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  • What to watch on TV tonight: Wednesday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Wednesday 14 hours ago

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  • Smartphones, Twitter help gauge crowd size
    Smartphones, Twitter help gauge crowd size 18 hours ago

    Data from smartphones and Twitter can accurately show the size of a crowd, helping first responders in an emergency, a study on Wednesday said. More »

  • Blocked in China, Twitter still courts Chinese firms for ads
    Blocked in China, Twitter still courts Chinese firms for ads 20 hours ago

    By Sue-Lin Wong SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Despite being blocked in China, Twitter is courting Chinese companies to buy advertising space on its service used by more than 300 million people elsewhere in the world. "It's not a coincidence that we are here now," Peter Greenberger, director of sales for emerging markets at Twitter, told Reuters on Tuesday. "This seems to be a moment in time where Chinese corporations really feel the urge to be global and in fact, there's even a mandate from the government saying 'go global', which is exciting." The San Francisco-based company already works with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, online shopping giant Alibaba Group , white goods producer Qingdao Haier and flag carrier Air China to target customers abroad. More »

  • More common sense needed, says Mercedes F1 boss
    More common sense needed, says Mercedes F1 boss Tue, May 26, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Mercedes need to show a bit more common sense in future, motorsport head Toto Wolff said on Tuesday after the Formula One team had analyzed the blunder that cost Lewis Hamilton the Monaco Grand Prix. Asked, in an exchange with fans on Twitter, what the key findings were from post-race debriefs and how the world champions would improve strategically in races to come, the Austrian replied: "Improve software, better communication and a spice (bit) more common sense". Hamilton led Sunday's showcase race from pole position until the safety car was deployed in the closing laps and he was called in for what turned out to be a needless pitstop while those immediately behind stayed out. More »

  • To protect 'digital sovereignty,' Russia threatens to block Google, … Tue, May 26, 2015

    Russia's freewheeling cyber-universe has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and now has more than 80 million users, or about 60 percent of the population. In Russia, authorities are fighting back with a tough law that comes into effect Sept. 1, requiring all global Internet platforms, such Twitter, Google, Facebook, and Apple, as well as cyber-businesses of all kinds, to store the data of Russian users on in-country servers. More »

  • Fire extinguished at Apple site in Arizona - local ABC station
    Fire extinguished at Apple site in Arizona - local ABC station Tue, May 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters fought a blaze that erupted at an Apple Inc facility in Mesa, Arizona on Tuesday, local station ABC15 reported. The fire appeared to be out, but fire personnel remained on the scene, the station reported on Twitter. (Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Chris Reese) More »

  • Gone Quackers? Shoppers Spot Duck Wearing Bow Tie In Supermarket Car Park
    Gone Quackers? Shoppers Spot Duck Wearing Bow Tie In Supermarket Car Park Tue, May 26, 2015

    Twitter user Jenny Balfour-Paul, 60, of Crediton, Devon, spotted the strange sight in her home town on Saturday afternoon and posted the image online More »

  • O2 Customers Lose Their Mobile Phone Signal
    O2 Customers Lose Their Mobile Phone Signal Tue, May 26, 2015

    O2 customers across the country were hit by a signal outage on Monday night, with Business Secretary Sajid Javid urging the phone provider to "sort it out". There were reports of disruption in most major cities – with phone masts in London, Leeds and Nottingham not working for several hours. On Twitter, some annoyed customers said they had no service for as long as five hours – with one disgruntled man claiming he had to walk seven miles because he was unable to phone for a taxi. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Tuesday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Tuesday Tue, May 26, 2015

    Here’s what will be on your Twitter timeline this evening. More »

  • Homicide probe to be launched into B.B. King's death: officials
    Homicide probe to be launched into B.B. King's death: officials Tue, May 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - Nevada officials said on Monday they would conduct a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King who died this month at age 89, after two of his daughters levelled accusations that the blues great was murdered. The Clark County, Nevada coroner's office said in a posting on Twitter that it had taken jurisdiction over King's body, and that autopsy results would take a minimum of six to eight weeks. "Our coroner takes jurisdiction over #BBKing body, performs autopsy. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Monday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Monday Mon, May 25, 2015

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  • Celebs back missing children appeal
    Celebs back missing children appeal Mon, May 25, 2015

    Celebrities including Stephen Fry and Simon Cowell have joined a charity Twitter campaign to help find missing children. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Sunday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Sunday Sun, May 24, 2015

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

  • Eibar coach Garitano quits after relegation
    Eibar coach Garitano quits after relegation Sat, May 23, 2015

    Gaizka Garitano stood down as coach of Eibar after the La Liga debutants were relegated on the final day of the campaign on Saturday despite a 3-0 win at home to Cordoba. Results elsewhere meant Eibar will return to the second division next term along with Almeria, who were condemned by a 3-2 reverse at home to Valencia, and Cordoba, who were already down. "Garitano announces that he is leaving Eibar because he has not achieved the goal of staying in the first division and a cycle has come to an end," Eibar said on their Twitter feed. More »

  • On the field and online: How the fight against ISIS is a battle on two fron … Sat, May 23, 2015

    For Islamic State fighters, the battle for dominance continues both on the ground and online: The extremists’ capture of the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra this week came with a Twitter-circulated photo of the group’s black flag flying over the city’s hilltop castle. “A war of words continues, as both sides try to convince the world the momentum is in their favor,” national security reporter Paul D. Shinkman wrote for US News & World Report. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State? More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Saturday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Saturday Sat, May 23, 2015

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

  • Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims a …
    Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims a … Sat, May 23, 2015

    (This May 22 story has been refiled to fix syntax in second paragraph) By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. More than 90 people were wounded, the Saudi health minister told state television. Islamic State said in a statement that one of its suicide bombers, identified as Abu 'Ammar al-Najdi, carried out the attack using an explosives-laden belt that killed or wounded 250 people, U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said on its Twitter account. More »

  • Peace activists live-stream press conference from N. Korea
    Peace activists live-stream press conference from N. Korea Sat, May 23, 2015

    A group of international women peace activists broadcast a landmark press conference from North Korea on Saturday, using Twitter's new video live-streaming app Periscope, apparently with official approval. More »

  • @POTUS tweets draw record followers – and many nasty comments Fri, May 22, 2015

    President Obama’s new, personal Twitter account has been up for three days now and it’s making lots of news, good and bad. On the good side, @POTUS (President of the United States, in case you don’t know the acronym) has attracted lots of followers. A record number, in fact: In its first five hours, it racked up 1 million follows, beating previous record holder Robert Downey Jr., who took almost a day to reach the 1 million mark. More »

  • White House: Offensive Twitter posts part of 'open society'
    White House: Offensive Twitter posts part of 'open society' Fri, May 22, 2015

    The White House says "offensive and disgusting" replies posted on President Barack Obama's new Twitter account are part of an open society. But spokesman Josh Earnest says the bile flooding Obama's ... More »

  • U.S. moves to facilitate social media in Crimea Fri, May 22, 2015

    The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday authorised American businesses and individuals to facilitate personal communications over the Internet like social media, instant messaging and photo sharing in Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine last year. The department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced it had issued a general licence allowing for the exportation of such services and software to people in Crimea. A department spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said, "The general licence allows personal Internet-based communications – such as social networking, instant messaging, and emails – and certain software necessary to enable it, between the United States and U.S. persons and Crimea." Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and numerous other online platforms were covered by the action. More »

  • Islamic State claims Saudi mosque attack - SITE monitoring Fri, May 22, 2015

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on Friday on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said on its Twitter account. The militant group identified the suicide bomber as Abu 'Ammar al-Najdi and said the attack using an explosives-laden belt killed or wounded 250 people, SITE reported. (Reporting by Sami Aboudi, Editing by William Maclean) More »

  • Threats Made Against President Obama Could Land Tweeters In Prison
    Threats Made Against President Obama Could Land Tweeters In Prison Fri, May 22, 2015

    Barack Obama has received numerous threats on Twitter after creating a personal '@POTUS' account More »

  • Islamic State claims Yemen mosque attack - IS Twitter statement Fri, May 22, 2015

    A bomb exploded at a Shi'ite Houthi mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, wounding 13 people, a security source said, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Twitter. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have seized large swathes of territory, including Sanaa, prompting formation of a Saudi-backed Arab coalition that is using air power to try to halt their advances. "Members of the caliphate in Sanaa have detonated an explosive device in a Houthi mosque in the people's district...which lead to the death and injury of many of them [Houthis]" said the Islamic State. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Friday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Friday Fri, May 22, 2015

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  • Playoffs go ahead at Wembley despite unexploded bomb Fri, May 22, 2015

    This weekend's English promotion playoff finals will go ahead at Wembley stadium as planned despite an unexploded World War II bomb being discovered nearby, officials said. "This weekend's games remain unaffected and we look forward to welcoming supporters of all six @football_league Play-Off finalists to #Wembley," a Twitter message read on Friday. More »

  • IS Seizes Control Of Ancient City Of Palmyra
    IS Seizes Control Of Ancient City Of Palmyra Fri, May 22, 2015

    Islamic State has claimed complete control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, including military sites and its historic ruins. In a statement issued on Twitter, IS said it took Palmyra "after the collapse of the Nasseri regime's forces and their retreat, leaving behind them large numbers of dead that have filled the battle grounds". At least 462 people have been killed since IS started its offensive on the city, including 71 civilians, 241 regime forces, and 150 jihadists, according to the British-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. More »

  • World number six Raonic withdraws from French Open
    World number six Raonic withdraws from French Open Thu, May 21, 2015

    World number six Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the French Open having failed to recover from a foot injury, the 24-year-old announced on Thursday. The Canadian missed the Italian Open last week and had hoped to recover in time for the season's second grand slam on the clay courts of Roland Garros but Sunday's first day has come too soon. "I tried my best to be back and healthy in time after surgery," Raonic said on his official Twitter account. More »

  • Eurovision 2015 semi-final two - who got people talking?
    Eurovision 2015 semi-final two - who got people talking? Thu, May 21, 2015

    See which of the acts Twitter couldn’t get enough of – and which acts viewers would rather see the back of. More »

  • Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations
    Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Maria Tsvetkova and Eric Auchard MOSCOW/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules. Roskomnadzor said it had sent letters this week to the three U.S.-based Internet firms asking them to comply with Internet laws which critics of President Vladimir Putin have decried as censorship.      "In our letters we regularly remind (companies) of the consequences of violating the legislation," said Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky.     He added that, because of the encryption technology used by the three firms, Russia had no way of blocking specific websites and so could only bring down particular content it deemed in violation of law by blocking access to their whole services. More »

  • Ireland says gay marriage good for business
    Ireland says gay marriage good for business Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Gay marriage can help attract foreign investment, the Irish government said on Thursday ahead of a referendum on the issue that has been publicly backed by global technology giants including Google, Ebay and Twitter. When Ireland began to attract U.S. firms with tax breaks in the 1960s, the government was still using the country's traditional, Catholic image to attract Irish American visitors. Five decades later it is putting its faith in a more secular, multicultural image it hopes the Irish electorate will bolster by voting in favour of gay marriage in a national referendum on Friday. More »

  • SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean
    SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean Thu, May 21, 2015

    SpaceX personnel will soon retrieve the capsule — which brought down more than 3,100 lbs. (1,400 kilograms) of science experiments and other gear — by boat. Congrats!" station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy wrote on Twitter, where she tweets as? California-based SpaceX holds a $1.6 billion NASA contract to make at least 12 robotic resupply runs to the space station using Dragon paired with SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. More »

  • Xavi quits Barca for Qatar after 17 glittering seasons
    Xavi quits Barca for Qatar after 17 glittering seasons Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Elena Gyldenkerne BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona midfielder and captain Xavi confirmed on Thursday he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season and has agreed to join Qatari side Al Sadd after a glittering career stretching over 17 seasons. The 35-year-old former Spain international, who signed up with Barca's academy in 1991 aged 11 and has won 23 trophies with the first team, formally announced his departure at a press conference after the news had leaked out earlier this week. Al Sadd simultaneously confirmed on their Twitter feed that an agreement had been sealed on a two-year contract with an option for a further year. More »

  • Abusive Anti-Transgender Twitter Ad Is Pulled
    Abusive Anti-Transgender Twitter Ad Is Pulled Thu, May 21, 2015

    A troll has used Twitter's promoted tweets service to urge transgender people to kill themselves. Twitter says it acted quickly to take down the messages after being alerted to them, but many users said they are outraged at the abuse. The troll account pretended to be that of Australian feminist and activist Caitlin Roper, then paid for an advertising campaign on the service. More »

  • Russian finance minister sees economy contracting 2.5 percent in 2015
    Russian finance minister sees economy contracting 2.5 percent in 2015 Thu, May 21, 2015

    Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday that his ministry predicted the economy would contract by 2.5 percent this year, according to comments posted on the Finance Ministry's official Twitter account. More »