Microsoft founder cuts a waxing

No one can say that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has not done a lot with his life. He has been a philanthropist, inventor, investor, cancer survivor and author.

Beware geeks bearing GIFs. Or jifs

Steve Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF file format, caused controversy by declaring the file format should properly be pronounced 'jif' - but this has been refuted by the chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.

HTC management gets shaken up

It is no secret that HTC is trying to reinvent itself and transform its somewhat geeky brand image. It's off to a good start, as its flagship HTC One handset is getting very positive reviews and giving Samsung’s Galaxy S4 a run for its money, but all is not going well.

Financial Times gets bitten by Syrian hack

The Syrian Electronic Army, which is basically the cyber branch of Assad in Syria, has managed to hack the Financial Times.

How to increase your Twitter following - one step at a time

What do all Twitter users want? Followers – and lots of them. But unless you're a celebrity, it is often difficult for most of us to build a large Twitter audience.

Text messaging displaced by social net apps

Web messaging services like WhatsApp have surpassed SMS text traffic for the first time ever, according to a report from Informa.

Coy Bill Clinton overcomes his shyness

Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, has joined Twitter with a little help from TV funnyman Stephen Colbert. 

Wall Street tries to kybosh social networking privacy

Financial securities regulators are leading the charge against initiatives to prevent companies keeping tabs on employees' social media accounts, stressing that the potential for abuse takes urgency over worker privacy.

LulzSec hacker jailed

A LulzSec hacker who admitted taking part in a computer breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment was sentenced to a year in prison, followed by home detention.

Can Twitter help empower the masses?

Michigan State researchers have concluded that Twitter can easily teach people about social movements such as Occupy Wall Street - and even encourage them to participate.

Twitter music service goes live for iPhone and web

Yesterday we reported that Twitter had offered certain musicians and other celebrities early access to its new music app. Today Twitter #Music went live on the web and iOS devices.

Twitter offers musicians early access to its #music app

Twitter apparently has its very own music app in the works. Although it remains unclear when the platform will go live for the masses, the site has already granted early access to a number of prominent musicians.

Russia censors "suicide" websites

The Russian government has started enforcing a new law that gives it the power to block internet content deemed illegal or harmful to children. 

Saudi Arabia thinks of banning messenger style apps

Saudi Arabia might pull the plug on a number of popular messenger applications such as Viber, Skype and WhatsApp. The trouble with instant messaging apps is that they can't be censored and that's not what the House of Saud likes to hear.

Social networking is essential for business

Businesses must work on fitting around a changing landscape known as "shareconomy" or risk being left behind, Ovum has warned. The analyst company said that in the future employees will face a different way of working life, never tethered to one location and able to share and access knowledge more easily.

FTC warns marketers over social media ads

The small print may need to get smaller: the Federal Trade Commission says that even tweeted ads need to abide by the rules and make clear and conspicuous disclosures.

Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest users hit by data breach

Data on an unknown number of Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest users is at risk after customer service software provider Zendesk was hacked.

Tweets say Hawaii is happiest state

Napa, California, is the US' happiest city, and Hawaii its happiest state. That's the conclusion of a research study from the University of Vermont, on the basis of the content of 10 million geotagged tweets.

Burger King hacked, not sold to McDonald's

No, Burger King hasn't been sold to McDonald's, although Burger King's Twitter profile was hijacked earlier by hackers who spoofed a McDonald's logo and photo.

Amex teams with Twitter for 'tweet to buy' service

American Express has extended its deal with Twitter to allow users to link their cards to their Twitter account and buy products directly from within Twitter.