May 24, 2015

As European antitrust case looms, has Google already peaked?

As Google faces an antitrust probe from European regulators, some analysts are questioning whether the California tech giant’s dominance has already peaked. While Google remains one of the world’s biggest companies, with overwhelming dominance of Internet search, its prospects are less rosy in a ...

Sun halo over Mexico sparks doomsday fears, UFO hype

May 22, 2015

Sun halo over Mexico sparks doomsday fears, UFO hype

Was it a UFO? A sign that the end is nigh? A rainbow-like halo surrounded the sun over Mexico City on Thursday, an optical phenomenon that triggered a social media frenzy of pictures and jokes about the end of the world. Some weren’t so ...

Facebook and mobile rule, state of the media report shows

Apr 29, 2015

Facebook and mobile rule, state of the media report shows

A new report on the state of the media has some simple terms for how we learn about the world: mobile and social media. More visitors to Yahoo, NBC and other top Internet sites are getting their news from mobile devices than from desktop ...

Australian health blogger admits lying about cancer

Apr 23, 2015

Australian health blogger admits lying about cancer

An Australian blogger and author who became a hit after claiming she was winning a battle with brain cancer through whole foods and alternative therapies admitted Thursday she was lying and never had the disease. Belle Gibson launched her successful The Whole Pantry business ...

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 ...

Apr 18, 2015

Texas veterinarian fired after killing cat with arrow

A Texas veterinarian who apparently shot a domestic cat through the head with a bow and arrow before posing with the dead animal on Facebook was sacked Friday as police launched an investigation into the slaying. Kristen Lindsey triggered an avalanche of complaints and ...

Teacher's assignment goes viral after pupils reveal secrets

Apr 18, 2015

Teacher's assignment goes viral after pupils reveal secrets

A Colorado teacher who posted notes from her third-grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew said Friday the assignment had been a revelation for her. Kyle Schwartz, 26, asked the eight- and nine-year-olds at her Denver inner city ...

Sakura 2015: one nation under a pink canopy

Apr 16, 2015

Sakura 2015: one nation under a pink canopy

Spring in Japan brings a wave of blossoming cherry trees that is celebrated through the nation for a short few weeks. Despite a spell of strong winds and heavy rain this year, most trees hung on to their petals for a memorable sakura season. ...