Apr 19, 2015

In hunt to monetize, social networks slip in stealth advertising

The quandary for those who run social networks is how to monetize activity on them without antagonizing and thus losing users through distracting ads. The answer, for Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, is to slip in some stealthy ads camouflaged to look like posts from ...

Citizen journalism given a boost

Mar 29, 2015

Citizen journalism given a boost

by Rob Lever

When three buildings collapsed and ignited a blaze in New York on Thursday, a smartphone app brought the live video feed to anyone online wanting to watch. The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitter’s new livestream app Periscope, ...

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

Mar 6, 2015

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

by Masami Ito

Keisuke Jinushi was tired of seeing social-networking snapshots of his friends with their girlfriends, at weddings or with their newborn children. He was single and felt like time was slipping away for him while everyone else was happily moving on with life. He wanted ...

How to make girlfriends and influence followers

Mar 6, 2015

How to make girlfriends and influence followers

For many, social media is a place to show off milestones in life: vacations, weddings, families. But what if you don’t have any of those things? Keisuke Jinushi has mastered the art of faking it until you make it — assuming one day Jinushi ...

Boko Haram posts video showing execution of two men for spying

Mar 3, 2015

Boko Haram posts video showing execution of two men for spying

Boko Haram posted a video showing two men who were beheaded after they were accused of spying on the Nigerian Islamist militants. The victims are shown being dragged before masked gunmen in the six-minute video “Harvest of Spies.” The outdoor video, which could not ...