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How a Phony Tweet Moved the Markets: 71 Characters That Briefly Shook the Financial World

April 24, 2013 | 9:33 am

How a Phony Tweet Moved the Markets: 71 Characters That Briefly Shook the Financial World

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Early yesterday afternoon East Coast time, someone managed to get access to the Associated Press Twitter account and sent out the following message: “Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” That tweet, sent out at 1:07 p.m. EDT, triggered an almost unbelievably swift response in the nation’s financial markets. The […]

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April 9, 2013 | 9:28 am

Update: Microsoft Renews its ‘Scroogled’ Ads, Claims They’re Working

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Whatever else you can say about Microsoft, it doesn’t give up easily. Although its Scroogled attack ads, renewed on Tuesday, might not have eroded Google’s market share for search, they have changed public opinion, Microsoft says. “The campaigns have been effective, as they’ve driven millions to the website scroogled.com, and in poll testing have reduced […]

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Facebook Unveils Android ‘Home’

April 4, 2013 | 8:30 am

Facebook Unveils Android ‘Home’

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“We’re not building a phone, and we’re not building an operating system,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Instead, the company is launching “a family of apps” for the Android smartphone operating system. The new Home displays images from friends on the lock screen of an Android phone so that as soon as you turn it […]

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Gamers Mourn as LucasArts Gets Zapped

April 3, 2013 | 3:14 pm

Gamers Mourn as LucasArts Gets Zapped

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For fans of such LucasArts games as “Star Wars,” the empire struck back on Wednesday — the Disney empire, that is. Reports spread rapidly that LucasArts, based in San Francisco’s Presidio, had ceased production of games, laying off 150 people, according to multiple sources. Game studio LucasArts is part of Lucasfilm, which Disney bought from […]

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NPR Cancels ‘Talk of the Nation’

March 29, 2013 | 11:52 am

NPR Cancels ‘Talk of the Nation’

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Update: Neal Conan’s conversation with Michel Martin on his 11 years of hosting the show and his 36 years at NPR will be posted online around 3 p.m. PT. NPR announced on Friday morning that it will cancel “Talk of the Nation,” the call-in talk show at the end of June. The show airs on KQED […]

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March 25, 2013 | 4:53 pm

San Francisco Chronicle Launches Paywall; Reporters Launch Twitter Strike

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You can blame Craigslist or Google or blogs like this one. However you look at it, the Internet has disrupted the newspaper business. And the latest changes at the San Francisco Chronicle show that the upheaval isn’t over. Over the weekend, the newspaper announced it will charge readers who want to read some of its […]

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Go to Jail for Violating Terms of Service? Reddit Hopes Not

March 18, 2013 | 1:03 pm

Go to Jail for Violating Terms of Service? Reddit Hopes Not

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You know those terms of service you didn’t read but signed anyway? The thousands of words of legalese you blithely ignored when you clicked “accept” at the bottom of the page? They could come back to haunt you. It turns out that some prosecutors consider violations of such contracts a criminal offense. Now Reddit, the […]

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Former Sacramento Journalist Charged with Aiding ‘Anonymous’ Hackers

March 14, 2013 | 2:50 pm

Former Sacramento Journalist Charged with Aiding ‘Anonymous’ Hackers

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There’s an old rule in journalism about not becoming part of the story you’re covering. Willingly or not, Matthew Keys, a former web producer for a Sacramento television station, crossed that line on Thursday when he was charged by the U.S. Justice Department with hacking. Keys currently works as a blogger for Reuters, based in […]

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March 7, 2013 | 1:10 pm

Facebook Redesign Allows Bigger Ads… And More Revenue?

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The Facebook redesign announced on Thursday will display larger photographs and advertisements and new types of news feed. Those people whose jobs depend on the social media giant hope it also means more revenue. Facebook is under pressure to show that it is moving with its users onto cell phones and tablets, and the redesign […]

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March 1, 2013 | 11:35 am

Microsoft Winds Down ‘Scroogled’ Campaign Against Google

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Can nothing stop Google? On Thanksgiving, Microsoft launched attack ads against the Internet giant that were so ferocious they made headlines in advertising and technology publications alike. Microsoft spokespeople are still warning anyone who will listen that Google is reading its users’ email and delivering biased results in Google Shopping. But it has stopped buying […]

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