Aug 22, 2014

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's executioner

The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States ...

News aggregator BuzzFeed to expand into Japan

Aug 12, 2014

News aggregator BuzzFeed to expand into Japan

U.S. startup media company BuzzFeed Inc. says it will launch its service in Japan by the end of the year. Founded in 2006, the online news aggregator attracts more than 150 million visitors worldwide to its website a month. As its contents are shared ...

Aug 8, 2014

Richard Nixon's back! (At least on Twitter)

If you believe the media reports, Richard Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his native Yorba Linda, California, silent as the country marks the 40th anniversary of his resignation. But the many obsessives ...

Aug 1, 2014

U.S. government requests for Twitter info climb; Tokyo distant second

Twitter on Thursday released a new transparency report showing a steady rise in government requests for information from the globally popular one-to-many messaging service. The number of requests for information from governments climbed 46 percent from the second half of last year to 2,058, ...

Jul 23, 2014

British experts to analyze MH17 black boxes

Black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators, Britain’s prime minister said Tuesday. British experts at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch will retrieve data from the flight recorders for analysis, following a request ...

Jul 17, 2014

Local Tokyo politician quits after tweeting 'Drop dead!'

A member of the Nakano Ward Assembly in Tokyo has quit after writing “Drop dead!” during an angry exchange on Twitter, the latest in a series of recent gaffes by local politicians. Hiromi Kaneko, 51, a Japanese Communist Party member of the ward assembly, ...

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 ...

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 ...