U.S. seeks email access after death

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. seeks email access after death

A group of influential U.S. lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to online accounts when a person dies. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan Wednesday to automatically give loved ones access to a ...

Jul 16, 2014

Google+ abandons need to use real names

Google+ apologized Tuesday and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, which aims to gain ground on market leader Facebook. “When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what ...

Etiquette gets reboot for digital age

Jul 10, 2014

Etiquette gets reboot for digital age

by Rob Lever

The digital age has created a host of new etiquette dilemmas. What should you do when your boss sends a Facebook friend request? Is it OK to take and share smartphone pictures at a friend’s wedding? When should you take off Google Glass, rather ...

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Jul 8, 2014

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaida offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. Over the weekend, websites previously used by the group ...

Jul 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

Jul 4, 2014

Scientific journal calls Facebook experiment 'a concern'

The scientific journal that published a controversial Facebook experiment on mood manipulation said Thursday it was concerned that the company did not follow scientific ethics and principles of informed consent. While it stopped short of retracting the study, the Proceedings of the National Academy ...

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

Jul 3, 2014

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

British data protection authorities are investigating revelations that Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on its users. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it wants to learn more about the circumstances of the experiment, carried out by two U.S. universities and the social network. ...

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Jun 30, 2014

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand “emotional contagion” in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into users’ news ...

Jun 25, 2014

Jihadis hone social media skills to win Iraq

Supporters of a powerful jihadi group are waging an online propaganda war in tandem with its battles on the ground in Iraq, where Sunni militants have overrun swaths of the country. For militant groups, the fight over public perception can be even more important ...

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

A mug shot of a handsome Californian arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 “likes” and drawing comments praising his chiseled face with high cheek bones and striking blue eyes. Jeremy Meeks, 30, a convicted felon, ...

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Jun 19, 2014

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free-speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision, to restrict access ...