The AP's Twitter Handle Returns, Missing a Majority of
Its 2 Million Followers
Yesterday, the AP's Twitter account published a tweet that read,
"Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is
injured." At the time of the hacking, the AP had 1,903,821
followers. The account was suspended until this morning. At 9:30
a.m., the number had decreased to 85,454. As of now, the account
is up to 889,557, so it can be expected to make up many of the
users who fled after the false tweet.
The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of young, pro-Syria hackers,
has taken responsibility for the hacking. On its website, the
group says of itself, "We are a group of enthusiastic Syrian
youths who could not stay passive towards the massive distortion
of facts about the recent uprising in Syria." The group also
claims to have attacked websites belonging to the BBC, CBS News,
NPR, Columbia University, Human Rights Watch, and the Twitter
accounts of FIFA President Sepp Blatter (the head of world
soccer), and FIFA's 2014 World Cup in Brazil Twitter account.
The big question: Is the group supported by Bashar al-Assad and
his regime? The domain name of the group's website is registered
with the Syrian Computer Society, which was headed by al-Assad in
the 1990s. Tacit support seems to be evident.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS Will Merge on May 1
Following today's vote by
) shareholders, a long process of approvals has come to its
conclusion, and the company will officially merge with T-Mobile,
which is a fully-owned subsidiary of
). The deal will unite the country's smallest nationwide carrier
(T-Mobile, fourth largest carrier in US) with its largest
regional carrier (MetroPCS, fifth largest carrier in US). The new
company, which will be called T-Mobile USA, will have 42.5
million wireless customers.
Despite the name of the new company, and despite the fact that
Deutsche Telekom is the company making the buyout offer, T-Mobile
will become a part of the current MetroPCS. T-Mobile will keep
MetroPCS as a brand of the company, and will also incorporate
Metro's licensed spectrum into the ongoing overhaul of its
nationwide network, with the end result being a very fast,
high-capacity LTE network for competing against the big three,
Apple's iTunes Turns 10 Years Old
This coming Sunday, April 28, 2013,
(AAPL) game-changing iTunes store will turn 10 years old. The
digital store, which has heavily influenced online music and app
stores and beyond, launched on April 28, 2003, with 200,000 songs
available for download. Since then, Apple has sold more than 25
billion songs through iTunes.
The iTunes store now features a timeline called "A Decade of
iTunes," allowing users to trace landmark events in the digital
store's history and its huge growth. For example in 2006, iTunes
sold its billionth song on February 23 and began offering movies
on September 12. The top selling song of the year was "Bad Day"
by Daniel Powter, with the highest selling album being
How to Save a Life
by The Fray.
Google Begins Construction of New Campus
(GOOG) has begun construction of its new 1.1 million square foot
headquarters, just minutes away from the old one, in Mountain
View, California. The 42-acre site, called Bay View, is a complex
of nine buildings between three and five stories and with lots of
windows letting in unprecedented amounts of sunlight into a tech
workplace. Some of the buildings will feature roofs with turf,
where employees can pitch a tent and sleep under the stars.
The nine buildings of the complex will be linked by raised
pedestrian and bicycle bridges that cross over courtyards and
restored salt marshes. Said David Bennett, the head of Google's
Green Team Operations and Innovations, the new complex's primary
goal is "to provide the healthiest environment possible."
Details on Google Glass' Japanese Rival
At an event held last night in New York City, Japanese
entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi and his team touted two prototypes
of a device called Telepathy One: It's the closest thing to a
competitor that Google's controversial Glass has. The app that
was shown to media is called
, an already popular app that has been downloaded 6 million times
in Japan. For smartphones, the app takes pictures and video and
imposes Manga-style animation over them (for those who don't
know, Manga is a distinctly Japanese style of comic books and
animation). On the Telepathy One device, the headset does the
Manga rendering in real time, making one's line of vision into a
Iguchi's venture, formed in January 2013, has eight people
working on the device and is aiming for a release of Christmas
2013. At this point, this device poses little to no threat to
Google Glass, which is beginning its first phase of public use
with the Explorer Program. In the long run though, who knows?
For more on Google Glass, see the following stories:
With Glass, Google Steals 'Control Freak' Label
If an iPhone Can Be a Cash Register, What Can
Google Glass Be?
Will Consumers Accept Google Glass and the
Privacy Issues It Raises?
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