Oct 16, 2014

U2's Bono says 'oops' for iTunes album download

U2 lead singer Bono apologized Wednesday to iTunes users who objected to receiving an automatic download of the Irish rock group’s latest album in September in conjunction with the launch of new Apple iPhones. The release of the band’s 11-track “Songs of Innocence” free ...

Oct 12, 2014

U2 go from rock legends to accused spammers

U2 and Apple planned the gesture for maximum publicity — a concert by the Irish mega-stars at the tech giant’s latest product launch, with the surprise that their new album had just been released for free to the world’s half-billion iTunes customers. As physical ...

Oct 8, 2014

Twitter sues FBI, DOJ to release NSA request info

Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. The social media company filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a California federal court to publish its full “transparency report,” which documents ...

Oct 7, 2014

New apps help users unplug from smartphones

Smartphone users feeling overwhelmed by the onslaught of communications and devices vying for their time can turn to new apps to help them take a break and concentrate on other things. More than 70 percent of consumers in the United States own a smartphone ...

South Korea rumor crackdown jolts social media users

Oct 5, 2014

South Korea rumor crackdown jolts social media users

South Korea’s president is cracking down on rumors in cyberspace in a campaign that threatens the popularity of Kakao Talk, the leading social media service in a country with ambitions to become a global technology leader. Prosecutors announced the crackdown two weeks ago after ...

Oct 5, 2014

It's good to talk: New app aims to spur voice renaissance

Two former Google employees are hoping an innovative new phone application will trigger a renaissance in an increasingly unfashionable method of human communication: talking. The brainchild of Google veterans Thomas Gayno and Jeff Baxter, Cord aims to usher smartphone users back toward the core ...

Oct 5, 2014

Social networks make push as shopping destinations

They’re not just for sharing any more: Facebook and Twitter are now looking to play a bigger role in shopping. Both social networks have unveiled plans to start using “buy” buttons on their sites, which could start having an impact on “social shopping” in ...

Facebook tightens reins on research at social network

Oct 3, 2014

Facebook tightens reins on research at social network

Facebook tightened the reins Thursday on its research methods in the wake of an outcry by members who felt manipulated by a secret study into how posts affect moods. The world’s biggest social network announced that a panel of senior personnel from a range ...

Oct 2, 2014

Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its “real names” policy, which prompted drag-queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond. The huge social network, facing a planned street protest in San Francisco this week, apologized ...

Oct 2, 2014

Twitter-funded lab to seek social media insights

A new Twitter-funded research project unveiled Wednesday, with access to every tweet ever sent, will look for patterns and insights from the billions of messages sent on social media. The MIT Media Lab said the new Laboratory for Social Machines would be funded by ...

Oct 1, 2014

California bans paparazzi drones

California on Tuesday approved a law that will prevent paparazzi from using drones to take photos of celebrities. Gov. Jerry Brown also signed into law a series of bills aimed at tightening protection of privacy, including one against “revenge porn,” in which people put ...

Sep 30, 2014

Australian police arrest man in counterterror raids

One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria. The 23-year-old man, whom police have not named, will be charged with intentionally making ...