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Apparently Twitter's security was breached which resulted in the compromise of 55,000 accounts. The credentials to these accounts were subsequently posted online. Twitter has now said that they are launching an investigation into the matter of how these accounts were compromised. Luckily, it seems as though most of these accounts were banned spammer accounts.
Twitter posted on their official communications account, TwitterComms, that "We're looking into the situation and have pushed out password resets to potentially affected accounts." They also confirm that many of the accounts were spammer accounts or duplicates. "The list of alleged accounts & passwords consists of more than 20,000 duplicates. Also suspended spam accounts & incorrect login credentials."
Still, compiling a list of accounts that big most likely wasn't done through brute force, as that would take some time. Of course hackers affiliated with Anonymous are attempting to take credit. When don't they? It would be an odd move considering how much the group uses the micro-blogging service. The accounts were released in 5 Pastebin posts and Twitter has said that many of the usernames and passwords weren't linked together, meaning incorrect combinations.
It will be interesting to see the results of the investigation. Like I stated before, it is unlikely that this was a simple brute-force attack.
Just last week, a British school principal threatened to turn parents of underage Facebook users into Child Protective Services. In yet another story of people in a position of power abusing Facebook, a Missouri high school principal has resigned after being accused of creating a fake Facebook profile and adding her students.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch claims that a former school quarterback is the one who publicly accused Losos of being behind the profile Suzy Harriston. "Whoever is friends with Suzy Harriston on Facebook needs to drop them. It is the Clayton Principal," Chase Haslett reportedly stated.
While not outright confirming that this is the reason that Ms. Losos has left the post of principal, the district has issued a statement saying they and Losos "had a fundamental dispute concerning the appropriate use of social media." Adding more evidence to the claim, the Post-Dispatch says there is no one in the state of Missouri with the name of the alleged fake Facebook profile.
It's not clear what she would have hoped to gain by doing this, or what she would say if she had caught someone doing something they shouldn't. KDSK TV interviewed students who had received requests from "Suzy": "A group of penguins trying to add me and I denied the friend request," said Jonah Lindblad, a Clayton High junior. "Suzy"'s Facebook profile picture was indeed a group of penguins.
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-New column types like retweets and favorites
-Inline image previews
-Readability for better web browsing and "save for later" support
Google unveiled Hangouts on Air last year, but it was limited to just a handful of broadcasters, which allowed them to go live with friends or fans, for the entire world to see. These users have loved it, and have made the once small community grow into its own entity.
Today, Google have launched Hangouts on Air to Google+ users worldwide. This means that anyone can jump on, and go live in front of a global audience. Here's what you're abel to do:
- Broadcast publicly. By checking "Enable Hangouts On Air," you can broadcast your live hangout-from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website-to the entire world.
- See how many viewers you've got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
- Record and re-share. Once you're off the air, we'll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it's easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it's over.
Launching millions of live stations can't be done overnight, so Google are rolling out Hangouts on Air over the coming weeks.
I was sitting around a bonfire at my brothers house last week when my mate Daniel turns to me, laughing, and tells me to check out this new app on his iPhone called 'Viddy'. He said it was the Instagram of video. After showing me Snoop Dogg driving his car and just looking at the road, and various other videos - I could see it had the potential of being an acquisition target by Facebook, or similar.
Now Facebook founder himself, Mark Zuckerberg, has joined the ranks of thousands by signing up for the video sharing mobile app, Viddy. Zuckerberg posted up his first video under the nickname 'Zuck', which featured his dog, Beast, playing around in his house. Zuck's first video received more than 1,200 likes from other users, but this number should expand exponentially should Zuck share it on his Facebook page which sports 13 million subscribers.
A photo of his dog received more than 250,000 likes, with Viddy benefitting big time from such huge exposure. Viddy has also just hit 15 million users, but the celebrities joining the Viddy game are growing by the day. Viddy has just recently had a new injection of funding from rockstar investors such as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Skull Candy's Jeff Kearl, Jay-Z, and more.
Ah, yes. Anonymous, the group that does these hackings in order to benefit the greater good. Social activism, justice. Well, a small group of coders from the larger hacktivist organization are coming together to program a new social music service that will collect music from around the web and allow it to be organized into playlists and share...anonymously.
That's right, a small group of coders from Anonymous are planning on creating a social music service, called Anontune, which will pull together music from various sources such as YouTube and SoundCloud and aggregate them so that they can be put into playlists and shared anonymously. Anonymous will not be hosting any of the music.
The whole project hinges on running a java applet which will provide the anonymity as well as the functions of the project. With running an applet from a group such as Anonymous comes some risk, so you do so at your own risk (read: I am not encouraging this behavior, nor do I or TweakTown necessarily approve of this behavior).
According to reports, the service is only 20% complete, so it still has awhile before its debut. The creators hope that the new service will change the way people engage with music. Think of it as an anonymous version of Spotify. The video above is the announcement from Anonymous. I love Anonymous for their entertainment value.
I thought it was ridiculous when I saw an 8 year old with a cell phone last week, but apparently it's worse than I thought. A new study suggests that he was using Facebook on his phone as well, even though Facebook requires users to be 13 years of age or older. With all of the money and the technical prowess that Facebook has, shouldn't they be able to find an under-aged user?
Apparently not, or at least according to a new study released by Minor Monitor. I would like to point out the self interest that the company might have in a study like this. The study says that 38% of the kids on Facebook are under 13, with an incredible 4% being under SIX. I'll remind you we're talking about physical age--if it were mental age, I'm sure the number would be much higher.
It's incredible to think that parents either allow their kids on Facebook or don't know that they're on there. Three-quarters of parents surveyed in this study admitted to worrying about their children's safety on Facebook, but it doesn't appear to have caused them to prevent their children from using Facebook.
The most feared issue of Facebook is, obviously, Sexual Predators. It wins by a large margin against "Sharing too much info." 17% of parents, according to the survey, do not do any type of monitoring of the kid's activities on the site. 51% log-in using a username and password, which I believe is technically against Facebook's Terms of Service. See the full post for an info-graphic.
Google have just flicked the switch on various changes to their social networking site, Google+. Google+ has received a total overhaul, including layout, navigation and feature changes. There's now a new navigation ribbon on the left side of Google+ which includes draggable icons for your profile, photos, hangouts and other Google+ apps.
Google are also pushing the sharing of large photos and videos, from anywhere on Google be it YouTube, search, and more. Google also decided to give Google+ a new Hangouts page, meaning you don't have to set them up specifically or bump them into your stream.
Also included is a Twitter-like trending box in the upper right corner of your homescreen, this ties in with the full-network-trending Explore page. This new fresh dab of paint could give Google+ another injection of users, but I'm guessing it will just keep the same users interested longer, as Google continue to hand-mould their social networking site into something wonderful, and more useful. I really need to use Hangouts more, we should do a TweakTown hangout one time soon!
Google saw 61 million visits to their social networking site Google+, which is a 27-percent month-over-month increase from February to March. The results come from Experian Hitwise, where they provided chart (pictured below) showing the growth Google+ has enjoyed since June 2011.
This data comes after Google CEO Larry Page claimed in a state-of-Google blog post that Google now has 100 million active users, this is 10 million more than the figure he shared with analysts in January. But, what defines the word "active", to Google?
According to some comScore data, users spent just 3.3 minutes on Google+, compared to 7.5 hours on Facebook. Quite the difference. Google asserted that 50 million users access "Google+-enhanced" products daily, and that 100 million do so once per month. Google+-enhanced includes YouTube, Google Play and google.com.
It's not every day that you get a trophy, so when you get one, you usually want it to be cool and interesting to display, right? Well, Twitter's Employee of the Month trophy is just that: cool and hilarious to display. The trophy in question was given to Charles Magnuson who is the 'Support Triage Captain' at Twitter.
At the top of the trophy, the hind quarters of what appears to be a donkey stand proud. A little further down the trophy, the words "You Kick Ass!" are engraved, which furthers the belief that it is a donkey on top. Magnuson notes that he was given the award after his name was drawn out of a hat. I can't say this enough...Coolest Trophy EVER!