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Twitter posts strong user growth, shares soar

By Angela Moon and Rishika Sadam April 26 – Shares of Twitter Inc soared in premarket trade on Wednesday after the microblogging service reported better-than-expected user growth. Despite stiff competition from Facebook Inc and Snap Inc, Twitter’s monthly active users, one of the most closely watched metrics for analysts, increased by 6 percent, or 18 million, to 328 million in the first quarter from a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected 321.3 million monthly active users, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount. Twitter also said daily active users rose 14 percent in the first quarter from a...

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Can this Unicorn Frappe Protect Galaxy S8 from 100ft Drop Test?

When Starbucks rolled out its Unicorn Frappucino this month, it took the internet by storm. Millenials went crazy for its “insta-worthy” grammable aesthetics. But the sugar-coma, calorie-dense drink apparently serves more than one purpose. YouTubers behind Gizmoslip experimented with the Samsung Galaxy 8 to try to show that this phone can survive a hundred foot drop — but only if encased in this syrupy sugar drink. They immersed the phone in the frappe for an hour, also testing its water resistannce,  and then dropped the frappe-wrapped phone onto the ground from a drone. Did it survive the fall? Find out by...

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Twitter to let advertisers buy video ads on Periscope

By Tim Baysinger March 28 – Twitter Inc, trying to boost its sagging advertising revenue, will allow brands to buy commercials on its video streams for Periscope, signaling a major push to make money off the live-streaming platform, the company announced on Tuesday morning. With sponsors growing more wary of exactly what kind of online videos their ads are being placed against, Twitter is allowing a select group of advertisers to purchase pre-roll videos, meaning those that run prior to the publishers’ content, on Periscope streams. Twitter acquired Periscope in 2015. Google’s YouTube, long the dominant force for online...

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NATO to spend 3 billion euros on satellite, cyber defences

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, March 27 – NATO plans to spend 3 billion euros ($3.24 billion) to upgrade its satellite and computer technology over the next three years as the Western military alliance adapts to new threats, a senior official said. Seeking to deter hackers, and other threats including Iranian missiles, the investments underscore NATO’s recognition that conflicts are increasingly fought on computer networks as well as in the air, on land and at sea. A senior official at the NATO Communications and Information Agency said the plans include a 1.7-billion-euro investment in satellite communications to better support troops...

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Google to revamp policies, hire staff after UK ad scandal

By Kate Holton LONDON, March 21 – Google vowed on Tuesday to police its websites better by ramping up staff numbers and overhauling its policies after several companies deserted the internet giant for failing to keep their adverts off hate-filled videos. Google has found itself at the centre of a British storm in recent days after major companies from supermarkets to banks and consumer groups pulled their adverts from its YouTube site after they appeared alongside videos carrying homophobic and anti-Semitic messages. Alphabet’s Google launched a review of the problem on Friday, apologised on Monday and said on Tuesday...

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Victims of Marines nude photo-sharing sharing scandal double in number

WASHINGTON, March 19 – The number of victims who have come forward to investigators looking into a growing scandal involving some Marines sharing nude photos of women online has doubled to more than 20, an official from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service said on Friday. The Marine Corps has been rattled by a scandal involving a private Facebook group called “Marines United” and its surreptitious distribution of explicit images of women in the armed forces – often with obscene, misogynist commentary. NCIS has opened an inquiry into the matter, and senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill have denounced the actions....

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High profile Twitter accounts hijacked in Turkish-Dutch protest

FRANKFURT, March 15 – The diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands spread online on Wednesday with a large-scale attack on Twitter accounts, many with no apparent connection to the dispute, were hijacked and replaced with anti-Nazi messages in Turkish. The attacks, which appeared to be simply a form of political vandalism and used the hashtags #Nazialmanya or #Nazihollanda, took over accounts of high-profile CEOs, publishers, government agencies and also some regular Twitter users. President Tayyip Erdogan has suspended high-level diplomatic ties with the Netherlands and branded the country’s citizens “Nazi remnants” for preventing his ministers at the weekend...

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Facebook bars developers from using data for surveillance

By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO, March 13 – Facebook Inc barred software developers on Monday from using the massive social network’s data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been exploited by U.S. police departments to track protesters Facebook, its Instagram unit and rival Twitter Inc came under fire last year from privacy advocates after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a report that police were using location data and other user information to spy on protesters in places such as Ferguson, Missouri. In response to the ACLU report, the companies shut off the...

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Tech workers find communal living a solution for high rents

By Gabrielle Lurie and Melissa Fares SAN FRANCISCO, March 10 – Zander Dejah, 25, pays $1,900 a month rent to live in a downtown San Francisco house with at least 40 other people, many of whom sleep in bunk beds. Dejah is a resident of The Negev, a communal living space that styles itself as a home for millennial tech workers to brainstorm ideas, write code and create apps, even if they have to share toilets and bathrooms with dozens of others. Houses like The Negev, located in a neighborhood known as “SoMa” or South of Market, have cropped...

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Technology is now at root of almost all serious crime -Europol

By Waverly Colville BRUSSELS, March 9 – High-tech crimes, such as document fraud, money laundering and online trading in illegal goods, are at the root of almost all serious criminality, Europe’s police agency said on Thursday. “These cross-cutting criminal threats enable and facilitate most, if not all, other types of serious and organised crime,” such as drugs and people trafficking, Europol said in a study of organised crime that it publishes every four years. So-called “ransomware”, which blocks a person or company’s computer until a fee is paid to unlock it, has become a major concern. But traditional crimes...

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