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Tweaking the tweeting

Wednesday 31 March 2010

Microblogging site Twitter has unveiled a new-look homepage that's designed to be more inviting and user-friendly for new users and visitors unfamiliar with the site. Users who are not logged in will see the new homepage, which features more dynamic content including 'top tweets' that automatically appear every few seconds, a 'see who's here' panel highlighting famous people and brands that use Twitter and trending topics that scroll across the page.

Yahoo! accounts in China hacked

Wednesday 31 March 2010

According to news reports on Wednesday, the webmail accounts of foreign journalists based in China and Taiwan have been hacked. The BBC News website reported that the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) had confirmed eight cases of email attacks on Yahoo.

Facebook enhances its search

Monday 22 March 2010

Earlier last week, Facebook began rolling out improvements to its search experience. The social networking site seems increasingly focused on opening up data and this latest move may worry the guys at Mountain View a little further.

Facebook may start QR code frenzy

Friday 19 March 2010

The on-line media blogs have been buzzing this week with news that the social networking giant Facebook is trialling the use of QR (Quick Response) codes . Although they resemble barcodes, QR codes can carry significantly more data - such as links, videos, text, photos and other content - and they don't require a scanner to read them, as most modern mobile 'phones can do this using their cameras (hence the 'quick').

Facebook defends its safety policy

Tuesday 16 March 2010

Following the recent controversy over the Daily Mail's erroneous reporting of the dangers faced by under-18s using Facebook , the social networking site has defended its safety policy. The Daily Mail has admitted that its article, published in print and on line on Wednesday - in which it was claimed that young girls who join Facebook could be approached " within seconds " by older men who want " to perform a sex act " in front of them - was incorrect.

Google enables retail stock checking

Sunday 14 March 2010

Back in 2006 Google, along with Intuit and the Kelsey Group, described the future of retailing and the picture included the ability to check the stock levels of nearby stores as you shop. It may have taken a few years, but now it's a reality - in the US, at least.

Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail

Saturday 13 March 2010

Facebook, the world's most popular social networking site (SNS) with 400 million users worldwide, has threatened to sue the UK's Daily Mail newspaper over an article that claimed that the site makes it easy for paedophiles to seduce under-18s.

Jail for US Facebook blackmailer

Thursday 04 March 2010

In a case that has gripped the American media, a teenage boy in Wisconsin has been handed a 15-year jail sentence after posing as a girl on the social networking site Facebook in order to blackmail male students into sex.

Cyber stalker finally jailed

Thursday 04 March 2010

A man branded one of Britain's most obsessive cyber stalkers by the tabloid press has been jailed for terrorising a female undergraduate for over two years. Jason Smith, from Newall Green, near Wythenshawe, was put behind bars last week after Manchester Magistrates Court heard how he had threatened 20-year-old Alexandra Scarlett and her family through social networking sites.

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