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Twitter Fights Trolling

Twitter Fights Trolling

How many of you have seen The Jimmy Kimmel Show segment Mean Tweets? I admit, some of it is pretty funny. But for some of us, mean tweets can be degrading and even life threatening. Twitter is making it easier to report abusive posts. Due to it's new rule, Twitter will let you report up to five abusive posts. When they're are more abusive posts, it will give to Twitter a better chance to take action and what action to [...]

Twitter and the Olympics

Twitter and the Olympics

Are you ready for the Olympics this year? Well, the host city doesn't seem to be ready either. But Twitter is doing it's part to celebrate and promote the once in every four year occasion. The Olympic torch has opened up a twitter account. This isn't a joke: someone really did open a twitter account just to celebrate the running of the torch. It's under the username @OlympicFlame. The torch sends out tweets about it's journey and will continue to [...]

What Does That Emoji Say

What Does That Emoji Say?

Let's talk about the emoji. They're everywhere: Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, all other social media. You may think you're sending a smiling, loving, or funny emoji. But some studies are saying that emoji could be easily misinterpreted. A study was done at a GroupLens lab through the University of Minnesota. They observed the Emoji 'Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes'. This one differs, depending what app and what device you use. The version of this particular emoji on Samsung Galaxy looks [...]

Eventbrite, Ticketmaster and Facebook

Eventbrite, Ticketmaster and Facebook

Yesterday, I talked about this new app Mark Zuckerberg was building for Facebook. Now, within a 24-hour period, Facebook has made deals with two major ticket brokers. Both Ticketmaster and Evenbrite will be selling concerts through Facebook in the coming weeks. Ticketmaster will start selling tickets through Facebook later this month. Plus, Facebook will get a fee whenever their tickets are sold through them. An Evenbrite spokesperson said they will offer Facebook no such fee; we don't even know how [...]

Facebook Wants You To Share More

Facebook Wants You To Share More

Facebook is in a dilemma. People aren't sharing enough to their liking. During a live demonstration, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated changes to their live streaming app. There's the revamped interface for Facebook posting. In the demonstration a 'What's in your mind' box. This box is always open for posts. When the post is finished, you're given the option of writing a note, putting up a photo, or making a video. This design isn't available to the public...not yet. Facebook [...]

The Yahoo Books

The Yahoo Books

A few days ago, the world was made aware of the Panama Papers. The documents expose people creating huge tax havens. Now there are documents out there called the Yahoo Books. They expose Yahoo's dire economic situation. This book is given to potential buyers to help them make a bid. I've reported before that Yahoo, one of the Internet's first companies, was in a downward spiral. This book shows just how bad things are. According to this book, Yahoo's revenue [...]

North Korea Is At It Again

North Korea Is At It Again

North Korea is at it again. Dictator Kim Jong Un is using technology to further isolate and oppress his own people. He's using it to threaten and intimidate the rest of the world. First off, North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, announced it's total blockage of Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and all South Korean websites. They're also banning gambling and hard core pornography sites. For most North Koreans, they already have little or no online access. But visitors enjoyed basic, but heavily [...]

Twitter Wins NFL Rights

Twitter Wins NFL Rights

Okay, why am I blogging about NFL football in April? The Super Bowl was two months ago. The regular season is five months away. But Twitter has gotten involved with the NFL in a major way. Twitter won the rights to show NFL football games live on their social media site. They beat out tech heavyweights Yahoo, Verizon, and Amazon. Starting this upcoming season, Twitter will stream 10 Thursday night football games for free. Twitter stockholders have already responded. Their [...]

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Will Yahoo Be Bought?

The 2010s should be known as the decade of mergers. American Airlines bought out USAir. Dell bought out EMC. Disney even got Star Wars (George Lucas, shame on you for selling out like that!)! Will Yahoo be bought? Several sources say Microsoft leaders and private equity firms are meeting to possibly acquire Yahoo. There has been talk of Yahoo being bought out. But there's even more talk of Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer putting up a fight to keep the company [...]

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Does Tay Reveal What’s In Our Hearts?

Some time ago, Microsoft introduced us to a virtual robot named Tay. Tay was supposed to appeal to teens and young adults by speaking their language and culture. Her Twitter account is @Tayandyou, and she's supposed to get smarter with every tweet. But Tay is learning and spewing, racism, hatred and conspiracy theories as well. In some well publicized tweets, Tay referred to President Obama as 'a monkey'. Tay also tweeted former President George W Bush was responsible for 9/11. [...]

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