Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’


Twitter lashes out at Google search changes

January 16, 2012

Google launched a social network in June, dubbed Google+, that offers many of the capabilities available on Twitter and on Facebook.

With Tuesday’s changes to Google’s search engine, photos and posts from Google+ will increasingly appear within the search results.

The changes effectively create customized search results for people who are logged in to Google. A person who searches for the term “Hawaii,” for example, might find private photos that their friends have shared on Google+ as well as public information about the islands.

Twitter’s general counsel, Alex Macgillivray, a former Google attorney, said in a Tweet on Tuesday that Google’s changes “warped” Web searches and represented a “bad day for the Internet.”

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Twitter Adds Team Who Created Privacy Tools for Activists

November 30, 2011

Twitter on Monday announced the acquisition of a two-person startup called Whisper Systems, whose technology protected people’s mobile-phone calls and text messages from being obtained by third parties such as governments.

The deal terms weren’t disclosed. The acquisition led to speculation about what Twitter, an online-messaging service, might do with Whisper Systems founders Moxie Marlinspike and Stuart Anderson–who are well-known in computer security circles–and the technology they built exclusively for devices running on Google’s Android software.

Whisper Systems created a suite of services for human-rights activists or other privacy-conscious individuals, which were used by activists during the recent “Arab spring” actions. In a blog post, Marlinspike and Anderson said the services they created will “live on” though they had to temporarily shut them down.

Twitter acknowledged in a statement that Marlinspike and Anderson will join the company, without providing details. “As part of our fast-growing engineering team, they will be bringing their technology and security expertise to Twitter’s products and services,” the company said.

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India wants special monitoring access for Twitter, Facebook

August 8, 2011

India’s communications ministry has been asked by the home ministry to monitor social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook amid fears that the services are being used by terrorists to plan attacks.

The request suggests that the Indian government is trying to broaden the scope of its online surveillance for national security.

Telecommunications service providers in India provide facilities for lawful interception and monitoring of communications on their network, including communications from social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, in accordance with their license agreements, Milind Deora, the minister of state for communications and IT, told Parliament, according to the country’s Press Information Bureau.

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This is What a Tweet Looks Like

April 11, 2011

Think a tweet is just 140 characters of text? Think again. To developers building tools on top of the Twitter platform, they know tweets contain far more information than just whatever brief, passing thought you felt the urge to share with your friends via the microblogging network. A tweet is filled with metadata – information about when it was sent, by who, using what Twitter application and so on.

Now, thanks to Raffi Krikorian, a developer on Twitter’s API/Platform team, you can see what a tweet looks like, in all its data-rich detail.


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Privacy body eyes online fake profiles

October 8, 2010

Authorities are investigating whether New Zealand should follow California’s lead and make it a criminal offence to impersonate others including politicians on the internet, notably via Twitter and Facebook.

California has passed legislation making it a crime to “harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud” through the internet or other electronic means. The offence carries a fine of up to US$1000 ($1350), a year in jail or both.

“Our identity is one of the most personal things we have, and when someone misuses that it seems there ought to be some sort of deterrence,” the law’s author, State Senator Joe Simitian, told BBC News.

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SEO and legal experts point to Google Analytics privacy issues

June 28, 2010

SEO and privacy experts have raised questions about a feature in Google’s Analytics Dashboard that allows website operators to find information on individuals who have linked to their site through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The Google Analytics tool, highlighted by SEO expert and SmartCompany blogger Chris Thomas in his blog today, allows websites to track who has linked back to their site. While most of these links come from blogs and websites, a significant number now come from Facebook profiles where users have shared a link with their friends.

As a result, not only can websites identify the Facebook and Twitter profile names who have visited their site, they can identify the specific pages those users have linked. Additionally, websites can then potentially visit these Facebook or Twitter profiles and gather further information, including potentially personal details.

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