Drones may take Net to far corners

Apr 18, 2014

Drones may take Net to far corners

The shortest path to the Internet for some remote corners of the world may be through the skies. That is the message from U.S. tech giants seeking to spread the online gospel to hard-to-reach regions. Google took a step in that direction this week ...

Weibo's Nasdaq debut highlights Chinese censorship

| Apr 18, 2014

Weibo's Nasdaq debut highlights Chinese censorship

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. ...

'Cuban Twitter' texts were overtly political

Apr 9, 2014

'Cuban Twitter' texts were overtly political

Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages conflict with claims by the Obama administration that the program ...

The Internet's grumpiest cat hits her terrible twos

Apr 5, 2014

The Internet's grumpiest cat hits her terrible twos

Watch out world, Grumpy Cat has hit her terrible twos. The top dog in Internet cat stardom, known for her downward smile and bugged-out baby blues, spent her birthday Friday touring New York City with an entourage worthy of Hollywood. And Hollywood is where ...

Turkey ordered to lift Twitter ban

Apr 4, 2014

Turkey ordered to lift Twitter ban

Turkey’s telecommunications authority lifted a 2-week-old ban on Twitter on Thursday after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s office said. Access to Twitter was blocked on March 21 in the run-up to local ...

Mar 31, 2014

The wrong target for Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is in a difficult situation. Corruption in Turkey is endemic, but the government's response to allegations of corruption has been to condemn the leakers rather than go after those said to be enriching themselves.

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Mar 28, 2014

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turkey’s technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications authority was imposing the block ...

Turkish court orders lifting of Twitter ban

Mar 26, 2014

Turkish court orders lifting of Twitter ban

A Turkish court on Wednesday overturned the government’s controversial Twitter ban imposed after audio recordings spread via the social media site implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a corruption scandal. The Ankara administrative court was set to inform telecommunications regulator TIB of the ...

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

Mar 25, 2014

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

The United States noted Monday that the number of online tweets posted in Turkey has risen since the prime minister controversially banned the micro-blogging service. Turkey’s telecommunications authority blocked local access to the U.S. social network Thursday under orders of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after ...