Nov 23, 2014

Twitter indexes every public tweet ever sent

Twitter has begun letting users search through every tweet publicly fired off at the one-to-many messaging service since it launched in 2006. Examples of when the new capability may come in handy include revisiting sports or television show seasons, learning what was revealed at ...

Nov 20, 2014

U.K. hotel fines couple for 'stinking' review

A British couple said Wednesday they had been fined £100 ($155) by a hotel for leaving a bad review on the travel site TripAdvisor calling it a “filthy, dirty, rotten stinking hovel.” Tony and Jan Jenkinson said they were told the extra charge — ...

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

| Nov 18, 2014

Video horror suggests Islamic State is worried

In its latest propaganda video, the Islamic State group tried to project unwavering confidence and unstoppable growth, in what some analysts saw as a reply to a string of setbacks. A 15-minute video released on Sunday shows the severed head of U.S. aid worker ...

Nov 7, 2014

Internet users called to answer to system's ills

Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world’s leading governance organizations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed. Three organizations — Brazil’s Internet Steering Committee ...

Blogger's sketchy anti-U.S. facts draw fans in China

Oct 29, 2014

Blogger's sketchy anti-U.S. facts draw fans in China

So, dear Chinese reader, you still think the American Dream eclipses the Chinese one? Well, take a look at Zhou Xiaoping’s blogs and learn that in the U.S. you would have to shell out $3,500 in mandatory car insurance a year and spend $30,000 ...

Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

Oct 25, 2014

Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — though she kept things traditional, signing off with “Elizabeth R.” The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery Friday in central London’s Science Museum, taking off a glove to ...

Oct 25, 2014

'Anti-Facebook' social network gets fresh funding

Flush with a reported $5.5 million in fresh funding, upstart social network Ello on Thursday legally changed its corporate standing to back a promise to remain ad-free. Ello converted to a public benefit corporation, which it described as “a new kind of for-profit company ...

Online harassment is common, survey finds

Oct 23, 2014

Online harassment is common, survey finds

A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty ...

Oct 21, 2014

'Armed clowns' spread panic in northern France; teen convicted

The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France. Whether brandishing a rubber chicken at a children’s party or starring as ...