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  • The Avengers Age of Ultron Filming: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and …
    The Avengers Age of Ultron Filming: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and … 7 hours ago

    Looks like The Avengers: Age of Ultron actors are once again on set together for filming of the sequel of the 2012-released Marvel monster hit. Actor Mark Ruffalo who plays Dr Bruce Banner/ The Hulk in the movie, snapped a few shots of the cast at Pinewood Studios, including a shot of Scarlett Johansson - which suggests that her Russian spy character might be getting into or out of a boxing match. Ruffalo also posted a selfie with his science and crime fighting partner, Robert Downey Jr. New on Twitter, Downey Jr also posted a photo from the set of Avengers 2: More »

  • #ThumbsUpForStephen: Celebrities Join Appeal for Stephen Sutton Bucket List …
    #ThumbsUpForStephen: Celebrities Join Appeal for Stephen Sutton Bucket List … 8 hours ago

    Celebrities are appealing to increase the £1m charity money raised by a terminally ill teenager with a "thumbs up for Stephen" Twitter campaign. Stephen Sutton, who was diagnosed with incurable colorectal cancer when he was 15, managed to raise more than £1m for Teenage Cancer Trust after he posted what would be his final update on Facebook. Sutton, 19, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, has been keeping a blog on various social media sites where he ticks off as many of his 46 items on his 'bucket list' as possible. In many of the photos Sutton posted to his Twitter or Facebook account documenting his bucket list attemp, the teenager can be seen posing with both thumbs up. More »

  • 10 things we learned during John Waters’ RTÉ interview
    10 things we learned during John Waters’ RTÉ interview 8 hours ago

    The author and columnist covered a range of topics, including why he left the Irish Times, what he thinks of Twitter, depression and his dislike for Dublin. More »

  • Manchester United Winger Adnan Januzaj Commits International Future to Belg …
    Manchester United Winger Adnan Januzaj Commits International Future to Belg … 10 hours ago

    Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has rejected the opportunity to represent England at international level after committing his future to Belgium. Manager Roy Hodgson has hoped to tempt the 19 year old into delaying clarification over his international allegiance until 2018 when he becomes eligible to play for England. Januzaj is qualified to play for Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey but has instead chosen to play for Belgium, the country of his birth, less than two months before the start of the 2014 World Cup. Belgium boss Marc Wilmots wrote on Twitter: "I have received official confirmation is Adnan Januzaj provides the Belgian national team for the rest of his career! More »

  • Some notable social media gaffes, missteps 22 hours ago

    A feel-good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted shots of baton-wielding cops battling protesters and taking down suspects. Other recent examples of Twitter gaffes: More »

  • Januzaj opts to play for Belgium
    Januzaj opts to play for Belgium Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    (Reuters) - Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has decided to play international football for Belgium, the country's national team manager Marc Wilmots said on Wednesday. Born in Belgium to ethnic Albanian parents from Kosovo, Januzaj, 19, was eligible to play for a number of countries and had been wooed by teams including Belgium, Albania, Kosovo and England. "I have received official confirmation that Adnan Januzaj has made himself available to the Belgium national team for the rest of his career," Wilmots said on his Twitter feed. More »

  • Soccer-Januzaj opts to play for Belgium Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    (Adds background) April 23 (Reuters) - Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has decided to play international football for Belgium, the country's national team manager Marc Wilmots said on Wednesday. Born in Belgium to ethnic Albanian parents from Kosovo, Januzaj, 19, was eligible to play for a number of countries and had been wooed by teams including Belgium, Albania, Kosovo and England. "I have received official confirmation that Adnan Januzaj has made himself available to the Belgium national team for the rest of his career," Wilmots said on his Twitter feed. More »

  • NYC police head: We won't quit social media Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the New York Police Department admits he was caught off guard by the harsh response to a harmless attempt at community outreach on Twitter. More »

  • Dying Teen's Fundraising Page Passes £1m
    Dying Teen's Fundraising Page Passes £1m Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A terminally ill 19-year-old's online fundraising page has gone viral, helping him raise nearly £1m for a cancer charity. Stephen Sutton, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, was diagnosed with incurable colorectal cancer at the age of 15. One of his goals is to raise £1m for Teenage Cancer Trust, and he has been using the internet to help him achieve this. Celebrities have been retweeting it on Twitter, and the funds keep on coming. More »

  • Justin Bieber 'Sorry' After Visit to Japan's Controversial Yasakuni …
    Justin Bieber 'Sorry' After Visit to Japan's Controversial Yasakuni … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Teenage popstar Justin Bieber has been forced to apologise after his visit to Japan's controversial Yasakuni war shrine caused a controversy in China. The Canadian pop icon posted two pictures of him at the Shinto shrine on his Instagram account and then tweeted the link to his 51 million Twitter followers with the message "Thank you for your blessings. The shrine, which honours 2.5 million war dead including 14 convicted war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War II , is seen across Asia - in China and South Korea in particular - as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and lack of repentance for its imperialist attitude. After 13 hours, Bieber issued an apology on his instagram feed: More »

  • Justin Bieber Sorry After Japanese Shrine Visit
    Justin Bieber Sorry After Japanese Shrine Visit Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Justin Bieber has apologised after posting a photograph online of a visit to a controversial Japanese shrine which honours war criminals. The Canadian pop star is in Tokyo on holiday with his mother, Pattie Mallete, and paid a visit to the Second World War Yasukuni shrine. Twitter user @BackinTokyo wrote: "Did Justin Bieber just honour the memory of some of Japan's worst war criminals?" A photo of Bieber, 20, posing with a Shinto priest was also deleted. More »

  • Mets ace Matt Harvey off Twitter after photo flap
    Mets ace Matt Harvey off Twitter after photo flap Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The picture Matt Harvey tweeted of himself making an obscene gesture on his way into surgery caused such a stir that the injured New York Mets ace shut down his Twitter account. Harvey confirmed he posted ... More »

  • NYPD's Twitter request for photos backfires
    NYPD's Twitter request for photos backfires Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way. Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending ... More »

  • New York Police Department's #MyNYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires
    New York Police Department's #MyNYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A Twitter campaign by the New York Police Department to "communicate effectively" with the city's residents backfired when people responded with hundreds of photos of police brutality. The NYPD official Twitter account had asked its 97,000 followers to send a photo of themselves posing with one of its officers using the hashtag #myNYPD. By the evening on 22 April the NYPD's Twitter hashtag was the number one trending topic in the US. The force did not comment on the backlash the Twitter campaign received and – as would be expected – only chose to retweet the more positive aspects from Twitter users. More »

  • Hunt On For Moyes' Successor At United
    Hunt On For Moyes' Successor At United Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Manchester United have sacked David Moyes less than one season into his six-year contract and put Ryan Giggs in charge until a permanent replacement is appointed. United confirmed Moyes' departure on their Twitter feed at around 08:30 on Tuesday, although reports of his imminent exit had been circulating for almost 24 hours amid silence from the club. Giggs will take temporary charge until a permanent replacement is named, although there has been no word yet from United on the future of Moyes' backroom staff. Moyes was hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson as his long-term successor, but poor results undermined his attempts to build for a new era of success at Old Trafford. More »

  • Baseball-Pujols blasts two homers to join 500 club Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Albert Pujols belted two homers to reach the 500 home run milestone as he powered the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-2 win over Washington at Nationals Park on Tuesday. Pujols drilled a three-run shot over the fence in the first inning for his 499th then added the landmark blast on a two-run drive in the fifth. He became the 26th player in Major League history to reach the milestone and the Washington crowd saluted the 34-year-old with a standing ovation. After the game, Pujols took to Twitter to thank his fans and followers. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
    Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    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 April 14, to Sunday April 20, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »

  • Miami youth group helped 'Cuban Twitter'
    Miami youth group helped 'Cuban Twitter' Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government's secret "Cuban Twitter" program, connecting contractors with potential investors and serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned. More »

  • The Internet’s ‘fhqwhgads’ Cartoon
    The Internet’s ‘fhqwhgads’ Cartoon Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Before Twitter and Buzzfeed, there was Homestar Runner. As the aging homepage wallpaper peeled away revealing the html beneath, the gang finally returned to the Internet. More »

  • Hull's Sagbo fined over 'quenelle' comments Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    (Reuters) - Hull City's Yannick Sagbo has been fined £15,000 over comments posted on Twitter relating to the "quenelle" gesture, the FA said on Tuesday. The French-born Ivory Coast international was charged in April after posting a picture of Nicolas Anelka making the "quenelle" gesture, which has links to anti-Semitism, with the caption "legend". French striker Anelka was handed a five-match ban for making the gesture during a goal celebration for West Bromwich Albion in December. More »

  • Soccer--Hull's Sagbo fined over 'quenelle' comments Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Hull City's Yannick Sagbo has been fined £15,000 over comments posted on Twitter relating to the "quenelle" gesture, the FA said on Tuesday. The French-born Ivory Coast international was charged in April after posting a picture of Nicolas Anelka making the "quenelle" gesture, which has links to anti-Semitism, with the caption "legend". More »

  • Cuban-American leaders helped 'Cuban Twitter'
    Cuban-American leaders helped 'Cuban Twitter' Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government's secret "Cuban Twitter" program, connecting contractors with potential investors and even serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned. More »

  • Birmingham Pub Under Fire Over Barmaid Boobs Photo
    Birmingham Pub Under Fire Over Barmaid Boobs Photo Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A Birmingham pub has come under fire after posting this raunchy image of a barmaid's cleavage alongside their special ales. The image of Lucy Wedge at The Victoria caused a furore after it was posted on Twitter and Facebook - with claims it sexually objectified women. More »

  • India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleagues remain defiant
    India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleagues remain defiant Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi on Tuesday distanced himself from colleagues on the Hindu far right, saying they must focus on development issues in the election campaign, rather than rail against minority Muslims and liberals. Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is running on a platform to revive an economy going through the worst slowdown since 1980s. But half-way through a five-week campaign to win over the country's 815 million voters, some members of the BJP and its hardline affiliates are facing accusations of trying to whip up a partisan agenda. "Petty statements by those claiming to be BJP's well wishers are deviating the campaign from the issues of development & good governance," Modi, the biggest campaigner for the party, said in a Twitter post. More »

  • U.S. judge dismisses case against Twitter alleging pre-IPO fraud
    U.S. judge dismisses case against Twitter alleging pre-IPO fraud Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has won the dismissal of an unusual lawsuit accusing the social media company of fraudulently arranging a private stock sale it never intended to complete, with a goal of stoking interest in its November 2013 initial public offering. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan said Precedo Capital Group Inc and Continental Advisors SA failed to show that Twitter was responsible for the cancellation of a secondary market offering they had been arranging with another firm, GSV Asset Management Inc. Filed one week before Twitter went public, the $124 million (73 million pounds) lawsuit accused the company of using GSV as its agent to arrange the aborted offering as a means to raise more money in its eagerly awaited IPO and justify a $10 billion market valuation. Noting the plaintiffs dealt directly with GSV and never with Twitter, however, Scheindlin said the complaint "does not plausibly allege that Twitter granted GSV Asset express authority to act as its agent for any purpose. More »

  • U.S. could hit Putin with sanctions, State Department says Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The United States could potentially impose sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin himself over the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday, but she suggested such a step would not be taken soon. Asked by Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy in an interview on Twitter whether the United States was considering the possibility of hitting Putin personally with sanctions, Psaki replied: "Yes. Plenty to sanction before we would discuss President #Putin." The United States has imposed visa bans and assets freezes on several Russian officials and lawmakers deemed involved in Russia's annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine last month, and it has targeted businessmen with ties to Putin. More »

  • Mobile payment startup Square plans sale as losses widen - WSJ Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    (Reuters) - Square Inc has been in talks with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup looks to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company spoke to Google Inc earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn't clear whether the talks are continuing. Square, founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, co-creator of Twitter Inc, will likely fetch billions of dollars in a sale. The company recorded a loss of about $100 million in 2013, the Journal said, adding that the startup has consumed more than half of the roughly $340 million it raised from at least four rounds of equity financing since 2009. More »

  • What to watch as the 2014 midterm campaigns gear up Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    This past week on Political Wire's podcast, we spoke to Democratic Pollster of the Year Anna Greenberg, of the Democratic-aligned firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, about social media's influence on public opinion and the important issues and political dynamics at play in the 2014 midterms. Greenberg drew an analogy between the expression of political opinions on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook today and the forwarding of emails from MoveOn.org to friends in the mid-2000s. More »

  • Tottenham Hotspur Manager Tim Sherwood Warns Sandro
    Tottenham Hotspur Manager Tim Sherwood Warns Sandro Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has warned midfielder Sandro he must improve to win a place back in the first team. The Brazilian was a notable omission from the Spurs team which beat Fulham 3-1 at White Hart Lane and the 25 year old posted on Twitter that he was not injured. Sandro wrote: "Good morning Guys, just to let you know that i'm not injured ! Hope that we can win the game today." And while Sherwood confirmed that Sandro had been left out of the Tottenham team due to his form, he advised him his form must pick up in order to earn a recall. More »

  • Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action
    Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    By Seda Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's prime minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked. Twitter last week agreed to comply with a Turkish government request to close some accounts that officials said had breached national security or privacy regulations. Twitter said in a tweet on its policy feed: "Reminder: Our Country Withheld Content Policy means we act after due process, e.g., a court order". "We don't withhold content at the mere request of a gov't official and we may appeal a court order when it threatens freedom of expression," it tweeted. More »

  • US Takes Battle Against Al-Qaida to Twitter
    US Takes Battle Against Al-Qaida to Twitter Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Anti-terror chiefs are taking their battle against Islamic extremism to social networks like Twitter, engaging jihadists in a toe-to-toe online propaganda war. The US State Department is attempting to engage jihadists in online debate, contesting their claims in a bid to dissuade sympathisers from joining them. "We are actually giving al-Qaida the benefit of the doubt because we are answering their arguments," said Alberto Fernandez, coordinator of the State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), which runs the programme, named Think Again Turn Away. Alongside the brutal conflict on the ground, the Syrian war is being waged online, with jihadists posting content ranging from pictures of decapitated enemy combatants, to pleas from fighters for Muslims to join their cause, in an effort to broadcast their achievements and further their aims. More »

  • Erdogan challenges social media in top Turkish court
    Erdogan challenges social media in top Turkish court Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan applied to Turkey's constitutional court on Friday to challenge the alleged violation of his and his family's rights by social media, a senior official in his office told Reuters. Erdogan's government blocked Twitter and YouTube in March, drawing international condemnation, after audio recordings, purportedly showing corruption in his inner circle, were leaked on their sites. The Twitter block was lifted earlier this month after the constitutional court ruled that it breached freedom of expression, a decision Erdogan has since said was wrong and should be overturned. YouTube remains blocked in Turkey. More »

  • China's Twitter Weibo Rockets 19% on Nasdaq Debut
    China's Twitter Weibo Rockets 19% on Nasdaq Debut Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    China's Twitter-like service Weibo surged 19% on its stock market debut in the US, suggesting Wall Street still has an appetite for loss-making technology firms. Weibo shares rose from $17 to a high of $24.48 in intra-day trade on 17 April, briefly valuing the firm at some $4.7bn (£2.8bn, €3.4bn). Weibo raised $286m through the US initial public offering (IPO), falling short of expectations because the firm decided to sell 16.8 million American Depositary Shares from the 20 million planned earlier. Weibo will use the funds raised to invest in its business and repay debt. More »

  • Chelsea Clinton 'Thrilled' At Pregnancy News
    Chelsea Clinton 'Thrilled' At Pregnancy News Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Chelsea Clinton has announced she is expecting her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky. The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made the surprise announcement at a fundraising event in New York aimed at empowering women. Hilary Clinton, 66, told the audience: "I want to see us keep moving and certainly for future generations as well so that maybe our grandchild will not have to be worried about some of the things that young women and young men are worried about today." Bill Clinton revealed his joy at becoming a grandparent on Twitter: "Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio...grandfather-to-be! @hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc!" More »

  • Analysis - Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors
    Analysis - Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Gerry Shih and Yimou Lee SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: his release after eight months in jail. The timing of the two events, though coincidental, highlights the fundamental challenge for Shanghai-based Weibo: progressing from being a microblogging phenomenon in China to becoming an entrenched member of the international social media industry. Now, as Weibo celebrates its warm reception on international financial markets, its conflicts with censors at home raise the question of whether the firm known as the "Twitter of China" may eventually be derailed by government interference. More »