Citizen journalism given a boost

Mar 29, 2015

Citizen journalism given a boost

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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, ...

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

Mar 27, 2015

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government’s efforts to keep its people isolated, a symbol of change in one of the world’s most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of ...

Mar 19, 2015

Singapore probes hoax on Lee Kuan Yew's death

The Singapore government Wednesday quashed rumors that ailing former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had died and asked police to investigate a “doctored” statement on his passing. The 91-year-old Asian statesman is in critical condition at a government hospital six weeks after being confined ...

Mar 17, 2015

Thai women warned against taking 'underboob selfies'

Thailand’s military government warned women on Monday against posting “selfie” photos of the lower half of their breasts — a social media trend that has gone viral — saying their actions could violate the country’s computer crime laws. Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crimes Act bans ...

Mar 11, 2015

Islamic State alternative to Facebook already offline

Facing a ban from mainstream online social networks Facebook and Twitter, supporters of the Islamic State appear to have launched their own “caliphate book.” But 5elafabook.com was offline on Monday just a day after its launch and its Twitter account was suspended, highlighting the ...

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

Mar 6, 2015

Man finds girl of his dreams in the mirror

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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 ...

Mar 3, 2015

Iran's Guard monitored 8 million Facebook users: report

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has heavily monitored the Facebook activities of Iranian members of the social network, state news agency IRNA has said. A report published by the government-run news agency on Monday quoted the Guard’s cyber security division as saying it had tracked ...