tunnel and all sorts of failings" with the engine. More »

  • In Turkey, Not Even Posters of Women Are Safe From Violence
    In Turkey, Not Even Posters of Women Are Safe From Violence Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    On February 11, a 20-year-old college student named Ozgecan Aslan was riding in a minibus in the southern Turkish town of Mersin. The murder caused a nationwide outpouring of anger over the treatment of women in Turkey, a country that has long struggled with high rates of gender-based violence relative to European countries. As Christina Asquith, a journalist in Istanbul, noted in The New York Times, 27 Turkish women were killed in January alone, a 20-percent increase over the same period last year. In the days after Aslan's death, women marched across Ankara, Istanbul, and Mersin holding signs that read, "Enough, we will stop the murder of women!" Twitter soon erupted with the hashtags #OzgecanAslan and #sendeanlat, or "you must also tell." More recently, the #OzgecanAslan campaign has been used to draw attention to killings of women in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. More »

  • Canoeist Cal, Spain's most decorated Olympian, retires
    Canoeist Cal, Spain's most decorated Olympian, retires Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Canoeist David Cal, Spain's most decorated Olympian with one gold medal and four silver, has called time on his career at the age of 32, the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) said on Wednesday. Sprinter Cal, who carried the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, competed in the C1 class where the competitor kneels in his craft and uses a single paddle. "Spain's most decorated Olympian is retiring," COE said on their Twitter feed. He was raised in one of the small coastal villages near Pontevedra in north-west Spain and started canoeing aged eight. More »

  • Olympics-Canoeist Cal, Spain's most decorated Olympian, retires Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Canoeist David Cal, Spain's most decorated Olympian with one gold medal and four silver, has called time on his career at the age of 32, the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) said on Wednesday. Sprinter Cal, who carried the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, competed in the C1 class where the competitor kneels in his craft and uses a single paddle. "Spain's most decorated Olympian is retiring," COE said on their Twitter feed. He was raised in one of the small coastal villages near Pontevedra in north-west Spain and started canoeing aged eight. More »

  • Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites
    Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - If Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn't an issue for Chinese who "don't like" sites like Facebook and Twitter, an official said on Wednesday. China keeps a tight rein on its Internet. The government has warned that social media, particularly foreign services, could be a destabilising force for Chinese society or even affect the country's security. Popular foreign social media sites like Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook as well as Google Inc's main search engine and Gmail service are all inaccessible in China without specialised software to vault what is known as the "Great Firewall". More »

  • Islamic State claims suicide bombing in Libya's Benghazi Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Islamic State militants claimed a suicide bombing that killed seven people at an army checkpoint in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday and triggered retaliatory air strikes by army forces. In a separate incident in Libya's second-largest city, where army forces are fighting Islamist militants, a rocket hit a residential building, killing a 17-year old girl and another person, medics said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the checkpoint suicide bombing in a statement posted on Twitter. More »

  • Islamic State militants claim suicide bombing in Libya's Benghazi - sta … Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were responsible for a suicide bombing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday, a statement said on Twitter. The militants posted pictures on social media of the attack and the alleged suicide bomber. The bombing killed seven people, army and medical sources have said. (Reporting by Feras Bosalum; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) More »

  • Germanwings confirms plane crashed in French Alps Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashed in the French Alps. It said on its Twitter feed that 144 passengers and six crew members were on board the Airbus A320 aircraft. French officials earlier said a Germanwings aircraft had crashed and said there were 142 passengers and six crew on board. More »

  • Lufthansa fears 'dark day' on French crash - Lufthansa on Twitter Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said it would be a "dark day" for the German flagship airline if fears of a deadly crash were confirmed, according to Lufthansa's Twitter feed. An Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday and all 148 on board were feared dead. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of our passengers and crew," Lufthansa said on Twitter, citing Spohr. "If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. More »

  • Airbus says assessing plane crash in France Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Airbus said on Tuesday it was aware of media reports about a Germanwings plane crash in southern France and that it would provide further information as soon as it was available. "We are aware of the media reports," Airbus said on Twitter. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Tuesday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Tuesday Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Here are the shows that’ll be on your Twitter timeline later. More »

  • Amazon-Owned Streaming Site Twitch Is Hacked Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Amazon has warned of "possible unauthorised access" on the site, which lets people stream their games to viewers watching online. Twitch has disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube and expired user passwords in an effort to protect people from the hackers. More »

  • Twitter Introduces Abuse-Blocking Filter
    Twitter Introduces Abuse-Blocking Filter Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Twitter is introducing a new filter to block bullying and threatening messages from users' timelines. The filter is only available on Twitter's app for Apple mobile devices. If the system works it is likely to be rolled out to all Twitter users within months. More »

  • Justin Bieber To Play UK Festival This Summer
    Justin Bieber To Play UK Festival This Summer Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Pop singer Justin Bieber is set to appear in his first UK show since his failed tour of 2013. The 21-year-old will headline the Friday night at the Fusion Festival in Birmingham on 28 August. Bieber disappointed fans in 2013 after he started one concert at London's O2 so late some of his young fans were left  stranded, while others had to leave shortly after the gig began. Bieber took to Twitter shortly after the outburst - writing that his adrenaline was running high and he "let the paps get the best of me". More »

  • Lufthansa says cannot confirm plane crash in France Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa did not have any information following reports of a plane crash in France and said it could not confirm that an incident had occurred, a Lufthansa spokesman said. Police and aviation officials have said an Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. Germanwings said on its Twitter feed that it would inform media on its website as soon as it had more information. (Reporting by Peter Maushagen; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Thomas Atkins) More »

  • Amazon's Twitch says its site may have been hacked Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - Amazon Inc's Twitch unit said on Monday there may have been unauthorised access to some of its user account information, according to the live streaming gaming network's official blog. Twitch said it had expired passwords and stream keys, and disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube to protect the users. As a result, the consumers will be prompted to create a new password the next time they try to log into their Twitch account, according to a message on its official blog. ... More »

  • For some, Japan’s Miss Universe contestant is not Japanese enough
    For some, Japan’s Miss Universe contestant is not Japanese enough Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    When Ariana Miyamoto was crowned Miss Universe Japan earlier this month, she met a public torn over her victory. Born to a Japanese mother and an African American father, Ms. Miyamoto’s features reflect her mixed heritage, and they have caused some critics to voice concerns over whether a multiracial contestant could truly represent the East Asian nation in the prestigious pageant. “Even though she is Miss Universe Japan, her face is foreign no matter how you look at it!” one person posted in Japanese on Twitter, according to The Washington Post. Part of the challenge facing advocates of multiculturalism in Japan is an ingrained concept of nation as racially distinct and homogenous – an idea whose roots go at least as far back as the mid-1600s, when the ruling Tokugawa shogunate decided to sequester Japan away from the rest of the world. More »

  • Injured Belgium striker Lukaku out of Euro qualifiers
    Injured Belgium striker Lukaku out of Euro qualifiers Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - Striker Romelu Lukaku will miss Belgium's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel because of a hamstring injury, manager Marc Wilmots said on Monday. The Everton forward was hurt during his side’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday. Wilmots said on Twitter that Lukaku had reported for international duty but would be unable to take part in both matches. Belgium, fourth in Group B with five points from three matches, play Cyprus in Brussels on Saturday before travelling to Jerusalem to take on Israel three days later. ... More »