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Tue
15
Sep
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Google Groups Trojan Reveals Latest Trend in Malware

In an ongoing effort to evade malware detection, hackers have started to hide their 'command and control' instructions in legitimate sites like Twitter and Google Groups -- and with limited fear of being discovered. Recent Google Groups Trojan News ... of a recent attack broke after security specialists at Symantec followed a Trojan horse programmed to visit a private "Google Groups" newsgroup called escape2sun. After visiting the page, PCs were instructed to download encrypted instructions and software updates for malware. Experts call these 'command and control' instructions and are used to ... (view more)

Mon
15
Jun
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Google Plans Twitter Search; Spam Likely to Ensue

Google is working on a way to search microblogging sites such as Twitter. But the news has led some experts to warn that such real-time searching might lead to a major flood of spam. Twitter already has its own service allowing people to search any ... term mentioned by any user. However, while these people get almost instant updates of posts from other users, messages don't appear in search results until around 20 minutes after their original posting. Google, which updates in seconds rather than minutes, sees this as a market gap. The independent site Google Operation System notes a line in some ... (view more)

Tue
09
Jun
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Twitter Wages War On Fake Celebs

Micro-blogging site Twitter is working on a scheme to verify that "celebrities" posting on the site are the real deal. But it says it will not be settling out of court in a legal action brought by St Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. Starting ... this summer, the site will work on a beta (test) program to allow public figures to verify their identity. Once they have done so, their account will be labeled with a special logo to show it is indeed run by the claimed personality. Potential Charges for Account Verification At first the scheme will be open to celebrities, sporting stars, ... (view more)

Fri
08
May
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Report Suggests Apple Planning Twitter Takeover

According to popular blog TechCrunch, Apple is in the process of finalizing a sales pitch for Twitter that would see them acquire the microblogging platform for an estimated $700 million. The report comes off the heels of a different rumor ... suggesting that Apple is also in the process of securing the popular computer-game maker Electronic Arts. Rising Popularity to Explain Apple's Interest Oprah and Ashton Kutcher are not the only ones using Twitter. The social networking haven has attracted new users by the hundreds each day since its inception back in 2006. While Apple declined to comment on ... (view more)

Tue
21
Apr
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Twitter Survives Oprah Invasion

It's estimated that publicity on the Oprah Winfrey show may have brought more than a million new users to Twitter. The site's sometimes-shaky servers survived the invasion, though some feel its 'trendy' and 'cool' status took a hit from a show ... associated with middle-aged ladies. Winfrey joined the micro-blogging site last Friday and posted her first message (known as a tweet) during the show. It capped a week of celebrity-led publicity about the site as Ashton Kutcher beat CNN in the race to be the first users on Twitter with more than one million followers. There's no way of telling exactly ... (view more)

Tue
14
Apr
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Teen Creates Twitter Worm 'Out of Boredom'

While many people were expecting the arrival of Easter Bunny greeting e-cards over the weekend, an unwelcome "Twitter bug" hopped onto many systems, too. According to reports, the worm was still mutating and affecting countless user profiles well ... into Monday. Initial reports of the "Mickeyy" worm began on Saturday morning at around 2 a.m., as users were hit with a barrage of questionable messages. As is becoming the norm for most malware attacks (ie. Koobface ), users were enticed to click onto an infected page posted by another user. The clicks then set off a chain reaction that posted ... (view more)

Thu
12
Mar
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Microsoft PR Firm 'Twendz' to Track Twitter Tweets

On Wednesday, Microsoft PR firm Waggener Edstrom proved that their biggest client isn't the only source of new software, releasing their own beta version of a Twitter trend analysis tool. Aptly named "Twendz," the tool analyzes tweets about any ... specified topic and indicates whether Twitter users are commenting positively or negatively. It's no secret that Microsoft insiders are tweeting on Twitter, and that the status feed is gaining notoriety as a source of information and "leaks" such as the plans for the updated MS Live Search . Twendz, Tweets, and 'Tag-Clouds' Waggener Edstrom (WaggEd) is ... (view more)

Tue
03
Mar
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Microsoft Live Search Update Plans Leaked

According to reports, Microsoft is getting ready to release a re-branded version of its "Live Search" in an attempt to become a major player in the search engine game. Since Microsoft recently attempted to join forces with Yahoo , it's not ... surprising that they are looking for new and improved ways to increase their status as a go-to company for online searching. What will come to The Market and When? Messages from Microsoft insiders that were observed on Twitter this week indicate that a pre-beta test version of the "new Live" already exists, and that users can expect some form of ... (view more)

Mon
02
Mar
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Facebook Nearly Added Twitter To Friends List

It seems the world's most popular social networking site was just moments away from acquiring another -- and few of us ever knew about it. A Facebook executive has revealed that a planned takeover of Twitter only fell apart because of a disagreement ... over stock valuations. Despite the rather miserable economy, Facebook is still looking to buy out other firms and says it could make a billion dollars a year from advertising. Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist who put up some of the money behind Facebook, discussed the deal in a Business Week interview. (Thiel was discussing the business aspects ... (view more)

Fri
26
Dec
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Letters to Santa become Tweetmas Blogs

To most adults, the thought of sitting down with a pad of paper and penning a message to the North Pole is a bit childish. However, a number of social networking sites are now offering holiday-themed applications that allow "bigger kids" to record ... their hopes, dreams and desires this season. The application for Twitter is known as Tweetmas. For those still unfamiliar with Twitter, it is basically a free social networking online destination that allows users to send and read the updates of others. The site allows posts of up to 140 characters in length. Tweetmas was developed by London-based ... (view more)

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