twitter attacks

Cyber attacks are nothing new in today's digital world. However, the increase in suspected state-sponsored attacks against individuals has generated concern amongst the global tech community.

In October of this year, Facebook revealed its plans to notify users suspected of being victim to such attacks and guide them towards increasing the security of their accounts. Years earlier, in 2012, Google had implemented similar warnings in its Gmail service along with recommendations such as enabling two-factor authentication and increasing password entropy.

The Paris terror attacks, the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US and Bruce Jenner's transformation to Caitlyn sent people rushing to Twitter this past year.

twitter trend 2015The microblogging site published on Sunday its annual analysis of the top tweets, trends and hashtags from the past year.

The diversity of the 2015 topics underscores Twitter's role as a soapbox for people's passions about politics, news, entertainment, sports and, well, gossip. As always, breaking news spreads quickly on Twitter, which then acts as a public forum for thoughts, riffs and self-expression in 140-character tidbits and short videos. The site itself has tried to tap into that interest by introducing in the fall the Moments feature, which highlights trending events in the hopes of triggering conversations and driving more traffic.

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A commercial court in Brussels ruled that Facebook must stop using cookies to track users when they aren't logged in, reports The Wall Street Journal. The social networking company now has 48 hours to comply, or it will face a daily fine of €250,000. However, the company has vowed to appeal the decision on the basis of user security.

facebook music stories

Facebook has made it easier to share music, introducing a new post format amid the boom in online streaming.
Dubbed "Music Stories," the new format allows people to listen to a 30-second preview of the shared song (or album) while on Facebook..
A person listening to a song on a streaming site would click "share" and then "copy." He or she would then paste it on Facebook, adding commentary if desired, and friends will see the post with options to hear the song.

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Facebook is testing a new video section on its platform.
 
The feature appears on both the web and app versions of its service, and aims to make it easier for users to "discover, watch and share" clips uploaded to its servers.
 
It builds on wider efforts to make the social network more video-centric.
 
One expert said that it posed a serious challenge to Google-owned YouTube, which has long dominated ad-supported videos on the net
 
"Facebook already accounts for about 20% of the time people spend online, and it has an unbelievable level of data about its users, which is very interesting for ad-funded content providers," said Ian Maude, from Enders Analysis.