China jails blogger in 'rumour' crackdown

2014-04-17 07:29

A Chinese court has jailed a blogger for three years, the first person to be sentenced in a government-led crackdown on so-called internet rumours.

New Facebook friends 'signal' cheating

2014-04-16 08:30

People who add new romantic interests to their Facebook "friends" list while in a romantic relationship tend to have a lower level of commitment to their current mate, a recent study finds.

US Airways red-faced after graphic image tweet

2014-04-15 09:21

US Airways has rushed out an apology after a graphic sexual image was tweeted from its official Twitter account in response to a disgruntled customer.

Cheaters rely on social networks

2014-04-11 14:37

Social networking tools have been closely correlated with infidelity with more than half of cheaters using social platforms to contact lovers, a dating site has found.

Turkey keeps YouTube ban despite court rulings

2014-04-10 13:00

Turkish authorities have defied court orders and reaffirmed a ban on YouTube imposed after the posting of illicit recordings of top secret security talks.

Facebook moves to bigger ads on website

2014-04-10 08:33

Facebook is switching to fewer but bigger ads on the right-hand column of the desktop PC version of its website because users respond more frequently to them.

Facebook hits 100 million India users

2014-04-09 11:15

Facebook has hit more than 100 million users in India, making it only the second country after the US to achieve the milestone.

Last lies you get to tell - Oscar's ex tweets

2014-04-08 21:42

Most online chats on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial have focused on a Twitter post by his former girlfriend, Samantha Taylor.

Is this the weirdest thing Dappy has ever done?

2014-04-08 17:30

Dappy has had a hashtag symbol tattooed on his face because he wants it to trend forever on Twitter.

Weibo IPO valued at $3.9bn

2014-04-07 13:00

China's Weibo says it expected its initial public offering of 20 million American depository shares to be priced at $17-$19 each, valuing the Twitter-like messaging service at about $3.9bn.

US secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

2014-04-03 19:03

The US govt masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" - a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned.

How to run or ruin a company in 140 characters

2014-04-02 18:30

When Nat Rothschild insulted his former investment partner on Twitter, he showed the power of social media for business leaders seeking publicity, but also the perils.

After Twitter ban, Turkey blocks YouTube

2014-03-27 20:15

Turkey has blocked YouTube, a week after it banned the social media website Twitter, provoking a backlash of condemnation by Western nations and freedom of speech activists.>

Facebook takes dive into virtual reality

2014-03-26 12:00

Facebook has announced a deal to buy a start-up behind virtual reality headgear that promises to let people truly dive into their friends' lives.

Report: Does the DA deliver?

2014-03-25 17:46

A report has been published which questions the pre-election claims being made on Twitter by the DA.

FF Plus launches 'Protect Public Protector' campaign

2014-03-24 20:42

The FF Plus has started a “Protect the Public Protector” social media campaign to ensure Thuli Madonsela’s safety and that she completes her term.

Swedish foreign minister: Twitter ban is stupid

2014-03-23 08:06

Sweden's foreign minister has taken to Twitter to tell Turkey its efforts to block access to the social media network were "stupid”.

Malema tops Twitter

2014-03-18 16:58

EFF leader Julius Malema has more Twitter followers than official opposition leader Helen Zille and Jacob Zuma, a study has found.

Zuckerberg frustrated with US spying

2014-03-14 07:29

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called US President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the US government's spying programme.

'Guilty' more associated with Oscar trial - survey

2014-03-12 22:23

People are likely to use the word “guilty” more than “innocent” in reference to the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, according to figures by media monitoring group Data Driven Insight.

Facebook HQ secured after threat

2014-03-12 10:35

Police have searched and secured the headquarters of social media giant Facebook after receiving a threat against the company.

Joburg rules Twitter in Africa

2014-03-12 08:20

The top tweeting cities in Africa have been revealed in a new study that seeks to analyse the behaviour of Twitter users.

Facebook threats in rugby attack case

2014-03-11 13:43

A State witness and a man accused of taking part in the fatal attack on a former Royal Marine at a Durban rugby match have been threatened while they were in court.

Black Twitter growing into online force

2014-03-10 08:34

Black Twitter is growing into force to be reckoned with as an increasing numbers of people use the social network for social activism.

Twitter vibes show love to Pope Francis

2014-03-07 13:05

Pope Francis is among admirers on Twitter where positive comments about him outweigh negative ones by a ratio of five to one.


Social media not a guaranteed vote winner

2014-04-16 09:36

As the national general elections draw closer, it remains unclear whether the effort political parties are putting into social media marketing will make a difference.

SA safe to express political anger on social media

2014-04-15 13:32

Social media in South Africa offers a way for the public to increase engagement with politicians, and the legal framework adds protection, a social media expert says.

Twitter executives head to Turkey for meeting

2014-04-13 19:24

Twitter executives will meet officials from Turkey's government, a company spokesperson has said, after the country vowed to pursue the site for alleged tax evasion.

US warns Facebook on WhatsApp privacy

2014-04-11 08:30

US regulators warned Facebook about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, which it is set to acquire.

Facebook pushes smartphone chats to Messenger

2014-04-10 10:35

Facebook has begun pushing smartphone chats between friends to a stand-alone Messenger application.

Tumblr urges users to change passwords due to bug

2014-04-09 21:40

Tumblr has urged its users to change their passwords after it emerged that a newly discovered bug has made data on major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers.

Twitter freshens up its user profile pages

2014-04-08 21:52

Twitter has unveiled a redesign of its user profile pages, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service.

Senator calls 'Cuba Twitter' a cockamamie idea

2014-04-08 20:22

A Twitter-like Cuban social media network that the US government built to stir unrest was a "cockamamie" idea doomed to discovery and failure, a key US senator has said.

Malema's online chat: 'We will win'

2014-04-07 16:06

EFF leader Julius Malema has described as a "waste of time" his support of President Jacob Zuma while he was still a member of the ruling party.

Twitter's Vine adds private messaging

2014-04-04 13:10

Twitter-owned Vine has said it was adding an option for private messages sent using the service's looping short videos.

Chinese actor's apology to wife after cheating rumours breaks web record

2014-04-02 19:00

A Chinese actor's apology to his actress wife following rumours of his infidelity has set a record for comments and retweets on China's version of Twitter.

YouTube sees money in gaming-video eyeballs

2014-04-01 21:15

To imagine how YouTube might one day become a money-spinner for content producers, consider the power of the irreverent video gamer and online star PewDiePie over his young, free-spending audience.

Twitter ramps up photo sharing

2014-03-27 10:27

Twitter has added Facebook-style photo "tagging" and bumped up the number of images that iPhone users can share in a single post.

UN calls on Turkey to stop blocking Twitter

2014-03-25 20:25

The UN has called on Turkey to stop blocking Twitter, saying Ankara could be breaching its international rights obligations by banning the social networking site.

Fake Oscar Facebook page soliciting money

2014-03-25 13:36

A fake Facebook page called "Oscar Pistorius Official" has been soliciting money from people.

Cellphones rocket Bhutan into Information Age

2014-03-24 08:32

The introduction of cellphones and internet technology has revolutionised Bhutan as the country, that only got its first TV sets in 1999, races toward an internet-linked population.

US first lady stresses freedom of speech in China

2014-03-22 17:01

US First Lady Michelle Obama has told students in the Chinese capital that freedom of speech and religion and access to information should be universal rights.

Durban splurges R500k on Facebook deal

2014-03-16 14:56

The eThekwini Municipality has come under fire after it splurged R500 000 on a social media campaign to promote Durban, a report says.

WeChat expands to Macs, SA gaming

2014-03-13 13:03

Instant messaging application WeChat is making moves to establish itself as an alternate destination with a range of features and launches designed to attract users in new markets.

Loyiso Gola trashes Vodacom in Twitter tirade

2014-03-12 11:01

Comedian and TV host Loyiso Gola has lashed out at Vodacom in a Twitter tirade.

Loyiso Gola trashes Vodacom in Twitter tirade

2014-03-12 10:23

Comedian and TV host Loyiso Gola has lashed out in a Twitter tirade and trashed the South African cellular operator Vodacom for what he sees as terrible service.

Oscar trial bigger than World Cup

2014-03-11 18:09

Oscar Pistorius's murder trial is bigger than the Fifa World Cup, according to figures by media monitoring group Data Driven Insight.

Social media not a news saviour

2014-03-10 13:02

News organisations get the most engaged readers by working on their own to build brand loyalty, not through referrals from social media or search engines, a study has showed.

Outcry after US man tattoos dog

2014-03-07 10:34

A US tattoo artist is making world headlines for tattooing his dog according to an Instagram posting, while the animal was under anaesthesia following a medical procedure.

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