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  • Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan applied to Turkey's constitutional court on Friday to challenge the alleged violation of his and his family's rights by social media, broadcaster CNN Turk and other media said. His government blocked Twitter and YouTube in March, drawing international condemnation, …

  • White House updating online privacy policy Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
    This Screen grab from the website WhiteHouse.gov taken Friday April 18, 2014 shows the screen explaining a new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explaining how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. (AP Photo/WhiteHouse.gov)

    A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

  • Weibo Corporation Chairman Charles Chao speaks during a visit to the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in celebration of Weibo's initial public offering (IPO) on The NASDAQ Stock Market in New York

    By Gerry Shih and Yimou Lee SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: …

  • Facebook is rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them
    Facebook rolls out 'nearby friends' feature AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Facebook on Thursday began rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them. The optional "nearby friends" … More »Facebook rolls out 'nearby friends' feature

    Facebook is rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them

    Facebook on Thursday began rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them. The optional "nearby friends" feature "helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go," said product manager Andrea Vaccari in a blog announcement. "If you turn on Nearby …

  • Protesters hold placards reading, "Do not touch my Twitter", "Communication right is a basic human right" and "Cencorship to Internet! A dream comes true" during a demonstration against the Turkish government in Ankara on March 22, 2014
    Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Turkey's government said on Thursday it still hopes Twitter will open an office in the country, a day after the social networking site ruled out any such move. More »Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office

    Protesters hold placards reading, "Do not touch my Twitter", "Communication right is a basic human right" and "Cencorship to Internet! A dream comes true" during a demonstration against the Turkish government in Ankara on March 22, 2014

    Turkey's government said on Thursday it still hopes Twitter will open an office in the country, a day after the social networking site ruled out any such move.

  • A pedestrian walks by the Zynga headquarters on July 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California
    Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game AFP News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Social games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players. … More »Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game

    A pedestrian walks by the Zynga headquarters on July 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California

    Social games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players. The San Francisco-based game maker set on its heels by a shift away from desktop computers is out to regain momentum with the mobile-format "Farmville 2: …

  • A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura
    Twitter broadens advertising reach through app-install ads Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc took a significant step Thursday towards broaden its advertising business by offering mobile ads urging people to … More »Twitter broadens advertising reach through app-install ads

    A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura

    By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc took a significant step Thursday towards broaden its advertising business by offering mobile ads urging people to install apps on its social network as well as through MoPub, the mobile-advertising network it acquired last year. As the mobile app economy grows, app developers …

  • The Canada Revenue Agency website is seen on a computer screen displaying information about an internet security vulnerability called the "Heartbleed Bug" in Toronto
    Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from a government website, the … More »Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

    The Canada Revenue Agency website is seen on a computer screen displaying information about an internet security vulnerability called the "Heartbleed Bug" in Toronto

    Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from a government website, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Wednesday. In what appeared to be the first report of an attack using a flaw in software known as OpenSSL, …

  • Mascots dressed as characters from the mobile video game "Candy Crush Saga" pose outside the New York Stock Exchange
    Tencent launches Candy Crush game in China Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd will launch a Chinese version of King Digital Entertainment Plc's explosively popular "Candy Crush Saga" game in China, as the … More »Tencent launches Candy Crush game in China

    Mascots dressed as characters from the mobile video game "Candy Crush Saga" pose outside the New York Stock Exchange

    Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd will launch a Chinese version of King Digital Entertainment Plc's explosively popular "Candy Crush Saga" game in China, as the UK-based mobile games maker looks to woo new users to support flagging sales in the United States and Europe. The web-based game, which involves lining up …

  • File photo of an employee walking past a logo of Alibaba Group at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou
    Alibaba's growth accelerates, U.S. IPO filing expected next week Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's revenue growth accelerated in the last quarter of 2013, a timely lift for the Chinese Internet company … More »Alibaba's growth accelerates, U.S. IPO filing expected next week

    File photo of an employee walking past a logo of Alibaba Group at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou

    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's revenue growth accelerated in the last quarter of 2013, a timely lift for the Chinese Internet company as it prepares to file a prospectus next week for its highly anticipated initial public offering. Alibaba is expected to file prospectus for the share …

  • Weibo posts net loss one day before IPO, user engagement casts a shadow
    Weibo posts net loss one day before IPO, user engagement casts a shado … Tech in Asia - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Weibo yesterday made a final amendment to its prospectus, showing the social network's financial performance during the first quarter of this year. More »Weibo posts net loss one day before IPO, user engagement casts a shado …

    Weibo posts net loss one day before IPO, user engagement casts a shadow

    Weibo yesterday made a final amendment to its prospectus, showing the social network's financial performance during the first quarter of this year.

  • A picture representing a mugshot of the twitter bird is seen on a smart phone with a Turkish flag in Istanbul on March 26, 2014
    Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row AFP News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Social networking company Twitter on Wednesday rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week … More »Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row

    A picture representing a mugshot of the twitter bird is seen on a smart phone with a Turkish flag in Istanbul on March 26, 2014

    Social networking company Twitter on Wednesday rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week ban on the service. Speaking after two days of closed-door talks with Turkish officials, Colin Crowell, Twitter's head of global public policy, told AFP: …

  • A Twitter logo made from Californian license plates is shown at the company's headquarters in San Francisco
    Twitter buys social data provider Gnip, stock soars Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it bought social data provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount, signaling that it would take on a new role of packaging and selling data, a … More »Twitter buys social data provider Gnip, stock soars

    A Twitter logo made from Californian license plates is shown at the company's headquarters in San Francisco

    Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it bought social data provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount, signaling that it would take on a new role of packaging and selling data, a service in demand by business and government. The social media company said separately that it hired a Google executive to lead its consumer product development, …

  • Photo illustration of Twitter logo on an iPad display next to a Turkish flag
    Social media firms operating in Turkey must open office - minister Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Social media firms operating in Turkey must open representative offices in the country, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Tuesday after Ankara … More »Social media firms operating in Turkey must open office - minister

    Photo illustration of Twitter logo on an iPad display next to a Turkish flag

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Social media firms operating in Turkey must open representative offices in the country, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Tuesday after Ankara held talks with Twitter aimed at resolving a dispute which led to a two-week ban on the site. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government blocked Twitter …

  • The Canada Revenue Agency website is seen on a computer screen displaying information about an internet security vulnerability called the "Heartbleed Bug" in Toronto
    'Heartbleed' blamed in attack on Canada tax agency, more expec … Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Jim Finkle and Louise Egan BOSTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's tax-collection agency said on Monday that the private information of about 900 people had been compromised … More »'Heartbleed' blamed in attack on Canada tax agency, more expec …

    The Canada Revenue Agency website is seen on a computer screen displaying information about an internet security vulnerability called the "Heartbleed Bug" in Toronto

    By Jim Finkle and Louise Egan BOSTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's tax-collection agency said on Monday that the private information of about 900 people had been compromised as hackers exploited the "Heartbleed" bug, and security experts warned that more attacks will likely follow. The breach allowed hackers to extract …

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