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  • 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 »

  • Chelsea Clinton Announces She is Expecting Her First Child
    Chelsea Clinton Announces She is Expecting Her First Child Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton has announced that she is pregnant with her first child. Chelsea and husband Marc Mezvinsky will welcome the new addition to their family later this year. Writing on Twitter, former US President Bill Clinton revealed his excitement at becoming a grandfather for the first time, writing: "Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio...grandfather-to-be!" Hilary Clinton, who is currently considered a strong contender for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, reiterated her husband's sentiment saying: "My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be! @billclinton and I are thrilled that Chelsea and Marc are expecting their first child!" More »

  • Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has Died in Mexico, Aged 87
    Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has Died in Mexico, Aged 87 Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87. The cause of his death is not yet known, though he was recently hospitalised for a lung and urinary tract infection in Mexico City. Announcing the news on Twitter Fernanda Familiar, a spokeswoman for the family said: "Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died.  Mercedes and her sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo, have authorised to give me the information. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the famed author. More »

  • Miley Cyrus 'Devastated' at Cancelling Tour Dates After Hospitalisa …
    Miley Cyrus 'Devastated' at Cancelling Tour Dates After Hospitalisa … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Miley Cyrus is said to be devastated at cancelling her Bangerz concerts after it was revealed she could remain in hospital for as long as 27 days. The singer was hospitalised after suffering a severe allergic reaction to an anti-biotic prescribed for a sinus infection. Cyrus, who is in the middle of her Bangerz tour, was forced to cancel her St. Louis, Missouri concert, a day after she cancelled her Kansas City concert. Writing on Twitter, the singer responded to false reports about her health and the future of the tour saying: "So many ignorant stories out there no one is reading the official statement and these dumb asses are scaring my fans. More »

  • Weibo shares jump in market debut Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Chinese social media company Weibo Corp.'s shares soared in their U.S. market debut Thursday. Weibo was launched four years ago by Chinese online media company Sina Corp. Weibo provides a Twitter-like ... More »

  • Little known jihadist group vows new Egypt attacks
    Little known jihadist group vows new Egypt attacks Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A little-known jihadist group, Ajnad Misr, claimed a series of attacks and vowed new ones targeting Egyptian security forces in a video posted on its Twitter account on Thursday. More »

  • Victoria Beckham Celebrates 40th Birthday in LA
    Victoria Beckham Celebrates 40th Birthday in LA Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Victoria Beckham could not hide her excitement as she celebrated her 40th birthday. The former Spice Girl, announced the milestone birthday on Instagram posting a video of Alice in Wonderland blowing out the candles on a cake with the message: "Good morning LA, it's my birthday!!!! x vb." The singer, who has found success in a second career as a fashion designer, was flooded with messages from her fans and family. Writing on Twitter she said: "Thank you for your beautiful birthday wishes, I feel so blessed and happy on my special day x vb." More »

  • Obama to hold press conference, set to address Ukraine - aide Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will hold a press conference at the White House on Thursday and will be prepared to answer questions about the situation in Ukraine, a White House aide said. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes announced the news in a Twitter post. (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Beech) More »

  • Weibo Woes Amid Disappointing Nasdaq Flotation
    Weibo Woes Amid Disappointing Nasdaq Flotation Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The cloud over tech stocks has dampened expectations for Weibo - China's version of Twitter - which has begun trading on the Nasdaq in New York today. In March, Weibo had estimated the value of its initial public offering (IPO) at up to $500m. The site was launched in August 2009 to provide services similar to Twitter, which is banned in China. It is the leading social media site in the world's most populous country and China has around 618 million internet users. More »

  • Sina Weibo soars in debut, overcoming censorship concerns
    Sina Weibo soars in debut, overcoming censorship concerns Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Alexei Oreskovic and Tanya Agrawal SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Weibo Corp rose as much as 41 percent in their U.S. debut on Thursday, sweeping aside concerns that censorship in China will hurt the growth of the country's Internet sector and broader worries about the outlook for tech-sector stocks. Investors are watching the biggest debut of a Chinese Internet company in years, hoping for clues as to demand for the highly anticipated IPO of far larger e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Sina Weibo's early gains came after the owner of a Chinese Twitter-like messaging service priced its shares at the very bottom of a target range of $17 (10.12 pounds) to $19, and cut its offer to 16.8 million American Depositary Shares from 20 million. That surge caught some investors off-guard because of its well-known susceptibility to unpredictable Chinese censorship and the uncertain outcome of intense domestic competition with the likes of Tencent Holdings Inc. "People had concerns that there's some competition over there and that engagement on Weibo may be challenged in the future, but I think Weibo is still a social media platform, that people still use it every day," said Henry Guo of JG Capital. More »

  • Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office
    Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Protesters hold placards reading, "Do not touch my Twitter", "Communication right is a basic human right" and "Cencorship to Internet! A dream comes true" during a demonstration ... More »

  • Sina Weibo shares jump more than 10% after IPO
    Sina Weibo shares jump more than 10% after IPO Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A man walks past the office entrance of Sina Weibo, widely known as China's equivalent to Twitter, in Beijing on April 16, 2014 More »

  • Sina Weibo shares jump more than 6% after IPO
    Sina Weibo shares jump more than 6% after IPO Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A man walks past the office entrance of Sina Weibo, widely known as China's equivalent to Twitter, in Beijing on April 16, 2014 More »

  • Twitter broadens advertising reach through app-install ads
    Twitter broadens advertising reach through app-install ads Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc took a significant step Thursday towards broaden its advertising business by offering mobile ads urging people to install apps on its social network as well as through MoPub, the mobile-advertising network it acquired last year. As the mobile app economy grows, app developers have been willing to pay increasing amounts to advertise on major sites like Facebook to boost their app downloads. Twitter said Thursday it could reach 1 billion unique mobile devices through its MoPub network, which places ads inside of hundreds of apps. Twitter, which acquired MoPub last year for roughly $350 million (208 million pounds), reaches a more limited audience of 240 million users through its own Twitter.com Web site and mobile apps. More »

  • 'Chinese Twitter' firm Weibo to go public in US
    'Chinese Twitter' firm Weibo to go public in US Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A man walks past the office entrance of Sina Weibo, widely known as China's equivalent to Twitter, in Beijing on April 16, 2014 More »

  • M26 Pile-Up: Lorry Driver Held After Two Killed
    M26 Pile-Up: Lorry Driver Held After Two Killed Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A 45-year-old lorry driver has been arrested after two people died in a pile-up involving five vehicles on the M26. Many Twitter users reported being stuck in the resulting traffic jams for several hours. The Red Cross sent its emergency teams to help those stranded, many of whom found themselves in stationary cars in unseasonably warm April weather. Chief Inspector Matt Kendall from Kent Police said: 'We appreciate that some members of the public were inconvenienced for some time but, in light of the tragic circumstances of the incident, we had a duty to conduct a thorough and detailed investigation at the scene. More »

  • Weibo cuts IPO size amid selloff in technology stocks
    Weibo cuts IPO size amid selloff in technology stocks Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    (Reuters) - China's Weibo Corp, a Twitter-like messaging service company, raised a less-than-expected $286 million (170 million pounds) after it cut the size of its U.S. initial public offering amid a selloff in technology shares and concerns about slowing user growth. The offering comes ahead of the much-anticipated IPO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, which holds stake in Weibo. Weibo, controlled by Web portal company Sina Corp, sold 16.8 million American depositary shares (ADSs) at $17 each, the company said on Thursday. At the offer price, Weibo is valued at $3.46 billion. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Thursday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Thursday Thu, Apr 17, 2014

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

  • Keegan counting down to Corrie exit
    Keegan counting down to Corrie exit Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan has been charting her emotional countdown to her last day on the soap on Twitter. More »

  • Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $285.6 mn
    Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $285.6 mn Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A man walks past the office entrance of Sina Weibo, widely known as China's equivalent to Twitter, in Beijing on April 16, 2014 More »

  • Man of Steel 2: First On-Set Image of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/ Batman?
    Man of Steel 2: First On-Set Image of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/ Batman? Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A blurry image of what looks like Ben Affleck in a suit, on the sets of the Man of Steel sequel, has been surfaced online. The Man of Steel 2 Director of Photography Larry Fong posted a teasing photo on twitter that many are speculating is the public's first glimpse of Ben Affleck as Batman, reports Moviepilot. However, even if that is Affleck, it looks more like he is in Bruce Wayne garb than in the Batsuit. Previous reports have claimed that Affleck, Gal Gadot and much of the crew were traveling to Detroit last week, so a sneaky photo of Bruce Wayne isn't out of the question. More »

  • Man of Steel 2: First Blurry On-Set Image of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/ Ba …
    Man of Steel 2: First Blurry On-Set Image of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/ Ba … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A blurry image of what looks like Ben Affleck in a suit, on the sets of the Man of Steel sequel, has been surfaced online. The Man of Steel 2 Director of Photography Larry Fong posted a teasing photo on twitter that many are speculating is the public's first glimpse of Ben Affleck as Batman, reports Moviepilot. However, even if that is Affleck, it looks more like he is in Bruce Wayne garb than in the Batsuit. Previous reports have claimed that Affleck, Gal Gadot and much of the crew were traveling to Detroit last week, so a sneaky photo of Bruce Wayne isn't out of the question. More »

  • Virtual J-Pop Star To Join Lady Gaga On Tour
    Virtual J-Pop Star To Join Lady Gaga On Tour Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram will support Lady Gaga on her US tour next month. Hatsune Miku will perform in 3D alongside a band made of real musicians at the shows which start in Atlanta on May 6. "My favourite digital pop star Hatsune Miku is opening The Artpop Ball from May 6-June 3!" @ladygaga said on her Twitter feed. "Look at how cute she is!," she added, with a link to YouTube video showing the digital diva in action. More »

  • Miley Cyrus Rushed To Hospital In Allergy Drama
    Miley Cyrus Rushed To Hospital In Allergy Drama Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Miley Cyrus has been forced to cancel two concerts after being rushed to hospital suffering from a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Cyrus herself took to Twitter to tell her fans she was as heartbroken as they were to miss the show. She also tweeted a picture of herself in bed wearing what looked like a hospital gown. More »

  • Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $285.6 mn: report
    Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $285.6 mn: report Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A man walks past the office entrance of Sina Weibo, widely known as China's version of Twitter, in Beijing on April 16, 2014 More »

  • Miley Cyrus cancels second concert after hospitalization
    Miley Cyrus cancels second concert after hospitalization Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Miley Cyrus has cancelled a concert in St. Louis on Wednesday as she remains hospitalized from a "severe allergic reaction to antibiotics," according to a statement issued from the pop star's spokeswoman. Cyrus, 21, who is currently on the North American leg of her "Bangerz" tour, also had to cancel her Tuesday concert in Kansas City, Missouri, because of the allergic reaction which landed her in the hospital. "The hospital is sayin i wont b released today," Cyrus said on Twitter on Wednesday. More »

  • Yahoo shares jump as Alibaba's revenue surges ahead of IPO
    Yahoo shares jump as Alibaba's revenue surges ahead of IPO Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Yahoo Inc's shares rose as much as 9 percent in heavy trading on Wednesday, a day after Chinese internet company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, in which it holds a 24 percent stake, reported a surge in quarterly revenue. At least nine brokerages raised their price targets on Yahoo's shares ahead of Alibaba's IPO filing, expected next week. "We continue to recommend aggressive purchase of (Yahoo's) shares ahead of the Alibaba IPO," Topeka Capital Markets analyst Victor Anthony said in a note. The IPO is set to be the largest in the United States since Facebook Inc's 2012 market debut and it is the most awaited IPO in what's expected to be a record year for U.S. tech debuts after Twitter Inc's successful IPO in 2013. More »

  • The App That Hides Game Of Thrones Spoilers
    The App That Hides Game Of Thrones Spoilers Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Silencer extension allows users to type in specific terms, which are then blocked from Twitter and Facebook feeds. It could be a boon to dedicated fans of hit TV dramas such as Sky Atlantic's Game of Thrones, Mad Men and True Detective. Fans of Game of Thrones were left angry on Monday after a technology website tweeted spoilers minutes after the latest episode aired. The four million Twitter followers of Mashable were sent details of a major event in the most recent episode, followed by an email update. More »

  • New #WatchOnSky means anyone can watch or record a show straight from Twitt …
    New #WatchOnSky means anyone can watch or record a show straight from Twitt … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Sky has just announced a clever new service that uses Twitter for one click recording or watching of Sky, directly from a tweet. Using #WatchOnSky in a tweet from Sky means a user can click into it and be given the option of how to watch it. From within Twitter "Watch" and "Record" options allow the user to watch the show directly on Sky Go from their mobile or laptop, or set it to record at home on their Sky+ box. Luke Bradley-Jones, brand director, TV products, Sky says: "#WatchOnSky is another brilliantly simple way for our customers to find and watch the shows everyone is talking about. More »

  • Twitter Terror Trend Emerges Among US Teens
    Twitter Terror Trend Emerges Among US Teens Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    After the arrest of a 14-year-old Dutch girl for making a prank terror threat to American Airlines on Twitter, a new trend has emerged with dozens of US teenagers follwing her lead. On Monday the 14-year-old Dutch girl was arrested by the Rotterdam police for making a terrorist threat to American Airlines over the weekend. American Airlines responded quickly telling the girl they had passed on her details to the FBI. Following a brief period of detention, the girl, identified only as Sarah on her Twitter profile, was released. More »

  • Miley Cyrus hospitalized for allergic reaction, cancels Kansas City show
    Miley Cyrus hospitalized for allergic reaction, cancels Kansas City show Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Singer Miley Cyrus cancelled her Tuesday show in Kansas City, Missouri, after being hospitalized for a "severe allergic reaction to antibiotics," the show venue said. Cyrus, 21, was placed on medical rest on doctors' orders, the Sprint Center in Kansas City said in a statement. The singer posted a picture of herself in a hospital bed on Twitter with an apology to her Kansas fans, saying "I wanted so badly 2 b there 2night." The venue said ticket holders will be refunded. More »

  • Alibaba's growth quickens in time for landmark U.S. IPO
    Alibaba's growth quickens in time for landmark U.S. IPO Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd accelerated revenue growth in the crucial fourth quarter, the company reported on Tuesday, a timely lift for the Chinese Internet company as it prepares for a highly anticipated public offering. Alibaba's resurgence helped lift shares in Yahoo Inc, which owns about 24 percent of the Chinese company and is highly sensitive to Alibaba's growth prospects and valuation. China's largest Internet company, which is racing to prepare for the largest U.S. IPO since Facebook Inc's 2012 coming-out party, recorded 66 percent growth in sales to $3.06 billion (1.82 billion pounds) in 2013's final three months. Its listing is the most highly anticipated of what's expected to be a record year for U.S. tech debuts, spurred on by Twitter Inc's successful 2013 IPO. More »

  • Twitter buys social data provider Gnip, stock soars
    Twitter buys social data provider Gnip, stock soars Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it bought social data provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount, signalling that it would take on a new role of packaging and selling data, a service in demand by business and government. The social media company said separately that it hired a Google executive to lead its consumer product development, filling a position that had been vacant since January. Investors reacted positively to the news, sending Twitter shares up more than 11 percent, the biggest gain since the day it went public in November. Twitter said in a blog post that the Gnip deal allowed it to burrow more deeply into the 500 million tweets sent daily on its network. More »

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
    Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Tue, Apr 15, 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 7, to Sunday April 13, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. More »