Twitter now delivers an astonishing 350 billion tweets each day, the company said on Friday. “Delivering 350 billion Tweets a day is a terribly fun engineering challenge. But, it doesn’t capture how passionate our users are,” the company said from its official Twitter Engineering account. Coincidentally we’re sure, the news comes just one day after Google bragged that it had amassed 10 million Google+ users in just two weeks, and that these users collectively share 1 billion items each day. Google+ has quite a way to go before it is anywhere near as popular as Twitter, of course, but it’s certainly doing well for a 2-week-old product. More →
Facebook now has 750 million monthly active users worldwide, TechCrunch reported on Friday. That’s incredible growth since our June 1st story, which suggested that the social network was closing in on 700,000,000 users worldwide. In that report, emerging markets showed the most growth — Brazil’s user base jumped 11.4% in May alone — and the United States was the top country; U.S. users were responsible for 149.4 million Facebook accounts. Last July, Facebook announced that it had hit the 500 million user mark, but it hasn’t publicly revealed any figures since then. Facebook only measures active users and only counts those who have logged into the social network during the past 30 days. More →
On Thursday Citigroup announced that hackers had breached its systems in May and accessed personal data from 200,000 accounts — about 1% of its customers. The hackers managed to steal customer email addresses, contact information and account numbers, but Reuters reported that other information such as birth dates, Social Security Numbers and credit card expiration dates were not accessed. “We are contacting customers whose information was impacted. Citi has implemented enhanced procedures to prevent a recurrence of this type of event,” Citigroup spokesperson Sean Kevelighan, said. “For the security of these customers, we are not disclosing further details.” It is currently unclear who was responsible for the breach. More →
On Wednesday hackers based in China broke into hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those of journalists, Chinese political activists, U.S. government officials, and government employees from South Korea. Given the aforementioned targets and recent revelations that China has a branch of its military focused on cyber activities, it may seem like China’s government had a role in the attack. On Thursday, however, China denied any involvement in the the breach, according to The Wall Street Journal. Hong Lei, a spokesman for the Chinese government, said that the accusations were “unacceptable” and that any allegation suggesting that “the Chinese government supports hacking activity is entirely a fabrication.” More →
Sony continues to be targeted in a series of cyberattacks that have resulted in the theft of personal information belonging to over 100 million Sony customers. Following breaches of the company’s PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment, So-net Entertainment and most recently, the Sony’s Greek website, hackers have breached a database associated with Sony Ericsson’s Canadian online shop. Personal data including names, email addresses and passwords belonging to more than 2,000 customers was compromised, but Sony said no credit card numbers were stolen. A Lebanese hacking group called Idahca claimed responsibility for the attack, and it said the information obtained has been leaked on Facebook and Twitter. It is unclear if this latest attack is tied in any way to previous attacks on Sony’s various digital properties. More →
Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday, we told you about an Android vulnerability found in ClientLogin that could have serious security ramifications. Using a dummy open access-point, a nefarious third party could passively — via Wi-Fi — collect authentication tokens to password protected services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google Calendar stored on affected Android devices. Speaking with Mobilized’s Ina Fried, the Android-maker has stated that it is taking action, and fast. “Today we’re starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in calendar and contacts,” Google told the publication. “This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.” The vulnerability will still be present in the company’s Picasa online photo offering, but Google stated that it is working to patch that service as well.
Today, social networking company Twitter announced two upcoming features being added to their platform: promoted content and Google TV compatibility. First, promoted content. Twitter has been dabbling in promoting individual tweets since back in April. “Promoted Tweets are ordinary Tweets that businesses and organizations want to highlight to a wider group of users,” explains the company. Initially, Best Buy, Bravo, Red Bull, Sony Pictures, Starbucks, and Virgin America tested out the service (see below).
Twitter has now taken this model to its next logical step, and introduced promoted accounts for its corporate users. As the company explains:
Promoted Accounts are suggested based on a user’s public list of whom they follow. When an advertiser promotes an account, Twitter’s algorithm looks at that account’s followers and determines other accounts that those users tend to follow.
The addition of promoted accounts is another example of how Twitter is trying to monetize itself without the use of standard image/text based adverts.
On the heels of that announcement, Twitter also announced that it would make its service available to future purchasers of the yet-to-be-released Google TV. The company’s Google TV offering will allow users to browse their timeline, view @mentions and favorites, as well as reply, retweet, favorite, and share content found on the social networking site. Twitter quips, “Tweets aren’t just about TV shows; they are part of them. […] This is just the beginning of what could be possible at the intersection of Twitter and television. We’re excited to see what’s next.” More →
What do we have here? Chinese website wibozi.com has posted a plethora of screen shots — 24 to be exact — of the highly anticipated webOS 2.0. Form the screen shots we can see the addition of: multiple IM account types, Cisco VPN support, Dropbox and Google Docs support, remote files storage with QuickOffice, and a boat-load of other additions. Hit the read link to peruse the full screen shot gallery and drop us a comment to let us know what you think. Looks pretty sexy to us!
Over the past few days, tech sites have been reporting that some Gmail users were seeing a new option in their email web-settings that allowed them to switch between multiple Gmail accounts without logging out. Today, Google has made this new feature official. On the official Gmail Blog, Engineering Director Macduff Hughes wrote: “You can visit google.com/accounts and click the link next to ‘Multiple sign-in.’ After you sign into your first account, you can sign in with up to two additional accounts from the new accounts menu in the upper right hand corner of Gmail, then easily toggle back and forth between them. You can even open multiple Gmail tabs — one for each of your accounts.” The blog does note that not all Google services support multiple account sign-ins yet and that this feature will not work in offline mode or on your mobile device. All things considered, we’re sure this new feature is welcomed by those who are trying to manage multiple Gmail accounts.