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Loads of Kids Now Tweeting Fake Bomb Threats to Airline

And other airline-related Twitter woes

(Newser) - Thanks to the 14-year-old Dutch girl arrested after tweeting a fake terrorism threat to American Airlines, fake Twitter threats are apparently now a thing. The Washington Post reports that dozens more teens (well, they're assumed to be teens, and many have usernames like "@ddlovatosteddy" and "@MileyFawLife")... More »

Girl, 14, Arrested After Terrorism Joke on Twitter

Pro tip: Not a good idea to send a fake threat to an airline

(Newser) - A 14-year-old Dutch girl found out the hard way that it's not a good idea to tweet a "joke" about terrorism ... when she got arrested after doing so. The teen, who went by " QueenDemetriax_ " on Twitter and is apparently named Sarah, tweeted to American Airlines yesterday:... More »

Guess What the New Twitter Redesign Looks Like?

If you said 'Facebook,' you win

(Newser) - Starting today, Twitter is rolling out a redesigned profile that will eventually hit all users—and basically every report on the redesign is noting the similarity between the new profile pages and Facebook's profile pages. Among the changes: There's now a full header photo (think Facebook's cover... More »

Colbert Spends Entire Report Firing Back at Tweet Uproar

He won't cancel his show, but he did delete the @ColbertReport Twitter account

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert certainly took the #CancelColbert controversy seriously: He devoted last night's entire Colbert Report to discussing it. "To recap: A web editor I've never met posts a tweet in my name on an account I don't control, outrages a hashtag activist, and the news media... More »

Outrage After Colbert Report 'Ching-Chong' Tweet

Many are calling to #CancelColbert

(Newser) - An ill-advised tweet sent from the official Colbert Report account yesterday has many people clamoring to #CancelColbert, USA Today reports. It all started on Wednesday's show , when host Stephen Colbert made fun of the owner of the controversially-named Washington Redskins for starting a charity called "Washington Redskins Original... More »

Turkey Blocks Twitter, Threatens to 'Eradicate' It

'Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,' says PM

(Newser) - In Turkish Prime Minister's Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest feud with social media, Twitter access has been blocked and he has threatened to entirely wipe out the service. "We now have a court order. We'll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone... More »

100 Retweets, 'and I'll Shoot Someone'

Los Angeles man arrested after threat on Twitter

(Newser) - A really bad joke (we hope) on Twitter has landed a Los Angeles man in jail. Police arrested 20-year-old Dakkari McAnuff on suspicion of making criminal threats after he allegedly promised to shoot a random stranger in exchange for 100 retweets. Police say McAnuff posted multiple photos on Twitter showing... More »

Students Busted Over Dog in Keg Stand Pic

Animal held upside down in Twitter image

(Newser) - A Twitter photo of a dog held upside-down over a beer keg has a pair of college students in Western New York facing animal cruelty charges. The young Labrador retriever, Mya, was apparently being forced to drink, officials say (though another Twitter user says the dog didn't actually have... More »

Twitter Hauls Log Cabins From Montana to SF Office

Employees will soon be able to dine inside them

(Newser) - The tech world is lousy with impressive employee perks , but this is certainly a unique entry in the category: Twitter employees will soon be able to eat lunch in one of two century-old Montana log cabins. As the San Francisco Chronicle explains, the cabins were taken apart and shipped this... More »

Baldwin Still Tweeting Away After Exiting 'Public Life'

So ... it's not clear how exactly he defines 'public life'

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin recently made a very dramatic exit from "public life," yet, Salon points out, he's still tweeting . Since yesterday, when the New York issue that contained Baldwin's column hit newsstands, he's tweeted out support of Piers Morgan , a photo of his wife with Seth... More »

Lie Detector for Tweets? Researchers Working on It

'Pheme' aims to weed out deception online

(Newser) - European researchers say they're developing a system that can sniff out lies on Twitter, Facebook, and all manner of social media, reports the BBC . The goal of Pheme is to keep false rumors from gaining traction, and researchers say they can do so by analyzing where the tweets and... More »

Drake Apologizes for Hoffman Tweets

He clarifies his anger with 'Rolling Stone'

(Newser) - Drake has apologized for yesterday's ill-advised tweets about Rolling Stone and Philip Seymour Hoffman, kinda. On his Twitter page, the rapper had lashed out because the magazine replaced his cover image ... with one of Hoffman , after the actor's unexpected death. Drake first slammed the magazine for allegedly misquoting... More »

Twitter Sued Over @JamesDean

James Dean Inc. wants account transferred away from anonymous owner

(Newser) - James Dean Inc. has a problem with @JamesDean . The Twitter account bearing the late actor's name has been used by an anonymous James Dean fan since 2009, and now James Dean Inc., which represents the actor's heirs, wants the Twitter handle. It's suing Twitter, the owner of... More »

Twitter Stock Tanks After First Earnings Report

Slowing user growth takes a toll

(Newser) - Twitter beat Wall Street's earnings and revenue expectations in its first quarter as a public company. But investors were looking for even more—including more user growth—and the company's stock dipped as much as 12% in after-hours trading today. Twitter ended the quarter with 241 million monthly... More »

Insurer Skips Super Bowl Ad, Will Give You $1.5M It Saved

Esurance will give $1.5M to Twitter winner

(Newser) - Instead of coughing up for a Super Bowl ad, online insurance firm Esurance decided to buy the first ad after the game, and get attention by giving away the $1.5 million it saved, reports AdWeek. The company says the cash will go to one lucky Twitter user who tweets... More »

JCPenney Drunk Tweets During Super Bowl?!

Nope, it turns out the retailer was just kidding around

(Newser) - JCPenney, drunk tweeter? Nah, it turns out the company's retail Twitter account was just pulling our collective leg—and attracting a little attention—by tweeting silly things, AdWeek reports. But it's kinda funny to see how the tweets drew the Doritos and Kia social media teams into taking... More »

7 Stars Who Ditched Twitter

Some of them only briefly, of course...

(Newser) - Celebrities have a very love-hate relationship with Twitter, evidenced by these stars rounded up by Perez Hilton . All of them have quit the social networking site—at least for a while. A sampling:
  • Miley Cyrus quit Twitter in 2009, at the urging of her then-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth. She's back
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Assad Backers Hack Microsoft Twitter... Again

Syrian Electronic Army tweets through 2 company accounts

(Newser) - Ten days ago, Syrian regime supporters the Syrian Electronic Army broke into Microsoft's Skype social media accounts; today, the group tweeted through both the Microsoft News and Xbox Support accounts, ZDNet and the Next Web report. "Don't use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and... More »

You Can Avoid Sharks by Their ... Tweets?

Australian scientists attach transmitters to sharks to warn surfers

(Newser) - It's getting harder and harder for a shark to sneak up on people these days. As if the whole fin-sticking-out-of-the-water problem wasn't bad enough, now you might accidentally tweet your location, too. Scientists in Western Australia have attached transmitters to more than 320 sharks; the transmitters automatically tweet... More »


Fired PR exec issues apology over AIDS tweet that exploded

(Newser) - The not-so-PR-savvy former PR executive behind the "tweet heard round the world" is very and predictably sorry, reports ABC . Justine Sacco has issued an apology—blessedly not via Twitter—saying, "Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the... More »

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